2012 NHK Trophy

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2012 NHK Trophy
Type: Grand Prix
Date: November 22 – 25
Season: 2012–13
Location: Sendai
Host: Japan Skating Federation
Venue: Sekisui Heim Super Arena
Champions
Men's singles:
Japan Yuzuru Hanyu
Ladies' singles:
Japan Mao Asada
Pair skating:
Russia Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov
Ice dancing:
United States Meryl Davis / Charlie White
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The 2012 NHK Trophy was an international figure skating competition in the 2012–13 season. Organized annually by the Japan Skating Federation, it was the last of six events in the 2012–13 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a series of senior-level invitational competitions.

The NHK Trophy was held in Sendai, Japan on November 22–25, 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 dancing 109.59

Entries[edit]

The entries were as follows.[3]

Country Men Ladies Pairs Ice dancing
 Canada Kevin Reynolds
Andrei Rogozine
Kirsten Moore-Towers / Dylan Moscovitch Nicole Orford / Thomas Williams
 China Li Zijun Huang Xintong / Zheng Xun
Yu Xiaoyang / Wang Chen
 Spain Javier Fernández
 United Kingdom Penny Coomes / Nicholas Buckland
 Georgia Elene Gedevanishvili
 Italy Nicole Della Monica / Matteo Guarise
 Japan Yuzuru Hanyu
Daisuke Murakami
Daisuke Takahashi
Mao Asada
Haruka Imai
Akiko Suzuki
Cathy Reed / Chris Reed
 Russia Sergei Voronov Sofia Biryukova
Ksenia Makarova
Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov
Anastasia Martiusheva / Alexei Rogonov
Elena Ilinykh / Nikita Katsalapov
 United States Richard Dornbush
Ross Miner
Adam Rippon
Mirai Nagasu
Agnes Zawadzki
Marissa Castelli / Simon Shnapir
Lindsay Davis / Mark Ladwig
Alexa Scimeca / Chris Knierim
Meryl Davis / Charlie White
Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani

Withdrawals included Mary Beth Marley / Rockne Brubaker of the United States due to the end of their partnership,[4] Japan's Narumi Takahashi / Mervin Tran in order to undergo surgery on Takahashi's repeatedly dislocating shoulder,[5] China's Sui Wenjing / Han Cong due to an injury to Sui, Russia's Polina Shelepen due to worsening of a long-standing ankle injury[6] (she was replaced by the United States' Mirai Nagasu), the United States' Alissa Czisny to continue her recovery from surgery,[7] Caitlin Yankowskas / Joshua Reagan due to Reagan's rib injury, and Germany's Mari Vartmann / Aaron Van Cleave due to Van Cleave's broken cheekbone.

Overview[edit]

The competition took place in Sendai, one of the regions severely affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, with the arena used as a temporary morgue.[8] The Japan Skating Federation said it selected the location to "send a message about our recovery, in response to support from around the world."[8] Moderate tremors occurred during the weekend of the event but did not affect the competition.[9]

Skating in his hometown, Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu won the men's short program with a world record score of 95.32 points – slightly surpassing the record he set at the 2012 Skate America (95.07) – while his teammate Daisuke Takahashi and Spain's Javier Fernández rounded out the top three.[10][11][12] Daisuke Murakami attempted to continue after partially dislocating his right shoulder in a fall but eventually withdrew.[10] In the free skate, Hanyu maintained his lead and won the second GP gold medal of his career, Takahashi took silver, and the United States' Ross Miner rose from fourth after the short to take the bronze.[13][14]

Japan's Mao Asada won the ladies' short program ahead of the United States' Mirai Nagasu and China's Li Zijun.[15][16] Akiko Suzuki of Japan won the free skate by over nine points and finished with the silver medal, Asada was second in the segment but finished first overall by 0.05 points, and Nagasu took the bronze.[17][18]

Meryl Davis / Charlie White of the United States placed first in the short dance, followed by their teammates Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani and Russia's Elena Ilinykh / Nikita Katsalapov.[19][20] Ilinykh fell ill with food poisoning before the free dance.[21] Davis / White also placed first in the free dance and won the gold medal, Ilinykh / Katsalapov the silver, and the Shibutanis the bronze.[21][22]

Russia's Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov won the pairs' short program, slightly ahead of Canada's Kirsten Moore-Towers / Dylan Moscovitch, with the United States' Marissa Castelli / Simon Shnapir in third.[23][24] The top three remained the same after the free skate and Bazarova / Larionov won their first gold medal on the Grand Prix series.[25][26]

Results[edit]

Men[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total points SP FS
1 Yuzuru Hanyu  Japan 261.03 1 95.32 1 165.71
2 Daisuke Takahashi  Japan 251.51 2 87.47 2 164.04
3 Ross Miner  United States 235.37 4 73.41 3 161.96
4 Javier Fernández  Spain 232.78 3 86.23 5 146.55
5 Richard Dornbush  United States 217.56 6 70.05 4 147.51
6 Kevin Reynolds  Canada 216.26 5 70.20 6 146.06
7 Sergei Voronov  Russia 214.88 7 70.03 7 144.85
8 Adam Rippon  United States 210.47 8 67.89 8 142.58
9 Andrei Rogozine  Canada 182.39 9 67.70 9 114.69
WD Daisuke Murakami  Japan

