2012 Skate America

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2012 Skate America
Type: Grand Prix
Date: October 19 – 21
Season: 2012–2013
Location: Kent, Washington
Host: U.S. Figure Skating
Venue: ShoWare Center
Champions
Men's singles:
Japan Takahiko Kozuka
Ladies' singles:
United States Ashley Wagner
Pair skating:
Russia Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov
Ice dancing:
United States Meryl Davis / Charlie White
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The 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America was an international figure skatingcompetition in the 2012–2013 season. It was the first of six events in the 2012–13 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a series of senior-level invitational competitions.[1]

In May 2012, it was announced that the competition would be held at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington from October 19–21, 2012.[2][3][4] 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 2012–2013 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

Eligibility[edit]

Skaters who reached the age of 14 before 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):[5]

Discipline Minimum
Men 159.66
Ladies 113.43
Pairs 120.90
Ice dance 109.59

Entries[edit]

The entries were as follows.[6]

Country Men Ladies Pairs Ice dancing
 Canada Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje
 China Pang Qing / Tong Jian
 Czech Republic Michal Březina
Tomáš Verner
 France Maé Bérénice Méité Vanessa James / Morgan Ciprès
 Germany Sarah Hecken Nelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi
 Israel Danielle Montalbano / Evgeni Krasnopolski
 Italy Valentina Marchei Lorenza Alessandrini / Simone Vaturi
 Japan Yuzuru Hanyu
Takahiko Kozuka
Tatsuki Machida
Haruka Imai
 Russia Konstantin Menshov Alena Leonova
Adelina Sotnikova
Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev
 Sweden Alexander Majorov Viktoria Helgesson
 United States Jeremy Abbott
Armin Mahbanoozadeh
Douglas Razzano
Rachael Flatt
Christina Gao
Ashley Wagner
Marissa Castelli / Simon Shnapir
Caydee Denney / John Coughlin
Gretchen Donlan / Andrew Speroff
Anastasia Cannuscio / Colin McManus
Meryl Davis / Charlie White
Lynn Kriengkrairut / Logan Giulietti-Schmitt

Overview[edit]

Yuzuru Hanyu posted a world record score in the men's short program for a ten-point lead over teammate Takahiko Kozuka, with American Jeremy Abbott in third.[7][8][9] Kozuka won the gold medal after placing first in the free skate, Hanyu dropped to second overall, and Tatsuki Machida rounded out a Japanese sweep of the podium by winning bronze, his first Grand Prix medal.[10][11][12]

American Ashley Wagner led after the ladies' short program, followed by Russia's Adelina Sotnikova and American Christina Gao.[13][14] Wagner then placed first in the free skate to win her first GP gold, while Gao rose to take the silver, her first GP medal, and Sotnikova slipped to third.[15][16][17]

Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov placed first in the pairs' short program ahead of China's Pang Qing / Tong Jian and Americans Caydee Denney / John Coughlin.[18][19] The pairs maintained their positions in the free skate. Volosozhar / Trankov won their third GP title, Pang / Tong finished second, and Denney / Coughlin took the bronze, their first Grand Prix medal.[20][21]

Americans Meryl Davis / Charlie White won the short dance, ahead of Canada's Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje and Russia's Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev.[22][23] Davis / White also placed first in the free dance to win their third consecutive Skate America title, while Bobrova and Soloviev moved up to win the silver, their fifth medal on the GP series, and Weaver and Poje took the bronze, their sixth GP medal.[24][25]

Results[edit]

Men[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total points SP FS
1 Takahiko Kozuka  Japan 251.44 2 85.32 1 166.12
2 Yuzuru Hanyu  Japan 243.74 1 95.07 3 148.67
3 Tatsuki Machida  Japan 229.95 4 75.78 2 154.17
4 Konstantin Menshov  Russia 212.53 5 73.32 5 139.21
5 Jeremy Abbott  United States 211.35 3 77.71 8 133.64
6 Michal Brezina  Czech Republic 209.67 6 69.26 4 140.41
7 Armin Mahbanoozadeh  United States 203.65 7 68.27 7 135.38
8 Tomas Verner  Czech Republic 197.36 9 58.79 6 138.57
9 Douglas Razzano  United States 187.83 10 57.06 9 130.67
10 Alexander Majorov  Sweden 182.42 8 60.48 10 121.94

