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    2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic: Sep 11-15 [Salt Lake City, Utah]

    2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic: Sep 11-15 [Salt Lake City, Utah]

    Official website:

    ETA, link to pages with STARTING ORDERS and LIVE RESULTS (plus start times for each event):
    http://www.usfigureskating.org/leade...4/results.html
    Tip of the hat to freedance for being the first to post the link in the thread.

    Official announcement (7-page PDF):

    The event will feature the following disciplines:
    ~ Senior Ladies - singles (max. of entries 18)
    ~ Senior Men - singles (max. of entries 18)
    ~ Senior Pairs (max. of 8 entered teams)
    ~ Senior Ice Dance (max. of 10 entered teams)

    ETA (Aug 27):

    Thx to IndependentObserver for the long-awaited list of all competitors.
    15 Ice Dance couples; 16 Ladies; 13 Men; 8 Pairs.

    Per USFS press release (Aug 27):
    Icenetwork will provide complete event coverage of the U.S. International Classic and Challenge Skate.
    Exclusive streaming video of all competition will be available to subscribers, while free recaps, news and photos will be accessible to all users.
    http://usfigureskating.org/Story.asp...443&type=media

    The Organizer will preferably accept skaters and couples having taken part in the finals of the Senior or Junior ISU Championships of the last two (2) seasons.
    As the host organizer, U.S. Figure Skating reserves the right to enter a maximum of four (4) entries in each discipline.
    Additionally Canada will be invited to enter a maximum of two (2) entries in each discipline with all other member nations invited to enter one (1) entry with alternate entries listed in case of openings.

    The preliminary entries must reach the Organizer by Friday, July 12, 2013 and all final entries no later than Friday, August 2, 2013 at the latest.

    ETA (Aug 27):

    2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic day-by-day schedule (subject to change, all times ET)

    Wednesday, Sept. 11
    ~ Official practice - All day
    Thursday, Sept. 12
    ~ Pairs short program - 7 p.m.
    ~ Men's short program - 8:30 p.m.
    Friday, Sept. 13
    ~ Short dance - 2 p.m.
    ~ Ladies short program - 4:30 p.m.
    ~ Pairs free skate - 7:15 p.m.
    ~ Men's free skate - 8:45 p.m.
    Saturday, Sept. 14
    ~ Ladies free skate - 5:30 p.m.
    ~ Free dance - 8:15 p.m.

    Again in 2013:
    In addition to the senior events, U.S. Figure Skating will also be conducting the “U.S. Challenge Skate”, a developmental competition that will be held at the same time featuring U.S. only athletes in the Junior and Novice divisions.

    ETA, thanks to Doris for creating the Senior B sub-forum and moving this thread over there.

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    For those who remember last year's competition, the University of Utah will be playing another football game at home that weekend - Oregon State. The tailgate party surrounds Steiner (local name for the skating rink). Last year the tailgate madness was a definite plus for the skating competition. The skaters walked around in the sun and enjoyed all the partying. Some of the skaters went golfing locally and one or two went to the football game. Also, a few of the tailgaters came in out of the heat for the skating. I'm sure the local organizing committee will try to increase the crossover opportunities this year.

    If Evan comes, he should have a great time.

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    Does anyone know why the number of spots is so low? Senior B's usually have a lot more slots than 10 for dance, if they hold a dance competition at all.

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    U.S. Team announced: https://www.usfigureskating.org/Stor...391&type=media
    Ladies: Samantha Cesario; Gracie Gold; Courtney Hicks; Agnes Zawadzki
    Men's: Max Aaron; Stephen Carriere; Joshua Farris; Evan Lysacek
    Pairs: Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir; Caydee Denney and John Coughlin; Tarah Kayne and Daniel O'Shea; Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay
    Ice Dancing: Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus; Meryl Davis and Charlie White; Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt; Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani
    Some interesting things to note:

    ** With just 10 entries, U.S Entries would take up 40 percent! Pretty good odds for U.S. sweep.
    ** Davis and White competing! They did do Nebelhorn in 2009, so perhaps this isn't surprising.
    ** Interesting that 3/4 National champs are competing here; and at least half of the medalists at Nationals are doing so as well.
    ** Wondering why Ashley Wagner opted not to compete here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    ** With just 10 entries, U.S Entries would take up 40 percent!
    Not sure what you're saying, Mrs. P?
    No question that Team USA is sending some of its best.
    But see below for the maximum number of entries per discipline. Dance has a max. of ten, but the numbers are different for singles and pairs.

