2017 World Championships Dance Preview

In ice dance, all the teams are attempting the same elements, and what the scores come down to are levels, grades of execution and program components.  Teams are seeking to gain Level 4 for all of their elements, including the high value step sequences.  They are looking for all positive GOEs in the 2s and 3s.  And they are trying to achieve the highest program components possible.  No team has earned all Level 4s in either of their programs this season.  With a difference of 1.5 points between a Level 3 and a Level 4 step sequence and two in the short dance and two in the free dance, levels can make a huge difference in who ends up on the podium.

Virtue and Moir came back to competition this season in preparation for competing in next year’s Olympics.  They won two gold medals on the Grand Prix and won gold at the Grand Prix Final.  They are the reigning Four Continents Champions.  They were beat in the free dance at Skate Canada, but since then, they have been on a roll.  The coaching change they have made seems to agree with their style of movement as they have always been a more understated, lyrical team.  They have the top three technical scores in the short dance, program component scores in the short dance, and technical scores in the free dance.  They also have the top two program components scores in the free dance.  Their personal best came at the Grand Prix Final this season where they scored 197.22.  They earned nine 10.00 marks in their free dance at Four Continents.  They have the best short dance, best free dance, and best total scores.

Papadakis and Cizeron seemed untouchable until Virtue and Moir announced their return.  These two teams now train alongside one another.  They are the two time reigning World Champions and three time reigning European Champions.  They won gold at Trophee de France and lost to Virtue and Moir at both NHK Trophy and the Grand Prix Final.  They’ve been missing levels and that has cost them ground in their programs and they’ve been having to come back from behind.  Their personal best is 194.46, set at last year’s World Championships.  They earned five 10.00 marks in their free dance at Europeans.  They have the 2nd best short dance, 3rd best free dance, and 2nd best total scores.

The Shibutanis had their breakout season last year, landing on the World podium for the first time since 2011.  They are the reigning World Silver Medalists and reigning Four Continents Silver Medalists.  They won two gold medals on the Grand Prix and took home gold from the Final.  They have long been known as technical skaters, but were scoring in the 2s on some of their elements early in the season.  They have resolved many of these issues, but still haven’t hit all 4s.  Their free dance is a very subtle, artistic piece and contrasts their hip hop short program.  Their program components have come up significantly this season, as evidenced by their four 10.00 marks in the free dance at Four Continents.  Their personal best came at Four Continents, where they scored 191.85.  They have the 3rd best short dance, 2nd best free dance, and 3rd best total scores.

Cappellini and Lanotte failed to make the Grand Prix Final this year, after placing 4th at Skate Canada.  They turned their season around, winning the silver medal at Europeans.  Their personal best came at that event, where they scored 186.64.  They are capable of hitting top levels on all of their elements, but they haven’t been able to put together all of those elements in the same event.  They are also slightly behind on program components, and did not receive any 10.00s at Europeans.  They have the 7th best short dance, 6th best free dance, and 6th best total scores.

Bobrova and Soloviev are the reigning European Bronze Medalists.  They won a bronze at Skate America and gold at Rostlecom Cup to qualify for the Final where they placed 4th.  Their personal best was at Rostelecom Cup, where they scored 186.68.  At Europeans, they had a costly Level 2 on one of their step sequences and did not receive any 10.00 marks.  They have the 5th best short dance, 5th best free dance, and 5th best total scores.

Chock and Bates are the only team to beat Virtue and Moir this season, finishing ahead of them in the free dance at Skate Canada.  But their season has been uneven.  Their performance at Skate Canada was a personal best, scoring 188.24.  At the Grand Prix Final, they finished 6th and were beaten by Hubbell and Donohue for the first time.  They took home the bronze medal from Four Continents, but were over 6 points behind the Shibutanis.  Their scores at Skate Canada were so high because they received Level 4s on some of their step sequences, the first team to do so this season.  But they haven’t been able to replicate that since.  They did receive four 10.00 marks for their free dance at Four Continents.  They have the 4th best short dance, 4th best free dance, and 4th best total scores.

Weaver and Poje have found themselves slipping in the last few seasons.  They nearly won a World Championship in 2014 and medaled again in 2015.  But they finished 5th last season.  They won a silver and bronze on the Grand Prix, and failed to qualify for the Final this year.  They finished 5th at Four Continents, their worst performance ever at that event (tied with 2008 and 2009). At Four Continents they had some program component marks in the 8s, which will not be good enough to get onto the podium at Worlds.  Their levels are what’s giving them the biggest trouble this season.  They have not yet scored a 4 on either step sequence in their short dance or their twizzles.  They are the only top team not to receive a Level 4 on their twizzles this season, which costs them about 1 point per event.  Their personal best was set at the World Team Trophy in 2015 when they scored 182.93.  They have the 9th best short dance, 9th best free dance, and 9th best total scores.

Gilles and Poirier won two bronze medals on the Grand Prix this season.  They finished 6th at Four Continents last month and 8th at Worlds last season.  Their personal best came from Skate Canada this year, when they scored 182.57.  They have the 7th best free dance and 8th best total scores.

Hubbell and Donohue finished 4th at Four Continents, but they were 5 points from the podium.  They did set a personal best at that event, scoring 180.82.  They won a pair of silver medals on the Grand Prix to qualify for the Final where they finished 5th.  They placed 6th at Worlds last season.  They have the 8th best short dance and 10th best total scores.

Other teams looking to crack the top ten include Stepanova and Bukin and Guignard and Fabbri.

Virtue and Moir, the Shibutanis, Chock and Bates, Papadakis and Cizeron, and Cappellini and Lanotte have all scored above 40 points in the short program for their technical score.  Virtue and Moir hold the top mark of 42.16 with the Shibutanis the next closest at 40.85.

Virtue and Moir, Papadakis and Cizeron, the Shibutanis, and Bobrova and Soloviev have scored above 37 points in program components in the short dance.  The top mark was set by Virtue and Moir at 38.37 with Papadakis and Cizeron having the second highest score of 37.83.

For the free dance, Virtue and Moir, the Shibutanis, Papadakis and Cizeron, Chock and Bates, and Gilles and Poirier have scored above 56 points on the technical side.  Virtue and Moir again have the highest mark of 59.25 with the Shibutanis setting the second highest mark of 58.43.

