Posts Tagged ‘2007-08 Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating’

Lambiel edges out Takahashi for gold in Torino

Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland narrowly won the Men’s event after narrowly edging out Daisuke Takahashi of Japan. USA’s Evan Lysacek maintained third overall to earn the bronze.

Lambiel had a rough start in his Flamenco routine when he stepped out of a triple Axel and then put his hand down on a quadruple toeloop, but recovered to land six more strong triple jumps. The 2006 Olympic silver medalist also impressed…

Domnina and Shabalin capture Grand Prix Final title

Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin of Russia rose from third to first place overall to capture the gold, while USA’s Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto and France’s Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder slipped to second and third place overall, respectively.

Domnina and Shabalin earned a new personal best of 103.26 (53.50/49.76) points for their commanding performance to Waltz from Masquerade in which all elements were awarded a level four.

“I am…

Savchenko and Szolkowy win Grand Prix Final gold

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany were the gold medal winners in the Pairs event, while China’s Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang and Qing Pang and Jian Tong won silver and bronze, respectively.

Savchenko and Szolkowy delivered a strong routine to L’Oiseau by Rene Dupere which featured a solid throw triple flip and throw triple Salchow, as well as three difficult lifts. However, Szolkowy doubled his first jump in…

Kims wins second consecutive Grand Prix Final gold

Yu-Na Kim of South Korea won her second consecutive Grand Prix Final, while Japan’s Mao Asada rose from sixth place after the short to win her second consecutive silver. Carolina Kostner of Italy maintained third overall to win the bronze.

Asada, who stood in sixth after the short, opened her routine with a triple Axel and a triple flip-triple toeloop combination. The World silver medalist was penalized for using the…

Belbin and Agosto current leaders in Torino

The ISU Grand Prix series concluded with the 2007-08 Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating in Torino, Italy from Dec. 14-16. It’s the first time this event is being held in a country that did not organize one of the qualifying events.

The six qualifying events began with Skate America in Oct and ended two weeks ago with the NHK Trophy in Japan. Approximately 197 skaters/teams competed throughout the Grand…

Takahashi leader after short program

Daisuke Takahashi of Japan placed first in the Men’s Short Program, followed by closely by Switzerland’s Stephane Lambiel. USA’s Evan Lysacek and teammate Johnny Weir are currently in third and fourth place, respectively.

Skating last, Takahashi drew in the audience with his routine to a hip-hop version of Swan Lake which featured very good spins and expressive footwork throughout. The current World silver medalist also executed spectacular jumps which included…

Kim overcomes rough start to lead ladies in Torino

Yu-Na Kim of South Korea placed first in the Ladies’ Short Program followed by USA’s Caroline Zhang and Italy’s Carolina Kostner, respectively.

Kim overcame a rough start after putting her hand down on her opening triple flip before adding a single toeloop.

“I wasn’t nervous,” Kim later explained, “but I missed the timing for the take off a little bit. I still should have done at least a double toe.”

The defending…

Savchenko and Szolkowy take lead in Torino

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany are the currently leaders after the Pairs Short Program, while China’s Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang and Qing Pang and Jian Tong are in second and third place, respectively.

Savchenko and Szolkowy delivered a nearly flawless routine to music from the Asoka soundtrack, but Savchenko two-footed the landing of a throw triple flip. The team recovered and went on to produce a triple…

2007-08 Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating Preview

The Torino Palavela in Italy will take center stage once again as the premier place to watch world class figure skating from December 13- 15, 2007. It will be the first time that Torino plays host to the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating (GPF), which promises to be a memorable competition.

The event could mark the changing of the guard in figure skating as none…