Posts Tagged ‘2007 NHK Trophy’

Takahashi edges out Verner for NHK gold

Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi edged out Tomas Verner of the Czech Republic for the gold, while USA’s Stephen Carriere maintained third overall to win the bronze.

Takahashi fell on his opening quadruple toeloop attempt in his routine to Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, but quickly recovered to produce a strong and nearly flawless routine.

The World silver medalist landed a total of eight clean triple jumps which included a triple Axel-double toeloop-double loop…

Verner takes short program in Japan

Tomas Verner of the Czech Republic led the men in the short program by 0.26 points. Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi and USA’s Stephen Carriere placed second and third, respectively.

Verner earned a new personal best of 78.15 (42.00/36.15) points for his strong routine to music by Django Reinhardt.

The 2007 European silver medalist landed a solid triple Axel and triple Lutz, but was penalized on a triple flip (in combination with a…

Delobel and Schoenfelder seize NHK title

In what was a close competition, Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder of France seized the gold by less than a point. Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir settled for silver, while Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski of Russia took the bronze.

Virtue and Moir won the Free Dance (FD) with their stirring routine to to music from the Umbrellas of Cherbourg soundtrack, which tells a story of young love. The…

Kostner takes NHK title

Caroline Kostner was the gold medal winner in the Ladies discipline, while Sarah Meier of Switzerland and Nana Takeda of Japan both rose two spots to win silver and bronze, respectively.

Meier, who stood in third after the short, opened her routine with a triple Lutz-double toeloop-double loop combination, but then stumbled on a triple flip which was later penalized for use of the wrong take-off edge. She also landed…

Delobel and Schoenfelder maintain lead in Japan

Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder maintained their overnight lead despite a second place finish in the Original Dance (OD).

Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are second overall, followed by Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski of Russia.

Virtue and Moir delivered a strong performance to “Kalinka”, receiving a level four and positive Grades of Execution (GoE) on all elements.

Their routine was highlighted by matching twizzles during the midline sequence, an elaborate…

Savchenko and Szolkowy capture gold at NHK

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany maintained their overnight lead after the long program, winning the gold with more than 24 points total.

USA’s Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker rose from fourth to capture the silver, while Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison of Canada won the bronze.

Savchenko and Szolkowy, who are competing in their third grand prix event this season, scored a seasonal best of 120.32 (58.64/61.68) points in…

Kostner leads ladies at NHK

The Ladies Short Program proved to be a tight competition with only 3 points separating the first and fourth place skater.

Carolina Kostner of Italy is currently in first, followed by Japan’s Miki Ando and Switzerland’s Sarah Meier, respectively.

Kostner stepped out of the landing of a triple Lutz in her routine to Riders on the Storm, but otherwise delivered a triple flip-triple toeloop combination and double Axel.

The Italian champion,…

Delobel and Schoenfelder tango to the lead

The sixth and final qualifying event of the 2007-08 ISU Grand Prix Series continues with the NHK Trophy which is being held Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 in Sendai, Japan at the Sendai City Gymnasium.

Approximately 57 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 top…

Savchenko and Szolkowy first after short at NHK

Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy place first in the short program with a comfortable lead ahead of Ukrainians Tatiana Volosozhar and Stanislav Morozov. Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison of Canada are currently in third.

Savchenko and Szolkowy delivered a strong and intense routine to music from the Asoka soundtrack, earning a new personal best of 70.32 (39.92/30.40) points.

The German champions opened with a throw triple flip which received a…