Posts Tagged ‘2007 Cup of China’

Weir edges out Lysacek for gold in Harbin

USA’s Johnny Weir edged out teammate Evan Lysacek for the gold medal by just over two points, while Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland settled for bronze.

Performing to Love is War by Yoav Goren, Weir opened with a classic triple Axel-triple toeloop, followed by an equally good triple Axel, a triple Lutz, a double Axel, and a triple Salchow.

The U.S. bronze medalist also produced four more triple jumps, two level four…

Kim captures Cup of China gold

Yu-Na Kim of South Korea won the ladies event by a over a whopping 24 points. It should also be noted that of all 12 competitors, only Kim received no deductions for her long program.

USA’s Caroline Zhang maintained second place overall to win the silver, while Carolina Kostner of Italy slipped from first to third place overall, settling for bronze.

Kim opened her routine with a spectacular triple flip-triple toeloop…

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Belbin and Agosto upset Russians in China

USA’s Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto upset Russia’s Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, who had been holding onto first place throughout the competition, winning the gold by a 14 point gap.

“Whatever result came through, most importantly we were very pleased with the progress that our free dance has made in just one week at home between our first Grand Prix at Skate America and this one,” said Belbin.

Italy’s Federica…

Domnina and Shabalin maintain lead at Cup of China

Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin maintained their lead over USA’s Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto, tacking on a few more points to their total score after the Original Dance (OD).

“Emotionally it was a strong performance,” said Domnina. “Technically it still could have been better.”

Domnina added that they weren’t sure if they were going to be ready for the competition.

“We lost a lot of time because Maxim first had meniscus…

Lysacek takes lead in Harbin

USA’s Evan Lysacek lead the men after the short program, followed by teammate Johnny Weir. Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland is currently third.

Lysacek put his hand down on the landing of the first jump in a quadruple toeloop-triple toeloop combination, but otherwise delivered a triple Axel and a triple Lutz in his Zorro routine. The 22-year-old also executed two level three footwork sequences and two level four spins, earning a…

Pang and Tong take gold at Cup of China

Qing Pang and Jian Tong of China easily out-skated the rest of the small field of competitors at this event, taking the gold medal. USA’s Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker captured the silver in their senior debut, while Jessica Miller and Ian Moram of Canada won their first senior grand prix medal – the bronze.

The Chinese champions had difficulty in the beginning of their routine when Tong underrotated and…

Domnina and Shabalin take lead at Cup of China

Cup of China is the third of six events of the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix series and is being held at the Harbin International Conference Exhibition and Sports Center, Nov. 8-11, in Harbin, China.

Approximately 58 skaters from 18 different countries are competing for points and global prize monies totaling $180,000 in U.S. dollars. The points will go toward qualification for the Grand Prix Final in which the…

Pang and Tong take lead in Harbin

Qing Pang and Jian Tong of China are currently first after the short program, followed by USA’s Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker and Jessica Miller and Ian Moram of Canada.

“We felt some pressure,” admitted Pang. “A lot of our friends had come to watch.”

The Chinese champions earned 65.48 points for their routine to Massenet’s O Doux Printemps d’ Autrefois, which featured side-by-side triple toeloops, a huge triple twist, and…

Kostner leads ladies in Harbin

Carolina Kostner of Italy leads the ladies after the short program, followed by USA’s Carolina Zhang and Yu-Na Kim of South Korea.

Kostner, who missed the Grand Prix last season due to injury, was pleased with her performance.

“I was very nervous going into it,” said the 20-year-old. “This is a small comeback for me.”

Kostner opened her short with a triple flip-triple toeloop combination, but then barely hung onto the landing…