Thursday, January 27, 2011

U.S. Nationals and Europeans Updates

Mirai Nagasu won the ladies short program at U.S. Nationals with 63.35. Not far behind are Alissa Czisny (62.50), Rachael Flatt (62.32), and Agnes Zawadzki (61.54). Christina Gao and Vanessa Lam are in fifth and sixth respectively with 58.43 and 57.61. Ashley Wagner, who is reportedly struggling with the flu, sits in seventh (54.63) with Yasmin Siraj in eighth (49.91),and Caroline Zhang in tenth (48.48). Mirai was also charming the heck out of reporters in the mixed zone, saying things like...

"I have to do jumps anyway, so why not go ahead and land them?" and "The title was Total Package; I think it should have been Potential Total Package" (about her SKATING magazine cover.).

Her skating aside, things like that really make me cheer for Mirai. She's young, she's adorable, and she can make me laugh. The personality doesn't seem put on in any way - she's just acting like the seventeen year old girl that she is.

Eleven year old Nathan Chen completely decimated the rest of the field at Nationals for his second Novice National title in a row. His coach says that Nathan is planning to move up to Juniors next season and is working on a triple axel off ice. I really hope that he manages to stay injury free over the next few years and can adjust his jumps well as he gets taller - he clearly is a talent.

Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin are in the lead after the pairs short program with 64.30. Second are Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig with 62.87, third Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker with 58.10. Defending champions Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett are fourth with 57.79. Protocols for the short program are available if you click on Senior Pairs short program on this page (they also seem to be available for all other categories shortly after the events are over.)

Starting orders are up for the men's short program and the short dance.

Onto Euros...

To no ones surprise Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat are in the lead after the short dance (66.91). In second are Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev (65.46), third Sinead Kerr and John Kerr (62.87). Rounding out the top six are Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov (60.93), Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko (60.91), and Nora Hoffmann and Maxim Zavozin (58.00). Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali are buried in ninth (57.18).

Short Dance Results

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy claimed their fourth European crown with a final score of 206.20, despite losing the freeskate to Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov (203.61).Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov grabbed bronze with 188.24 and Katarina Gerboldt and Alexander Enbert, fourth(169.95).

Pairs Short Results
Pairs Freeskate Results

Florent Amodio has the lead after the men's short program with 78.11. Michal Brezina sits in second with 76.13 and Artur Gachinski third with 73.76. Kevin Van Der Perren is in fourth (73.61) followed by Tomas Verner (72.91), Samuel Contesti (72.78), and Brian Joubert (70.44). Gold medal favorites Brian and Tomas both fell once and based off the protocol it looks like Brian struggled with all of his jumping elements. Personally, I'm certainly hoping that Florent holds onto the lead for his first senior international title and am also hoping that Tomas will come back strong with a solid freeskate.

Men's Short Results

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