2017 NHK Trophy Ladies Results

Short Program

PL. Name Nation TSS TES PCS SS TR PE CO IN Deduction StN.
1 Evgenia MEDVEDEVA  RUS 79.99 41.71 38.28 9.43 9.57 9.64 9.54 9.68 0.00 #12
2 Carolina KOSTNER  ITA 74.57 37.25 37.32 9.21 9.18 9.36 9.36 9.54 0.00 #8
3 Polina TSURSKAYA  RUS 70.04 38.78 31.26 7.82 7.57 7.96 7.79 7.93 0.00 #2
4 Rika HONGO  JPN 65.83 34.00 31.83 7.96 7.79 8.11 7.89 8.04 0.00 #10
5 Mirai NAGASU  USA 65.17 34.45 30.72 7.82 7.29 7.82 7.68 7.79 0.00 #9
6 Satoko MIYAHARA  JPN 65.05 31.02 34.03 8.50 8.29 8.54 8.50 8.71 0.00 #11
7 Alena LEONOVA  RUS 63.61 34.13 29.48 7.39 7.04 7.50 7.39 7.54 0.00 #1
8 Yuna SHIRAIWA  JPN 57.34 28.86 28.48 7.46 6.89 7.04 7.07 7.14 0.00 #5
9 Mariah BELL  USA 57.25 26.94 30.31 7.54 7.29 7.64 7.68 7.75 0.00 #7
10 Nicole RAJICOVA  SVK 53.36 27.33 27.03 6.82 6.57 6.64 6.86 6.89 1.00 #6
11 Soyoun PARK  KOR 51.54 24.24 27.30 7.00 6.61 6.79 6.86 6.86 0.00 #4
12 Alaine CHARTRAND  CAN 49.60 23.06 27.54 6.89 6.79 6.71 7.11 6.93 1.00 #3

Free Skate

PL. Name Nation TSS TES PCS SS TR PE CO IN Deduction StN.
1 Evgenia MEDVEDEVA  RUS 144.40 70.60 74.80 9.36 9.39 9.18 9.43 9.39 1.00 #10
2 Polina TSURSKAYA  RUS 140.15 74.38 65.77 8.36 8.00 8.32 8.21 8.21 0.00 #11
3 Carolina KOSTNER  ITA 137.67 62.96 75.71 9.39 9.39 9.36 9.50 9.68 1.00 #12
4 Mirai NAGASU  USA 129.29 66.20 63.09 8.07 7.57 8.11 7.82 7.86 0.00 #8
5 Alena LEONOVA  RUS 127.34 65.22 62.12 7.61 7.50 8.04 7.71 7.96 0.00 #4
6 Satoko MIYAHARA  JPN 126.75 58.23 68.52 8.68 8.43 8.46 8.57 8.68 0.00 #9
7 Rika HONGO  JPN 122.00 58.55 64.45 7.96 7.79 8.25 8.07 8.21 1.00 #7
8 Yuna SHIRAIWA  JPN 114.60 55.29 59.31 7.61 7.14 7.57 7.39 7.36 0.00 #5
9 Alaine CHARTRAND  CAN 109.76 55.03 55.73 7.07 6.75 6.86 7.11 7.04 1.00 #1
10 Mariah BELL  USA 108.79 52.84 57.95 7.36 7.18 7.07 7.32 7.29 2.00 #6
11 Nicole RAJICOVA  SVK 106.42 51.27 55.15 7.04 6.68 6.93 6.89 6.93 0.00 #2
12 Soyoun PARK  KOR 84.25 35.19 50.06 6.50 6.21 6.11 6.25 6.21 1.00 #3

Total

PL Name Nation SP FS Points
1. Evgenia MEDVEDEVA  RUS 1 1 224.39
2. Carolina KOSTNER  ITA 2 3 212.24
3. Polina TSURSKAYA  RUS 3 2 210.19
4. Mirai NAGASU  USA 5 4 194.46
5. Satoko MIYAHARA  JPN 6 6 191.80
6. Alena LEONOVA  RUS 7 5 190.95
7. Rika HONGO  JPN 4 7 187.83
8. Yuna SHIRAIWA  JPN 8 8 171.94
9. Mariah BELL  USA 9 10 166.04
10. Nicole RAJICOVA  SVK 10 11 159.78
11. Alaine CHARTRAND  CAN 12 9 159.36
12. Soyoun PARK  KOR 11 12 135.79

2017 NHK Trophy Ladies Preview

Of those, finished competing on the Grand Prix this season, Wakaba Higuchi stands at 24 points, while Elena Radionova has 20.  They will both need some help from other competitors to have a chance at making the Final, so the event is wide open at this point, but a few spots could be filled this weekend.

This is a bit of a rematch of Rostelecom Cup, as Medvedeva, Kostner, Nagasu, and Bell are all competing again here.  Medvedeva and Kostner took the top two spots in Russia, while Bell got the best of Nagasu on the US side.  This will actually be the third time this season that Bell and Nagasu have competed against each other, and both have come out on top once.

Medvedeva has won gold at Skate America, Skate Canada, Trophee de France, Rostelecom Cup, and the Grand Prix Final.  If she wins gold here this weekend, she’ll only need to win gold at Cup of China to have won every single event on the circuit, despite this being just her third season competing.

Both Yuna Shiraiwa and Polina Tsurskaya are making their Grand Prix debuts.  Shiraiwa is the youngest at 15, while Carolina Kostner is the oldest at 30.  Eight of these ladies have scored over 190 points, while three have scored over 200 in their careers.  Medvedeva currently holds World record scores in every category.

Evgenia Medvedeva won the gold medal at Rostelecom Cup.  All of her short program jumps are in the bonus, including her triple flip +triple toe and her triple loop.  She has earned all Level 4s at both of her events this season (including the earlier Ondrej Nepela Trophy) and had positive GOEs on all of her elements.  In Russia, she netted 9 points from GOEs alone.  Her program components were in the mid 9s and she earned three 10.00 marks.  She reworked her free skate layout after Nepela, moving one of the jumping passes out of the bonus.  She still has a triple flip + triple toe and a triple salchow + triple toe.  She earned all Level 4s and all positive GOEs, except for her final double axel which she fell on, extremely unusual for her.  Even with the fall, she still earned 13 points from GOEs and had program components in the mid 9s, including three 10.00 marks, although they were all from the same judge.  She needs a gold or silver medal to guarantee her spot in the Final, while a bronze would keep her in the running.  She has the best short program, best free skate, and best total scores.

Carolina Kostner won the silver medal at Rostelecom Cup, behind Medvedeva.  She hit her triple toe + triple toe combination for the first time this season in her short program and also landed a triple loop.  She earned all Level 4s and had all positive GOEs worth 7 points.  Her program components were in the high 8s to mid 9s, not her best for the season.  Out of three events, she has not landed a triple + triple combination in her free skate, although Rostelecom Cup was her cleanest performance to date with no popped jumps or falls and she did add a double axel + half loop + triple salchow combination.  She received all Level 4s and positive GOEs totaling 11 points.  Her program components were in the high 8s to mid 9s.  She needs a gold medal to guarantee her spot in the Final, while a silver would keep her in contention.  She has the 3rd best short program, 5th best free skate, and 5th best total scores.

Rika Hongo placed 6th at Skate Canada.  Her short program had an under-rotated triple flip + triple toe and a triple lutz.  Her program components were in the low to mid 7s.  Her free skate was riddled with jump problems, including four under-rotation calls, but she does have a triple flip + triple toe and a double axel + triple toe + double toe planned.  Her program components were slightly better in the mid to high 7s.

Mirai Nagasu placed a disappointing 9th at Rostelecom Cup.  In her short program, she has stood up on triple axel at both of her events this season, earning a negative GOE at the US Figure Skating Classic and under-rotating it in Russia.  At Rostelecom Cup, her triple + triple combination was also downgraded and she fell, and she fell on an under-rotated triple lutz, giving her no clean jumping passes in the short program.  Despite that, her program components were still fairly good in the mid to high 7s.  She landed a quality triple axel in the free skate at the US International Figure Skating Classic, and while she stood up on it in Russia, it was under-rotated.  She also under-rotated two other jumps, which was better than the four jumps she had under-rotated at the US Classic.

Mariah Bell finished 6th at Rostelecom Cup and won’t be able to qualify for the Final, but could still compete for a medal here.  She hasn’t hit her triple lutz + triple toe cleanly in the short program this season but twice she has received all positive GOEs on everything else in the program and her program components were much better in Russia, scoring in the mid 7s.  She has hit her triple lutz + triple toe combination in her free skate twice with positive GOEs, and she fully rotated all of her jumps, much better than at the US Figure Skating Classic.  Her program components were what really held her back, scoring in the mid 7s, although this was better than she received earlier in the season.

