Congrats to ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates for picking up the silver medal at this weekend’s 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships held at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in China.
The duo placed second with 181.34, just a few points shy of France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron. Maia and Alex Shibutani were 5th, while Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue placed 10th.
In the women’s competition, Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner were 4th and 5th, with Polina Edmunds in 8th.
“It might sound silly because I’m 23 years old, but I’m still learning in this sport,” Ashley shared with press after the free program. “I was a late bloomer. To go out there under such immense pressure, to redeem myself in a way, that’s something I’m very proud of.”
Gracie added, “This year was a little more rough and tumble for me. I’m used to being at least consistently going up, maybe a little down. Wiping the ice at the Four Continents event and breaking a foot aren’t really in my usual plans. Those are some pretty severe ups and downs.”
Jason Brown placed 4th in the men’s competition, with Adam Rippon in 8th, and Joshua Farris in 11th.
Pairs katers Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier placed 12th, and U.S. National Champs Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim were 7th.
Polina Edmunds stands on the top of the podium after winning the gold medal at the 2015 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships held at the Mokdong Ice Rink on Sunday afternoon (February 15) in Seoul, South Korea.
The 16-year-old figure skater topped Satoka Miyahara and Rika Hongo, both of Japan, as well as teammate Gracie Gold (4th), for the top place over the weekend.
“I knew if I relaxed and skated like I knew I could, it was possible,” Polina shared after the free skate. “I expected myself to skate well and I did. I’m happy I was awarded the gold medal for it.”
Joshua Farris took the silver medal for the men’s competition, with Jason Brown in 6th.
Ice Dancers and current U.S. Champs Madison Chock and Evans Bates, placed 2nd, with Maia and Alex Shibutani in 3rd. Pairs skaters and U.S. Champs Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim placed 5th.
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Ashley Wagner reacts with glee after nailing her free skate during the Ladie’s competition at the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships held at Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday night (January 24) in Greensboro, N.C.
The 23-year-old skater won the national title, beating Gracie Gold, who came in second, and Karen Chen, in third.
“This, of my three titles, this one tastes the sweetest,” Ashley shared after the competition with press. “This is the one that means the most to me, because this is the one that shows every single person that doubts me, every single person that says I’m too old, every single person that says I’m not capable of being a leading lady — this shows them that they need to shut their mouths and watch me skate.”
Polina Edmunds placed 4th and Mirai Nagasu slipped down to 10th.
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Mirai Nagasu has all eyes on her during the Ladie’s Short Program at at the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships held at Greensboro Coliseum on Thursday night (January 22) in Greensboro, N.C.
The 21-year-old figure skater placed 4th with 65.28, just .76 behind Polina Edmunds, who placed third.
Courtney Hicks took fifth place with 65.01, fan favorite Samantha Cesario earned 59.21 and placed 11th while Ashley Cain was in 14th place with 54.35.
Don’t forget to tune into the Ladie’s Free Skate on Sunday. Can’t wait to see who takes the top spot!
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Gracie Gold is all smiles with her medal and trophy after winning the ladies title at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2014/2015 NHK Trophy held at the Namihaya Dome on Saturday night (November 29) in Osaka, Japan.
The 19-year-old figure skater took the gold medal with 191.16 points, ahead of Russia’s Alena Leonova (186.40) and Japan’s Satoko Miyahara (179.02).
“Of course I feel very happy to win my first Grand Prix and senior international, but I know I can do better and improve even upon this performance,” Gracie shared with press after the competition. “Of course this competition gives me confidence. I have acquired a lot of bronze medals over my career so far, so it’s nice to have a gold medal in the mix.”
Polina Edmunds and Christina Gao placed 8th and 9th. Jeremy Abbott, Ross Miner and Joshua Farris placed 5th, 7th and 11th in the men’s competition.
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Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, the reigning Olympic and World champion, was involved in a nasty ice collision during practice ahead of the free skate during the 2014 Lexus Cup of China on Saturday (November 8) in Shanghai, China.
The 19-year-old figure skater and China’s Han Yan crashed into each other during warm ups, which left Yuzuru on his back with blood streaming across his neck and face from a cut on his chin. Eek!
Determined to skate his free program, Yuzuru did just that and even though he fell from five of his jumps, he still placed 2nd, taking home the silver medal.
Team USA’s Richard Dornbush placed 3rd with Maia and Alex Shibutani taking 2nd in ice dance and Polina Edmunds taking 4th for the ladies.
Feel better, Yuzuru!
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Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani show off their fierce paso doble dance for the short program during the 2014 Lexus Cup of China on Friday night (November 7) in Shanghai, China.
The sibling skaters were joined at the event by ladies competitors Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia, and Polina Edmunds, Christina Gao and Ashley Cain from USA, as well as mens competitors Yuzuru Hanyu and Richard Dornbush.
“In one word, it was the worst,” Yuzuru shared with press after his short program, where he placed second. “It’s surprising that this kind of performance was good enough for second. It’s extremely frustrating. I’ll have a hard look in the mirror, and then I want to put on the kind of performance tomorrow [in the free skate] that people expect from me.”
Richard, who skates for Team USA, placed 4th. Julia currently sits first for the ladies with Polina, Christina and Ashley at 7th, 8th and 11th.
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Charlie White skates back to Polina Edmunds after showing off his excellent twizzle skills during practice for the 2014 Stars on Ice tour in Orlando, Fla., over the weekend.
“It’s the Charlie White vs. Polina Edmunds Twizzle off!” Polina, 15, captioned with the fun video.
She added, “OH YEAH I BEAT CHARLIE!???????? 25-18 difficult position twizzles.????haha @starsonicetour #whatwedoduringwarmups #whosaidfreestylerscanttwizzle @charlieawhite.”
A twizzle, mostly performed by ice dancers, is a multirotational one-foot turn in figure skating. The spin travels across the ice instead of being centered in one spot and can be performed both forward and backward, on both inside and outside edges, and both clockwise and counterclockwise. Makes you dizzy, right? Us, too!