2011 Skate America
|2011 Skate America|
|Date:||21 October – 23 October|
|Venue:||Citizens Business Bank Arena|
Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy
Meryl Davis / Charlie White
|Previous:||2010 Skate America|
|Next:||2012 Skate America|
|Next GP:||2011 Skate Canada International|
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. 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 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:
Schedule of events 
- All times are Pacific Standard Time (GMT -08:00).
- 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)
Michal Březina took an eight-point lead in the short program. 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." He was third in the free skate but held on to win his first Grand Prix title. 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. 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.
|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|
|4||Richard Dornbush||United States||202.27||5||70.03||6||132.24|
|7||Douglas Razzano||United States||192.95||9||60.69||5||132.26|
|10||Armin Mahbanoozadeh||United States||179.07||7||64.54||10||114.53|
Alissa Czisny won the short program, while Carolina Kostner placed first in the free skate. Czisny edged out Kostner by only 0.13 points for the gold medal. Viktoria Helgesson took the bronze and became the first Swedish skater to win a Grand Prix medal.
|1||Alissa Czisny||United States||177.48||1||64.20||2||113.28|
|6||Caroline Zhang||United States||140.70||3||55.05||10||85.65|
|8||Joelle Forte||United States||139.70||6||48.86||7||90.84|
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. They were given credit for completing the revolutions and finished in 5th place, 3.4 points off the lead. They rebounded to place first in the free skate and won their second consecutive Skate America title and third in their career. 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. 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. Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch won the bronze, their second medal at the event.
|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 
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. Bourzat was recovering from bronchitis.
|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|
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