2011 Skate America

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2011 Skate America
Type: Grand Prix
Date: October 21 – 23
Season: 2011–2012
Location: Ontario, California
Venue: Citizens Business Bank Arena
Champions
Men's singles:
Czech Republic Michal Březina
Ladies' singles:
United States Alissa Czisny
Pair skating:
Germany Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy
Ice dancing:
United States Meryl Davis / Charlie White
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The 2011 Skate America was an ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating competition in the 2011–2012 season. Organized by the United States Figure Skating Association, it was the first of six events in the 2011–2012 ISU Grand Prix, a series of senior-level international invitational competitions.

The event was held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California from October 21–23, 2011.[1] Medals were awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Skaters also earned points towards qualifying for the 2011–2012 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

Eligibility[edit]

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:[2]

Discipline Minimum
Men 168.60
Ladies 117.48
Pairs 130.71
Ice dance 111.15

Entries[edit]

The entries were as follows.[3][4]

Country Men Ladies Pairs Ice dancing
 Belgium Kevin van der Perren
 Canada Kirsten Moore-Towers / Dylan Moscovitch Alexandra Paul / Mitchell Islam
Kharis Ralph / Asher Hill
 Czech Republic Michal Březina
 China Zhang Dan / Zhang Hao
 France Florent Amodio Nathalie Péchalat / Fabian Bourzat
 Georgia Elene Gedevanishvili
 Germany Maylin Hausch / Daniel Wende
Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy
Nelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi
 Italy Samuel Contesti Carolina Kostner
Valentina Marchei
 Japan Takahiko Kozuka
Daisuke Murakami
Haruka Imai
 Kazakhstan Denis Ten
 Lithuania Isabella Tobias / Deividas Stagniūnas
 Russia Ksenia Makarova Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov
 Sweden Joshi Helgesson
Viktoria Helgesson
 United States Richard Dornbush
Armin Mahbanoozadeh
Douglas Razzano
Alissa Czisny
Joelle Forte
Caroline Zhang
Caydee Denney / John Coughlin
Mary Beth Marley / Rockne Brubaker
Tiffany Vise / Don Baldwin
Isabella Cannuscio / Ian Lorello
Meryl Davis / Charlie White
Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue

Schedule of events[edit]

  • Friday, October 21
    • 7:05 p.m. – Men's short program
    • 8:45 p.m. – Short dance
  • Saturday, October 22
    • 11:39 a.m. – Mens' free skate
    • 1:34 p.m. – Free dance
    • 7:00 p.m. – Pairs' short program
    • 8:25 p.m. - Ladies' short program
  • Sunday, October 23
    • 1:05 p.m. - Pairs' free skate
    • 2:45 p.m. - Ladies' free skate
    • 7:00 p.m. - Exhibitions (Skating Spectacular)

Results[edit]

Men[edit]

Michal Březina took an eight-point lead in the short program.[5][6] He was concerned by the narrowness of the rink: "I was kind of scared if I will fit with the curve because the rink is not so wide. I almost hit the board in practice when I was going for the triple flip."[7] He was third in the free skate but held on to win his first Grand Prix title.[8] Kevin van der Perren placed fourth in the short and won the free skate to take silver medal, his first GP medal since 2007 Skate Canada International.[9] It was the third Grand Prix silver medal of his career. The 2009 Skate America champion, Takahiko Kozuka, took the bronze medal. This was the first time that no US skater stood on the men's podium at Skate America.

Rank Name Nation Total points SP FS
1 Michal Březina  Czech Republic 216.00 1 79.08 3 136.92
2 Kevin van der Perren  Belgium 212.48 4 70.09 1 142.39
3 Takahiko Kozuka  Japan 212.09 2 70.69 2 141.40
4 Richard Dornbush  United States 202.27 5 70.03 6 132.24
5 Denis Ten  Kazakhstan 197.98 6 67.38 7 130.60
6 Daisuke Murakami  Japan 193.32 3 70.67 9 122.65
7 Douglas Razzano  United States 192.95 9 60.69 5 132.26
8 Samuel Contesti  Italy 190.20 10 55.52 4 134.68
9 Florent Amodio  France 187.60 8 62.46 8 125.14
10 Armin Mahbanoozadeh  United States 179.07 7 64.54 10 114.53

