Sunday, November 11

Other Skating Tidbits from the Weekend

The 2012 Ice Challenge took place in Graz, Austria this weekend. Jenna McCorkell of Great Britain, now 26 years old, took the ladies' gold medal (her second of the year, also winning Nepela) with personal best scores in both segments of the competition. She competes at Trophee Eric Bompard next weekend. Isabelle Olsson of Sweden was second and Monika Simancikova of Slovakia won bronze.

Peter Liebers of Germany pulled up from fourth in the short program to win the mens title, followed by Americans Douglas Razzano and Armin Mahbanoozadeh. Liebers scored a personal-best 142.73 points in the free skate.

American teams won gold in pairs and dance. Castelli and Shnapir won the pair gold medal by over 40 points. They will be at NHK Trophy in two weeks. Kriengkrairut and Giulietti-Schmitt won dance gold easily, as well. Interesting note that the second-place team, Mysliveckova and Brown, finished all the way down in tenth place in the free dance. The difference between second and tenth for the segment was just 3.00 points, which allowed them to hold on for silver based on the strength of their short dance.

The three US Sectional Championships all take place this holiday weekend. The Midwestern Sectional is literally five minutes from where I grew up, but I'm not going to be in attendance. These competitions will finalize the rosters for the 2013 US National Championships.

Here's an interview with Johnny Weir following his withdrawal from Rostelecom Cup. He still sounds optimistic for Trophee Bompard, even though it starts in five days.

Former European Champion Julia Sebestyen, of Hungary, was recently married. Here are some photos from her Facebook of the special day.

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