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March 03, 2014

Meryl Davis and Charlie White to skip 2014 World Figure Skating Championships

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FROM US FIGURE SKATING:

MERYL DAVIS AND CHARLIE WHITE ELECT NOT TO COMPETE AT 2014 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

(3/3/14) - Olympic champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White announced today they will not compete at the 2014 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, March 24-30, in Saitama, Japan. Davis and White, the reigning World champions, became the first American ice dance team to earn an Olympic gold medal last month in Sochi, Russia.

"Now that we've had some time at home to discuss our plan for the rest of the season, we've decided not to compete in the 2014 World Championships," Davis said. "We're extremely pleased to have capped-off this Olympic cycle with our performances at the Olympic Games."

Davis and White also earned a bronze medal in Sochi in the inaugural Olympic Team Event. They are three-time Olympic medalists after also winning silver at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

"We feel that our incredibly positive Olympic experience is the culmination of and perfect ending to a wonderful four-year cycle," White said. "We will leave our options open for the future and are excited to cheer on our American teammates as they compete in Japan."

Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton, the second alternates for the World Team, will represent Team USA at the World Championships. The first-year senior competitors won bronze at 2014 Four Continents and finished fifth at the 2014 U.S. Championships.

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who are the 2014 Four Continents champions, were the first alternates for the World Team. They will not compete due to a torn labrum in Hubbell’s left hip. She is expected to have it surgically repaired this week.

2014 U.S. World Figure Skating Team:

Ladies:
Polina Edmunds
Gracie Gold
Ashley Wagner

Men:
Max Aaron
Jeremy Abbott

Pairs:
Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir
Caydee Denney and John Coughlin

Ice dance:
Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton
Madison Chock and Evan Bates
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani

February 20, 2014

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Sotnikova gold, Kim silver, Kostner bronze

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Click here for complete results.

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Gold, Wagner and Edmunds finish in top nine

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FROM US FIGURE SKATING:

ALL THREE U.S. LADIES FINISH IN TOP NINE

Free Skate Quotes - Polina Edmunds, Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner (PDF)

(2/20/14) - Team USA placed three ladies in the top nine at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Gracie Gold led the way, finishing fourth, followed by Ashley Wagner in seventh, and Polina Edmunds, ninth. All three ladies were making their Olympic debuts, including Edmunds, who made her senior international debut.

After a strong effort in the short program, Gold backed up that performance with a great Sleeping Beauty free skate. Opening with a huge triple Lutz-triple toe, Gold nailed her first five elements with ease before a mistake on her triple flip. Not letting that disrupt her performance, Gold then picked up where she left off for her final five elements. She earned 69.57 points for her elements and a further 68.33 points for her components for a personal best 136.90 points for her free skate. She finished with a personal best score of 205.53 overall.

Skating to Samson and Delilah, changing her program shortly before the Olympics, Wagner delivered a fierce and clean skate in its season debut. Wagner landed six clean triple jumps on the night, including a triple loop-double Axel which earned a program-best 8.69 points. In her new orange dress, she skated to 66.92 points for her components and finished in seventh place with a total of 193.20 points.

At the age of 15, Edmunds was one of the youngest competitors at the Olympic Games, and on the sport's biggest stage, she delivered. After a fun Cha Cha short program, Edmunds skated classically to songs fromPeer Gynt. She opened with back-to-back 10-point elements and only received a negative grade of execution on one of her twelve elements throughout her skate. She earned personal best scores throughout the competition and ended with 183.25 points and a top-10 finish.

The ladies free skate concludes the competition from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. For recaps, photos and results, visit www.icenetwork.com.

February 19, 2014

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Ladies event concludes tomorrow with free skate

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

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2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Kim leads after short, Sotnikova second, Kostner third, Gold fourth

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Top 10 results of ladies after the short program. Click here for complete results.

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

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