Satoko Miyahara is competing in her first event of the season.  She won the silver medal right behind Medvedeva at the Grand Prix Final last year, but then had to miss the rest of the season.  It has been 11 months since she has competed, so this will be the first real test if she’ll be competitive for an Olympic medal in a few short months.  If she medals here, she’ll have a chance to qualify for the Final at Skate America.

Polina Tsurskaya is a bit of a wild card at this event.  She won two gold medals on the Junior Grand Prix last season with some of the highest junior marks recorded.  She had to have surgery and missed the Junior Grand Prix Final.  She placed 3rd at Russian nationals as a junior and a disappointing 10th at Junior Worlds, but that likely was not her at her best.  The surgery was on her knee and this will be a better indicator of how well it has healed and whether she can land all of the jumps without an issue.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Evgenia Medvedeva

Silver: Carolina Kostner

Bronze: Satoko Miyahara

 

Bios of the competitors:

Alaine Chartrand, CAN: She placed 11th at Four Continents.  She finished 11th at Skate Canada.  Her personal best is 186.11.  She is 21 years old.

Carolina Kostner, ITA: She finished 6th at Worlds and is the reigning European Bronze Medalist.  She won silver at Rostelecom Cup.  She is the 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist; 2012 World Champion; 2008 and 2013 World Silver Medalist; 2005, 2011, and 2014 World Bronze Medalist; 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2013 European Champion; 2009 and 2011 European Silver Medalist; 2006 and 2014 European Bronze Medalist; and 2003 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 216.73.  She is 30 years old.

Rika Hongo, JPN: She placed 16th at Worlds and 10th at Four Continents.  She finished 6th at Skate Canada.  She is the 2015 and 2016 Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 199.15.  She is 21 years old.

Satoko Miyahara, JPN: She won bronze at Skate Canada and silver at NHK Trophy last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she won silver.  She is the 2015 World Silver Medalist, 2016 Four Continents Champion, and 2014 and 2015 Four Continents Silver Medalist.  Her personal best is 218.33.  She is 19 years old.

Yuna Shiraiwa, JPN: She finished 5th at Junior Worlds.  She placed 4th at JGP Russia and won silver at JGP Germany last season.  This is her Grand Prix debut.  Her personal best is 186.80.  She is 15 years old.

Soyoun Park, KOR: She placed 8th at Skate America and 5th at Trophee de France last season.  Her personal best is 185.19.  She is 20 years old.

Alena Leonova, RUS: She finished 12th at Trophee de France last season.  She is the 2012 World Silver Medalist and 2009 World Junior Champion.  Her personal best is 191.39.  She is 26 years old.

Evgenia Medvedeva, RUS: She is the reigning World Champion and reigning European Champion.  She won gold at Rostelecom Cup.  She is the 2016 World Champion, 2016 European Champion, 2015 World Junior Champion, and 2014 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 241.31.  She is 17 years old.

Polina Tsurskaya, RUS: She placed 10th at Junior Worlds.  She won gold at JGP Russia and gold at JGP Estonia last season to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final, but had to withdraw due to injury.  This is her Grand Prix debut.  Her personal best is 195.28.  She is 16 years old.

Nicole Rajicova, SVK: She finished 17th at Worlds and 6th at Europeans.  She placed 7th at Rostelecom Cup and 11th at NHK Trophy last season.  Her personal best is 179.70.  She is 22 years old.

Mariah Bell, USA: She placed 12th at Worlds and 6th at Four Continents.  She finished 6th at Rostelecom Cup.  Her personal best is 191.59.  She is 21 years old.

Mirai Nagasu, USA: She is the reigning Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  She placed 9th at Rostelecom Cup.  She is the 2016 Four Continents Silver Medalist, 2011 Four Continents Bronze Medalist, 2007 World Junior Silver Medalist, and 2008 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 194.95.  She is 24 years old.

2017 Rostelecom Cup Ladies Preview

Evgenia Medvedeva did not lose a single event last season and she holds the top scores ever recorded for ladies.  In fact, the last time she lost an event was at this event back in 2015 when she won a silver medal.  The only person she has ever lost to as a senior is Elena Radionova, who is also competing at this event.  However, if anyone else walked away with the gold, it would be considered a huge upset.  The rest of this talented field will be competing for the other two spots on the podium.

The youngest competitor is Valeriia Mikhailova who is 15, while the oldest is Carolina Kostner at 30.  Three ladies are making their Grand Prix debuts, including reigning World Junior Bronze Medalist Kaori Sakomoto.  Four of these ladies have scored over 200 points.  Mirai Nagasu has the biggest technical element of any of these ladies as she’ll attempt the triple axel in both her short program and her free skate.

Evgenia Medvedeva started her season with a gold medal at Ondrej Nepela Trophy.  All of her short program jumps are in the bonus, including her triple flip +triple toe and her triple loop.  Her combination earned an impressive 12.24 points.  She earned Level 4 on all of her spins and the step sequence and had all positive GOEs, earning 9 points.  Her program components were in the low to mid 9s and she even received one 10.00 for performance.  Her free skate is backloaded with six jumping passes in the bonus, including a triple flip + triple toe and a triple salchow + triple toe.  She did earn an edge call on her triple lutz, which was the only negative GOE for the program.  She earned 12 points from GOEs and earned Level 4 on all of her spins.  Her program components ranged from 9.10 to 9.35, and she earned two 10.00 marks, one for performance and one for interpretation of music.  She has the best short program, 2nd best free skate, and best total scores.

Wakaba Higuchi is entering her second season on the Grand Prix.  She won a bronze medal in her debut at Trophee de France last season.  She won silver at Lombardia Trophy with personal best scores in the short program and overall.  Her short program includes a triple lutz + triple toe and a triple flip both in the bonus.  She earned all positive GOEs, netting her 7 points over the base value.  She earned Level 4 for all of her spins and her step sequence and had program components in the mid 8s.  Her free skate includes two triple lutz + triple toe combinations, but only four jumps in the bonus.  She earned all positive GOEs, earning 12 points.  She earned Level 4 on two of her spins and her step sequence and had program components in the mid 8s.  Her biggest upgrade from last season has been to max out her levels, and complete everything with quality to rack up the GOE points.  She has the 3rd best short program, 3rd best free skate, and 3rd best total scores.

Carolina Kostner is returning for her 10th season on the Grand Prix, but her first since 2013.  She has 12 total medals on the Grand Prix circuit, at every event except for Skate Canada.  She has qualified for the Final four times in her career, the last time in 2012, and she has won a medal every time she has qualified for the Final.  She started her season with a bronze medal Lombardia Trophy  and a silver medal at Finlandia Trophy.  At Lombardia Trophy she landed a triple flip + double toe and a triple loop.  She earned all positive GOEs, netting 7 points and earned Level 4 for two of her spins and the step sequence.  Her program components were in the low to mid 9s.  Her free skate did not include a triple + triple combination, which she’ll need to be competitive at the Olympics.  She also singled an axel and did not complete a lutz.  She did earn Level 4 on all of her spins and her step sequence and had mostly positive GOEs.  Her program components seemed a bit low for her, in the high 8s with only one mark in the 9s.  At Finlandia Trophy, she missed her combination and fell in the short program but earned Level 4 for all of her spins and steps.  Her free skate had a singled flip.  She has the 4th best short program, 10th best free skate, and 8th best total scores.

Mirai Nagasu is also competing in her 10th season on the Grand Prix.  She has medaled four times, the last time at this event back in 2013, and has never qualified for the Grand Prix Final.  She kicked off her season with a silver medal at the US International Figure Skating Classic.  Her short program includes a triple flip and her combo at the Classic was a triple lutz + double toe, instead of a triple + triple.  She earned Level 4 on all of her spins. She earned a negative GOE on her triple axel attempt, which was fully rotated and she stood up on.  Her program components were in the low to mid 7s.  In the free skate, she had a much better triple axel with only a very slight negative GOE, earning her 8.10 points.  The rest of the program had issues with four under-rotated jumps.  Her only clean triple with a positive GOE was the final jump in her program: a triple loop.  She also only has four jumps planned in her bonus, she she really needs to make them count.  She earned Level 4 for her spins and her program components were in the high 7s and low 8s.

Elena Radionova will be competing for the 5th season on the Grand Prix and she has never not finished on the podium.  She has qualified for four straight Grand Prix Finals, winning two medals. She started her season with a bronze medal at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy.  Her short program includes a triple lutz + triple toe (under-rotated) and a triple flip.  She earned Level 4 on all of her spins, but only a Level 2 on her step sequence and her program components ranged from mid 7s to mid 8s.  Her free skate had a glitch when she received no credit for a loop and then tried to add a triple loop in later but also received no credit for it as an extra jump.  She also earned an edge call on her triple flip.  She had one clean triple + triple combination, a triple lutz + single loop + triple salchow.  She earned Level 4 on two of her spins and had program components in the high 7s and low 8s.

