14 April 2015

2015 World Team Trophy - Entries and where to watch

The 2015 World Team Trophy will be held 16 - 19 April in Tokyo, Japan. The six countries with the best results during the season send two men, two ladies, one pair and one ice dancing entry. Skaters will compete in a team format.

With the conclusion of the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai, China, the qualifiers for the fourth edition of the World Team Trophy are as follows:

1) RUSSIA - 8517 points
2) UNITED STATES - 7641 points
3) JAPAN - 6543 points
4) CANADA - 6400 points
5) FRANCE - 4993 points
6) CINA - 4368 points

The names of the competitors of each team are as follows:

22 March 2015

2015 World Championships - Entries and where to watch


The 2015 World Figure Skating Championships will be held 23 March – 29 March in Shanghai, China. Medals will be awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pairs, and ice dancing.

Skaters are eligible for the event if they are representing an ISU member nation and have reached the age of 15 before 1 July 2014 in their place of birth. National associations select their entries according to their own criteria but the ISU mandates that their selections achieve a minimum technical elements score (TES) at an international event prior to the World Championships.

Entries are as follow:

MEN

1 Brendan KERRY AUS 1  
2 Pavel IGNATENKO BLR 2  
3 Nam NGUYEN CAN 3  
4 Jeremy TEN CAN 3  
Elladj BALDE CAN 3 S  
Liam FIRUS CAN 3 S  
Roman SADOVSKY CAN 3 S  
5 Nan SONG CHN 4  
6 Han YAN CHN 4  
Boyang JIN CHN 4 S  
Yi WANG CHN 4 S  
7 Michal BREZINA CZE 5  
8 Petr COUFAL CZE 5  
9 Florent AMODIO FRA 6  
10 Chafik BESSEGHIER FRA 6  
Romain PONSART FRA 6 S  
11 Peter LIEBERS GER 7

9 February 2015

2015 Four Continents - Entries and where to watch


The 2015 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships will be held in 9–15 February 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. Skaters will compete in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing for the title of Four Continents Champion.

The event's name refers to the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Oceania, which are four of the continents represented in the Olympic rings, omitting Europe.


Entries are as follows.

MEN

1 Denis MARGALIK ARG 1  
2 Andrew DODDS AUS 2  
3 Brendan KERRY AUS 2  
4 Liam FIRUS CAN 3  
5 Nam NGUYEN CAN 3  
6 Jeremy TEN CAN 3  
Elladj BALDE CAN 3 S  
Mitchell GORDON CAN 3 S  
Roman SADOVSKY CAN 3 S  
7 Yuhang GUAN CHN 4  
8 Yi WANG CHN 4  
9 Han YAN CHN 4  
10 Jui-Shu CHEN TPE 5  
11 Chih-I TSAO TPE 5  
12 Ronald LAM HKG 6  
13 Harry Hau Yin LEE HKG 6

4 February 2015

Winter Universiade Granada 2015


The 2015 Winter Universiade, the XXVII Winter Universiade, is a multi sport winter event which will take place in Granada, Spain and Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia. 

Biathlon, Cross-country skiing, Nordic combined, Ski jumping took place in Slovakia, from January 24 – February 1. From February 4 – 14, Alpine skiing, Curling, Figure skating, Freestyle skiing, Ice hockey, Short track speed skating, Snowboarding will be contested in Granada.

Entries for the figure skating competition are as follows.

MEN

ARTAN Engin Ali TUR
BJORK Marcus SWE
DEMIRBOGA Ali TUR
DYMOWSKI Kamil POL
FORGO Kristof HUN
GACHINSKI Artur RUS
GORSHKOV Gordei RUS
HINO Ryuju JPN
IONIAN Mario-Rafael AUT
KARPUK Anton BLR
KASKA Pavel CZE
KOLL Manuel AUT
KOZUKA Takahiko JPN
KVITELASHVILI Moris RUS
LAM Ronald HKG
LEUNG Kwun Hung HKG
LIEBERS Peter GER
LIU Jiaxing CHN
MONTOYA Felipe ESP
PAPP Bela FIN
PARRY-EVANS Charles GBR
PONSART Romain FRA
RAKIMGALIEV Abzal KAZ
RAYA Javier ESP
SONG Nan CHN
SPIEGL Ondrej SWE
VIRTANEN Valtter FIN
WALKER Stephane SUI
ZANDRON Maurizio ITA

21 January 2015

2015 European Championships - Entries and where to watch



The 2015 European Figure Skating Championships will be held 26 January – 1 February 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. Medals will be awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pairs, and ice dancing.

