Saturday, August 28

JGP Courchevel Day Three, Phaneuf to Compete in Japan Open

The Junior Grand Prix Courchevel concluded today with the mens free skate and free dance competitions. Overnight leader Andrei Rogozine of Canada held on to win the title after a second place free skate, scoring 119.87 in the portion and 184.39 overall. American Jason Brown climbed up from third in the short program to win the silver medal, besting Rogozine in the free skate by almost three points but finishing with 180.57 points. His teammate Max Aaron rounded out the podium, finishing with 178.00 points. Home country skaters Thomas Sosniak and Romain Ponsart finished in fourth and fifth places. Down in 16th place of the 17 competitors was Ryan Zhi Jwen Yee of Malaysia, who has former Swiss skater Jamal Othman as part of his coaching team. Othman retired after the 2010 World Championships, moving to Malaysia to help develop the sport.

In ice dance, Russians Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin held on to their short dance lead and won the title with 117.60 points. Americans Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus had third and fourth placements in the portions of competition but ended up with the silver medal overall, while Evgenia Kosigina and Nikolai Moroshkin fell to fifth in the free dance but were able to hold on to the bronze medal after their second-place short dance finish. The difference between teams two through five in the free dance was less than two points.

The official event results page now has a "Download Event protocol" which includes the exact documents that are distributed at the competition, for those interested.


Yesterday, I wrote about Mirai Nagasu's withdrawal from the Japan Open. Noted by a reader, I did some more investigating on the event page (thanks in part to Google translate), and found the competitor page which shows Cynthia Phaneuf as being her replacement. Phaneuf was 5th at the 2010 World Championships, narrowly missing the bronze medal. Olympic Champions Shen and Zhao of China were originally scheduled to skate in the exhibition after the event (along with Shizuka Arakawa, Takeshi Honda, and Takahashi/Tran), but they have withdrawn and will instead skate in Yu-Na Kim's All That Skate Los Angeles show the same weekend.


I'm hoping for videos from France to pop up sometime this week.. I'm in the mood to critique (and more importantly-- just see!) some competitive skating :-)

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