Photo by Sean Gillis

That Was The Week That Was In Figure Skating (12-18 September 2016)

We take a quick look back at what happened in the world of skating over the course of the past week.

Challenger Series Continues at U.S. International Figure Skating Classic

Despite having competed in Italy at Lombardia Trophy the previous weekend where he finished second, Jason Brown showed no signs of fatigue when in taking the men’s title at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in Salt Lake City, Utah. After finding himself in second after the short program, the 2015 U.S. national champion opened his free skating with a fall on a quadruple toe loop, but was foot perfect for the remainder of his routine.

Takahito Mura took silver behind Brown and Adam Rippon, who had been the leader after the short, dropped down to third place overall.

Satoko Miyahara was a class apart from the rest of the field in the ladies event and collected her second consecutive U.S. International Figure Skating Classic title. Mariah Bell and Karen Chen were second and third respectively.

The ice dance competition was dominated by Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and the Americans also claimed their second title in a row at this event. There was an unexpected silver medal for Japan’s Kana Muramoto and Chris Reed. After a poor short dance, Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam rebounded in the free dance to pick up the bronze.

Brittany Jones and Joshua Reagan from Canada triumphed in the pairs event with Americans Jessica Calalang and Zack Sidhu nabbing second and Alexandra Shaughnessy and James Morgan in third.

Russian Delight in Saransk

Following its sojourn in Japan, the ISU Junior Grand Prix Series was back in Europe with the fourth round taking place in Saransk, Russia. The hosts swept all four titles on offer.

Alexander Samarin became the third Russian man this season to win a Junior Grand Prix with a comfortable victory over 23 points clear of Andrew Torgashev from the U.S. in second. Matyas Belohradsky from the Czech Republic took third.

Just as the Japanese ladies had done a week earlier, the Russian ladies occupied all three spots on the podium in Saransk. Polina Tsurskaya was far from perfect in the free, but did more than enough to emerge victorious. Silver went to Stanislava Konstantinova and bronze to Elizaveta Nugumanova.

There was also a clean sweep for Russia in the pairs competition. Anastasia Mishina and Vladislav Mirzoev won their first Junior Grand Prix crown. There was a solid debut for Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii who came second in their first international as a team. Ekaterina Borisova and Dmitry Sopot finished third.

In their fourth season on the Junior Grand Prix circuit, Alla Loboda and Pavel Drozd set themselves on course for a third appearance in the Junior Grand Prix Final when they handsomely won the ice dance title. Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko from the U.S. were four points adrift in second and Russia’s Sofia Shevcheno and Igor Eremenko a distant third.




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