2011 NHK Trophy
|2011 NHK Trophy|
|Date:||November 10 – 13|
|Host:||Japan Skating Federation|
Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov
Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani
The 2011 NHK Trophy was an international figure skating competition in the 2011–2012 season. It was the fourth of six events in the 2011–2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level invitational competition series. The event is organized annually by the Japan Skating Federation.
The NHK Trophy was held in Sapporo, Japan from November 10–13, 2011. Medals were awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Skaters also earned points toward qualifying for the Grand Prix Final.
Skaters who reached the age of 14 by July 1, 2011 were eligible to compete on the senior Grand Prix circuit.
In July 2011, minimum score requirements were added to the Grand Prix series and were set at two-thirds of the top scores at the 2011 World Championships. Prior to competing in a Grand Prix event, skaters were required to earn the following:
The entries were as follows.
Schedule of events
(Local time, GMT +09:00):
- Thursday, November 10
- 07:00–17:30 – Official practices
- Friday, November 11
- 09:00–14:10 – Official practices
- 14:55–16:00 – Short dance
- 16:45–17:53 – Pairs short
- 19:15–20:33 – Ladies short
- Saturday, November 12
- 06:30–11:10 – Official practices
- 12:00–13:14 – Free dance
- 14:05–15:26 – Pairs free
- 15:30–16:00 – Medal ceremonies
- 16:30–17:51 – Men's short
- 19:00–20:33 – Ladies' free
- 20:45–21:05 – Medal ceremony
- Sunday, November 13
- 08:00–12:00 – Official practices
- 12:55–14:35 – Men's free
- 14:45–15:00 – Medal ceremony
- 15:50–18:00 – Gala/Exhibitions
On November 12, Brandon Mroz of the United States became the first skater to land the quad lutz in an international competition when he landed it in the short program at NHK. Japan's Daisuke Takahashi won the short program by 10.66 points over Takahiko Kozuka. Takahashi fell on an under-rotated quad flip in the free program. He stated, "For the first time in my life, I could nail a quad flip in the six-minute warm-up. But in the real competition I overstrained myself in landing and crashed. It still feels great now that I know how I could do it." Mroz attempted a quad lutz in the free but under-rotated and fell. A screw in Menshov's boot became damaged just before he skated his free program.
|3||Ross Miner||United States||212.36||6||71.12||4||141.24|
|5||Tomáš Verner||Czech Republic||196.63||9||62.96||5||133.67|
|8||Armin Mahbanoozadeh||United States||185.58||8||63.52||7||122.06|
|9||Brandon Mroz||United States||184.83||3||74.83||9||110.00|
|4||Ashley Wagner||United States||165.65||5||55.88||3||109.77|
|7||Maé Bérénice Méité||France||143.69||8||52.05||7||91.64|
|8||Agnes Zawadzki||United States||138.19||6||53.84||9||84.35|
Having first attempted a rare throw triple axel at 2011 Skate America, Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy again attempted the element at NHK but again took a hard fall. They recovered to win the short program. Russia's Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov pulled up from fifth in the short to take the gold medal, while Takahashi and Tran won silver and Savchenko and Szolkowy the bronze.
|1||Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov||Russia||177.51||5||55.02||1||122.49|
|2||Narumi Takahashi / Mervin Tran||Japan||172.09||2||57.89||2||114.20|
|3||Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy||Germany||171.68||1||59.23||3||112.45|
|4||Stefania Berton / Ondřej Hotárek||Italy||163.83||3||56.23||5||107.60|
|5||Caydee Denney / John Coughlin||United States||163.75||4||55.48||4||108.27|
|6||Lubov Iliushechkina / Nodari Maisuradze||Russia||159.01||6||53.12||6||105.89|
|7||Marissa Castelli / Simon Shnapir||United States||149.02||7||49.93||7||99.09|
|8||Natasha Purich / Raymond Schultz||Canada||128.17||8||45.56||8||82.61|
Russia's Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov placed first in the short dance, followed by Canada's Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje in second and Maia and Alex Shibutani of the United States in third. There were several accidents before the free dance. Canada's Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam withdrew after Paul suffered a cut to the back of the thigh in a collision with Italy's Lorenza Alessandrini and Simone Vaturi during the morning practice on November 12. There was also a collision in the warm-up just before the free dance involving Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt of the United States and Cathy Reed and Chris Reed of Japan; Chris Reed injured his right leg but both teams were able to compete in the free dance. Elena Ilinykh injured her knee when she crashed into the boards in the warm-up before the free dance; she and her partner finished the competition, winning the bronze, but withdrew from the exhibitions. The Shibutanis took the gold, edging out by 0.09 points Weaver and Poje, who had a one point deduction due to a lift held too long.
|1||Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani||United States||151.85||3||59.02||1||92.83|
|2||Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje||Canada||151.76||2||60.07||2||91.69|
|3||Elena Ilinykh / Nikita Katsalapov||Russia||149.48||1||61.83||3||87.65|
|4||Nelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi||Germany||136.12||4||55.69||4||80.43|
|5||Lorenza Alessandrini / Simone Vaturi||Italy||133.29||5||54.37||5||78.92|
|6||Lynn Kriengkrairut / Logan Giulietti-Schmitt||United States||126.39||6||50.81||6||75.58|
|7||Cathy Reed / Chris Reed||Japan||123.22||8||49.36||7||73.86|
|WD||Alexandra Paul / Mitchell Islam||Canada||7||49.36|
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