In program components, Virtue and Moir, Papadakis and Cizeron, the Shibutanis, Bobrova and Soloviev, and Cappellini and Lanotte have all scored above 56 points in program components.  Virtue and Moir have the highest score of 58.14 with Papadakis and Cizeron setting the next highest mark of 57.61.

Virtue and Moir have a significant lead in all aspects of competition and that is without hitting the top levels on their step sequences.  Papadakis and Cizeron have the second highest artistic marks while the Shibutanis have the second highest technical marks.  What this podium is going to come down to is who can hit the Level 4s and how close will the gap on the artistic side be between the French and the Americans.

 

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Virtue/Moir

Silver: Papadakis/Cizeron

Bronze: Shibutani/Shibutani

2017 Four Continents Championships Dance Results

Short Program

Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
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PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR CAN 79.75 41.38 38.37 9.54 9.50 9.50 9.68 9.75 0.00 #9
2 Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI USA 76.59 39.49 37.10 9.32 9.07 9.32 9.29 9.36 0.00 #15
3 Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES USA 74.67 38.73 35.94 8.89 8.79 9.07 8.96 9.21 0.00 #14
4 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE USA 73.79 38.56 35.23 8.82 8.57 8.93 8.82 8.89 0.00 #16
5 Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE CAN 71.15 34.93 36.22 9.00 8.96 8.96 9.14 9.21 0.00 #13
6 Shiyue WANG / Xinyu LIU CHN 61.45 32.33 29.12 7.25 7.07 7.39 7.36 7.32 0.00 #12
7 Piper GILLES / Paul POIRIER CAN 61.21 28.27 33.94 8.39 8.43 8.32 8.68 8.61 1.00 #11
8 Yura MIN / Alexander GAMELIN KOR 59.01 32.75 26.26 6.57 6.32 6.64 6.61 6.68 0.00 #7
9 Kana MURAMOTO / Chris REED JPN 57.80 29.53 28.27 7.11 6.89 7.11 7.11 7.11 0.00 #10
10 Linshu SONG / Zhuoming SUN CHN 51.60 27.48 24.12 6.04 5.71 6.11 6.18 6.11 0.00 #4
11 Hong CHEN / Yan ZHAO CHN 51.34 26.99 24.35 6.25 5.86 6.07 6.25 6.00 0.00 #2
12 Emi HIRAI / Marien DE LA ASUNCION JPN 49.35 25.55 23.80 5.93 5.79 5.89 6.11 6.04 0.00 #5
13 Hojung LEE / Richard Kang In KAM KOR 44.57 22.94 22.63 5.82 5.50 5.50 5.82 5.64 1.00 #8
14 Adele MORRISON / Demid ROKACHEV AUS 37.87 20.07 17.80 4.43 4.21 4.50 4.61 4.50 0.00 #1
15 Kimberley HEW-LOW / Timothy MCKERNAN AUS 33.54 16.97 17.57 4.50 4.21 4.39 4.50 4.36 1.00 #3
16 Matilda FRIEND / William BADAOUI AUS 32.75 17.52 18.23 4.57 4.54 4.46 4.68 4.54 3.00 #6

Free Skate

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
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PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR CAN 117.20 59.25 57.95 9.54 9.57 9.64 9.79 9.75 0.00 #16
2 Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI USA 115.26 58.43 56.83 9.46 9.32 9.54 9.54 9.50 0.00 #15
3 Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES USA 110.91 55.62 55.29 9.11 9.04 9.25 9.36 9.32 0.00 #13
4 Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE CAN 108.94 53.53 55.41 9.14 9.07 9.25 9.36 9.36 0.00 #12
5 Piper GILLES / Paul POIRIER CAN 108.93 54.93 54.00 8.71 8.89 9.04 9.07 9.29 0.00 #10
6 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE USA 107.03 53.68 53.35 8.75 8.71 8.93 9.07 9.00 0.00 #14
7 Shiyue WANG / Xinyu LIU CHN 92.78 48.21 44.57 7.50 7.29 7.50 7.46 7.39 0.00 #11
8 Yura MIN / Alexander GAMELIN KOR 85.68 44.28 41.40 6.82 6.68 7.00 6.93 7.07 0.00 #9
9 Kana MURAMOTO / Chris REED JPN 82.58 38.86 43.72 7.21 7.04 7.29 7.46 7.43 0.00 #6
10 Hong CHEN / Yan ZHAO CHN 77.21 41.05 36.16 6.11 5.82 6.00 6.14 6.07 0.00 #7
11 Linshu SONG / Zhuoming SUN CHN 72.99 38.26 35.73 5.96 5.75 6.00 6.11 5.96 1.00 #5
12 Emi HIRAI / Marien DE LA ASUNCION JPN 72.36 37.34 35.02 5.89 5.68 5.71 6.04 5.86 0.00 #8
13 Hojung LEE / Richard Kang In KAM KOR 67.85 37.20 32.65 5.57 5.29 5.32 5.64 5.39 2.00 #3
14 Adele MORRISON / Demid ROKACHEV AUS 58.48 33.73 25.75 4.43 4.07 4.36 4.39 4.21 1.00 #2
15 Matilda FRIEND / William BADAOUI AUS 56.54 29.89 26.65 4.46 4.21 4.50 4.54 4.50 0.00 #1
16 Kimberley HEW-LOW / Timothy MCKERNAN AUS 51.43 26.55 25.88 4.43 4.07 4.39 4.36 4.32 1.00 #4

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SD FD
1 Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR
CAN
196.95 1 1
2 Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI
USA
191.85 2 2
3 Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES
USA
185.58 3 3
4 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE
USA
180.82 4 6
5 Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE
CAN
180.09 5 4
6 Piper GILLES / Paul POIRIER
CAN
170.14 7 5
7 Shiyue WANG / Xinyu LIU
CHN
154.23 6 7
8 Yura MIN / Alexander GAMELIN
KOR
144.69 8 8
9 Kana MURAMOTO / Chris REED
JPN
140.38 9 9
10 Hong CHEN / Yan ZHAO
CHN
128.55 11 10
11 Linshu SONG / Zhuoming SUN
CHN
124.59 10 11
12 Emi HIRAI / Marien DE LA ASUNCION
JPN
121.71 12 12
13 Hojung LEE / Richard Kang In KAM
KOR
112.42 13 13
14 Adele MORRISON / Demid ROKACHEV
AUS
96.35 14 14
15 Matilda FRIEND / William BADAOUI
AUS
89.29 16 15
16 Kimberley HEW-LOW / Timothy MCKERNAN
AUS
84.97 15 16

