Recaps

2017 Nebelhorn Trophy Recap

by Melanie Heaney | Photos by Robin Ritoss A triumphant comeback, last-minute qualifications, and high ice dance drama—2017 Nebelhorn Trophy had it all. Last week, 18 teams, 16 of which were seeking Olympic spots for their countries, took the ice in the alpine village...

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2017 Autumn Classic International Recap

by Anne Calder | Photos by Daphne Backman Last weekend, for one special Saturday evening, the free dance atmosphere at Sportplexe Pierresfonds for the Autumn Classic International was reminiscent of hockey night in Canada. When the top ice dance teams squared off in...

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2017 U.S. International Classic Recap

THE PODIUM VIEW FROM SALT LAKE CITY by Anne Calder Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue (USA) won gold, followed by Kaitlin Hayawek & Jean-Luc Baker (USA) with silver. Kana Muramoto & Chris Reed (JPN) took home the bronze. Short Dance: Three teams who train...

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2017 World Team Trophy Recap

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss The fifth World Team Trophy (WTT) was held at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan before a three-day audience of 28,000 cheering fans. The April 2017 event, which was first held in 2009 after the World Championships, included...

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2017 World Championships Recap

by Anne Calder The 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships were held March 27 – April 2 at the Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland. The 15,000-seat venue previously hosted the 2009 Europeans and the 1999 Worlds. Thirty-two ice dance teams competed in the Short...

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2017 World Junior Championships Recap

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss The World Junior Championships were held in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei March 15-19. 31 ice dance teams from 24 ISU nations competed in the short dance with twenty qualifying for the free dance. SHORT DANCE After the short dance,...

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2017 Bavarian Open Recap

by Anne Calder | Photo by Julie Gart The Bavarian Open was held in Oberstdorf, Germany February 14-19. Fifty-five ice dance teams from 27 countries competed in Seniors, Juniors, and Advanced Novice. Seniors The podium included Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte (ITA),...

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2017 Four Continents Championships Recap

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss The 2017 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships were held in Gangneung Ice Arena in the Republic of Korea February 14-19. The Championships served as a test event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Sixteen ice dance...

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2017 European Championships Recap

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss The 2017 European Championships were held in Ostrava, Czech Republic January 25-29. Thirty ice dance teams competed in the Short Dance; twenty qualified for the free program. Short Dance At the short dance press conference...

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2017 U.S. Nationals Senior Dance Recap

by Anne Calder | Photo by Daphne Backman   Short Dance Thursday night at the Sprint Center, Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani, Madison Chock & Evan Bates, and Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue faced off for the second time in six weeks. The 2016 US Nationals’ medalists...

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2017 U.S. Nationals Junior Dance Recap

by Anne Calder | Photo by Daphne Backman Short Dance The 2016 silver medalists, Rachel Parsons & Michael Parsons, topped the leader board with 72.42 points. They earned Level 4 for both blues patterns and the twizzles, straight-line lift, and not touching midline step...

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2016/17 Grand Prix Final Recap

by Anne Calder | Photos by Melanie Heaney The six senior ice dance teams represented Canada, France, Russia, and the United States. The competitors included Olympic gold and silver medalists Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (CAN), World silver medalists Maia Shibutani &Alex...

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2016 Junior Grand Prix Final Recap

  by Anne Calder | Photo by Melanie Heaney The 2015 podium winners - Lorraine McNamara & Quinn Carpenter (USA), Alla Loboda & Pavel Drozd (RUS) and Rachel Parsons & Michael Parsons (USA) returned to defend or improve their rankings. Each qualified with two gold medal...

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2016 NHK Trophy Recap

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss The sixth Grand Prix event was held November 25-27 at the Makomanai Sekisuiheim Ice Arena in Sapporo, Japan. The arena will also host the Asian Winter Games figure skating events from February 23-26, 2017. Nine ice dance teams...

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2016 Cup of China Recap

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss The 2016 ISU Grand Prix Series moved to Asia for its fifth event - the Audi Cup of China hosted by Beijing from November 18-20. Ten ice dance teams representing five countries competed for prize money and points toward the Final...

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