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Grand Prix Final spots on the line in Nagano
- Created on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 22:02
by Laura Flagg | Photo by Robin Ritoss
The last of six Grand Prix events takes place in Nagano, Japan this weekend. Eight teams will be competing, with four looking to secure a spot at December's Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, Spain.
Due to the cancellation of the free skates at Trophee Eric Bompard, the ISU announced earlier this week that the short dance results would count as the final event results. In addition, if a team who competed in Bordeaux finishes seventh in the final Grand Prix standings, they will advance to the Grand Prix Final along with the top six.
The battle for the gold medal will be a fierce one and could come down to two American teams.
The American team of Madison Hubbell & Zach Donohue are fresh off a (short dance) victory at Trophee Bompard. As a result, a top four finish will clinch a berth at the Grand Prix Final after just missing out last season. Both their short dance to "Hallelujah" by k.d. lang and free dance to "Adagio for Strings" by Daft Punk shows off their newfound smoothness, a result of their new Montreal training location with coaches Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, and Romain Haguenauer.
Also representing the United States and capable of clinching a spot in the Grand Prix Final are Maia & Alex Shibutani (pictured). The Shibutani siblings started their season with a bronze medal at Ondrej Nepela Trophy and placed second at Skate Canada several weeks ago and have continuted to build momentum as the season has progressed. Their free dance to "Fix You" by Cold Play was choreographed by five-time U.S. champion Peter Tchernyshev has received praise.
ISU releases decision regarding cancellation of French Grand Prix
- Created on Monday, 23 November 2015 19:53
by Team IDC
Earlier today, the International Skating Union (ISU) released Communication 1980, titled "Consequences of the cancellation of the Free Skating/Free Dance at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating event, Trophee Eric Bompard, 2015, Bordeaux, France." Below is a summary of ISU Communication 1980.
Results, Ranking Points & Prize Money: The results of the short dance at Trophee Eric Compard are considered the final result. World Standing Points, the Seasons World Ranking Points, and prize money are awarded based on the short dance results.
Grand Prix Final Qualification Criteria: The results of the short dance are considered final and the Grand Prix points are awarded based on the results of the short dance. For example, Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue received 15 points after their first place finish in the short dance.
Tie Breaking Criteria: Because teams who competed at Trophee Eric Bompard were unable to achieve a Free Dance score and a Total Score at Trophee Eric Bompard, the tie breaking criteria (Point 4.3 b), d) and e)) as presented in the general Grand Prix announcement, are void and the criteria has been revised. For more information on the new tie breaking criteria, review ISU Communication 1980.
Exceptional Grand Prix Final Qualification Criteria: Normally, the teams ranked 1-6 at the end of the Grand Prix series, would qualify for the Grand Prix Final and teams ranked 7-9 would be altnernates in the event of a withdrawal of any of the top 6 ranked teams. Due to the extenuating circumstances surrounding the cancellation of the free programs at Trophee Eric Bompard, any substitute ranked number 7 will be invited to join the qualified teams at the Final, provided they skated the short program event at Trophee Eric Bompard. The ISU will cover the costs for travel and full board on site for such an additional competitor.
Canadians strike gold in Russia
- Created on Monday, 23 November 2015 19:24
by Anne Calder
The fifth event in the ISU Grand Prix Series was held in Moscow, Russia November 20-22. Eight ice dance teams from five countries competed for prize money and qualifying points for the Grand Prix Final. (GPF)
Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje (CAN) danced into first place to the light and lyrical tones of the “Danube Waltz” and “Annenpolka’.
The judges rewarded their intricate footwork with a GOE 2.20 mark and 9.30 points. The second pattern dance and twizzles earned level 4. The score was 69.49.
Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte (ITA) placed second with their performance to selections from The Merry Widow operetta by Franz Lehar. The story of lost love found again opens with level 4 twizzles and closes with a level 4 rotational lift. The dance patterns earned levels 2 and 4. The waltz and foxtrot program received a season best 67.82 score.
Fierce roster highlights Rostelecom Cup
- Created on Thursday, 19 November 2015 21:32
By Melanie Hoyt | Photo by Robin Ritoss
This weekend, eight teams will compete in an exciting battle at Rostelecom Cup in Moscow. This event is the fifth competition of the Grand Prix Series, and Final qualification spots are on the line. Since the ISU has not yet announced its decision on how the truncated Trophée Eric Bompard competition will affect qualification for the Final, it is hard to whether skaters “on the bubble” after Rostelecom Cup will make it. The French Grand Prix was aborted last weekend out of security concerns; the terrorist attacks in Paris occurred on the eve of the short programs.
Four teams are expected to contend for the medals in Moscow. Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje enter as the highest-ranked team, but they are not locks for the gold medal. The 2014 world silver and 2015 world bronze medalists changed their Elvis-themed short dance to a more traditional dance with music by Johann Strauss after the Elvis program received negative feedback in Finlandia Trophy. The new dance fared better at Skate Canada, where Weaver & Poje won with a score of 173.79.
Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte of Italy are also coming off of a Grand Prix win. They triumphed over a field that included Americans Madison Chock & Evan Bates two weeks ago in China. Their winning score of 173.30 gives them the same scoring potential as Weaver & Poje, and it looks like the two teams who were so narrowly separated at the 2014 World Championships will again be racing for the top step of the podium. This summer, Cappellini married pair skater Ondrej Hotarek, who will also compete this week in Russia.
Trophee Bompard halted due to Paris attacks
- Created on Thursday, 19 November 2015 19:57
by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss
Bordeaux, France hosted the fourth stop in the 2015 Grand Prix Series November 13-15. Seven ice dance teams from six countries competed.
Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue (USA) floated into first place with an ethereal performance to “Hallelujah” by K.D. Lang.
The song and the duo have a special connection. Hubbell and her brother, Keiffer, skated together for 10 years prior to her partnership with Donohue in 2011. Hubbell was nervous competing without her sibling. Donohue began singing “Hallelujah” to calm his partner. It soon became an inspiration for the couple.
“It’s a program we’re really connected to and is really a joy to skate”, Hubbell commented at the press conference.
The program earned levels 4 and 3 for the Waltz patterns and level 4 for the twizzles and curve lift. The team received a season best 64.45 score.
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