Ladies[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total points SP FS
1 Mao Asada  Japan 185.27 1 67.95 2 117.32
2 Akiko Suzuki  Japan 185.22 5 58.60 1 126.62
3 Mirai Nagasu  United States 176.68 2 61.18 3 115.50
4 Li Zijun  China 174.11 3 59.62 4 114.49
5 Agnes Zawadzki  United States 160.37 7 55.02 5 105.35
6 Elene Gedevanishvili  Georgia 156.96 6 57.50 6 99.46
7 Ksenia Makarova  Russia 156.52 4 58.93 7 97.59
8 Haruka Imai  Japan 145.42 9 48.10 8 97.32
9 Sofia Biryukova  Russia 139.12 8 49.31 9 89.81

Pairs[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total points SP FS
1 Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov  Russia 192.02 1 65.61 1 126.41
2 Kirsten Moore-Towers / Dylan Moscovitch  Canada 180.63 2 65.14 2 115.49
3 Marissa Castelli / Simon Shnapir  United States 174.51 3 61.85 3 112.66
4 Alexa Scimeca / Chris Knierim  United States 163.10 5 54.41 4 108.69
5 Anastasia Martiusheva / Alexei Rogonov  Russia 162.25 4 57.07 5 105.18
6 Lindsay Davis / Mark Ladwig  United States 143.70 6 45.61 6 98.09
7 Nicole Della Monica / Matteo Guarise  Italy 121.53 7 42.14 7 79.39

Ice dancing[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total points SD FD
1 Meryl Davis / Charlie White  United States 178.48 1 69.86 1 108.62
2 Elena Ilinykh / Nikita Katsalapov  Russia 156.62 3 59.96 2 96.66
3 Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani  United States 154.56 2 60.84 3 93.72
4 Nicole Orford / Thomas Williams  Canada 130.10 4 49.76 4 80.34
5 Cathy Reed / Chris Reed  Japan 124.46 5 48.33 5 76.13
6 Penny Coomes / Nicholas Buckland  United Kingdom 122.80 6 46.72 6 76.08
7 Huang Xintong / Zheng Xun  China 119.56 7 45.99 7 73.57
8 Yu Xiaoyang / Wang Chen  China 108.28 8 40.92 8 67.36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Announcement". International Skating Union. 
  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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  5. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (October 26, 2012). "Takahashi, Tran out of Grand Prix, worlds doubtful". Icenetwork. 
  6. ^ Simonenko, Andrei (November 8, 2012). Фигуристка Полина Шелепень снялась с этапа Гран-при в Японии [Figure skater Polina Shelepen withdrew from the Grand Prix event in Japan]. rsport.ru (in Russian). 
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  9. ^ Sato, Shigemi (November 26, 2012). "Hanyu seeks Olympic glory after disaster". Google News. Agence France-Presse. Archived from the original on November 27, 2012. 
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  11. ^ "Dominant Hanyu breaks own record in NHK short". International Skating Union (IceNetwork). November 23, 2012. 
  12. ^ Sato, Shigemi (November 24, 2012). "Hanyu breaks sets skating world record at home GP". Google News. Agence France-Presse. Archived from the original on November 27, 2012. 
  13. ^ Flade, Tatjana (November 24, 2012). "Hanyu celebrates victory on home ice". GoldenSkate. 
  14. ^ "Rising son: Young Hanyu tops Takahashi for gold". International Skating Union (IceNetwork). November 24, 2012. 
  15. ^ Flade, Tatjana (November 23, 2012). "Asada leads ladies at NHK Trophy". GoldenSkate. 
  16. ^ "Asada tops Nagasu to claim ladies lead in Sendai". International Skating Union (IceNetwork). November 23, 2012. 
  17. ^ Flade, Tatjana (November 24, 2012). "Asada edges out Suzuki for NHK Trophy gold". GoldenSkate. 
  18. ^ "Asada withstands Suzuki's charge for NHK crown". International Skating Union (IceNetwork). November 24, 2012. 
  19. ^ Flade, Tatjana (November 23, 2012). "Davis and White dance to confident lead at NHK Trophy". GoldenSkate. 
  20. ^ "U.S. duos Davis and White, Shibutanis rule short". International Skating Union (IceNetwork). November 23, 2012. 
  21. ^ a b Flade, Tatjana (November 24, 2012). "Davis and White dominate at NHK Trophy". GoldenSkate. 
  22. ^ "Innovative free lifts Davis, White to easy victory". International Skating Union (IceNetwork). November 24, 2012. 
  23. ^ Flade, Tatjana (November 24, 2012). "Bazarova and Larionov take narrow lead in Pairs short". GoldenSkate. 
  24. ^ "Bazarova, Larionov grab slim lead in pairs short". International Skating Union (IceNetwork). November 24, 2012. 
  25. ^ Flade, Tatjana (November 25, 2012). "Bazarova and Larionov take first Grand Prix gold at NHK Trophy". GoldenSkate. 
  26. ^ "Bazarova, Larionov skate to first Grand Prix gold". International Skating Union (IceNetwork). November 25, 2012. 

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