Elizabet Tursynbaeva will be competing for the 3rd year on the Grand Prix, and she has never won a medal.  Her best finish was in her debut at Skate America in 2015, when she placed 4th.  She won bronze at Autumn Classic International to start her season.  Her short program included a triple lutz + triple toe (under-rotated) and a triple flip.  She earned Level 4 for her spins and had program components in the mid to high 6s.  Her free skate has four jumping passes in the bonus, including triple salchow + triple toe and double axel + triple toe + double toe.  She earned a Level 4 for her step sequence but only one of her spins.  Her program components were better, ranging from 7.10 to 7.45.

Mariah Bell will be competing in her 3rd season on the Grand Prix, in her 3rd event.  She has one medal, a silver from last year’s Skate America.  She placed 5th at the US International Figure Skating Classic earlier this season.  While her score at that event, was fairly low, her scores last season are a better indicator of what she is capable of and that she is in the medal mix.  Her short program includes a triple lutz + triple toe (fall) and a triple flip.  Her only negative GOE was on the opening combination and her program components were in the high 6s and mid 7s.  Her free skate started off with a nice triple lutz + triple toe, but she under-rotated her three jump combo and fell, singled a flip, and missed a spin completely.  She also only earned Level 2 on her step sequence.  Her program components were in the high 6s and low 7s.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Evgenia Medvedeva

Silver: Wakaba Higuchi

Bronze: Elena Radionova

 

Bios of the competitors:

Anastasia Galustyan, ARM: She placed 23rd at Worlds and 12th at Europeans.  She finished 9th at Rostelecom Cup and 11th at Trophee de France last season.  Her personal best is 162.58.  She is 18 years old.

Mae Berenice Meite, FRA: She finished 16th at Europeans.  She placed 7th at Trophee de France last season.  Her personal best is 174.53.  She is 23 years old.

Nicole Schott, GER: She placed 19th at Worlds and 10th at Europeans.  This is her Grand Prix debut.  Her personal best is 165.92.  She is 21 years old.

Carolina Kostner, ITA: She finished 6th at Worlds and is the reigning European Bronze Medalist.  She is the 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist; 2012 World Champion; 2008 and 2013 World Silver Medalist; 2005, 2011, and 2014 World Bronze Medalist; 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2013 European Champion; 2009 and 2011 European Silver Medalist; 2006 and 2014 European Bronze Medalist; and 2003 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 216.73.  She is 30 years old.

Wakaba Higuchi, JPN: She placed 11th at Worlds and 9th at Four Continents.  She won bronze at Trophee de France and finished 4th at NHK Trophy last season.  She is the 2015 and 2016 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 217.63.  She is 16 years old.

Kaori Sakamoto, JPN: She is the reigning World Junior Bronze Medalist.  She won silver at JGP France and gold at JGP Japan last season to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final where she won bronze.  This is her Grand Prix debut.  Her personal best is 195.54.  She is 17 years old.

Elizabet Tursynbaeva, KAZ: She finished 9th at Worlds and 8th at Four Continents.  She placed 5th at Rostelecom Cup and 8th at NHK Trophy last season.  Her personal best is 191.99.  She is 17 years old.

Evgenia Medvedeva, RUS: She is the reigning World Champion and reigning European Champion.  She won gold at Skate Canada and gold at Trophee de France last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she won gold.  She is the 2016 World Champion, 2016 European Champion, 2015 World Junior Champion, and 2014 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 241.31.  She is 17 years old.

Valeriia Mikhailova, RUS: This is her Grand Prix debut.  Her personal best is 152.22.  She is 15 years old.

Elena Radionova, RUS: She won silver at Rostelecom Cup and gold at Cup of China last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she finished 6th.  She is the 2015 World Bronze Medalist, 2015 European Silver Medalist, and 2013 and 2014 World Junior Champion.  Her personal best is 211.32.  She is 18 years old.

Mariah Bell, USA: She placed 12th at Worlds and 6th at Four Continents.  She won silver at Skate America last season.  Her personal best is 191.59.  She is 21 years old.

Mirai Nagasu, USA: She is the reigning Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  She placed 9th at Skate Canada and 5th at NHK Trophy last season.  She is the 2016 Four Continents Silver Medalist, 2011 Four Continents Bronze Medalist, 2007 World Junior Silver Medalist, and 2008 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 194.95.  She is 24 years old.

2017 Four Continents Championships Ladies Results

Short Program

Pl. Name Nation TSS
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1 Gabrielle DALEMAN CAN 68.25 36.97 31.28 7.89 7.61 7.96 7.75 7.89 0.00 #22
2 Kaetlyn OSMOND CAN 68.21 36.42 32.79 8.18 8.00 8.18 8.21 8.43 1.00 #21
3 Elizabet TURSYNBAEVA KAZ 66.87 37.53 29.34 7.32 7.07 7.43 7.39 7.46 0.00 #23
4 Mai MIHARA JPN 66.51 37.31 29.20 7.46 7.18 7.32 7.25 7.29 0.00 #9
5 Mirai NAGASU USA 62.91 32.43 30.48 7.75 7.32 7.68 7.64 7.71 0.00 #20
6 Dabin CHOI KOR 61.62 35.56 26.06 6.57 6.29 6.68 6.54 6.50 0.00 #14
7 Mariah BELL USA 61.21 31.69 29.52 7.32 7.18 7.50 7.32 7.57 0.00 #13
8 Zijun LI CHN 60.37 31.80 28.57 7.11 6.93 7.21 7.14 7.32 0.00 #16
9 Rika HONGO JPN 59.16 29.66 29.50 7.43 7.14 7.39 7.43 7.50 0.00 #18
10 Wakaba HIGUCHI JPN 58.83 31.44 28.39 7.21 6.89 7.14 7.11 7.14 1.00 #12
11 Xiangning LI CHN 55.73 32.70 24.03 6.25 5.79 6.11 6.00 5.89 1.00 #6
12 Karen CHEN USA 55.60 26.32 30.28 7.54 7.54 7.43 7.64 7.71 1.00 #19
13 Kailani CRAINE AUS 54.70 30.67 24.03 5.86 5.68 6.25 6.00 6.25 0.00 #4
14 Alaine CHARTRAND CAN 53.64 26.14 28.50 7.14 6.93 7.14 7.14 7.29 1.00 #17
15 Ziquan ZHAO CHN 49.97 27.15 23.82 6.04 5.68 6.00 5.93 6.14 1.00 #7
16 Brooklee HAN AUS 48.44 26.18 23.26 5.79 5.57 5.75 5.89 6.07 1.00 #5
17 Nahyun KIM KOR 45.95 22.42 24.53 6.14 5.93 6.18 6.18 6.25 1.00 #15
18 Amy LIN TPE 45.40 23.05 23.35 5.82 5.54 5.96 5.82 6.04 1.00 #1
19 Maisy Hiu Ching MA HKG 43.55 22.79 20.76 5.18 4.89 5.29 5.18 5.43 0.00 #3
20 Shuran YU SGP 43.26 22.37 20.89 5.18 5.04 5.32 5.29 5.29 0.00 #2
21 Chloe ING SGP 41.61 21.73 20.88 5.21 4.96 5.29 5.18 5.46 1.00 #11
22 Suh Hyun SON KOR 38.61 19.47 20.14 5.25 4.96 4.96 4.96 5.04 1.00 #8
23 Michaela DU TOIT RSA 33.39 16.79 18.60 4.71 4.50 4.61 4.75 4.68 2.00 #10

Free Skate

Pl. Name Nation TSS
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PCS
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1 Mai MIHARA JPN 134.34 72.30 62.04 7.89 7.50 7.89 7.71 7.79 0.00 #19
2 Mirai NAGASU USA 132.04 69.81 62.23 7.86 7.46 7.93 7.75 7.89 0.00 #18
3 Gabrielle DALEMAN CAN 128.66 63.71 64.95 8.18 7.89 8.25 8.14 8.14 0.00 #22
4 Dabin CHOI KOR 120.79 62.84 57.95 7.21 7.04 7.32 7.36 7.29 0.00 #20
5 Zijun LI CHN 116.68 61.02 55.66 7.04 6.71 6.96 6.96 7.11 0.00 #17
6 Kaetlyn OSMOND CAN 115.96 55.25 64.71 8.29 7.93 7.68 8.18 8.36 4.00 #21
7 Mariah BELL USA 115.89 58.03 58.86 7.32 7.18 7.36 7.39 7.54 1.00 #15
8 Alaine CHARTRAND CAN 113.48 59.02 54.46 6.96 6.61 6.96 6.68 6.82 0.00 #7
9 Wakaba HIGUCHI JPN 113.22 57.55 55.67 7.11 6.71 6.86 7.04 7.07 0.00 #13
10 Karen CHEN USA 111.22 51.85 59.37 7.54 7.18 7.39 7.54 7.46 0.00 #14
11 Elizabet TURSYNBAEVA KAZ 109.78 52.13 59.65 7.50 7.29 7.46 7.57 7.46 2.00 #23
12 Xiangning LI CHN 109.12 58.77 50.35 6.46 6.04 6.36 6.29 6.32 0.00 #12
13 Rika HONGO JPN 108.26 50.16 59.10 7.32 7.11 7.43 7.46 7.61 1.00 #16
14 Brooklee HAN AUS 103.61 53.77 49.84 6.29 5.93 6.43 6.18 6.32 0.00 #10
15 Ziquan ZHAO CHN 97.40 52.75 45.65 5.96 5.46 5.71 5.71 5.68 1.00 #8
16 Suh Hyun SON KOR 83.74 44.48 40.26 5.25 4.82 5.07 5.14 4.89 1.00 #5
17 Kailani CRAINE AUS 82.21 37.13 47.08 6.00 5.57 5.89 5.93 6.04 2.00 #9
18 Maisy Hiu Ching MA HKG 81.10 40.41 41.69 5.39 4.96 5.32 5.07 5.32 1.00 #1
19 Amy LIN TPE 79.62 34.56 46.06 5.96 5.54 5.79 5.71 5.79 1.00 #11
20 Chloe ING SGP 78.57 38.35 41.22 5.04 4.93 5.25 5.18 5.36 1.00 #3
21 Shuran YU SGP 75.14 36.71 39.43 5.14 4.68 4.93 4.93 4.96 1.00 #2
WD Nahyun KIM KOR #6
WD Michaela DU TOIT RSA #4

