Posts Tagged ‘2009-10 Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating’

Monko and Khaliavin take Junior ice dance title in Tokyo

In their first Junior Grand Prix Final, Russia’s Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin maintained their overnight lead to win the gold. Teammates Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov (also newcomers), as well, edged out Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani to capture the silver medal.

Monko and Khaliavin performed a commanding dance to This is a  Man’s World which featured difficult lifts and complex footwork. The team from Moscow picked up all…

Murakami captures Grand Prix Final Junior ladies title

Japan’s Kanako Murakami edged out Russia’s Polina Shelepen to win the gold by just over a point, while USA’s Christina Gao rose from fifth place to capture the bronze.

Murakami landed five strong triple jumps in her routine to Swan Lake, but was called on a triple Lutz for use of the wrong take-off edge and  fell during her straight line footwork. The Japanese Junior bronze medalist earned 101.01 points…

Monko and Kirill Khaliavin lead junior dance in Tokyo

Russia’s Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin are first (55.70 points) after the original dance (OD), while USA’s Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani (55.21 points) are on their heels by 0.51 points.

Monko and Khaliavin performed a Ukrainian dance, while Shibutani (15) and Shibutani (18) chose a Japanese theme that reflected their Japanese heritage.

Both teams had the same technical base value, however, the Russians drew slightly higher program component score and …

Shelepen leads Junior ladies at Grand Prix Final

Russia’s Polina Shelepen  took the lead in the Junior Ladies short program with an impressive performance to Adagio which featured a triple Lutz-triple toeloop combination, a solid triple flip, and an excellent layback spin. The teen from Moscow picked up a personal best of 59.54 points.

“I am very pleased with my performance today,” said the 14-year-old. “I went for the triple-triple (Lutz-toe) combination for the first time in an…

Shen and Zhao take third Grand Prix Final title

Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao of China maintained their lead to win the their third title, while teammates Qing Pang and Jian Tong rose up from fourth to second overall to claim the silver. Germany’s Aliona   Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy slipped from second to third  for the bronze.

Shen and Zhao delivered a poetic routine to Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor which featured strong side-by-side triple toes, excellent throw jumps,…

Lysacek captures Grand Prix Final gold

USA’s Evan Lysacek won the event after placing first in the long program with a new personal best of 159.60 points. The World Champion performed to Scheherazade which featured eight triple jumps (including two triple-triple combinations), and also displayed strong spins and footwork. His only mistake was popping his second triple Axel. His total score of 249.45 points was also a new personal best.

“I feel confident now heading into…

Kim reclaims Grand Prix Final title

Korea’s Yu-Na Kim reclaimed her title that she lost last year to Japan’s Mao Asada after placing first in the long program (123.22 points). The reigning World Champion delivered a strong performance to Gershwin’s Concerto in F which featured four solid triple jumps, spins and footwork. The only mistake was a two-footed landing on the back half of a  double Axel-triple toeloop. Her overall score was 188.86 points.

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Haynu captures gold in Tokyo

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan won the Junior men’s event after placing first in the freeskate with his routine to Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The 14-year-old, who stood in third after the short program, gave a solid performance with the exception of a fall on a triple Axel.

The Japanese Junior Champion otherwise landed seven triple jumps, produced good footwork and spins, and earned a new personal best of…

Sui and Han win Junior Pairs title at Grand Prix Final

China’s Wenjing Sui and Cong Han defended their overnight lead to win the title after placing first in long program with their routine to City Lights. The newcomers from Harbin delivered a good double Axel-double Axel sequence, as well as  an excellent throw triple Salchow and triple twist. They also produced solid spins and lifts, earning 103.65 points for the long program and 160.45 points overall.

“We are deeply moved,”…

Takahashi takes lead in Tokyo

Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi took the lead in the Men’s short program, while teammate Nobunari Oda placed third. USA’s Evan Lysacek currently sits in second.

Takahashi delivered an impeccable tango which featured a triple flip-triple toeloop, a triple Axel, and triple Lutz. The defending silver medalist also displayed good footwork and spins, and earned a new personal best of 89.95 points – very close to Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko  record score of…

Ando leads in Tokyo; Kim second

Miki Ando of Japan took the lead in the short program, while Korea’s Yu-Na Kim currently sits in second.

Ando gave a solid performance which featured a triple Lutz-double loop, a triple flip, and double Axel. Though her layback spin was below par, the current World bronze medalist otherwise delivered two good level 4 spins. She earned a seasonal best of 66.20 points for her routine to a modern arrangement…

Davis and White capture Grand Prix Final Gold

USA’s Meryl Davis and Charlie White edged out Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir by just over a point to take their first Grand Prix Final gold, while Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France claimed the bronze.

Virtue and Moir put out a captivating routine to Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, earning 104.21 points for first place in the free dance. The current World bronze medalists received a level…

Sui and Han lead Junior Pairs in Tokyo

The 2009-10 ISU Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating was held Dec. 3 – 6 at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Approximately 84 skaters from 11 countries competed in the   Junior and Senior divisions of the event.

The first day of the event kicked off on Dec. 3 with  the Junior Pairs.

China’s Wenjing Sui and Cong Han took the lead, followed closely by Japan’s Narumi Takahashi and Mervin…

Song leads Junior Men at Grand Prix Final

Nan Song of China took the lead with a new personal best of 71.70 points with his performance to The Way Old Friends Do. The skater from Qiqihar landed four triple jumps including a strong triple Lutz-triple toe combo and triple Axel, however, his flip was called on using the wrong take-off edge.

“Today’s program was better than at previous   competitions,” said the 19-year-old. “There were a few mistakes, and…

Shen and Zhao lead after Short Program

Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao of China currently lead after setting a new record score of 75.36 points. The three-time World Champions delivered an emotional performance to Queen’s Who Wants to   Live Forever which featured solid side-by-side triple toeloops, a triple twist, and throw triple loop.

“Today we felt very good out there on the ice,” said a happy Zhao. “We almost felt like we   were in Beijing! All our…

Davis and White take Original Dance in Tokyo

USA’s Meryl Davis and Charlie White took the lead with their enticing Indian Folk dance with a new personal best of 65.80 points. The 2009 Four Continents Champions received all positive Grades of Execution (GoEs) and earned a level 4 on all elements except for the opening midline step sequence (level 3).

“We skated pretty good,” said White. “Not   our best, but we’re pretty happy with it. To be awarded…

2009-10 ISU Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating Preview

The 2009-10 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final will take place in Tokyo, Japan, from December 3-6, 2009. Thirty-six skaters representing eleven member nations qualified for this event by skating in Grand Prix events in October and November. Two medalists from last year’s competition return in the men’s division, while all three pairs medalists return to compete in Tokyo. Only one medalist each from both the ladies and…