Event Coverage - 2015 World ChampionshipsZhiganshina & Gazsi | Photo by Robin Ritoss Read More +
Thomas & Eaton forge a new path, together
Junior Worlds in Tallinn!Moscheni & Lukacs (HUN) | Photo by Robin Ritoss Read More +
Photos from Moscow Junior ChampionshipsDaria Drozd & Bogdan Borovlev | Photo by Julia Komarova Read More +
Four Continents in Seoul!Maia & Alex Shibutani | Photo by Robin Ritoss Read More +
2015 European ChampionshipsAllison Reed & Vasili Rogov | Photo by Robin Ritoss Read More +
Siblings in Skating #6: Rachel & Michael ParsonsPhoto by Barry Gropman Read More +
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Showdown in Shanghai
- Created on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:07
by Katie Tetzloff | Photo by Robin Ritoss
For the first time ever, China will host the ISU Figure Skating World Championships. The event will be held in Shanghai, China’s most populous city, which also hosted Cup of China this season. In this year’s ice dance competition, 31 teams representing 23 countries will compete. All teams had to achieve minimum Technical Element Scores of 29 and 39 in the short and free dances, respectively, at an ISU event within the past two seasons to qualify. As the competition has been close this year in past events, many of these teams will need to skate their best for a chance at a spot in the top five or on the podium.
The favorites for gold are Canada’s Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje. They are the current World silver medalists, and this has been a breakout season for them. They have won every event they have entered, including Nebelhorn Trophy, Skate Canada International, NHK Trophy, the Grand Prix Final, the Canadian National Championships, and the Four Continents Championships. Weaver & Poje have earned the current highest ISU season’s score of 181.14. Last year, when they won the silver medal, they were only .02 away from the title. A gold medal at the 2015 World Championships, which would be their first, would really top off the perfect season for this experienced team.
Team USA ready to take on World's best
- Created on Sunday, 22 March 2015 15:47
by Gina Capellazzi | Photo by Daphne Backman
Last week, U.S. world team members participated in teleconferences with the media in anticipation of this week’s 2015 World Championships. The event will take place from March 23-29 in Shanghai, China.
2015 U.S. Champions Madison Chock & Evan Bates are coming into the World Championships, looking for their first World Championship medal. The two, who just won silver at the Four Continents Championships in Seoul, South Korea last month, are considered one of the favorites for the gold medal.
After Nationals, Chock & Bates changed half of their circular footwork. Since returning home from Seoul, they have worked on the execution of that footwork and are hoping to receive a level 4 for it.
Thomas & Eaton forge a new path, together
- Created on Friday, 20 March 2015 16:42
After the conclusion of the 2015 U.S. National Championships, both Danielle Thomas and Daniel Eaton found themselves in similar situations. Eaton and partner Alexandra Aldridge called an end to their five-year partnership shortly after their sixth-place finish in Greensboro.
“Alex Aldridge and I had a great five years together,” Eaton said. “The opportunities that we were given will always be remembered and [are] special to me. Alex and I slowly began to grow apart as partners, which caused us to come to a mutual decision to end our partnership.”
Thomas, who had recently completed her second season with Alexander Martin, was also partnerless after the two decided they were on different paths with regard to achieving their goals.
“Alex Martin and I decided to end our partnership shortly after Nationals,” Thomas said. “We had a nice experience together through novice and junior, and I am thankful for our partnership over the years. We ended our partnership on a good note.”
Both Thomas and Eaton trained at the Detroit Skating Club [DSC] while with their previous partners, and although Eaton moved to the Artic Edge Ice Arena in Canton, Mich., last year, he & Thomas credit their experiences at the DSC with preparing them for their new partnership together.
Jamestown, NY Welcomes Skate Dance Dream
- Created on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 19:17
Kinzie’s Closet Presents Skate Dance Dream™ is ready to unveil their biggest and most exciting show to date. The unique show fusing the nation’s top figure skaters and the hottest of dancers comes to Jamestown, NY for one night only on March 28, 2015. The show will take place at the state-of-the-art venue, Jamestown Savings Bank Arena and will feature performances from four U.S. National level Figure Skating medalists and five dazzling dancers from the Fox hit show “So You Think You Can Dance”.