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Mai MIHARA
JPN
200.85 4 1
2 Gabrielle DALEMAN
CAN
196.91 1 3
3 Mirai NAGASU
USA
194.95 5 2
4 Kaetlyn OSMOND
CAN
184.17 2 6
5 Dabin CHOI
KOR
182.41 6 4
6 Mariah BELL
USA
177.10 7 7
7 Zijun LI
CHN
177.05 8 5
8 Elizabet TURSYNBAEVA
KAZ
176.65 3 11
9 Wakaba HIGUCHI
JPN
172.05 10 9
10 Rika HONGO
JPN
167.42 9 13
11 Alaine CHARTRAND
CAN
167.12 14 8
12 Karen CHEN
USA
166.82 12 10
13 Xiangning LI
CHN
164.85 11 12
14 Brooklee HAN
AUS
152.05 16 14
15 Ziquan ZHAO
CHN
147.37 15 15
16 Kailani CRAINE
AUS
136.91 13 17
17 Amy LIN
TPE
125.02 18 19
18 Maisy Hiu Ching MA
HKG
124.65 19 18
19 Suh Hyun SON
KOR
122.35 22 16
20 Chloe ING
SGP
120.18 21 20
21 Shuran YU
SGP
118.40 20 21
WD Nahyun KIM
KOR
17
WD Michaela DU TOIT
RSA
23

2017 US Nationals Senior Ladies Results

Place Start Name Short Program Free Skate Total Score
Place Score Place Score
1 17 Karen Chen, Peninsula SC 1 72.82 1 141.40 214.22
2 18 Ashley Wagner, SC of Wilmington 3 70.94 2 140.84 211.78
3 14 Mariah Bell, Rocky Mountain FSC 6 63.33 3 134.59 197.92
4 19 Mirai Nagasu, Pasadena FSC 2 71.95 4 122.95 194.90
5 13 Caroline Zhang, All Year FSC 7 62.55 5 120.27 182.82
6 15 Gracie Gold, Wagon Wheel FSC 5 64.85 9 114.77 179.62
7 9 Angela Wang, Salt Lake Figure Skating 11 58.16 7 116.97 175.13
8 6 Amber Glenn, Dallas FSC 12 56.34 8 116.29 172.63
9 10 Bradie Tennell, Wagon Wheel FSC 9 59.77 11 110.21 169.98
10 16 Tessa Hong, Broadmoor SC 4 65.02 14 103.72 168.74
11 12 Paige Rydberg, All Year FSC 8 61.60 12 105.32 166.92
12 3 Courtney Hicks, All Year FSC 18 46.02 6 119.17 165.19
13 11 Livvy Shilling, Sun Valley FSC 10 59.73 15 102.17 161.90
14 2 Megan Wessenberg, SC of Boston 16 48.96 10 112.81 161.77
15 7 Franchesca Chiera, Panthers FSC 13 53.97 13 104.44 158.41
16 8 Katie McBeath, Westminster FSC of Erie 15 49.33 17 91.87 141.20
17 4 Rebecca Peng, SC of Boston 19 41.08 16 93.28 134.36
18 1 Hannah Miller, Lansing SC 17 48.73 18 85.51 134.24
19 5 Ashley Shin, Dallas FSC 14 49.86 19 78.01 127.87

2017 US Nationals Senior Ladies Preview

As a group, these ladies have won 58 national medals.  They hold one World medal, five Four Continents medals and eight Junior Worlds medals.  They won three medals on the Grand Prix and six in the Challenger Series.  The podium from last season is competing (except for Polina Edmunds who withdrew due to injury) along with the 5th-13th place finishers.  The Junior Ladies Bronze and Pewter medalists along with the 10th place finisher from last season have qualified to compete as seniors.  The short program will be held on Thursday, January 19th with the free skate on Saturday, January 21st.

To compete internationally, these ladies will need a triple + triple in both programs, preferably two in their free skate, in addition to great program components and spins.

Ashley Wagner ended the US ladies medal drought last season, winning the silver medal at the World Championships.  She looked strong at the start of her season with a gold medal at Skate America, but fell short at her second assignment and failed to qualify for the Grand Prix Final.  She has shrugged this off as a bad day at the office and assures that she is ready to compete and win back the title she lost last season.  Her programs suit her perfectly with the sassy short program that is full of personality and fire and the free skate set to Exogenesis really shows off the full range of her artistic capabilities.  However, the music is so subtle yet powerful it demands a perfect program in order to really capture the audience.  She has the 10th best short program and 7th best total scores internationally.  At Skate America, her short program included a triple flip + triple toe (under-rotated), triple loop and double axel, giving her a base value for her jumps of 18.84.  Between her two events, she received 6 under-rotation calls on her triples in the free skate, one edge call, and one edge warning.  Her planned free skate includes a double axel, triple flip + triple toe (under-rotated at both events), double axel, triple loop + single loop + triple salchow (under-rotated at Cup of China and missed at Skate America), triple flip (under-rotated at both), triple loop (under-rotated at Cup of China), and triple lutz + double toe (missed combo and under-rotated at Cup of China, edge call at Skate America).  At Skate America she earned Level 3s and 4s on her spins and steps and had program components ranging from 8.43 to 9.04.

Mariah Bell was the surprise silver medalist at Skate America after being assigned to the event only a week prior.  She has the 7th best free skate score internationally.  Her short program to music from Chicago fits her to a tee and it is hard to tell what has more sparkle: her or her outfit.  She won the free skate at Skate America but hasn’t been able to replicate that effort elsewhere this season.  She trains alongside Wagner, and this was the one event where they competed together, so it’s possible that competing with Ashley again will give her the boost she needs to skate a clean long program.  Her short program includes a triple lutz + triple toe (under-rotated), triple flip and double axel.  Her free skate includes a triple lutz + triple toe, triple loop, double axel + double toe, triple flip + single loop + double salchow (intended triple), triple lutz, double axel, and triple flip.  She earned an impressive 8.5 points on GOE at that event with program components ranging from 7.75-8.32.

Mirai Nagasu has the 5th best short program score internationally, but it was set way back at the Autumn Classic International and she has not been able to repeat that since.  Her best short program came at NHK Trophy where she landed a triple flip + triple toe (under-rotated), triple loop and double axel.  Her free skates have been her biggest nemesis this season with eight under-rotated and one downgraded jumps in her free skates on the Grand Prix series; only four of her fourteen jumps were clean.  Her planned content is triple flip + triple toe, triple lutz, triple salchow, double axel + triple toe + double toe, triple loop, triple loop + double toe, and double axel.  None of the jumps were skated cleanly at both events.  Her spins earned mostly Level 3s, which is a bit of a downgrade for her.  At best, her program components ranged from 7.43-7.75.

Gracie Gold took her 4th place finish at Worlds exceptionally hard.  She did not train most of the summer and showed up at Skate America not fully trained and looking like her heart just wasn’t in it.  After two more poor assignments, she went back to Chicago to train with her old coach and has said that it has completely changed her skating.  She has forgiven herself for “failing” at Worlds and is ready to get back out there and defend her title.  Her package for the free skate is stunning from the nude/gold costume to the makeup and hair piece and it truly could be a good vehicle for her if she can project the performance qualities this piece demands.  Her planned short program includes a triple lutz + triple toe (under-rotated at Trophee de France, triple flip (under-rotated at Skate America, doubled at Trophee de France) and double axel (singled and under-rotated at Trophee de France).   Her free skate includes a double axel, triple lutz + triple toe (missed at both events), triple loop, double axel + triple toe + double toe (only two jumps at Trophee de France), triple lutz (singled at Trophee de France), triple flip (doubled and edge call at Skate America, under-rotated at Trophee de France) and triple salchow + double toe.  She earned Level 3s and 4s on her spins and steps between the two events.  She earned 4 points from GOE at Skate America despite two falls and had program components ranging from 7.93-8.21.

