Monday, November 19

Around the Internet

The final list of qualifiers for U.S. Nationals can be found here. If there are no withdrawals, there will be 22 entries in both the senior ladies and senior mens competitions (Johnny Weir and Evan Lyascek among them). The 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships take place January 20-27 in Omaha, Nebraska.

In case you missed it, here are the winners' free skates/dance from the Trophee Eric Bompard competition.

Ladies- Ashley Wagner

Men- Takahito Mura

Pairs - Kavaguti/Smirnov

Dance - Pechalat/Bourzat

Ashley Wagner, surely having just arrived home from France, will be skating on the Today Show tomorrow morning, November 20th, at 9:45 AM.

Results from the Warsaw Cup. Isabelle Olsson is on a roll this year and looks to be a serious contender for the second ladies spot for Sweden at Europeans, and potentially even the Worlds spot.

Results from the Merano Cup. Sarah Hecken of Germany earned the technical minimum score for the short program and is now eligible for Worlds. Nathalie Weinzierl, who was 6th, is the only other German lady who has reached the minimum scores. In the mens competition, Paolo Bacchini also achieved the technical score and is the first Italian man to be eligible for Worlds. The country has two spots available based on the top-ten placement of Samuel Contesti last season.

Humberto Contreras, a former international competitor, posted the final results from the Mexican National Championships this weekend. Reyna Hamui won the ladies event and Luis Hernandez was the mens champion. Hamui is the only lady eligible for Four Continents, while no men have achieved the minimum technical score. No skaters are eligible for Worlds at this point. Ice dancers Bruhns/Van Natten are also eligible for Four Continents.

Finally, a popular choice for exhibitions this season is Psy's Gangnam Style. The song isn't so annoying when skaters tackle it, right? :) Here is Christina Gao's performance from Trophee Eric Bompard, with the help of a few other competitors.

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