2017 US Nationals Dance Results

Place Start Name Short Dance Free Dance Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 9 Maia Shibutani, SC of New York
Alex Shibutani, SC of New York
1 82.42 2 117.63 200.05
2 11 Madison Chock, All Year FSC
Evan Bates, Ann Arbor FSC
2 79.96 1 119.08 199.04
3 10 Madison Hubbell, Lansing SC
Zachary Donohue, Lansing SC
3 79.72 3 111.70 191.42
4 7 Elliana Pogrebinsky, Peninsula SC
Alex Benoit, Skokie Valley SC
5 67.17 4 103.12 170.29
5 8 Kaitlin Hawayek, Detroit SC
Jean-Luc Baker, Seattle SC
4 72.60 8 87.46 160.06
6 6 Anastasia Cannuscio, University of Delaware FSC
Colin McManus, SC of Boston
8 56.94 5 96.41 153.35
7 5 Julia Biechler, SC of Wilmington
Damian Dodge, Peninsula SC
6 59.15 6 93.04 152.19
8 4 Karina Manta, Coyotes SC of Arizona
Joseph Johnson, Broadmoor SC
7 57.96 7 89.19 147.15
9 1 Charlotte Maxwell, Arctic FSC
Ryan Devereaux, Pittsburgh FSC
9 56.88 9 82.32 139.20
10 3 Elicia Reynolds, SC of Wilmington
Stephen Reynolds, SC of Wilmington
10 40.83 10 62.74 103.57
11 2 Kseniya Ponomaryova, Skokie Valley SC
Oleg Altukhov, North County FSC
11 38.89 11 54.40 93.29

2017 US Nationals Senior Dance Preview

Ice Dance is by far the United States’ most competitive event.  Three teams qualified for the Grand Prix Final for the second year in a row, and these same three teams all placed in the top 6 at Worlds last season.  This is the one discipline where the US is consistently a medal threat and there is the potential of walking away from Worlds with two medals.

As a group, they have 28 national medals (although 12 of them belong to the Shibutanis).  They have won four Worlds medals, seven Four Continents medals, and two World Junior Medals.  They won seven Grand Prix medals and seven Challenger Series medals this season.  The 1st-5th, 7th, 8th, 11th, and 13th place finishers from last season will be competing here.  Only the 3rd and 5th place finishers from last year’s junior event moved up.  The short dance will be held on Friday, January 20th with the free dance on Saturday, January 21st.

