2012 Cup of China

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2012 Cup of China
Type: Grand Prix
Date: November 2 – 4
Season: 2012–2013
Location: Shanghai
Host: Chinese Skating Association
Venue: Shanghai Oriental Sports Center
Champions
Men's singles:
Japan Tatsuki Machida
Ladies' singles:
Japan Mao Asada
Pair skating:
China Pang Qing / Tong Jian
Ice dancing:
France Nathalie Pechalat / Fabian Bourzat
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The 2012 Cup of China was an international figure skating competition in the 2012–2013 season. It was the third of six events in the 2012–13 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a series of senior-level invitational competitions.

The competition was held in Shanghai, China from November 2–4, 2012.[1] 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.

Eligibility[edit]

Skaters who reached the age of 14 by July 1, 2012 were eligible to compete on the senior Grand Prix circuit.

Prior to competing in a Grand Prix event, skaters were required to have earned the following scores (3/5 of the top scores at the 2012 World Championships):[2]

Discipline Minimum
Men 159.66
Ladies 113.43
Pairs 120.90
Ice dance 109.59

Entries[edit]

The entries were as follows.[3]

Country Men Ladies Pairs Ice dancing
 Canada Kevin Reynolds Amélie Lacoste Kirsten Moore-Towers / Dylan Moscovitch Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje
 China Guan Jinlin
Song Nan
Wang Yi
Li Zijun
Geng Bingwa
Zhang Ying
Pang Qing / Tong Jian
Peng Cheng / Zhang Hao
Wang Wenting / Zhang Yan
Huang Xintong / Zheng Xun
Yu Xiaoyang / Wang Chen
 Finland Kiira Korpi
 France Brian Joubert Nathalie Péchalat / Fabian Bourzat
 Italy Charlène Guignard / Marco Fabbri
 Japan Tatsuki Machida
Daisuke Takahashi
Mao Asada
 Russia Sergei Voronov Julia Lipnitskaia
Sofia Biryukova
Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov
Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov
Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev
Victoria Sinitsina / Ruslan Zhiganshin
 Sweden Joshi Helgesson
 United States Adam Rippon Mirai Nagasu Madison Chock / Evan Bates

Overview[edit]

Carolina Kostner withdrew from the ladies' event due to insufficient fitness.[4] Due to the 2012 China anti-Japanese demonstrations, the Japan Skating Federation said it would withdraw its competitors if the organizers did not provide security guarantees.[5] Japan's pair Narumi Takahashi / Mervin Tran withdrew in order to undergo surgery.[6] Satisfied with the security situation, the other Japanese skaters traveled to the event.

Although eight spots were available in the pairs event, only six teams competed due to withdrawals before the start of the competition. China's home team of Pang Qing / Tong Jian won the short program, followed by Russia's Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov and Canada's Kirsten Moore-Towers / Dylan Moscovitch.[7][8] In the free skate, Pang / Tong maintained their lead to win gold while Kavaguti / Smirnov took the silver and fellow Russian pair Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov rose from fifth to win the bronze, their first senior Grand Prix medal.[9][10]

In the ice dancing event, World bronze medalists Nathalie Pechalat / Fabian Bourzat of France won the short dance ahead of Canada's Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje and Russia's Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev.[11][12] Pechalat / Bourzat maintained their lead in the free dance and took their third GP gold by over ten points over Bobrova / Soloviev, with Weaver / Poje 0.49 points behind in third.[13][14]

In the ladies' event, World Junior champion Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia won the short program ahead of two-time World Champion Mao Asada of Japan.[15][16] Asada won the title after placing first in the free skate ahead of Lipnitskaia, whose silver was her first senior Grand Prix medal, while Finland's Kiira Korpi won the bronze.[17][18][19] China's Geng Bingwa withdrew after the short program due to a sprained ankle.[17]

In the men's event, Japan's Daisuke Takahashi won the short program over countryman Tatsuki Machida, with Russia's Sergei Voronov in third.[20][21] Machida upset former World champion Takahashi to win his first senior Grand Prix title. Takahashi settled for silver, with Russia's Sergei Voronov winning the bronze, his first Grand Prix medal since 2010.[22][23] Although ten spots were available in the men's event, the field was reduced to nine before the start of the competition and finished with seven due to withdrawals after the short program. China's Song Nan withdrew after sustaining a concussion in a collision with American Adam Rippon a minute into the final warm up before the free skate.[22][23] Rippon said, "I kind of turned around to go into a jump and I think when Nan Song and I saw each other we both tried to avoid each other, but we went in the same way and we went head first into each other."[22] Song was kept in the hospital overnight for observation. France's Brian Joubert withdrew due to abdominal pain and fever – his coach said he had passed out three times on the flight to China.[22]

Results[edit]

