Recaps

Recap: 2018 Autumn Classic International

by Anne Calder & Francesca | Photo by Francesca The 2018 CS Autumn Classic International was held in Oakville, ON, Canada. The Challenger event debuted in 2014 with Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron (FRA), Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier (CAN), and Laurence Fournier...

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Recap: 2018 U.S. Challenge Skate

by Anne Calder | Photo courtesy of Sabrina Foti U.S. Figure Skating launched the Challenge Skate in 2012 in conjunction with the newly created U.S. International Figure Skating Classic held in Salt Lake City, UT. Its goals were to create an atmosphere of international...

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Recap: 2018 U.S. International Classic

September 18, 2018 Anne Calder Salt Lake City, Utah was a whirlwind of athletic excitement last week. Figure skating claimed the attention of avid fans with the second ISU Challenger competition and the US Novice and Junior Challenge Skate. Saturday, purple and red...

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Junior Worlds Recap: Skoptcova, Aleshin win Gold

by Daphne Backman & Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss   Short Dance The short dance competition at the World Junior Championships took place on Wednesday, March 7. The top 20 teams, from the full roster of 28 couples, advanced to the free dance. Only three teams...

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2018 Olympics: Free Dance Recap

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron placed 13th at the 2014 World Championships and, soon after, moved with coach Romain Haguenauer to Montréal to work with Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon. In 2015 and 2016, they won...

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2018 Olympics: Short Dance Recap

by Daphne Backman | Photo by Robin Ritoss The ice dance event at the Olympics got underway with 24 teams taking the ice with several goals in mind – to qualify for the free dance or to fight for a medal or both! In contrast to the Team Event where only one team...

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#USChamps18 – Senior Recap

by Anne Calder | Photos by Daphne Backman Thirteen senior ice dance teams competed at the 2018 U.S. National Championships. The list included U.S. National Champions and medalists, World Champion medalists, Grand Prix Final medalists, and World Junior...

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#USChamps18 – Junior Recap

by Anne Calder | Photos by Daphne Backman The Junior Ice Dance competition included thirteen teams – twelve qualified as the top four at Eastern, Midwestern, and Pacific Coast Sectionals. Christina Carreira & Anthony Ponomarenko, the Junior Grand Prix...

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#USChamps18 – Novice Recap

by Anne Calder | Photos by Daphne Backman The novice free dance was held at the Solar4America Ice in San Jose, California on Tuesday evening, January 2. Family and friends showered the skaters with stuffed animals, long-stemmed faux flowers, and loud applause. Twelve...

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#USChamps18 – Juvenile & Intermediate Recap

by Anne Calder | Photos by Daphne Backman In the 1990s, the juvenile and intermediate levels began competing at an event called the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships. In 2013, for the first time, they joined the novice, junior and senior groups at...

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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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