To be competitive internationally, these teams need at least 72 points in the short dance, 107 points in the free dance and 180 points overall.
While this is the deepest and most competitive discipline in the US it is also fairly predictable.  The Shibutanis, Chock and Bates, and Hubbell and Donohue have dominated the scene for the last 2.5 years and it would be a major upset if any other team were to steal one of the top three spots.  But there are several teams vying for that final spot on the podium and the placement of the top three teams is not set in stone.
The Shibutanis are coming off a World Silver medal and the first US senior title of their career.  They have the 3rd best short dance, 3rd best free dance and 3rd best total scores.  They have struggled a bit with their levels this year, earning a Level 2 in the short dance on their partial step sequence at Skate America and Cup of China and a Level 2 on the non-touching step sequence at Skate America.  However, their GOEs have more than made up for the technical deficits, earning between 8.5 and 9.5 points between events.  Their program components have been strong throughout the season, and their best short dance components came at the Grand Prix Final where they received 9.11-9.36.  They have perhaps the best execution of the combination of Blues and Hip Hop of any team this season.  After last season’s iconic Fix You program, I thought it would be difficult for them to top that free dance, yet they have been successful.  Again, they’ve had Level issues, receiving a Level 2 on one of their step sequences at Cup of China and the Grand Prix Final.  They earned 15.5 points from GOE at all of their events and at Cup of China and the Grand Prix Final their program components ranged from 9.21-9.50, even receving a few 10s from the judges.
Chock and Bates established themselves as the #1 team in the US after Davis and White retired following the 2014 Olympics.  They won a national title, medaled at Worlds and had never lost a competition to any of their US teammates.  However, they were overtaken by the Shibutanis last season at nationals and haven’t been able to catch up.  They have the 4th best short dance, 4th best free dance, and 4th best total scores internationally.  They have done something no other team has done this season, beating Virtue and Moir in the free dance at Skate Canada.  However, their scores have been steadily slipping throughout the season and they finished 6th at the Grand Prix Final behind the Shibutanis and Hubbell and Donohue.  They have consistently dropped Levels in the short dance with all but one of their elements receiveing Level 4 at Skate Canada, while only two received Level 4 at the Grand Prix Final.  They earned 9 points from GOE at Skate Canada, but only 6.5 points and the GPF.  Their best program components for the short came at Rostelecom Cup, where they earned 8.93-9.36.  Their free dance was fairly similar between Skate Canada and the Grand Prix Final with Rostelecom Cup being a bit of a blip in the road.  At their two best events they earned Level 4 on everything but the step sequences (and they earned one Level 4 step sequence at Skate Canada).  They earned between 12.5 and 14 points from GOEs with their best program components ranging from 9.07-9.29.  Interestingly, their best program components came at Rostelecom Cup, which was their weakest technical performance.
Hubbell and Donohue have steadily moved up in the world standings, qualifying for the Grand Prix Final two years in a row, and placing 6th at Worlds last season.  They even bested Chock and Bates for the first time at the Grand Prix Final.  They have they the 8th best short dance score internationally.  They have been improving throughout the season, with their best short dance coming at the Grand Prix Final where they received Level 4 on everything but the partial step sequence and earned 7 points from GOE.  Their best program components were also at that event, scoring 8.61-8.79.  While their free dance had better Levels at Skate America and Trophee de France, their program components were much better at the Grand Prix Final, scoring between 8.75 and 9.14.  They consistently scored around 13 points from GOE in the free dance.
Hawayek and Baker had a bit of a disappointing season last year.  They won the pewter medal in their senior debut in 2015, but fell to 5th place last year.  They had a free dance they were very passionate about and invested in, but they couldn’t find the scores to move them forward.  They have had some Level issues this year, receiving Level 2 on the partial step sequence in their short program at Skate Canada and Level 2 on the non-touching step sequence at NHK Trophy.  They earned between 5 and 6 points from GOE at their two events and their best program components were at Skate Canada where they scored 7.64-8.00.  Their free dance improved throughout the season.  While they earned Level 2 for their twizzles at Skate Canada, they received Level 4 at NHK Trophy.  Their GOE in this segment at that event earned them 13 points and their program components were 8.07-8.43.  However, they may be closer to the top 3 after a strong performance at Golden Spin saw them score only 2 points less than Chock and Bates and Hubbell and Donohue.
Pogrebinsky and Benoit are the reigning US Junior Bronze Medalists and placed 4th at Junior Worlds last season.  They still had junior eligibility but decided to make the jump to the senior ranks where they earned two Grand Prix assignments and won a medal on the Challenger Series.  Their best short program came at Rostelecom Cup where they improved the levels on their twizzles and the non-touching step sequence and earned 4 points from GOE.  Their program components are a bit low, but on par with a first year senior team.  Their best short dance program component marks came at Skate Canada where they scored 7.00-7.29.  For the free dance, their Skate America levels were better, earning 2 and 3 on their step sequences and 4 on everything else.  Their GOE and program components were similar at their two GP events, earning +9-9.5 and 7.21-7.61.
Cannuscio and McManus had a breakout season last year, winning the pewter medal at nationals.  Like many of the teams here, they’ve struggled with some of their levels this season.  Their best short dance came at Cup of China where they earned Level 4 on their lift, Level 3 on their twizzles and Level 2 on the step portions.  Their program components were a little low ranging from 6.57-7.04 at NHK Trophy.  They had similar performances in their free dance, earning Level 4 on everything but the step sequences, which earned Level 2.  They earned between 6 and 7 points from GOE and had program components ranging from 6.57-7.36.
Biechler and Dodge are making their senior debut after placing 5th in juniors last year.  At Eastern Sectionals, their short dance earned Level 4 on the twizzles and Level 3 on everything else.  They received 4.5 points from GOE and their program components scored 6.42-7.00.  They earned Level 4 on the lifts and spin in their free dance and Level 3 on the twizzles and steps.  They earned 11 points from GOE and had program components ranging from 6.42-6.92.
Manta and Johnson also had a strong showing at Sectionals.  Their short dance received Level 4 on the twizzles and lift, Level 3 on the non-touching step sequence, and Level 2 on the Blues and partial step sequence.  They earned 4.5 points from GOE with program components from 6.63-7.31.  They earned Level 4 on the lift, twizzles and spin in their free dance with Level 2 on the step sequences.  They were awarded 7 points from GOE with program components ranging from 6.58-7.25.
What this event is going to come down to is program components.  The Shibutanis were under marked in this category for years and even though they were exceptional technicians, they couldn’t keep pace on the artistic side.  Now, their levels have been holding them down a bit this season, but their GOEs and program components are keeping them on podiums.
Top 5 TES Scores, Short Dance
40.85 Shibutanis, Grand Prix Final
40.61 Chock/Bates, Skate Canada
38.35 Chock/Bates, Rostelecom Cup
37.66 Hubbell/Donohue, Grand Prix Final
36.87 Shibutanis, Cup of China
Top 5 PCS Scores, Short Dance
37.12 Shibutanis, Grand Prix Final
36.83 Shibutanis, Skate America
36.69 Chock/Bates, Rostelecom Cup
36.36 Shibutanis, Cup of China
35.60 Chock/Bates, Skate Canada
Top 5 TES Scores, Free Dance
57.44 Chock/Bates, Skate Canada
56.95 Shibutanis, Skate America
55.59 Shibutanis, Rostelecom Cup
55.45 Shibutanis, Grand Prix Final
54.88 Hubbell/Donohue, Trophee de France
Top 5 PCS Scores, Free Dance
56.31 Shibutanis, Cup of China
56.18 Shibutanis, Grand Prix Final
55.76 Shibutanis, Skate America
55.30 Chock/Bates, Rostelecom Cup
54.59 Chock/Bates, Skate Canada
Note that despite receiving lower levels in the short dance and free dance than their other competitors, the Shibutanis are receiving much higher GOE marks, giving them technical scores equal to or better than the other teams here.  Add on to this the higher program component marks and scores that are trending upward, and they are on the right track to repeat their national title.

My podium predictions:

Gold: Shibutani/Shibutani

Silver: Chock/Bates

Bronze: Hubbell/Donohue

Pewter: Hawayek/Baker

 

Bios of the competitors:

Biechler/Dodge: She is 18 and represents the Skating Club of Wilmington and he is 22 and represents the Peninsula Skating Club.  They finished 4th at Lombardia Trophy.  They placed 5th as juniors last season, 8th at juniors in 2015, 7th as juniors in 2014 and 9th as juniors in 2013.

Cannuscio/McManus: She is 24 and represents the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club and he is 26 and represents the Skating Club of Boston.  They placed 7th at Cup of China and 8th at NHK Trophy.  They finished 7th at Ondrej Nepela Memorial.  They are the reigning Pewter Medalists, finished 5th in 2015, 7th in 2014, 6th in 2013, 6th in 2012, are the 2011 Junior Bronze Medalists, finished 7th in juniors in 2010 and 10th in juniors in 2009.

Chock/Bates:  She is 24 and represents the All Year Figure Skating Club and he is 27 and represents the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.  They are the reigning World Bronze Medalists and reigning Four Continents Silver Medalists.  They won silver at Skate Canada and silver at Rostelecom Cup to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they placed 6th.  They won silver at Nebelhorn Trophy and silver at Ondrej Nepela Memorial.  They are the 2015 World Silver Medalists, 2015 Four Continents Silver Medalists, and 2013 Four Continents Bronze Medalists.  They are the reigning Silver Medalists, 2015 Champions, 2014 Silver Medalists, 2013 Silver Medalists and finished 5th in 2012.

