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!
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.
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Jeremy Abbott – Worlds 2014 Gala Show Skate
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