(10/30/13) - Ten U.S. athletes will compete this week at 2013 Cup of China, the third event of the 2013
International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.
Cup of China will take place Friday and Saturday at Capital Gymnasium in Beijing. NBC will air coverage of Cup of China from 1:30-3:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Nov. 3, with additional online and broadcast coverage available on Universal Sports Network on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2. Cup of China will be streamed live online to those cable subscribers who have Universal Sports as part of their TV subscription package.
Icenetwork Season Pass subscribers will have access to live video from Cup of China. To become a registered user or a Season Pass subscriber, please visit www.icenetwork.com. Event coverage, including results, news, recaps and photos, will be available on icenetwork to all users.
Cup of China
Ladies Agnes Zawadzki, the 2013 U.S bronze medalist, began her season with a fourth-place finish at the 2013 U.S. International Classic. In early October, she announced that she had begun training with coach Tom Zakrajsek.
Men Richard Dornbush begins his Grand Prix season after finishing fourth at 2013 Finlandia Trophy last month. Dornbush will make his second Cup of China appearance (sixth in 2011).
Pairs Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim are the current U.S. silver medalists. They continue their second season together following a third-place finish at Nepela Memorial. Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay finished seventh two weeks ago at 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America.
Ice dance Madison Chock and Evan Bates, the 2013 U.S. silver medalists, look to improve upon a fourth-place showing at this event last year. They opened their season with a silver medal win at 2013 Finlandia Trophy. Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton make their Grand Prix Series debut. The two-time reigning U.S. junior champions have medaled at the last two Junior Grand Prix Final competitions.
The Grand Prix Series, now in its 19th season, consists of six international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Approximately 300 athletes from 30 countries are expected to participate in the series. Each athlete is eligible to score points in up to two of the six scheduled events. The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the 2013 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, set for Dec. 5-8, in Fukuoka, Japan.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (10/30/13) -- Skate Dance Dream, a new kind of show tour that unites dance and figure skating on one stage, showcasing Nationally recognized Stars with local youth dancers and figure skaters, will be coming to Dimondale, Michigan for a one-time-only performance.
The show will take place on November 9, 2013 at the Summit Sports and Ice Complex. Among the
show’s headliners include Top 6 finalists from season 6 of the Fox hit show “So You Think You Can Dance” dancers Ashleigh DiLello and Ryan DiLello. Performances from Olympic, World, and U.S. National figure skating medalists, including Emily Samuelson, Beatrisa Liang, and Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt round out the star cast.
One of the “coolest” aspects of the show experience is seeing the interactive atmosphere created between the Stars, youth cast members, and fans. Some of the expected highlights are group numbers where the Stars perform with the kids and getting to watch the Stars dazzle live with flips, spins, and more as they soar and leap through the air!
The show is delivered in an intimate setting that celebrates the arts in their best light. It inspires all to dream big and will bring out the kid in each of us. “With two of America’s favorite arts center stage, Skate Dance DreamTM has something for everyone. It offers a glimpse into the amazing talent of all ages, both locally and nationally. It is fun, innovative, surprising, and so much more. It is skating and dance coming together - an artistic revolution - that spotlights Stars with kids, like never before. It is a must-see show!” says Parker Pennington, Executive Producer of Skate Dance DreamTM and former U.S. National Figure Skating Champion at 4 levels.
ISU GP of Figure Skating: Lexus Cup of China, Preview
The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2013/2014 continues this week with the Lexus Cup of China the third of six events in the series, in Beijing. Several top skaters are making their season debut this week in Beijing. The world's top figure skaters are competing for a prize money of US $ 180,000 per individual event of the Grand Prix.
51 skaters/couples from 9 ISU Members will compete at the Lexus Cup of China. The event is headlined by four-time World Champions and reigning World silver medalists Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (GER), 2012 World Champion and current World silver medalist Carolina Kostner (ITA).
In the Pairs event, Savchenko/Szolkowy will face two-time World Champions and reigning Olympic silver medalists Qing Pang/Jian Tong (CHN) on their home soil. Cheng Peng/Hao Zhang (CHN), Anastasia Martiusheva/Alexei Rogonov (RUS) and Alexa Scimeca/Chris Knierim (USA) are eyeing the podium as well.
Kostner is up against a group of talented young skaters in the Ladies competition. Zijun Li (CHN), 2013 Four Continents bronze medalist Kanako Murakami (JPN), 2013 European silver medalist Adelina Sotnikova (RUS) and 2013 World Junior bronze medalist Anna Pogorilaya (RUS) are looking to challenge Kostner. Other contenders include Agnes Zawadzki (USA) and Haruka Imai (JPN).
Reigning World silver medalist Denis Ten (KAZ) leads the Men. Ten had to sit out his first Grand Prix event due to illness. Takahiko Kozuka (JPN) is entering his second event and looking to improve from his sixth place finish at Skate America two weeks ago. Nan Song (CHN), 2012 World Junior Champion Han Yan (CHN), 2013 European silver medalist Florent Amodio (FRA), Peter Liebers (GER), Maxim Kovtun (RUS) and Richard Dornbush (USA) will compete intheir first Grand Prix event this season. Kevin Reynolds (CAN) has withdrawn.
The Ice Dance event focuses on 2013 World bronze medalists Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev (RUS) and two-time European Champions Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat (FRA). 2013 Four Continents bronze medalists Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) want to challenge the favorites. Other contenders include Xintong Huang/Xun Zheng (CHN), Pernelle Carron/Lloyd Jones (FRA) and 2013 World Junior bronze medalists Alexandra Aldridge/Daniel Eaton (USA).
For full entry lists and results of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2013/14 please refer to www.isu.org.
The schedule of Lexus Cup of China is as follows:
Friday, November 1: Short Dance, Ladies, Men's, Pairs Short Program
Saturday, November 2: Free Dance, Ladies, Men's, Pairs Free Skating