Karen Chen burst onto the scene at the 2015 nationals, where she won the bronze medal, but she was too young to compete at Junior Worlds.  She finished just 8th last season and has yet to medal on the Grand Prix.  Her short program includes a triple lutz + triple toe (under-rotated at both Grand Prix events), triple loop (under-rotated at Cup of China and singled at NHK  Trophy), and double axel.  Her free skate includes a triple lutz + triple toe (under-rotated at both events), triple flip (edge call at both events), double axel + single loop + triple salchow, triple loop (under-rotated at NHK Trophy), triple salchow + double toe, triple lutz (under-rotated at Cup of China), and double axel.  She earned Level 4 on all of her spins and Level 3 on the steps.  At best, she earned 4.5 points from GOE and had program components ranging from 7.32-7.71.

Courtney Hicks took home the bronze medal despite a strong Russian field at Rostlecom Cup.  Her short program includes a triple flip + triple toe, triple loop and double axel.  At Rostelecom Cup she skated a clean program with Level 4 spins and Level 3 steps with all positive GOEs, but she still found herself in 6th place overall after the short.  Her free skate was mostly clean at Rostelecom Cup with a triple flip + double toe (intended triple), triple salchow, double axel, triple lutz, triple loop + single toe (intended double), triple loop + double axel sequence, and a triple flip.  She had all Level 3s and 4s on her spins and steps and earned nearly 6 points from GOE.  Her program components ranged from 7.32-7.50.

Amber Glenn did not have the best outing at Sectionals, but she did set the 30th best total score internationally of the season, including juniors and seniors.  Her short program includes a triple lutz, triple flip + triple toe and double axel.  Her free skate includes a triple lutz + triple toe, triple flip, double axel + triple toe, triple loop, triple flip + double toe, triple salchow and double axel.

Caroline Zhang set the 2nd highest score during qualifying in her comeback season.  She was credited with a triple loop + triple loop in both of her programs.  The jump’s base value is 10.20 in her short program and 11.22 in the free skate where she executes it in the bonus.

Angela Wang had to withdraw from Skate America at the start of the season, but she set the highest score during qualifying.  She does not execute a triple lutz and she missed her three jump combo which is her sole triple + triple combination at sectionals.  She did however, receive Level 4 on all of her spins and steps and earned 9 points from GOEs.

These ladies all have jump base values that are remarkably similar.  For the short program, they’re between 18.84 and 19.76 points.  It’s a similar story in the free skate where the base values range between 44.162 and 47.28.  However, very few of these ladies have put a clean skate out this season and most of the GOEs are very slight positives or negatives overall.  The spin and step levels have also been concerning, with several Level 2s popping up as well as Level 3 spins.

Mirai Nagasu has been practicing and landing triple axels which could be a game changer for her.  While a double axel is worth a base value of 3.3 points, a triple axel is worth 8.5 points.  If she lands one in each program, that increases her technical score by 10 points overall.  She has not fully committed to going for the triple axel and it will be interesting to see what her strategy is in approaching the jump.  She hasn’t been skating cleanly this season without the triple axel, so the risk might not be worth the reward.

For all of these ladies fully rotated jumps are going to be the difference maker.  Under-rotation calls and doubling and singling jumps were killer at their international events.  But jumps alone are not going to cut it.  To compete with the Russians and get a spot on the podium, all of the technical elements need to be there, the Levels need to be 4 and the program components need to be at least in the 8s.  As Hicks showed, even a squeaky clean short program was barely enough to keep her in the final warmup group in a Grand Prix field, as her program components are so much lower.  Interestingly enough, she is known as a jumper yet she has an easier planned jump content than many of the other top ladies at this event.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Ashley Wagner

Silver: Gracie Gold

Bronze: Mariah Bell

Pewter: Mirai Nagasu

 

Bios of the competitors:

Mariah Bell: She is 20 years old and represents the Rocky Mountain Figure Skating Club.  She won silver at Skate America.  She won silver at the US International Classic, bronze at Ondrej Nepela Trophy and placed 4th at Tallinn Trophy.  She finished 11th last season, 6th in 2015, 13th in 2014, is the 2013 Junior Silver Medalist, finished 5th in juniors in 2012, is the 2011 Novice Bronze Medalist and finished 8th in intermediate in 2010.

Karen Chen: She is 17 years old and represents the Peninsula Skating Club.  She placed 12th at Four Continents last season.  She placed 7th at Cup of China and 6th at NHK Trophy.  She won bronze at the US International Classic and placed 7th at the Golden Spin of Zagreb.  She placed 8th last season, is the 2015 Bronze Medalist, 2013 Junior Pewter Medalist, 2012 Novice Champion, 2011 Intermediate Champion and the 2010 Juvenile Pewter Medalist.

Franchesca Chiera: She is 19 years old and represents the Panthers Figure Skating Club.  She placed 8th at the Autumn Classic International.  She finished 12th last season, 16th in 2015 and 17th in 2014.  She won gold at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 9th best short program, 5th best free skate and 5th best total scores from qualifying.

Amber Glenn: She is 17 years old and represents the Dallas Figure Skating Club.  She placed 5th at Nebelhorn Trophy and 4th at Golden Spin of Zagreb.  She finished 13th in 2015, is the 2014 Junior Champion, finished 5th as a junior in 2013, is the 2012 Novice Ladies Silver Medalist, finished 10th as an intermediate in 2011 and 12th as a juvenile in 2009.  She won bronze at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 7th best free skate and 8th best total scores from qualifying.

Gracie Gold: She is 21 years old and represents the Wagon Wheel Figure Skating Club.  She placed 4th at Worlds and 5th at Four Continents.  She placed 5th at Skate America and 8th at Trophee de France.  She placed 6th at Golden Spin.  She is the 2012 World Junior Silver Medalist.  She is the reigning Champion, 2015 Silver Medalist, 2014 Champion, 2013 Silver Medalist, 2012 Junior Champion and 2010 Novice Pewter Medalist.

Courtney Hicks: She is 21 years old and represents the All Year Figure Skating Club.  She won bronze at Rostelecom Cup and placed 9th at Cup of China.  She placed 6th at Finlandia Trophy.  She finished 9th last season, 8th in 2015, 6th in 2014, is the 2013 Pewter Medalist, 2011 Junior Champion, finished 5th in novice in 2010, is the 2009 Intermediate Silver Medalist and finished 6th in juvenile in 2008.

Tessa Hong: She represents the Broadmoor Skating Club.  She placed 5th at JGP Estonia.  She is the 2014 Intermediate Champion and 2012 Juvenile Silver Medalist.  She won gold at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 3rd best free skate and 4th best total scores from qualifying.

Katie McBeath: She is 22 and represents the Westminster Figure Skating Club of Erie.  She finished 13th last season and 18th in 2015.  She won gold at North Atlantic Regionals and bronze at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Hannah Miller: She is 20 years old and represents the Lansing Skating Club.  She placed 7th last season, 9th in 2015, 9th in 2014, 10th in 2013, is the 2012 Junior Bronze Medalist, 2011 Novice Champion, finished 5th in intermediate in 2010 and 8th in juvenile in 2009.  She won gold at Eastern Great Lakes Regionals and silver at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 6th best short program, 9th best free skate and 7th best total scores from qualifying.

Mirai Nagasu: She is 23 years old and represents the Pasadena Figure Skating Club.  She finished 10th at Worlds last season and is the reigning Four Continents Silver Medalist. She placed 9th at Skate Canada and 5th at NHK Trophy.  She won bronze at Lombardia Trophy and gold at the Autumn Classic International.  She is the 2011 Four Continents Bronze Medalist, 2007 World Junior Silver Medalist and 2008 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  She is the reigning Pewter Medalist, finished 10th in 2015, is the 2014 Bronze Medalist, placed 7th in 2013, 7th in 2012, is the 2011 Bronze Medalist, 2010 Silver Medalist, finished 5th in 2009, is the 2008 Champion and 2007 Junior Champion.

Rebecca Peng: She is 17 years old and represents the Skating Club of Boston.  She is the reigning Junior Pewter Medalist, finished 6th in juniors in 2015, is the 2014 Novice Bronze Medalist and finished 7th in novice in 2013.  She won gold at New England Regionals and pewter at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Paige Rydberg: She is 17 years old and represents the All Year Figure Skating Club.  She placed 5th at the US International Figure Skating Classic.  She finished 10th in juniors last season, 8th in 2015, is the 2014 Novice Silver Medalist and finished 5th in intermediate in 2013.  She won pewter at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 4th best short program score from qualifying.