Hawayek/Baker: She is 20 and represents the Detroit Skating Club and he is 23 and represents the Seattle Skating Club.  They finished 6th at Skate Canada and 4th at NHK Trophy.  They won silver at Autumn Classic International and silver at Golden Spin of Zagreb.  They are the 2014 World Junior Champions.  They finished 5th last season, are the 2015 Pewter Medalists, 2014 Junior Champions and 2013 Junior Silver Medalists.

Hubbell/Donohue: She is 25 and he is 26 and they represent the Lansing Skating Club.  They placed 6th at Worlds and 4th at Four Continents last season.  They won silver at Skate America and silver at Trophee de France to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they placed 5th.  They won gold at the US International Classic and silver at Finlandia Trophy.  They are the 2014 Four Continents Champions.  They are the reigning Bronze Medalists, 2015 Bronze Medalists, 2014 Pewter Medalists, 2013 Pewter Medalists and 2012 Bronze Medalists.

Manta/Johnson: She is 20 and represents the Coyotes Skating Club of Arizona and he is 22 and represents the Broadmoor Skating Club.  They placed 5th at the US International Figure Skating Classic.  They finished 7th last season and 10th as juniors in 2015.

Maxwell/Devereaux: She is 27 and represents the Arctic Figure Skating Club and he is 27 and represents the Pittsburgh Figure Skating Club.  They placed 6th at the Warsaw Cup.  They finished 8th last season and 9th in 2015.

Pogrebinsky/Benoit: She is 18 represents the Peninsula Skating Club and he is 21 and represents the Skokie Valley Skating Club.  They finished 4th at Junior Worlds last season.  They placed 7th at Skate America and 6th at Rostelecom Cup.  They placed 4th at Nebelhorn Trophy and won bronze at Tallinn Trophy.  They are the reigning Junior Bronze Medalists and 2015 Junior Bronze Medalists.

Ponomaryova/Altukhov: She is 28 and represents the Skokie Valley Skating Club and he is 33 and represents the North County Figure Skating Club.  They placed 11th last season, 12th in 2015, 16th in 2014 and 14th in 2013.

Reynolds/Reynolds: She is 26 and he is 23 and they represent the IceWorks Skating Club.  They finished 13th last season, 11th in 2015, and 14th in 2014.

Shibutani/Shibutani: She is 22 and he is 25 and they represent the Skating Club of New York.  They are the reigning World Silver Medalists and reigning Four Continents Champions.  They won gold at Skate America and gold at Cup of China to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they won bronze.  They are the 2011 World Bronze Medalists, 2011 Four Continents Silver Medalists, 2015 Four Continents Bronze Medalists, and 2009 World Junior Silver Medalists.  They are the reigning Champions, 2015 Silver Medalists, 2014 Bronze Medalists, 2013 Bronze Medalists, 2012 Silver Medalists, 2011 Silver Medalists, 2010 Junior Champions, 2009 Junior Silver Medalists, 2008 Junior Pewter Medalists, 2007 Novice Champions, 2006 Intermediate Champions and 2005 Juvenile Silver Medalists.

 

2016 Grand Prix Final Dance Results

Short Dance

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR CAN 80.50 42.16 38.34 9.50 9.39 9.71 9.54 9.79 0.00 #2
2 Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI USA 77.97 40.85 37.12 9.18 9.11 9.36 9.32 9.43 0.00 #5
3 Gabriella PAPADAKIS / Guillaume CIZERON FRA 77.86 40.18 37.68 9.43 9.39 9.32 9.43 9.54 0.00 #3
4 Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV RUS 74.04 37.86 36.18 9.00 8.89 9.11 9.11 9.11 0.00 #4
5 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE USA 72.47 37.66 34.81 8.61 8.61 8.79 8.71 8.79 0.00 #6
6 Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES USA 70.87 36.47 35.40 8.75 8.82 8.75 8.93 9.00 1.00 #1

Free Dance

  Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
+
PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR CAN 116.72 58.58 58.14 9.57 9.57 9.71 9.75 9.86 0.00 #6
2 Gabriella PAPADAKIS / Guillaume CIZERON FRA 114.95 57.34 57.61 9.54 9.36 9.71 9.61 9.79 0.00 #4
3 Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI USA 111.63 55.45 56.18 9.36 9.21 9.39 9.36 9.50 0.00 #5
4 Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES USA 108.45 54.19 54.26 8.96 8.86 9.11 9.11 9.18 0.00 #1
5 Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV RUS 107.91 52.92 54.99 9.14 9.04 9.25 9.18 9.21 0.00 #2
6 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE USA 107.12 53.30 53.82 8.82 8.75 9.14 9.00 9.14 0.00 #3

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SD FD
1 Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR
CAN
197.22 1 1
2 Gabriella PAPADAKIS / Guillaume CIZERON
FRA
192.81 3 2
3 Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI
USA
189.60 2 3
4 Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV
RUS
181.95 4 5
5 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE
USA
179.59 5 6
6 Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES
USA
179.32 6 4

2016 Trophee de France Dance Results

Short Dance

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
+
PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Gabriella PAPADAKIS / Guillaume CIZERON FRA 78.26 40.43 37.83 9.43 9.29 9.50 9.50 9.57 0.00 #10
2 Elena ILINYKH / Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN RUS 68.72 33.29 35.43 8.79 8.61 9.07 8.93 8.89 0.00 #7
3 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE USA 66.77 32.37 34.40 8.64 8.43 8.57 8.61 8.75 0.00 #6
4 Piper GILLES / Paul POIRIER CAN 64.74 30.54 34.20 8.57 8.36 8.46 8.71 8.64 0.00 #2
5 Isabella TOBIAS / Ilia TKACHENKO ISR 63.70 31.07 32.63 8.18 7.86 8.25 8.29 8.21 0.00 #5
6 Marie-Jade LAURIAULT / Romain LE GAC FRA 57.37 28.88 28.49 7.25 6.86 7.11 7.25 7.14 0.00 #3
7 Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN UKR 56.61 29.10 28.51 7.04 6.93 7.14 7.25 7.29 1.00 #8
8 Cortney MANSOUR / Michal CESKA CZE 55.69 29.35 26.34 6.61 6.39 6.64 6.68 6.61 0.00 #1
9 Lorenza ALESSANDRINI / Pierre SOUQUET FRA 48.18 22.94 25.24 6.36 6.11 6.25 6.46 6.36 0.00 #9
10 Viktoria KAVALIOVA / Yurii BIELIAIEV BLR 46.81 20.54 26.27 6.57 6.36 6.61 6.75 6.54 0.00 #4

