Recaps

A look back at the first U.S. Dance Final

A look back at the first U.S. Dance Final

by Anne Calder  “In the summer of 2017, [USFSA] President Sam Auxier established a Competitions Task Force with the goal of addressing a number of issues facing the current qualifying pipeline for singles, pairs and ice dance athletes.” (from the U.S. Figure Skating...

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Recap: 2019 NHK Trophy

Recap: 2019 NHK Trophy

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss The sixth 2019 Grand Prix Series event, the NHK Trophy, was held in Sapporo, Japan November 22-24. Nine ice dance teams from seven countries competed for prize money and the remaining slots for the Grand Prix Final in Torino,...

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Recap: 2019 Rostelecom Cup

Recap: 2019 Rostelecom Cup

by Anne Calder | Photo by Julia Komarova The fifth event in the Grand Prix Series was held in Moscow, Russia from November 15-17, at the Megasport Sport Palace. Ten teams from seven countries competed for prize money and qualification for the Grand Prix Final in...

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Recap: 2019 Cup of China

Recap: 2019 Cup of China

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss Cup of China was held November 8-10 in Chongqing - a Yangtze River port city in southwest China. Ten couples representing five countries competed to qualify for the Grand Prix Final. The podium order was Russia, United States of...

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Recap: 2019 Internationaux de France

Recap: 2019 Internationaux de France

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss The third Grand Prix Series event was held in Grenoble, France, from November 1-3. Eight countries were represented. Advertised as the “Capital of the Alps” due to its size and proximity to the mountains, Grenoble hosted the...

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Recap: 2019 Skate Canada

Recap: 2019 Skate Canada

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss The 2019 Skate Canada International was held in Kelowna, British Columbia October 25-27. The city also hosted the event in 2014. Ten teams from five ISU countries competed for points toward qualification for the Grand Prix Final...

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Recap: 2019 Skate America

Recap: 2019 Skate America

by Anne Calder | Photos by Daphne Backman Skate America - the first of six 2019 Grand Prix Series events - was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 18-20. The competitors were seeded and invited based on the results of the 2019 World Figure Skating Championships. Ten...

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Recap: 2019 U.S. International Classic

Recap: 2019 U.S. International Classic

by Anne Calder The third event in the ISU Challenger Series was held in Salt Lake City, UT USA. Nine teams from seven countries competed in the ice dance discipline. Several athletes had some altitude difficulties due to the elevation being higher than their training...

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Recap: 2019 Junior Grand Prix Lake Placid

Recap: 2019 Junior Grand Prix Lake Placid

by Anne Calder | Photo by Daphne Backman RHYTHM DANCE (RD) The 14 ice dance teams performed Broadway and movie musicals, to one or more of the following rhythms: Quickstep, Blues, March, Foxtrot, Swing, Charleston, Waltz. The Tea-Time Foxtrot Pattern Dance Element...

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Recap: 2019 World Championships Free Dance

Recap: 2019 World Championships Free Dance

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss There was a slight shift in the overnight standings. The top two after the rhythm dance, Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron and Victoria Sinitsina & Nikita Katsalapov, kept their spots. Americans Madison Hubbell and...

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Recap: 2019 World Championships Rhythm Dance

Recap: 2019 World Championships Rhythm Dance

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss The 2019 World Figure Skating Championships were held from March 14-24 in Saitama, Japan. Twenty-seven teams from 20 ISU countries competed in the Rhythm Dance. (RD) European teams won the top three spots. The last time a North...

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Recap: 2019 World Junior Championships

Recap: 2019 World Junior Championships

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss The World Junior Championships, held in Zagreb, Croatia March 4-10, were won by Canada’s Marjorie Lajoie & Zachary Lagha. It was Canada’s second ice dance World Junior Championship victory in the event’s 44 year history....

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Recap: 2019 Four Continents Free Dance

Recap: 2019 Four Continents Free Dance

by Anne Calder | Photo by Melanie Heaney The podium included: Madison Chock & Evan Bates (gold), Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje (silver), and Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier (bronze). The free dance event was held Sunday afternoon on February 10. Earlier, the...

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Recap: 2019 Four Continents Rhythm Dance

Recap: 2019 Four Continents Rhythm Dance

by Anne Calder | Photo by Melanie Heaney The USA last hosted the Four Continents in 2012. The event was held in Colorado Springs and the ice dance podium included: Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir of Canada (gold),  Meryl Davis & Charlie White of the United States...

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Recap: 2019 European Championships

Recap: 2019 European Championships

by Anne Calder | Photo by Julia Komarova Minsk, Belarus hosted the 2019 European Championships January 21-27. Twenty-five couples representing 16 countries competed in the rhythm dance. The top 20 qualified for the free dance. The podium included: (gold) Gabriiella...

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