Livvy Shilling: She won gold at Northwest Pacific Regionals and bronze at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 3rd best short program, 6th best free skate and 3rd best total scores from qualifying.

Ashley Shin: She is 18 years old and represents the Dallas Figure Skating Club.  She finished 20th in 2015, is the 2014 Junior Bronze Medalist, finished 11th as a novice in 2013 and is the 2012 Intermediate Ladies Champion.  She won silver at Southwestern Regionals and pewter at Midwestern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.

Bradie Tennell: She is 18 years old and represents the Wagon Wheel Figure Skating Club.  She placed 11th at Junior Worlds last season.  She won bronze at Tallinn Trophy.  She placed 6th last season, is the 2015 Junior Champion, 2014 Junior Pewter Medalist, 2013 Novice Bronze Medalist, finished 10th as a novice in 2012, 15th in intermediate in 2011 and 10th in juvenile in 2010.

Ashley Wagner: She is 25 years old and represents the Skating Club of Wilmington.  She is the reigning World Silver Medalist.  She won gold at Skate America and placed 6th at Cup of China.  She is the 2012 Four Continents Champion and 2007 and 2009 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  She is the reigning Bronze Medalist, 2015 Champion, 2014 Pewter Medalist, 2013 Champion, 2012 Champion, finished 6th in 2011, is the 2010 Bronze Medalist, 2009 Pewter Medalist, 2008 Bronze Medalist, 2007 Junior Bronze Medalist, 2006 Junior Pewter Medalist, finished 7th in novice in 2005 and 17th in intermediate in 2003.

Angela Wang: She is 20 years old and represents the Salt Lake Figure Skating Club.  She placed 10th last season, 15th in 2015, 15th in 2014, 9th in 2013, 8th in 2012, 7th in juniors in 2010, is the 2009 Novice Bronze Medalist, 2008 Intermediate Pewter Medalist and finished 9th in intermediate in 2007.  She won gold at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the best short program, 2nd best free skate, and best total scores from qualifying.

Megan Wessenberg: She is 18 years old and represents the Skating Club of Boston.  She placed 6th at JGP Czech Republic.  She is the reigning Junior Bronze Medalist, finished 9th in juniors in 2015, 10th as a junior in 2014, 9th in novice in 2013 and 12th in juvenile in 2011.  She won silver at Eastern Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 10th best short program, 10th best free skate and 10th best total scores from qualifying.

Caroline Zhang: She is 23 years old and represents the All Year Figure Skating Club.  She is the 2010 and 2012 Four Continents Bronze Medalist, the 2007 Junior World Champion and the 2008 and 2009 Junior World Silver Medalist.  She placed 17th in 2015, 19th in 2014, 11th in 2013, is the 2012 Pewter Medalist, finished 12th in 2011, 11th in 2010, is the 2009 Bronze Medalist, 2008 Pewter Medalist, 2007 Junior Silver Medalist, finished 8th in juniors in 2006, is the 2005 Novice Pewter Medalist, 2004 Intermediate Bronze Medalist and 2003 Juvenile Pewter Medalist.  She won gold at Southwest Pacific Regionals and silver at Pacific Coast Sectionals to qualify for nationals.  She has the 2nd best short program, best free skate and 2nd best total scores from qualifying.

2016 NHK Trophy Ladies Results

Short Program

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Anna POGORILAYA RUS 71.56 36.30 35.26 8.68 8.54 9.00 8.86 9.00 0.00 #2
2 Maria SOTSKOVA RUS 69.96 37.78 32.18 8.00 7.82 8.25 8.07 8.07 0.00 #3
3 Satoko MIYAHARA JPN 64.20 32.08 33.12 8.43 8.11 8.21 8.32 8.32 1.00 #5
4 Mirai NAGASU USA 63.49 32.42 31.07 7.82 7.54 7.75 7.86 7.86 0.00 #10
5 Wakaba HIGUCHI JPN 62.58 32.04 30.54 7.79 7.39 7.57 7.71 7.71 0.00 #9
6 Yura MATSUDA JPN 60.98 31.33 29.65 7.50 7.21 7.43 7.46 7.46 0.00 #8
7 Karen CHEN USA 58.76 28.52 30.24 7.61 7.29 7.57 7.61 7.71 0.00 #6
8 Alaine CHARTRAND CAN 58.72 29.44 29.28 7.29 7.18 7.21 7.43 7.50 0.00 #1
9 Elizabet TURSYNBAEVA KAZ 55.66 26.92 28.74 7.14 7.00 7.14 7.36 7.29 0.00 #11
10 Nicole RAJICOVA SVK 53.43 26.11 27.32 6.82 6.61 6.86 6.89 6.96 0.00 #4
11 Dabin CHOI KOR 51.06 25.54 25.52 6.50 6.29 6.36 6.39 6.36 0.00 #7

Free Skate

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Anna POGORILAYA RUS 139.30 68.62 70.68 8.71 8.57 8.82 9.04 9.04 0.00 #9
2 Satoko MIYAHARA JPN 133.80 64.64 69.16 8.50 8.43 8.75 8.68 8.86 0.00 #10
3 Maria SOTSKOVA RUS 125.92 58.83 67.09 8.36 8.14 8.43 8.43 8.57 0.00 #11
4 Wakaba HIGUCHI JPN 122.81 61.62 61.19 7.82 7.39 7.61 7.64 7.79 0.00 #7
5 Karen CHEN USA 119.69 60.31 59.38 7.54 7.18 7.50 7.46 7.43 0.00 #3
6 Elizabet TURSYNBAEVA KAZ 119.45 60.80 59.65 7.57 7.25 7.46 7.54 7.46 1.00 #5
7 Yura MATSUDA JPN 117.28 57.15 60.13 7.68 7.36 7.54 7.50 7.50 0.00 #8
8 Mirai NAGASU USA 116.84 55.71 61.13 7.75 7.43 7.75 7.64 7.64 0.00 #6
9 Dabin CHOI KOR 114.57 61.93 52.64 6.64 6.36 6.68 6.68 6.54 0.00 #1
10 Nicole RAJICOVA SVK 106.27 52.23 54.04 6.89 6.46 6.82 6.82 6.79 0.00 #2
11 Alaine CHARTRAND CAN 101.50 43.53 57.97 7.36 7.18 7.04 7.36 7.29 0.00 #4

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Anna POGORILAYA
RUS
210.86 1 1
2 Satoko MIYAHARA
JPN
198.00 3 2
3 Maria SOTSKOVA
RUS
195.88 2 3
4 Wakaba HIGUCHI
JPN
185.39 5 4
5 Mirai NAGASU
USA
180.33 4 8
6 Karen CHEN
USA
178.45 7 5
7 Yura MATSUDA
JPN
178.26 6 7
8 Elizabet TURSYNBAEVA
KAZ
175.11 9 6
9 Dabin CHOI
KOR
165.63 11 9
10 Alaine CHARTRAND
CAN
160.22 8 11
11 Nicole RAJICOVA
SVK
159.70 10 10

2016 Skate Canada Ladies Preview

Evgenia Medvedeva was the golden girl in her senior debut last season, winning every event she entered, except for Rostelecom Cup, where she won silver.  She set a new personal best at Worlds in the free skate and total score.  She has such a likeable, infectious personality on the ice and has solid technique and triple + triple combinations to match.  The Russian skaters have often suffered sophomore slumps so it will be interesting to see how she fares this season as the favorite.  She has not competed yet this season.

Mirai Nagasu had a comeback year last year, looking more solid and comfortable than she has looked in a long time and finishing in the top 10 at Worlds.  It was the first time she had been to Worlds in six seasons and she made the most of her opportunity as an alternate.  She won bronze at Lombardia Trophy and gold at the Autumn Classic International to start her season.  At the Autumn Classic International, she had her triple+triple combination under-rotated and downgraded in the free skate and had two other jumps judged under-rotated.  This has long been a problem with her jumps and she can lose a lot of points on the review process.  She has the best short program and 6th best total scores.

Satoko Miyara skated great programs at Worlds, but it was not enough to land her on the World podium again, and she finished 5th.  She won gold at the US International Classic to start her season.  She landed a triple lutz + triple toe in her free skate with positive GOEs and a double axel + triple toe in the bonus.  She has the 2nd best short program, best free skate and best total scores.

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva did not make the Russian team for the World Championships last year even though she had won the title just a year earlier.  She seems to have an every other year cycle to her successes, so if she follows that pattern she should have a good season this year.  She won silver at Nebelhorn Trophy and placed 4th at Finlandia Trophy to start her season.  I do think she’s going to need to up her technical content if she wants to be competitive as she’s currently only attempting one triple + triple and it is the easiest with the triple toe + triple toe.  She has the 6th best short program and 10th best free skate scores.

Kaetlyn Osmond looked to be the next big Canadian ladies skater until she missed the entire 2014-2015 season with an ankle injury.  She finished 3rd at Canadian Nationals last year and wasn’t on the Worlds team.  She won gold on Finlandia Trophy to start her season.  She has the 8th best short program, 7th best free skate and 7th best total scores.