Free Dance

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Gabriella PAPADAKIS / Guillaume CIZERON FRA 115.24 57.77 57.47 9.50 9.39 9.75 9.57 9.68 0.00 #10
2 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE USA 107.81 54.88 52.93 8.86 8.57 8.93 8.79 8.96 0.00 #9
3 Piper GILLES / Paul POIRIER CAN 106.04 53.50 52.54 8.64 8.46 8.79 8.96 8.93 0.00 #6
4 Elena ILINYKH / Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN RUS 98.68 47.69 52.99 8.68 8.61 8.79 9.14 8.93 2.00 #8
5 Isabella TOBIAS / Ilia TKACHENKO ISR 95.16 45.00 50.16 8.32 8.07 8.46 8.50 8.46 0.00 #7
6 Marie-Jade LAURIAULT / Romain LE GAC FRA 92.70 49.70 44.00 7.39 7.07 7.36 7.46 7.39 1.00 #3
7 Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN UKR 88.78 43.73 45.05 7.32 7.29 7.57 7.68 7.68 0.00 #5
8 Cortney MANSOUR / Michal CESKA CZE 85.23 43.52 41.71 6.93 6.68 7.00 7.18 6.96 0.00 #4
9 Lorenza ALESSANDRINI / Pierre SOUQUET FRA 81.94 43.00 38.94 6.50 6.21 6.57 6.61 6.57 0.00 #2
10 Viktoria KAVALIOVA / Yurii BIELIAIEV BLR 68.23 30.38 37.85 6.39 6.11 6.25 6.50 6.29 0.00 #1

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SD FD
1 Gabriella PAPADAKIS / Guillaume CIZERON
FRA
193.50 1 1
2 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE
USA
174.58 3 2
3 Piper GILLES / Paul POIRIER
CAN
170.78 4 3
4 Elena ILINYKH / Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN
RUS
167.40 2 4
5 Isabella TOBIAS / Ilia TKACHENKO
ISR
158.86 5 5
6 Marie-Jade LAURIAULT / Romain LE GAC
FRA
150.07 6 6
7 Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN
UKR
145.39 7 7
8 Cortney MANSOUR / Michal CESKA
CZE
140.92 8 8
9 Lorenza ALESSANDRINI / Pierre SOUQUET
FRA
130.12 9 9
10 Viktoria KAVALIOVA / Yurii BIELIAIEV
BLR
115.04 10 10

2016 Skate America Free Dance Results

Free Dance

Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
+
PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI USA 112.71 56.95 55.76 9.29 9.11 9.43 9.32 9.32 0.00 #10
2 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE USA 106.99 54.50 52.49 8.64 8.50 8.89 8.82 8.89 0.00 #9
3 Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV RUS 105.85 53.02 53.83 9.04 8.71 9.04 8.96 9.11 1.00 #8
4 Charlene GUIGNARD / Marco FABBRI ITA 100.65 51.48 49.17 8.18 7.93 8.36 8.21 8.29 0.00 #6
5 Isabella TOBIAS / Ilia TKACHENKO ISR 98.66 51.22 47.44 7.82 7.54 8.11 7.96 8.11 0.00 #3
6 Elena ILINYKH / Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN RUS 98.56 48.72 49.84 8.36 8.00 8.39 8.39 8.39 0.00 #7
7 Elliana POGREBINSKY / Alex BENOIT USA 93.58 49.15 44.43 7.25 7.21 7.57 7.43 7.57 0.00 #4
8 Kana MURAMOTO / Chris REED JPN 91.18 47.10 44.08 7.32 7.11 7.46 7.39 7.46 0.00 #2
9 Alisa AGAFONOVA / Alper UCAR TUR 87.12 44.02 43.10 7.21 7.04 7.25 7.21 7.21 0.00 #5
10 Yura MIN / Alexander GAMELIN KOR 85.25 44.34 40.91 6.86 6.57 6.89 6.96 6.82 0.00 #1

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SD FD
1 Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI
USA
185.75 1 1
2 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE
USA
175.77 3 2
3 Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV
RUS
174.77 2 3
4 Charlene GUIGNARD / Marco FABBRI
ITA
165.44 5 4
5 Elena ILINYKH / Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN
RUS
165.16 4 6
6 Isabella TOBIAS / Ilia TKACHENKO
ISR
161.99 6 5
7 Elliana POGREBINSKY / Alex BENOIT
USA
151.76 8 7
8 Kana MURAMOTO / Chris REED
JPN
147.37 10 8
9 Alisa AGAFONOVA / Alper UCAR
TUR
146.10 7 9
10 Yura MIN / Alexander GAMELIN
KOR
141.50 9 10

2016 Skate America Short Dance

Group 1

Shibutani/Shibutani, USA: 36.21 TES + 36.83 PCS = 73.04

  • The Midnight Blues section of their program was very smooth and crisp
  • This is a really interesting mix and they’ve made the hip hop work with a very classic song
  • Their twizzles were right on but seemed a bit slower than normal
  • I really like their hip hop accents in their non touching step sequence and their unison is spot on
  • Rotational lift with two changes of position
  • Very clean program and very solid throughout
  • I really love that she’s wearing pants and this is quite a different look for ice dance

Min/Gamelin, KOR: 29.39 TES + 26.86 PCS = 56.25 and into 2nd place

  • Their hold in the Midnight Blues looks a little tense and they seem just  tad bit far apart; I’d like to see them have a bit more control and relax into the steps and holds
  • A little hesitation and bounce going into their lift and not sure I love her bicycling legs while upside down
  • Interesting costume change for them with the music change into the hip hop
  • They don’t seem quite sure of their footing on some of the twizzles
  • I’d like to see their music fit together a bit more cohesively as the cut seems a little jarring and the two pieces don’t necessarily fit together

