That Was The Week That Was In Figure Skating (19-25 September 2016)

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

European Skaters Take Three Titles At Nebelhorn Trophy

Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot began their season with a comprehensive victory, despite neither of their programs going perfectly. The World bronze medallists included a triple Axel throw in each of their routines and, although neither attempt was successful, it is clear that are intent on further pushing the technical bar this season. Behind the Germans, Lubov Iliushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch took silver and Mari Vartmann and Ruben Blommaert the bronze.

Following their withdrawal from Lombardia Trophy, Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte got their season off to a winning start as they edged out World bronze medallists Madison Chock and Evan Bates for the ice dance title by just over a point. Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier came third.

In 2014, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva announced her return to top form in winning the Nebelhorn Trophy title. After a poor season last year, the 2015 World champion was back in Oberstdorf to regain her mojo again. However, a fall on a double Axel towards the end of her free skating program cost her dearly and she was overtaken by Japan’s Mai Mihara and had to settle for silver. Gabrielle Daleman took the bronze.

Alexander Petrov captured the men’s title for Russia with Jorik Hendrickx from Belgium second and Grant Hochstein from the United States third. It was the first time for all three men to stand on the Nebelhorn Trophy podium.

Juniors Show Skills In Slovenia

There was high drama in the ladies event at the Junior Grand Prix in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Rika Kihira from Japan reeled off a triple Axel and seven other triple jumps to win gold and book herself a place in the Junior Grand Prix Final. Junior World champion Marin Honda needed a win to guarantee a place at the same event, but she could only manage a silver. Her chances of qualification will all depend on the results of the final two Junior Grand Prix events. Despite a meltdown in the free, Russia’s Alina Zagitova will join Kihira in Marseille.

Alexei Krasnozhon from the United States went for a quadruple loop in his free and, although he didn’t land it cleanly, it helped propel him to the title in the men’s event. The American also qualified for the Junior Grand Prix Final. Russia’s Ilia Skirda was second and Kazuki Tomono third. Dmitri Aliev, who had been leading after the short program, fell apart in the free and is now unlikely to qualify for the final.

Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter had an uncharacteristically poor free dance where they finished third. However, the Junior World champions had enough in the bank after the short dance to seal another win and punch their ticket to France in December. Sofia Polishchuk and Alexander Vakhnov from Russia won the free dance and came second overall. Despite coming second in both segments, fellow Russians Anastasia Skoptcova and Kirill Aleshin ended up third.

Patrick Chan Announces New Team Of Coaches

Skate Canada announced 23 September that three-time World champion Patrick Chan would be coached by Marina Zoueva, Oleg Epstein and Johnny Johns in Canton, Michigan at the Arctic Edge Arena. The 2014 Olympic silver medallist’s previous coach Kathy Johnson resigned her position last month. Chan’s season debut will be at Finlandia Trophy.




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