Ladies[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total points SP FS
1 Ashley Wagner  United States 188.37 1 60.61 1 127.76
2 Christina Gao  United States 174.25 3 56.63 2 117.62
3 Adelina Sotnikova  Russia 168.96 2 58.93 3 110.03
4 Valentina Marchei  Italy 158.79 5 54.01 6 104.78
5 Haruka Imai  Japan 157.72 7 49.90 4 107.82
6 Maé Bérénice Méité  France 155.95 4 54.41 7 101.54
7 Alena Leonova  Russia 153.49 9 46.72 5 106.77
8 Viktoria Helgesson  Sweden 144.85 6 50.29 8 94.56
9 Rachael Flatt  United States 136.09 10 43.72 9 92.37
10 Sarah Hecken  Germany 134.09 8 48.11 10 85.98

Pairs[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total points SP FS
1 Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov  Russia 195.07 1 65.78 1 129.29
2 Pang Qing / Tong Jian  China 185.16 2 61.96 2 123.20
3 Caydee Denney / John Coughlin  United States 177.43 3 60.75 3 117.47
4 Vanessa James / Morgan Ciprès  France 167.66 4 55.76 4 111.90
5 Marissa Castelli / Simon Shnapir  United States 164.19 5 55.67 5 108.52
6 Gretchen Donlan / Andrew Speroff  United States 131.26 7 40.54 6 90.72
7 Danielle Montalbano / Evgeni Krasnopolski  Israel 119.02 6 40.66 7 78.36

Ice dancing[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total points SD FD
1 Meryl Davis / Charlie White  United States 176.28 1 71.39 1 104.89
2 Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev  Russia 159.95 3 62.91 2 97.04
3 Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje  Canada 157.32 2 65.79 3 91.53
4 Lynn Kriengkrairut / Logan Giulietti-Schmitt  United States 141.41 4 53.89 4 87.52
5 Nelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi  Germany 132.57 5 52.30 5 80.27
6 Lorenza Alessandrini / Simone Vaturi  Italy 125.74 6 50.36 6 75.38
7 Anastasia Cannuscio / Colin McManus  United States 122.37 7 47.98 7 74.39

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Announcement". International Skating Union. 
  2. ^ "2012 Hilton Hhonors Skate America to be held at Showare Center in Kent, Wash. (Seattle)". U.S. Figure Skating. 2012-05-04. 
  3. ^ Hunter, Steve (2012-05-04). "Kent's ShoWare Center snags international figure skating competition". Maple Valley Reporter. 
  4. ^ Wood, Terry (2012-05-04). "Kent's ShoWare Center will host 2012 Skate America event". The Seattle Times. 
  5. ^ "Competitors for ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series 2012/2013 Announced". International Skating Union. 2012-05-21. 
  6. ^ International Skating Union
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  8. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (2012-10-20). "Torrid Hanyu sets new standard with stellar short". Icenetwork. 
  9. ^ "Figure Skating: Hanyu sets world record at Skate America". EuroSport. Yahoo.com. 2012-10-20. 
  10. ^ Walker, Elvin (2012-10-21). "Japanese men sweep Skate America podium". GoldenSkate. 
  11. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (2012-10-20). "Kozuka tops all-Japanese men's podium in Kent". Icenetwork. 
  12. ^ "Kozuka sweeps past Hanyu at Skate America". Japan Today. 2012-10-21. 
  13. ^ Walker, Elvin (2012-10-20). "Wagner leads, puts short program behind". GoldenSkate. 
  14. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (2012-10-20). "Cheering Mr. Nicks spurs Wagner to lead in short". Icenetwork. 
  15. ^ Walker, Elvin (2012-10-22). "Wagner commands first grand prix title at Skate America". GoldenSkate. 
  16. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (2012-10-21). "'True champion' Wagner wows crowd in triumph". Icenetwork. 
  17. ^ "Ashley Wagner wins Skate America". Associated Press. ESPN. 2012-10-21. 
  18. ^ Walker, Elvin (2012-10-20). "Russians take early lead to kick off Grand Prix season". GoldenSkate. 
  19. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (2012-10-19). "Subpar Volosozhar, Trankov good enough for lead". Icenetwork. 
  20. ^ Walker, Elvin (2012-10-21). "Volosozhar and Trankov win third consecutive Grand Prix title at 2012 Skate America". GoldenSkate. 
  21. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (2012-10-20). "Russian, Chinese pairs suffer through to go 1-2". Icenetwork. 
  22. ^ Walker, Elvin (2012-10-21). "Davis and White waltz to lead at Skate America". GoldenSkate. 
  23. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (2012-10-20). "Davis, White put classic ballet on ice, take lead". Icenetwork. 
  24. ^ Walker, Elvin (2012-10-22). "Davis and White win third consecutive Skate America title". GoldenSkate. 
  25. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (2012-10-21). "'Love' powers Davis, White to Skate America gold". Icenetwork. 

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