Ashley Wagner attended the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit in Park City and spoke out against Russia's anti-gay legislation. While recognizing that she is an athlete and the Olympics should be a neutral zone for political or human rights stances, Ashley was not going to remain neutral on an issue that hits close to home. Read full story here.
JASON BROWN ASSIGNED TO 2013 HILTON HHONORS SKATE AMERICA
(9/30/13) - Jason Brown, the 2013 World Junior silver medalist, has accepted an invitation to compete at 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America where he will make his Grand Prix Series debut. Brown was invited after Evan Lysacek, the reigning Olympic champion, announced Monday at the 2013 USOC Media Summit that he will not compete at the event due to injury. Skate America is set for Oct. 18-20, 2013, at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Brown began his first senior international season by winning the silver medal at 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy last week in Oberstdorf, Germany. He will also compete at 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard Nov. 15-17, in Paris.
Lysacek withdrew from last month's U.S. International Figure Skating Classic due to a slight abdominal tear. Last week, an MRI revealed a labral tear in his left hip. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Skate America will feature three days of competition in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dance. The field of competitors will include 52 world-class athletes, some of whom will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Team USA will be headlined by ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the reigning World champions. The international field features 2010 Olympic ladies silver medalist Mao Asada and men's bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi of Japan, as well as 2013 World pairs champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia.
Other stops on the Grand Prix Series include Skate Canada (St. John, New Brunswick), Cup of China (Beijing), NHK Trophy (Tokyo), Trophee Eric Bompard (Paris) and Rostelecom Cup (Moscow). Skaters earn points throughout the Grand Prix Series to qualify for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final each December. The 2013 Grand Prix Final will be held Dec. 5-8, in Fukuoka, Japan.
NBC Sports reports that Evan Lysacek withdrew from Skate America due to a hip injury. Skate America will be held in Detroit from October 18-20 and is the first major international competition of the Olympic season. Read full story here.
Maia Shibutani, 19, and Alex Shibutani, 22, are the US brother and sister ice dance team that hopes to make it to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Three dance teams from the US can go to Sochi and Maia and Alex. World bronze medalists, are sure to be one of the teams to represent the United States. Their first international competition is coming up at Skate America from October 18-20 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Here's my podcast with the duo during Media Day at Joe Louis Arena last week. Many thanks to U.S. Figure Skating and Mimi Whetstone at USFS for passing along my questions to Maia and Alex! (Photo credit: 2013 U.S. Olympic Committee)
Index: 00:00 How they are a different team from last season. 00:33 What it's like to be a brother and sister ice dance team. 3:24 Their short dance to Michael Buble songs this season. 5:14 Their free dance to Michael Jackson songs this season. 8:56 Their Youtube channel ShibSibs. 11:27 Sacrifices they've made to become a successful ice dance team. 12:50 Skating idols growing up. 15:33 The 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Think Maia and Alex don't have the MJ moves to pull off the free dance? See starting 1:50 below...
Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue opened their 2014 Olympic campaign with impressive success, winning the ice dance title at Nebelhorn Trophy by nearly five points. The win marks the second Nebelhorn title for the duo, who also topped the podium in 2011. They earned a total combined score of 147.11 points.
In his senior international debut, Jason Brown took home the silver medal in the men's event behind two-time Grand Prix Final silver medalist Nobunari Oda of Japan. The reigning World Junior silver medalist earned a personal-best 228.43 points for the week.
Also making her senior international debut was Ashley Cain, who stood on the podium behind two-time World champion Miki Ando of Japan and reigning World Junior champion Elena Radionova of Russia. Topping her previous personal-best score by an impressive 26 points, Cain finished the week with 162.39 points and the bronze medal.
Polina Edmunds earned her second JGP title of the season, topping the podium in Belarus by nearly 15 points. Coupled with the gold she won at JGP Mexico earlier this month, Edmunds qualified to compete at the 2013 Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, set for Dec. 5-8, in Fukuoka, Japan. She finished the week with 165.77 total points.
Nathan Chen will join Edmunds at the JGP Final after winning his third career JGP title with 211.11 points. Chen will travel to Japan with JGP titles from Mexico and Belarus after his run for the 2012 JGP Final was cut short by a lower leg injury.
Ice dancers Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter added a third title for Team USA, finishing the week with 137.97 points. The win marks the first JGP medal of any color for the Maryland-based duo.
Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage rounded out the medal count by taking the silver medal in the pairs event. They finished the week with 131.66 points and their highest JGP placement as a team.
Team USA Results at 2013 JGP Belarus
Ladies Polina Edmunds, 1st Barbie Long, 10th
Men's Nathan Chen, 1st Spencer Howe, 15th
Pairs Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage, 2nd Christina Zaitsev and Ernie Utah Stevens, 7th
Ice Dance Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter, 1st Tory Patsis and Joseph Johnson, 9th
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