Muramoto/Reed, JPN: 27.60 TES + 28.59 PCS = 56.19 and into 3rd place

  • Their midnight blues is very smooth with good ease in their holds but I would like to see their legs matching a little better
  • I love the personality coming thorough in their non touching step sequence and they have great unison throughout
  • Very off on the timing and spacing on the twizzles
  • Really nice rotational split lift with him holding her back foot
  • Really nice performance for them

Agafonova/Ucar, TUR: 30.64 TES + 28.34 PCS = 58.98 and into 2nd place

  • Their midnight blues seems really slow and their hold position has a lot of tension
  • A little difficulty in some of the changes of holds with some hesitation in the turns
  • Pretty good unison though all three sets of twizzles
  • I’d like to see her stand up a bit straighter in the non touching step sequence and they could both work on varying their expressions and making it a bit more authentic
  • Rotational lift with a change of position
  • A little bit of hesitation getting the hands through the holds into the ending pose

Ilinykh/Zhiganshin, RUS: 33.52 TES + 33.08 PCS = 66.60 and into 2nd place

  • Starting with their lift and a great position with her standing up in front of him over the ice
  • The midnight blues seemed a little slow in contrast to their partial step sequence
  • She’s really performing to the audience but I’d love to see them have a little bit more connection with each other
  • A little off in the twizzles
  • Some unison issues on their non touching step sequences with the arms not matching exactly and some slight timing being off
  • Cartwheel flip into their ending pose was slightly awkwardly landed
  • A lot of energy throughout and I’d like to really see them harness that as the season goes on to bring up the rest of the performance

 

Group 2

Guignard/Fabbri, ITA: 32.25 TES + 32.54 PCS = 64.79 and into 3rd place

  • Very nice twizzles
  • I like this interpretation of Grease using Frenchie’s song instead of doing Danny and Sandy
  • Nice long lines in their Midnight Blues
  • I’d like her facial expressions to match the tone of the song a little more as this is not really a big smile type of song
  • I like their timing with the music on the non touching step sequence
  • Overall I think this program still needs a little bit of work on the performance aspect to really match the song but I really like the overall look and think it has a lot of potential

Bobrova/Soloviev, RUS: 33.32 TES + 35.60 PCS = 68.92 and into 2nd place

  • Really nice twizzles from them with some interesting variations
  • Twist around to sit on his shoulder and cartwheel out of it
  • Great lines and use of their arms in the midnight blues and really nice edges
  • This is the best I’ve seen them look in a while
  • The swing section of their music doesn’t really seem to mesh seamlessly with the blues portion to create a cohesive story but overall I think this was a really effective program

Tobias/Tkachenko, ISR: 32.67 TES + 30.66 PCS = 63.33 and into 5th place

  • Twizzles seem a little bouncy and on top of the edges but the unison was nice
  • Especially since she’s wearing pants I’d love to see a little more stretch through her free leg in the step sequence
  • Their movement seems to fall more into the jazz choreography category than hip hop but it goes well with the music
  • Dive into a rotational lift with her hanging by her knees

Hubbell/Donohue, USA: 35.52 TES + 33.26 PCS = 68.78 and into 3rd place

  • The Midnight Blues looks very secure with ease in the changes of hold and nice matching leg lines
  • Nice twizzles
  • I’m not sure how all this music is supposed to fit together but it is edited really well
  • I almost feel like they’re letting the music carry the hip hop feel though instead of through their choreography
  • I enjoyed the first half of this program so much more than the second

Pogrebinsky/Benoit, USA: 29.66 TES + 28.52 PCS = 58.18 and into 8th place

  • Nice curve lift with her standing on his legs and a toss into a catch
  • They could stretch through their free legs a bit more in places in the midnight blues
  • I love the ease in which they skate the pattern dance with nice deep edges and no tension in their holds
  • He had a pretty big bobble on the second set of twizzles but didn’t put his foot down
  • He had another bobble in the non touching steps but hangs on to it
  • The ending is a little distracting trying to hit all the accents and getting in to too many poses
  • Overall this was a really solid performance from a first time senior team
 Pl. Name Nation TSS
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TES
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PCS
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SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI USA 73.04 36.21 36.83 9.14 9.00 9.36 9.18 9.36 0.00 #1
2 Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV RUS 68.92 33.32 35.60 8.86 8.64 9.00 9.00 9.00 0.00 #7
3 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE USA 68.78 35.52 33.26 8.29 8.11 8.39 8.36 8.43 0.00 #9
4 Elena ILINYKH / Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN RUS 66.60 33.52 33.08 8.25 7.96 8.43 8.32 8.39 0.00 #5
5 Charlene GUIGNARD / Marco FABBRI ITA 64.79 32.25 32.54 8.07 7.93 8.25 8.18 8.25 0.00 #6
6 Isabella TOBIAS / Ilia TKACHENKO ISR 63.33 32.67 30.66 7.61 7.43 7.79 7.75 7.75 0.00 #8
7 Alisa AGAFONOVA / Alper UCAR TUR 58.98 30.64 28.34 7.04 6.86 7.21 7.14 7.18 0.00 #4
8 Elliana POGREBINSKY / Alex BENOIT USA 58.18 29.66 28.52 7.04 7.00 7.11 7.29 7.21 0.00 #10
9 Yura MIN / Alexander GAMELIN KOR 56.25 29.39 26.86 6.64 6.54 6.71 6.82 6.86 0.00 #2
10 Kana MURAMOTO / Chris REED JPN 56.19 27.60 28.59 7.18 6.89 7.18 7.21 7.29 0.00 #3

2016 Skate America Dance Preview

Three of last year’s top 10 Worlds finishers are competing at this event along with three of the Grand Prix Final qualifiers.  As a group they have three Worlds medals, four European medals (including one gold), four Four Continents medals (including two gold), and two Junior Worlds medals (including one gold).

The top short dance score of the season is 77.72 with the top ten all scoring above 63 points.  The top free dance score is 111.48 with the top ten all scoring above 97 points.  The top total score is 189.20 with the top 10 all scoring above 160.