Ladies[edit]

Alissa Czisny won the short program,[10][11] while Carolina Kostner placed first in the free skate.[12][13] Czisny edged out Kostner by only 0.13 points for the gold medal.[14] Viktoria Helgesson took the bronze and became the first Swedish skater to win a Grand Prix medal.[13]

Rank Name Nation Total points SP FS
1 Alissa Czisny  United States 177.48 1 64.20 2 113.28
2 Carolina Kostner  Italy 177.35 2 60.23 1 117.12
3 Viktoria Helgesson  Sweden 145.75 5 51.13 5 94.62
4 Haruka Imai  Japan 142.94 4 54.67 9 88.27
5 Ksenia Makarova  Russia 142.67 7 45.95 4 96.72
6 Caroline Zhang  United States 140.70 3 55.05 10 85.65
7 Elene Gedevanishvili  Georgia 140.12 10 42.51 3 97.61
8 Joelle Forte  United States 139.70 6 48.86 7 90.84
9 Valentina Marchei  Italy 135.17 9 43.19 6 91.98
10 Joshi Helgesson  Sweden 133.98 8 45.03 8 88.95

Pairs[edit]

In the short program, Savchenko and Szolkowy attempted the rare throw triple Axel for the first time in their career but experienced a hard fall.[15][16] They were given credit for completing the revolutions and finished in 5th place, 3.4 points off the lead.[17] They rebounded to place first in the free skate and won their second consecutive Skate America title and third in their career.[18] They added a reverse lasso lift to their free program but performed only a double twist because they were still working on a new entry to the triple.[19] Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang took silver, their fifth medal at Skate America, after missing the previous season due to hand, shoulder and knee injuries.[19] Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch won the bronze, their second medal at the event.[14]

Rank Name Nation Total points SP FS
1 Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy  Germany 183.98 5 59.45 1 124.53
2 Zhang Dan / Zhang Hao  China 178.66 1 62.85 3 115.81
3 Kirsten Moore-Towers / Dylan Moscovitch  Canada 177.43 4 59.60 2 117.83
4 Caydee Denney / John Coughlin  United States 175.40 2 59.62 4 115.78
5 Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov  Russia 173.94 3 59.62 5 114.32
6 Tiffany Vise / Don Baldwin  United States 155.42 7 51.55 6 103.87
7 Mary Beth Marley / Rockne Brubaker  United States 144.80 6 56.16 8 88.64
8 Maylin Hausch / Daniel Wende  Germany 141.54 8 48.94 7 92.60

Ice dancing[edit]

Davis and White repeated as Skate America champions, with Pechalat and Bourzat winning the silver medal, and Tobias and Stagniunas pulling up from fifth to take bronze, their first Grand Prix medal.[20][21][22][23] Bourzat was recovering from bronchitis.[24]

Rank Name Nation Total points SD FD
1 Meryl Davis / Charlie White  United States 178.07 1 70.33 1 107.74
2 Nathalie Péchalat / Fabian Bourzat  France 156.29 2 60.07 2 96.22
3 Isabella Tobias / Deividas Stagniūnas  Lithuania 132.58 5 51.83 4 80.75
4 Nelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi  Germany 131.61 3 55.66 6 75.95
5 Kharis Ralph / Asher Hill  Canada 131.29 4 52.68 5 78.61
6 Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue  United States 131.04 6 49.71 3 81.33
7 Isabella Cannuscio / Ian Lorello  United States 115.22 7 42.05 8 73.17
8 Alexandra Paul / Mitchell Islam  Canada 111.70 8 37.50 7 74.20

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "ISU Grand Prix 2011 - 12 Announcement". International Skating Union. July 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ Entries
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  15. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (October 23, 2011). "Zhangs edge Denney, Coughlin in short". Icenetwork. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  16. ^ Walker, Elvin (October 23, 2011). "Zhang and Zhang lead pairs at Skate America". GoldenSkate. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
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  20. ^ Walker, Elvin (October 22, 2011). "Davis and White dance to easy lead at Skate America". GoldenSkate. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
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