Skaters are eligible for the event if they are representing a European member nation of the International Skating Union and have reached the age of 15 before July 1, 2014 in their place of birth. The corresponding competition for non-European skaters is the 2015 Four Continents Championships. National associations select their entries according to their own criteria but the ISU mandates that their selections achieve a minimum technical elements score (TES) at an international event prior to the European Championships.

Entries are as follows.

MEN

1 Slavik HAYRAPETYAN ARM 1
2 Manuel KOLL AUT 2
Mario-Rafael IONIAN AUT 2 S
3 Larry LOUPOLOVER AZE 3
4 Pavel IGNATENKO BLR 4
Anton KARPUK BLR 4 S
Vitali LUCHANOK BLR 4 S
5 Michal BREZINA CZE 5
6 Petr COUFAL CZE 5
7 Pavel KASKA CZE 5
Petr KOTLARIK CZE 5 S
Tomas KUPKA CZE 5 S
8 Justus STRID DEN 6
9 Samuel KOPPEL EST 7
10 Valtter VIRTANEN FIN 8
Bela PAPP FIN 8 S
Tomi PULKKINEN FIN 8 S
11 Florent AMODIO FRA 9
12 Chafik BESSEGHIER FRA 9
Romain PONSART FRA 9 S

7 December 2014

2014 Grand Prix Final - Entries and where to watch


The 2014 Grand Prix Final is an international figure skating competition in the 2014–15 season, held together with the Junior Grand Prix Final. The competition will be held 11 to 14 December 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

Entries are as follows.

MEN

(In order of qualification)

1 Maxim KOVTUN RUS

2 Javier FERNANDEZ ESP

3 Tatsuki MACHIDA JPN

4 Takahito MURA JPN

5 Sergei VORONOV RUS

6 Yuzuru HANYU JPN

Substitutes

7 Jason BROWN USA

8 Denis TEN KAZ

9 Nam NGUYEN CAN

LADIES

(In order of qualification)

1 Elena RADIONOVA RUS

2 Elizaveta TUKTAMYSHEVA RUS

3 Anna POGORILAYA RUS

4 Gracie GOLD USA injured

5 Julia LIPNITSKAIA RUS

6 Ashley WAGNER USA

Substitutes

7 Rika HONGO JPN

8 Satoko MIYAHARA JPN

9 Kanako MURAKAMI JPN

27 November 2014

2014 NHK Trophy - Entries and where to watch


The 2014 NHK Trophy is the last of six events in the 2014–15 ISU Grand Prix, a series of senior-level invitational competitions.

The 2014 NHK Trophy is held in Osaka, Japan from November 28–30, 2014. Medals are awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Skaters earns points toward qualifying for the Grand Prix Final.

Entries are as follows.

CountryMenLadiesPairsIce dancing
 CanadaElladj Balde
Jeremy Ten
Gabrielle DalemanMeagan Duhamel / Eric RadfordKaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje
 ChinaLi ZijunYu Xiaoyu / Jin Yang
 GeorgiaElene Gedevanishvili
 GermanyMari Vartmann / Aaron van CleaveNelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi
 United KingdomPenny Coomes / Nicholas Buckland
 ItalyIvan Righini
 JapanYuzuru Hanyu
Takahito Mura
Daisuke Murakami
Riona Kato
Satoko Miyahara
Kanako Murakami
Narumi Takahashi / Ryuichi KiharaEmi Hirai / Marien de la Asunicion
Cathy Reed / Chris Reed
 NorwayAnne Line Gjersem
 South KoreaKim Jin-seo
 RussiaSergei VoronovAlena LeonovaVera Bazarova / Andrei Deputat
Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov
Ksenia Monko / Kirill Khaliavin
Victoria Sinitsina / Nikita Katsalapov
  SwitzerlandAnna Ovcharova
 United StatesJeremy Abbott
Joshua Farris
Ross Miner
Polina Edmunds
Christina Gao
Gracie Gold
DeeDee Leng / Simon ShnapirKaitlin Hawayek / Jean-Luc Baker

21 November 2014

2014 Warsaw Cup


The Warsaw Cup is an annual international figure skating competition. It became part of the ISU Challenger Series in the 2014–15 season. The event is held 21-23 November in Warsaw, Poland. 

