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!
Mirai Nagasu wears her skates straight onto the red carpet before taking to the ice during the 2014 Skating With The Stars Gala held at Trump Rink in New York City’s Central Park on Monday night (April 7).
The 20-year-old figure skater joined other Team USA figure skaters Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds, Jason Brown, Felicia Zhang, Nate Bartholomay and Jeremy Abbott to honor Michelle Kwan, Jeff Tweedy, and Dylan Lauren.
“Walking around #TimesSquare with @PolinaEdmunds before the Figure Skating in Harlem event tonight!! #FSH #NYC,” Jason excitedly tweeted ahead of the event.
Most of the skaters at the event are also on the Stars on Ice 2014 tour — check out the dates on JJJ!
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The U.S. Figure Skating Team is all smiles on the red carpet for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Committee’s Best of U.S. Awards held at Warner Theatre on Wednesday night (April 2) in Washington, D.C.
Polina Edmunds, Jason Brown plus pairs skaters Felicia Zhang, Nate Bartholomay, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir all hit up the inaugural ceremony, which honored the best of the best of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
During the show, not only did Meryl Davis and Charlie White bring home the Team of the Olympics award, but Jason‘s coach, Kori Ade, was also honored with the USG Building Dream Award.
More Olympians on the way!
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Jeremy Abbott makes the audience hold their breath as he performs in the exhibition gala during the 2014 ISU World Figure Skating Championships held at Saitama Super Arena on Sunday night (March 30) in Saitama, Japan.
“It’s really bittersweet for me. I have so many emotions going through my head. I’m happy with how I skated and that was exactly what I wanted to do here. That’s what I’ve been training for. That’s the best I’ve ever skated that program in competition,” the 28-year-old skater told press after his free program the day before which put him in 5th place.
Jeremy was joined on the ice by team mates Ashley Wagner, Madison Chock, Evan Bates, Alex and Maia Shibutani, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, as well as World champs Mao Asada and Yuzuru Hanyu, both of Japan.
Watch Jeremy‘s new show performance below! 10+ pics inside…
Jeremy Abbott – Worlds 2014 Gala Show Skate
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Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds have completed their competition season, grabbing top 10 spots during the 2014 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena on Saturday night (March 29) in Saitama, Japan.
The three Team USA figure skaters maintained their three spots for next year’s competition, placing 5th, 7th, and 8th, respectively.
So, who took home the title for a third time? Japan’s Mao Asada!
“I was able to control myself and I have done what I had to do,” Mao shared with reporters afterward. “I was much more nervous than I was for the short program but the cheering from the fans was with me and made me relax.”
Mao also won the title in 2008 and 2010. Russia’s Yulia Lipnitskaya and Italy’s Carolina Kostner took home the silver and bronze.