Alaine Chartrand won silver at the Autumn Classic International earlier this season.  She was a surprise bronze medalist at Rostelecom Cup in 2014 but did not medal on the Grand Prix last season.  She has the 3rd best free skate and 10th best total scores.

Rika Hongo hit a bit of a sophomore slump last season, failing to qualify for the Grand Prix Final and dropping two places at Worlds.  She placed 4th at the Autumn Classic International earlier this season.

The top short program of the score this season is 73.40 with the top 10 all scoring above 63 points.  The best free skate score is 136.66 with the top 10 all at 120 or above.  The best total score is 206.75 with the top 10 all above 186.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Evgenia Medvedeva

Silver: Satoko Miyahara

Bronze: Mirai Nagasu

 

Bios of the competitors:

Alaine Chartrand, CAN: She placed 17th at Worlds and 11th at Four Continents.  She placed 12th at Skate Canada and 6th at Rostelecom Cup last season.  Her personal best is 186.11.  She is 20 years old.

Kaetlyn Osmond, CAN: She placed 6th at Four Continents.  She finished 11th at Skate Canada and 6th at NHK Trophy last season.  Her personal best is 187.27.  She is 20 years old.

Rika Hongo, JPN: She placed 8th at Worlds and is the reigning Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  She won silver at Cup of China and placed 5th at Rostelecom Cup last season.  She is the 2015 Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 199.15.  She is 20 years old.

Satoko Miyahara, JPN: She placed 5th at Worlds and is the reigning Four Continents Champion.  She won bronze at Skate America and gold at NHK Trophy last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she won silver.  She is the 2015 World Silver Medalist and 2014 and 2015 Four Continents Silver Medalist.  Her personal best is 214.91.  She is 18 years old.

Yuka Nagai, JPN: She won bronze at Skate Canada and finished 8th at Rostelecom Cup last season.  Her personal best is 172.92.  She is 17 years old.

Dabin Choi, KOR: She finished 14th at Worlds and 8th at Four Continents.  She won bronze at JGP Latvia and bronze at JGP Austria last season.  This is her Grand Prix debut.  Her personal best is 173.71.  She is 16 years old.

Nahyun Kim, KOR: She placed 9th at Four Continents.  She finished 8th at JGP USA and 6th at JGP Poland last season.  This is her Grand Prix debut.  Her personal best is 177.27.  She is 16 years old.

Evgenia Medvedeva, RUS: She is the reigning World Champion and European Champion.  She won gold at Skate America and silver at Rostelecom Cup last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she won gold.  She is the 2015 World Junior Champion and 2014 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 223.86.  She is 16 years old.

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, RUS: She won silver at Skate Canada and placed 5th at Trophee Eric Bompard last season.  She is the 2015 World Champion, 2015 European Champion, 2013 European Bronze Medalist, and 2011 Junior World Silver Medalist.  Her personal best is 210.40.  She is 19 years old.

Joshi Helgesson, SWE: She placed 30th at Worlds and 9th at Europeans.  She finished 9th at Skate Canada and 9th at Rostelecom Cup last season.  Her personal best is 169.07.  She is 23 years old.

Mirai Nagasu, USA: She finished 10th at Worlds and is the reigning Four Continents Silver Medalist.  She finished 5th at NHK Trophy last season.  She is the 2011 Four Continents Bronze Medalist, 2007 World Junior Silver Medalist and 2008 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 193.86.  She is 23 years old.

2016 Autumn Classic International Ladies Results

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Mirai NAGASU USA 189.11 1 2
2 Alaine CHARTRAND CAN 186.11 6 1
3 Elizabet TURSYNBAEVA KAZ 172.46 2 3
4 Rika HONGO JPN 170.34 4 4
5 Mariko KIHARA JPN 161.21 5 5
6 Na Hyun KIM KOR 160.91 3 6
7 Joshi HELGESSON SWE 153.80 8 7
8 Franchesca CHIERA USA 137.21 7 11
9 Anastasia GALUSTYAN ARM 136.65 9 10
10 Chloe ING SIN 132.22 12 8
11 Michelle LONG CAN 131.42 10 9
12 Larkyn AUSTMAN CAN 121.46 13 13
13 Colette Coco KAMINSKI POL 119.56 16 12
14 Maisy Hiu Ching MA HKG 112.24 11 14
15 Michaela DU TOIT RSA 109.92 14 15
16 Amanda STAN ROU 107.50 15 17
17 Suh Hyun SON KOR 97.85 17 16
WD Sonia LAFUENTE ESP

2016 World Championships Ladies Preview

It is hard to stay on top in the world of senior ladies, with 11 different ladies taking the title over the last 20 years and a different champion each of the last five years.  Reigning World Champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva will not be at this event to defend her title, as she did not do well enough to qualify for the Russian team.  Reigning Olympic Champion Adelina Sotnikova also did not qualify for this event.  Both ladies have scores in the top 10 for the season with Sotnikova in 5th and Tuktamysheva in 8th.

Evgenia Medvedeva is competing in her first World Championships after taking the World Junior title last season.  She set the bar high with her Grand Prix Final performance and while she took home the European title in January, she couldn’t quite match her earlier scores.  She can land triple + triples and has an elegance about her that goes beyond her age.  If she skates her best, no one can touch her as her personal best is 6 points higher than any one else in this field.  In fact, her personal best is the third highest score ever recorded under the IJS.  She has the 2nd best short program, best free skate, and best total scores.

Elena Radionova is the only skater who has been able to defeat Medvedeva this season, and she did it with personal best scores in front of her home crowd.  She is also well known for her triple + triples and she has an effortless spunk to her skating that is infectious.  She has the 6th best short program, 5th best free skate and 4th best total scores.

Satoko Miyahara has been flying under the radar a bit as she doesn’t receive as much attention as the Russians.  However, she’s been quietly assembling medals and racking up points and is very much a contender for the top of the podium.  She won her first Four Continents title last month and finished 2nd and the Grand Prix Final in December.  Her short program has a triple lutz + triple toe while her free skate has two double axel + triple toes in the bonus.  She has been gaining strength as the season progresses, and scored over 200 points at her last three events, setting new personal bests at Four Continents.  She has the 4th best short program, 2nd best free skate, and 2nd best total scores.

Two US ladies are also aiming to break the US medal drought in front of the home crowd.  Both have claimed that this is the year to do so, but both have had trouble living up to expectations in the past.

Gracie Gold has long been known as one of the most technically gifted skaters out there, but she can’t seem to land her jumps when it comes time to compete.  After popping her opening triple lutz + triple toe combination in her short program at US Nationals, she found herself with a near impossible margin to overcome for gold.  She went out and skated the best free skate of her career to more than win the national title.  It was a defining moment for her to be able to come out and deliver when the pressure is on, however, she couldn’t live up to the pressure at Four Continents.  Her short program has a triple lutz + triple toe and her free skate has a triple lutz + triple toe and a double axel + triple toe in the bonus.  She has only scored over 200 points once this season, and that was back at Skate America.  She has the 3rd best short program, 6th best free skate and 6th best total scores of the season.

Ashley Wagner is a fighter but that fight hasn’t given her the same results it has in the past.  She tried to overcome a short program deficit at the Grand Prix Final with a stellar free skate, as she had done before, but she missed out on the podium.  At US nationals, she flubbed her triple + triple combo in the short and popped the final jump in her free skate and couldn’t keep pace with the top two ladies in the event.  However, she is an extremely popular, dynamic skater and won’t give up easily.  She’s admitted that she doesn’t have a lot of chances left in her career and she wants a World medal badly.  She has the 8th best short program, 4th best free skate, and 7th best total scores.

While Miyahara is contending for a medal, the rest of the Japanese contingent is also looking for places in the top 10.

Mao Asada’s comeback has been a bit slow.  After winning gold at Cup of China she fell to bronze at NHK and then 6th at the Grand Prix Final.  She placed just 3rd at Japanese nationals and chose not to compete at Four Continents.  Her free skate has been her biggest nemesis this season and her score doesn’t even rank in the top 10.  Her short program has also been so-so and might not be enough to keep her afloat in this field if she continues to have free skate problems.  She has the 7th best short program and 9th best total scores.

Rika Hongo lacks some of the polish of the top ladies in this field and she has never scored over 200 points, so it will be tough for her to compete for a medal unless others make mistakes.  She has the opposite problem as Asada as her free skate is stronger than her short program.  She has the 8th best free skate and 10th best total scores.