The schedule SHOULD be as follow. Remember that times are GMT+1 and in this time zone now it is 

2014-11-21

12:00:00 Short Dance
13:45:00 Men Short Program
17:00:00 Pairs Short Program

2014-11-22

11:00:00 Ladies Short Program
14:15:00 Men Free Skating
17:45:00 Free Dance

2014-11-23

08:45:00 Pairs Free Skating
10:30:00 Ladies Free Skating




Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

20 November 2014

2014 Trophée Éric Bompard - Entries and where to watch


The 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard is the fifth of six events in the 2014–15 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. The competition is held in Bordeaux, France from 21–23 November 2014. Medals will be awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Skaters may also earn points toward qualifying for the Grand Prix Final.

Entries are as follows.

MEN

1 Han YAN CHN 1  
2 Florent AMODIO FRA 2  
3 Chafik BESSEGHIER FRA 2  
4 Tatsuki MACHIDA JPN 3  
5 Denis TEN KAZ 4  
6 Maxim KOVTUN RUS 5  
7 Konstantin MENSHOV RUS 5  
8 Adian PITKEEV RUS 5  
9 Richard DORNBUSH USA 6  
10 Douglas RAZZANO USA 6  
11 Adam RIPPON USA 6

12 November 2014

2014 Rostelecom Cup - Entries and streaming links


The 2014 Rostelecom Cup (also known as Cup of Russia) is the fourth of six events in the 2014–15 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a series of senior-level invitational competitions.

The competition will be held in Moscow, Russia from 14–16 November 2014. Medals will be awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Skaters also earned points toward qualifying for the Grand Prix Final.

Entries are as follows.

MEN

1 Jeremy TEN CAN 1
2 Michal BREZINA CZE 2
3 Ivan RIGHINI ITA 3
4 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 4
5 Artur GACHINSKI RUS 5
6 Moris KVITELASHVILI RUS 5
7 Sergei VORONOV RUS 5
8 Javier FERNANDEZ ESP 6
9 Max AARON USA 7
10 Jason BROWN USA 7
11 Stephen CARRIERE USA 7
12 Misha GE UZB 8

10 November 2014

Some news after the Cup of China events...

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All of us got very worried after seeing Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu and Chinese Han Yan colliding very hard during the warm up of the free skating at the Cup of China last week end. Both of them decided to go on with the competition, despite visibly suffering from the collision.

Hanyu got back to Japan as soon as he finished competing, where he was brought to the hospital for some examinations. In a TV interview, Orser said Yuzuru was examined by a doctor of the American team, to be sure he hadn't a concussion. Yan too was interviewed and he seemed to feel better.

Japanese Federation released a public statement concerning Hanyu conditions: in addition to the stitches applied on his head and chin, the Japanese champion sprained is right ankle and suffered some contusions. Doctors' prognosis consists in two or three weeks, putting in serious doubt Hanyu's participation to the NHK Trophy. The young skater is determined to respect all his sports engagements, but he will defer to doctors’ judgement.

9 November 2014

Interview with Italian skater Valentina Marchei

www.valentina-marchei.com
I'm sure many of you, like myself, are big fans of Italian champion Valentina Marchei. You'll be happy to know, than, that  A Voce Alta recently published an interview with the Italian figure skater. The original Italian version of the interview is accessible on their site. Or, if you prefer, you can read a translated English version below.

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Q: Sport and life: do they go on in parallel or they cross each other?

VM: Sport is a school of life experience, it teaches you to respect schedules, hard work, and your opponents. Besides, if it becomes a work for you, as it has been for me for quite some time now, you're able to travel the world and strike up true friendships, made of passion and common goals to achieve. In my future life, my life after figure skating, I'll make good use of the lessons this rigorous sport taught me, above all, being able to face challenges, being able to lose and get up again, even in hard times.

Q: Why did you choose single above pairs skating?