Men[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total points SP FS
1 Tatsuki Machida  Japan 236.92 2 83.48 1 153.44
2 Daisuke Takahashi  Japan 231.75 1 84.79 2 146.96
3 Sergei Voronov  Russia 217.61 3 73.58 3 144.03
4 Adam Rippon  United States 205.48 4 71.81 4 133.67
5 Kevin Reynolds  Canada 202.07 6 69.87 5 132.20
6 Wang Yi  China 188.27 8 57.25 6 131.02
7 Guan Jinlin  China 171.04 9 55.97 7 115.07
WD Song Nan  China 5 70.86
WD Brian Joubert  France 7 63.27

Ladies[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total points SP FS
1 Mao Asada  Japan 181.76 2 62.89 1 118.87
2 Julia Lipnitskaia  Russia 177.92 1 63.06 2 114.86
3 Kiira Korpi  Finland 169.86 4 59.69 3 110.17
4 Mirai Nagasu  United States 163.46 3 59.76 4 103.70
5 Li Zijun  China 160.06 5 59.21 5 100.85
6 Amélie Lacoste  Canada 135.46 6 57.43 9 78.03
7 Joshi Helgesson  Sweden 134.43 7 49.67 7 84.76
8 Zhang Ying  China 130.65 9 43.38 6 87.27
9 Sofia Biryukova  Russia 127.36 8 44.39 8 82.97
WD Geng Bingwa  China 10 36.53

Pairs[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total points SP FS
1 Pang Qing / Tong Jian  China 188.82 1 68.57 1 120.25
2 Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov  Russia 183.53 2 63.70 2 119.83
3 Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov  Russia 172.55 5 56.66 3 115.89
4 Kirsten Moore-Towers / Dylan Moscovitch  Canada 172.36 3 59.12 4 113.24
5 Peng Cheng / Zhang Hao  China 163.87 4 57.89 5 105.98
6 Wang Wenting / Zhang Yan  China 143.52 6 49.79 6 93.73

Ice dancing[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total points SD FD
1 Nathalie Péchalat / Fabian Bourzat  France 169.73 1 69.15 1 100.58
2 Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev  Russia 159.46 3 64.32 2 95.14
3 Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje  Canada 158.97 2 65.59 3 93.38
4 Madison Chock / Evan Bates  United States 149.54 4 59.26 4 90.28
5 Charlène Guignard / Marco Fabbri  Italy 137.58 5 55.57 6 82.01
6 Victoria Sinitsina / Ruslan Zhiganshin  Russia 137.46 6 55.09 5 82.37
7 Huang Xintong / Zheng Xun  China 121.01 7 46.76 7 74.25
8 Yu Xiaoyang / Wang Chen  China 106.42 8 42.97 8 63.45

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Competitors for ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series 2012/2013 Announced". International Skating Union. May 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ International Skating Union
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  6. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (October 26, 2012). "Takahashi, Tran out of Grand Prix, worlds doubtful". Icenetwork. 
  7. ^ Flade, Tatjana (November 3, 2012). "Pang and Tong open strong in Shanghai". Golden Skate. 
  8. ^ "Pang, Tong knee their way to victory in pairs short". International Skating Union (IceNetwork). November 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ Flade, Tatjana (November 4, 2012). "Pang and Tong win Cup of China; qualify for Grand Prix Final". Golden Skate. 
  10. ^ "Pang, Tong win in Shanghai, qualify for GP Final". International Skating Union (IceNetwork). November 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ Flade, Tatjana (November 2, 2012). "Pechalat and Bourzat take strong lead in Shanghai". Golden Skate. 
  12. ^ "Stylish Pechalat, Bourzat seize lead in Shanghai". International Skating Union (IceNetwork). November 2, 2012. 
  13. ^ Flade, Tatjana (November 3, 2012). "Pechalat and Bourzat take third Grand Prix title at 2012 Cup of China". Golden Skate. 
  14. ^ "Pechalat, Bourzat roll to dance gold at Cup of China". International Skating Union (IceNetwork). November 3, 2012. 
  15. ^ Flade, Tatjana (November 2, 2012). "Lipnitskaia upsets Asada in Ladies short at Cup of China". Golden Skate. 
  16. ^ "Grand debut! Lipnitskaia takes Cup of China short". International Skating Union (IceNetwork). November 2, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b Flade, Tatjana (November 4, 2012). "Asada edges out Lipnitskaia for the gold in Shanghai". Golden Skate. 
  18. ^ "Asada comes back to claim gold over Lipnitskaia". International Skating Union (IceNetwork). November 3, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Asada wins Cup of China with strong free skate". State Journal. November 3, 2012. <
  20. ^ Flade, Tatjana (November 2, 2012). "Takahashi edges out Machida in Men’s short". Golden Skate. 
  21. ^ "Takahashi battles through short, salvages lead". International Skating Union (IceNetwork). November 2, 2012. 
  22. ^ a b c d Flade, Tatjana (November 4, 2012). "Machida upsets Takahashi at 2012 Cup of China". Golden Skate. 
  23. ^ a b "Machida stuns Takahashi in Cup of China triumph". International Skating Union (IceNetwork). November 3, 2012. 

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