    Quote Originally Posted by golden411 View Post
    The event will feature the following disciplines:
    ~ Senior Ladies - singles (max. of entries 18)
    ~ Senior Men - singles (max. of entries 18)
    ~ Senior Pairs (max. of 8 entered teams)
    ~ Senior Ice Dance (max. of 10 entered teams)

    The Organizer will preferably accept skaters and couples having taken part in the finals of the Senior or Junior ISU Championships of the last two (2) seasons.
    As the host organizer, U.S. Figure Skating reserves the right to enter a maximum of four (4) entries in each discipline.
    Additionally Canada will be invited to enter a maximum of two (2) entries in each discipline with all other member nations invited to enter one (1) entry with alternate entries listed in case of openings.

    The preliminary entries must reach the Organizer by Friday, July 12, 2013 and all final entries no later than Friday, August 2, 2013 at the latest.

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    I'm really looking forward to this one. I'm excited to see the whole roster and I wonder what the line-up will be for the Challenge skate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden411 View Post
    Not sure what you're saying, Mrs. P?
    No question that Team USA is sending some of its best.
    But see below for the maximum number of entries per discipline. Dance has a max. of ten, but the numbers are different for singles and pairs.
    I meant for Ice Dance. The max entries is 10. There are 4 us entries, so 40 percent of the entries are from the U.S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    I meant for Ice Dance. The max entries is 10. There are 4 us entries, so 40 percent of the entries are from the U.S.
    Sure, if you had indicated that you meant only Ice Dance, then the arithmetic is obvious.
    Just wanted to clarify that the same numbers and percentages do not apply across the board for all four disciplines.

    Exciting that no less than Davis/White are jumping on the SLC bandwagon in this Olympic season, but I wish that the press release had given Aaron and Zawadzki an additional shout-out as the 2012 U.S. Classic champions who will be back to defend their titles.

    Also interesting is that Chock/Bates (who placed fourth last year) and Miner (third last year) are not returning.

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    Wow, USFS really wants to promote this event!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    ** Wondering why Ashley Wagner opted not to compete here?
    She already has JO...

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    A deep roster of US competitors is a wise (and obvious) move by USFS to make the profile of this event relevant. Especially in an Olympic year, it is an advantage for skaters to get competitive exposure with international judges without having to travel far. I believe prior to this events' inauguration, there was no Senior B in North America. The US roster looks a lot like the team headed to Skate America, so the timing of this event (early in the Senior B calendar) mirrors the timing of the Grand Prixs (Skate America being the first) so that also makes sense from a training perspective. Feedback from an event too close to the Grand Prixs gets harder to incorporate. Ross Miner for instance will not compete until later in the Grand Prix series so it is probably possible for him to compete at a Senior B event later in the Senior B calendar and still have it be useful for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSGMT View Post
    She already has JO...
    That's right. I forgot about that.

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    Well, this is the end of Lysacek's comeback. He won't like being squashed by Aaron as it is; but to be beaten by Farris as well won't do his rep any good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Does anyone know why the number of spots is so low? Senior B's usually have a lot more slots than 10 for dance, if they hold a dance competition at all.
    I think it's mostly because of the fact that Nebelhorn is very close to this competition. With Nebelhorn being so important for the Olympic spots, people are opting to do competitions closer to home (and mostly farther from Nebelhorn's date) to prepare instead of wasting stamina I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karne View Post
    Well, this is the end of Lysacek's comeback. He won't like being squashed by Aaron as it is; but to be beaten by Farris as well won't do his rep any good.
    My theory is that it has been decided that lysacek can do quads and 3a and get much higher pcs than aAron. That the only reason why quads were a problem was because of stress fracture but before the stress fracture it was so stressful sealing with threat if zero points if ur fall.

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