The Shibutanis had their breakout season last year, taking home a World silver medal five years after their first World medal.  They also won their first US title in their sixth senior season.  Their free dance last year finally showed all of their potential with their impressive technical ability matched with a dramatic emotional performance matched with great music.  They’ll need a performance matching last year’s if they want to stay on top of a stacked US field and stay on the podium in an international field that now includes Virtue and Moir.  They have not competed yet this season, so this will be the first time judges have a look at their new programs.

Bobrova and Soloviev started their season with a gold medal at Ondrej Nepela Trophy.  All of the elements in their free dance earned Level 3 and 4 with all positive GOEs.  All of their program components were in the 9 range except for the transitions.  They were not able to compete at Worlds last year as she was disqualified due to the doping scandal that plagued many Russian athletes.  They have the 4th best short dance, 4th best free dance and 4th best total scores.

Hubbell and Donohue won gold at the US International Classic and silver at Finlandia Trophy.  At Finlandia Trophy, they received a Level 2 on one of their step sequences.  They also received all positive GOEs and program components in the 8s.  They have the 8th best short dance, 7th best free dance and 7th best total scores.

Ilinykh and Zhiganshin started their season strong last year with a medal at Cup of China.  But they weren’t able to medal at their next event, and finished 4th at Russian nationals, keeping them from any Championship teams.  They have not competed yet this season.

Guignard and Fabbri started their season with a gold at Lombardia Trophy.  They had Level 4s on all of the elements in their free dance except for their step sequences with positive GOEs on all of their elements.  They had 8s on some of their program components, but were in the 7s for skating skills and transitions.  They have the 8th best free dance and 9th best total scores.

Pogrebinsky and Benoit are starting their first senior season.  They were the US Junior Bronze Medalists and finished 4th at Junior Worlds.  While they were not the team most expected to move up to seniors this year, they are making the most of their opportunity.  They finished 4th at Nebelhorn Trophy in their first major senior international event.  They didn’t have the best levels in their free dance, earning Level 3s on their steps and a Level 2 and Level 3 on two lifts.  They did have all positive GOEs and program components in the 7s.  They have the 10th best short dance score.

They will skate the short dance on Saturday, October 22nd and the free dance on Sunday, October 23rd.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Shibutani/Shibutani

Silver: Bobrova/Soloviev

Bronze: Hubbell/Donohue

 

Bios of the competitors:

Tobias/Tkachenko, ISR: They finished 12th at Worlds and 10th at Europeans.  This is their Grand Prix debut.  Their personal best is 160.98.  She is 25 and he is 29.

Guignard/Fabbri, ITA: They placed 10th at Worlds and 7th at Europeans.  They finished 4th at Skate Canada and 4th at Rostelecom Cup last season.  Their personal best is 172.28.  She is 27 and he is 28.

Muramoto/Reed, JPN: They placed 15th at Worlds and 7th at Four Continents.  They finished 7th at NHK Trophy last season.  Their personal best is 151.18.  She is 23 and he is 27.

Min/Gamelin, KOR: They finished 8th at Four Continents.  This is their Grand Prix debut.  Their personal best is 139.26.  She is 21 and he is 23.

Bobrova/Soloviev, RUS: They are the reigning European Bronze Medalists.  They won bronze at Skate Canada and silver at NHK Trophy last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they placed 5th.  They are the 2013 World Bronze Medalists, 2013 European Champions, 2011 and 2012 European Silver Medalists, and 2007 World Junior Champions.  Their personal best is 178.84.  She is 26 and he is 27.

Ilinykh/Zhiganshin, RUS: They won bronze at Cup of China and placed 5th at Rostelecom Cup last season. Their personal best is 176.70.  She is 22 and he is 24.

Agafonova/Ucar, TUR: They placed 21st at Worlds and 12th at Europeans.  They finished 7th at Trophee Eric Bompard last season.  Their personal best is 151.74.  She is 25 and he is 31.

Hubbell/Donoue, USA: They finished 6th at Worlds and 4th at Four Continents.  They won gold at Trophee Eric Bompard and bronze at NHK Trophy last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they finished 6th.  They are the 2014 Four Continents Champions.  Their personal best is 176.81.  She is 25 and he is 25.

Pogrebinsky/Benoit, USA: They finished 4th at Junior Worlds.  They placed 4th at JGP Austria and won bronze at JGP Spain last season.  This is their Grand Prix debut.  Their personal best is 155.20.  She is 18 and he is 21.

Shibutani/Shibutani, USA: They are the reigning World Silver Medalists and reigning Four Continents Champions.  They won silver at Skate Canada and gold at NHK Trophy last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where they finished 4th.  They are the 2011 World Bronze Medalists, 2011 Four Continents Silver Medalists, 2015 Four Continents Bronze Medalists and 2009 World Junior Silver Medalists.  Their personal best is 188.43.  She is 22 and he is 25.

2016 US International Classic Dance Results

Place Start Name Short Dance Free Dance Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 12 Madison HUBBELL
Zachary DONOHUE, USA
1 64.82 1 102.08 166.90
2 11 Kana MURAMOTO
Chris REED, JPN
2 61.10 2 90.08 151.18
3 7 Alexandra PAUL
Mitchell ISLAM, CAN
5 53.94 3 87.26 141.20
4 10 Olivia SMART
Adria DIAZ, ESP
3 57.12 5 81.22 138.34
5 8 Karina MANTA
Joseph JOHNSON, USA
6 53.60 4 84.16 137.76
6 9 Yura MIN
Alexander GAMELIN, KOR
4 55.48 8 79.26 134.74
7 5 Alisa AGAFONOVA
Alper UCAR, TUR
7 52.08 7 79.68 131.76
8 3 Danielle THOMAS
Daniel EATON, USA
9 48.92 6 79.72 128.64
9 6 Tina GARABEDIAN
Simon PROULX-SENECAL, ARM
8 51.38 9 76.00 127.38
10 2 Cortney MANSOUR
Michal CESKA, CZE
11 45.70 10 74.50 120.20
11 1 Mackenzie BENT
Dmitre RAZGULAJEVS, CAN
10 46.22 12 65.88 112.10
12 4 Katharina M�LLER
Tim DIECK, GER
12 40.58 11 69.26 109.84