2002 Skate America

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2002 Skate America
Type: Grand Prix
Date: October 23 – 27
Season: 2002–2003
Location: Spokane, Washington
Venue: Spokane Arena
Champions
Men's singles:
France Brian Joubert
Ladies' singles:
United States Michelle Kwan
Pair skating:
Russia Tatiana Totmianina / Maxim Marinin
Ice dancing:
Ukraine Elena Grushina / Ruslan Goncharov
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Skate America is an international, senior-level invitation-only figure skating competition organized by the USFSA. It is the first ISU Grand Prix event to be held. The location changes yearly. Medals are awarded in four disciplines: men's singles, ladies' singles, pairs, and ice dancing.

The 2002 competition was held at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington, from October 23 through 27. The compulsory dance was the Austrian Waltz.

Reigning Olympic champion Alexei Yagudin withdrew with injury after the short program[1] in what became the final competition of his amateur career. French skater Brian Joubert went on the win the men's event for his first international title.[2] Yukari Nakano and Ludmila Nelidina both landed a triple axel in their long programs, together becoming the first female skaters to perform the jump in international competition since Midori Ito landed it at the 1992 Winter Olympics.[3][4] Nakano landed it first and Nelidina, who skated after her, also performed it successfully.[5]

Results[edit]

Men[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total Points SP FS
1 Brian Joubert  France 2.0 2 1
2 Alexander Abt  Russia 3.5 3 2
3 Matthew Savoie  United States 6.0 6 3
4 Zhang Min  China 6.0 4 4
5 Michael Weiss  United States 8.5 5 6
6 Emanuel Sandhu  Canada 9.5 9 5
7 Vakhtang Murvanidze  GEO 12.0 10 7
8 Derrick Delmore  United States 12.0 8 8
9 Sergei Davydov  Belarus 12.5 7 9
10 Kensuke Nakaniwa  Japan 15.5 11 10
WD Alexei Yagudin  Russia 1

Ladies[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total Points SP FS
1 Michelle Kwan  United States 1.5 1 1
2 Ann Patrice McDonough  United States 5.0 6 2
3 Elena Liashenko  Ukraine 5.0 4 3
4 Jennifer Kirk  United States 6.0 2 5
5 Ludmila Nelidina  Russia 6.5 5 4
6 Viktoria Volchkova  Russia 8.5 3 7
7 Yukari Nakano  Japan 10.0 8 6
8 Júlia Sebestyén  Hungary 12.5 7 9
9 Miriam Manzano  Australia 13.0 10 8
10 Annie Bellemare  Canada 14.5 9 10
11 Zuzana Babiaková  Slovakia 17.0 12 11
12 Elina Kettunen  Finland 17.5 11 12

Pairs[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total Points SP FS
1 Tatiana Totmianina / Maxim Marinin  Russia 1.5 1 1
2 Anabelle Langlois / Patrice Archetto  Canada 3.5 3 2
3 Pang Qing / Tong Jian  China 4.0 2 3
4 Zhang Dan / Zhang Hao  China 6.0 4 4
5 Yuko Kawaguchi / Alexander Markuntsov  Japan 7.5 5 5
6 Tiffany Scott / Philip Dulebohn  United States 9.0 6 6
7 Kathryn Orscher / Garrett Lucash  United States 10.5 7 7
8 Tatiana Chuvaeva / Dmitri Palamarchuk  Ukraine 12.0 8 8
9 Kristen Roth / Michael McPherson  United States 13.5 9 9

Ice Dancing[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total Points CD OD FD
1 Elena Grushina / Ruslan Goncharov  Ukraine 2.0 1 1 1
2 Tatiana Navka / Roman Kostomarov  Russia 4.0 2 2 2
3 Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto  United States 6.0 3 3 3
4 Galit Chait / Sergei Sakhnovski  Israel 8.0 4 4 4
5 Melissa Gregory / Denis Petukhov  United States 10.0 5 5 5
6 Kristin Fraser / Igor Lukanin  Azerbaijan 12.0 6 6 6
7 Emilie Nussear / Mathew Gates  United States 14.0 7 7 7
8 Nozomi Watanabe / Akiyuki Kido  Japan 16.0 8 8 8
9 Josée Piché / Pascal Denis  Canada 18.0 9 9 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PLUS: FIGURE SKATING; Yagudin Withdraws; Kwan Is Triumphant". The New York Times. 2002-10-27. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Injury forces Yagudin out of Skate America, threatens career
  3. ^ "ISU Bio: Yukari Nakano". Archived from the original on 17 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-18. 
  4. ^ "ISU Bio: Ludmila Nelidina". Retrieved 2007-06-18. 
  5. ^ Mittan, Barry (2002-11-24). "Nelidina Becomes First European Woman to Land Triple Axel". GoldenSkate.com. Retrieved 2007-06-18.