A few wild cards include Anna Pogorilaya, who is not the splashiest of the Russian teenagers, but has been the most consistent and just took home her second European Bronze Medal.  She has the 5th best short program, 3rd best free skate, and 3rd best total scores, however these scores were set at the Mordvian Ornament, which was a heavily overscored event, and she hasn’t been able to come close to replicate the scores.  Elizabet Tursynbaeva has been bouncing back and forth between the junior and senior ranks, but her best outing was a 4th place finish at Skate America.  Mirai Nagasu is having a bit of a resurgence this season with new coaching and won the silver medal at Four Continents with a personal best score.  She received only a week’s notice that she would be competing here.  The last time she competed at Worlds was in 2010 when she won the short program.  She has the 10th best free skate score.

Rounding out the top competitors are Gabrielle Daleman and So Youn Park.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Evgenia Medvedeva

Silver: Satoko Miyahara

Bronze: Elena Radionova

 

Bios of the competitors:

Anastasia Galustyan, ARM:  She finished 29th at Worlds last season.  She placed 15th at Europeans and 16th at Junior Worlds.  She placed 11th at JGP USA and 9th at JGP Spain.  Her personal best is 162.68.  She is 16 years old.

Kailani Craine, AUS: She placed 13th at Four Continents.  She finished 12th at JGP USA and 8th at JGP Spain.  Her personal best is 157.82.  She is 17 years old.

Kerstin Frank, AUT: She placed 22nd at Europeans.  Her personal best is 149.57.  She is 27 years old.

Alaine Chartrand, CAN: She placed 11th at Worlds last season.  She placed 11th at Four Continents.  She placed 12th at Skate Canada and 6th at Rostelecom Cup.  Her personal best is 173.42.  She is 20 years old.

Gabrielle Daleman, CAN: She finished 21st at Worlds last season.  She placed 5th at Skate Canada and 6th at Trophee Eric Bompard.  Her personal best is 171.72.  She is 18 years old.

Zijun Li, CHN: She placed 9th at Worlds last season.  She placed 10th at Four Continents.  She placed 9th at Cup of China and 7th at NHK Trophy.  She is the 2014 Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 183.85.  She is 19 years old.

Ziquan Zhao, CHN: She finished 16th at Four Continents.  She placed 11th at Cup of China.  Her personal best is 147.79.  She is 18 years old.

Amy Lin, TPE: She placed 15th at Four Continents and 14th at Junior Worlds.  She placed 10th at JGP USA.  Her personal best is 155.61.  She is 16 years old.

Eliska Brezinova, CZE: She placed 27th at Worlds last season.  She finished 23rd at Europeans.  Her personal best is 145.15.  She is 20 years old.

Viveca Lindfors, FIN: She finished 8th at Europeans and 25th at Junior Worlds.  She placed 11th at JGP Latvia and 9th at JGP Poland.  Her personal best is 157.06.  She is 17 years old.

Laurine Lecavelier, FRA: She placed 10th at Europeans.  She finished 12th at Trophee Eric Bompard.  Her personal best is 152.34.  She is 19 years old.

Mae Berenice Meite, FRA: She placed 10th at Worlds last season.  She finished 6th at Europeans.  She finished 11th at Trophee Eric Bompard.  Her personal best is 174.53.  She is 21 years old.

Nathalie Weinzierl, GER: She finished 7th at Europeans.  Her personal best is 167.72.  She is 21 years old.

Kristen Spours, GBR: She finished 21st at JGP Slovakia.  Her personal best is 116.32.  She is 15 years old.

Ivett Toth, HUN: She finished 26th at Worlds last season.  She placed 11th at Europeans and 8th at Junior Worlds.  She finished 8th at JGP Austria and 6th at JGP Croatia.  Her personal best is 153.70.  She is 17 years old.

Roberta Rodeghiero, ITA: She finished 20th at Worlds last season.  She placed 5th at Europeans.  She won bronze at Trophee Eric Bompard and placed 7th at Rostelecom Cup.  Her personal best is 170.76.  She is 25 years old.

Mao Asada, JPN: She won gold at Cup of China and bronze at NHK Trophy to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she finished 6th.  She is the 2010 Olympic Silver Medalist; 2008, 2010 and 2014 World Champion; 2007 World Silver Medalist; 2013 World Bronze Medalist; 2008, 2010 and 2013 Four Continents Champion; 2011 and 2012 Four Continents Silver Medalist; 2009 Four Continents Bronze Medalist; 2005 World Junior Champion; and 2006 World Junior Silver Medalist.  Her personal best is 216.69.  She is 25 years old.

Rika Hongo, JPN: She placed 6th at Worlds last season and is the reigning Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  She won silver at Cup of China and placed 5th at Rostelecom Cup.  She is the 2015 Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 195.76.  She is 19 years old.

Satoko Miyahara, JPN: She is the reigning World Silver Medalist and Four Continents Champion.  She won bronze at Skate America and gold at NHK Trophy to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she won silver.  She is the 2014 and 2015 Four Continents Silver Medalist.  Her personal best is 214.91.  She is 18 years old.

Elizabet Tursynbaeva, KAZ: She finished 5th at Junior Worlds.  She placed 4th at Skate America and 7th at Skate Canada.  Her personal best is 178.56.  She is 16 years old.

Angelina Kuchvalska, LAT: She finished 16th at Worlds last season.  She placed 4th at Europeans and 7th at Junior Worlds.  She placed 7th at Trophee Eric Bompard.  Her personal best is 176.99.  She is 17 years old.

Aleksandra Golovkina, LTU: She finished 28th at Worlds last season.  She placed 16th at Europeans.  Her personal best is 147.35.  She is 17 years old.

Niki Wories, NED: She finished 32nd at Worlds last season.  She placed 20th at Europeans.  Her personal best is 131.87.  She is 19 years old.

Anne Line Gjersem, NOR: She finished 17th at Worlds last season.  She placed 17th at Europeans.  Her personal best is 156.71.  She is 22 years old.

Da Bin Choi, KOR: She finished 8th at Four Continents.  She won bronze at JGP Latvia and bronze at JGP Austria.  Her personal best is 173.71.  She is 16 years old.

So Youn Park, KOR: She placed 12th at Worlds last season.  She placed 4th at Four Continents.  She finished 9th at Skate America and 8th at Cup of China.  Her personal best is 178.92.  She is 18 years old.

Evgenia Medvedeva, RUS: She is the reigning European Champion.  She won gold at Skate America and silver at Rostelecom Cup to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she won gold.  She is the 2015 World Junior Champion and 2014 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 222.54.  She is 16 years old.

Anna Pogorilaya, RUS: She finished 13th at Worlds last season and is the reigning European Bronze Medalist.  She finished 4th at Cup of China and 9th at NHK Trophy.  She is the 2015 European Bronze Medalist and 2013 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 214.07.  She is 17 years old.

Elena Radionova, RUS: She is the reigning World Bronze Medalist and European Silver Medalist.  She won bronze at Cup of China and gold at Rostelecom Cup to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she won bronze.  She is the 2015 European Silver Medalist and 2013 and 2014 World Junior Champion.  Her personal best is 211.32.  She is 17 years old.

Nicole Rajicova, SVK: She finished 15th at Worlds last season.  She placed 12th at Europeans.  She placed 7th at Skate America and 7th at Cup of China.  Her personal best is 167.32.  She is 20 years old.

Dasa Grm, SLO: She placed 18th at Worlds last season.  She finished 26th at Europeans.  She placed 12th at Rostelecom Cup.  Her personal best is 150.32.  She is 24 years old.

Sonia Lafuente, ESP: She finished 33rd at Europeans.  Her personal best is 152.29.  She is 24 years old.

Joshi Helgesson, SWE: She placed 14th at Worlds last season.  She placed 9th at Europeans.  She finished 9th at Skate Canada and 9th at Rostelecom Cup.  Her personal best is 169.07.  She is 22 years old.

Yasmine Kimiko Yamada, SUI: Her personal best is 110.83.  She is 18 years old.

Anna Khnychenkova, UKR: She finished 21st at Europeans.  Her personal best is 128.80.  She is 21 years old.

Gracie Gold, USA: She placed 4th at Worlds last season.  She placed 5th at Four Continents.  She won silver at Skate America and gold at Trophee Eric Bompard to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she placed 5th.  She is the 2012 World Junior Silver Medalist.  Her personal best is 205.53.  She is 20 years old.

Mirai Nagasu, USA: She is the reigning Four Continents Silver Medalist.  She finished 5th at NHK Trophy.  She is the 2011 Four Continents Bronze Medalist, 2007 World Junior Silver Medalist and 2008 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 193.86.  She is 22 years old.

Ashley Wagner, USA: She finished 5th at Worlds last season.  She won gold at Skate Canada and finished 4th at NHK Trophy to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she finished 4th.  She is the 2012 Four Continents Champion and 2007 and 2009 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 202.52.  She is 24 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mirai Nagasu showed a new side to herself at US Nationals, skating clean programs with secure jump landings and no under-rotation calls.  While she still hasn’t quite found the same spark that catapulted her to the top of podiums and captured the hearts of the audience, her confidence seems to be returning little by little.  She’s also the type of skater that can never be counted out, as she’ll surprise you when you least expect it.