Leading the way is 2015 U.S. National ice dance pewter medalists, Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker, 2014 pewter medalist Courtney Hicks plus U.S. National Championship competitor, Hannah Miller. The dance world is represented by Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer, Ashleigh DiLello, Ryan DiLello, Audrey Case, and Amelia Lowe. Each Star cast member will perform multiple times throughout the show and will display styles ranging from ice dancing and single skating, to ballroom, animation, jazz, and contemporary dance styles for a full variety action packed show from start to finish—and it all happens under one roof, with a complete dance stage on the ice!
Also performing will be a record-breaking number of over 100 aspiring skaters and dancers who will take the stage with their heroes to perform live for friends, family, and skating & dancing super-fans. These future stars also get to spend a dream weekend of rehearsals, meet and greets, and seminars, to learn from and become friends with the stars they aspire to be.
Teams in Tallinn Hope that 'Third Time's the Charm'
- Created on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 12:05
by Katie Tetzloff | Photo by Robin Ritoss
This week, 27 ice dance teams from 19 different countries will compete in Tallinn, Estonia, at the 2015 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Tallinn is not unfamiliar to the figure skating scene, as it has hosted a Junior Grand Prix event five times, including one this past fall, but this will be the first time that the city hosts the World Junior Championships. In order to qualify for this event, junior-aged teams must have achieved a minimum technical element score (TES) of at least 18 in the short dance and 28 in the free dance at a previous ISU event in the past two seasons.
For these competitive ice dancers, the race to the podium will be exciting. Many of the teams present at this year’s championships already have extensive international experience from the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) series from this and past years. In fact, several of the podium contenders are competing at this event for the third time. It is likely that the Russians, Canadians, and Americans will be those fighting the hardest for the three medals, as those teams dominated the JGP circuit earlier this season.
Four Continents heads to Seoul
- Created on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 20:02
This week, 13 teams from seven countries head to Seoul for the 2015 Four Continents Championships. This marks the fifth time that South Korea has hosted Four Continents, though it is the first time the competition will take place in Seoul. Since its inception in 1999, all of the ice dance medals have been won by teams from Canada or the United States. In fact, in most years, teams from the U.S. and Canada have occupied the top six spots. The field in Seoul boasts past Four Continents champions and medalists.
Each year, this event follows the European Championships and features skaters from countries in the continents of Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Each nation is allowed to send up to three competitors per discipline, as long as they have reached the minimum technical element scores (TES) in both the short and free programs at a prior international event this season or last season. The minimum scores are currently set at 19 and 29 for the short and free dances, respectively.
The fight for gold will most likely be between Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje of Canada (pictured) and Madison Chock & Evan Bates of the United States, newly-crowned national champions of their respective countries. Weaver & Poje won this event in 2010, while Chock & Bates took home the bronze medal in 2013. The teams have faced off twice this season, with the Canadians taking the top spot on both occasions. In December, Weaver & Poje topped the Americans by 14 points at the Grand Prix Final.
The Story of FrenchieSkate
- Created on Thursday, 05 February 2015 20:55
by Daphne Backman
Often, we look back at friendships from our childhood as some of the best of our lives. Fueled by the loss of her childhood friend to cancer, Georgia Glastris poured her energy into something quite special.
Glastris, a three-time national ladies champion of Greece, first met Francesca (Frenchie) Persico on the first day of kindergarten and they became best friends very quickly. Persico had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer at the age of three, but at the time it was in remission. The two inseparable friends enjoyed all the typical childhood activities including playing dress up, MarioKart, holding epic lemonade stands and went to see concerts such as Britney Spears and N’Sync. Several years later, Persico once again was hospitalized as the disease returned. Glastris frequently visited her, including when she was receiving chemotherapy. As a show of solidarity, Glastris and and others all wore the same matching bandanas to school when Persico lost her hair. Unfortunately, Persico lost her battle with cancer on what would have been the first day of the fourth grade.
“Frenchie was incredibly brave, really bright and had a wonderful creative spirit that brought people together,” Glastris said. “It’s easy to imagine what an amazing woman she would have grown to be and impossible to forget her.”
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