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PostSubject: 2010 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships Starting Orders, Results, and Articles   Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:47 pm

2010 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships Starting Orders and Results



The 2010 AT&T U.S. National Figure Skating Championships are taking place in Spokane, Wash. at the Spokane Arena Jan 15-24, 2010.

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http://www.usfigureskating.org/leaderboard/results/2010/64740/results.html

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PostSubject: 2010 US Figure Skating Championships: TV and icenetwork schedule   Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:24 pm

2010 US Figure Skating Championships: TV and icenetwork schedule

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Below is icenetwork's live streaming video schedule as well as NBC and Universal Sports' (Channel 162 where I am in NYC) schedule. Please note that all times are Eastern.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15

Junior men’s short program (11:45 a.m. on icenetwork)
Championship pairs short program (4:30 p.m. on icenetwork)
Opening Ceremony & Championship men’s short program (9:45 p.m. on icenetwork)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16

Junior pairs short program (10:30 p.m. on icenetwork)
NBC will air live the championship pairs free skate and portions of the men's short program from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Universal Sports will re-air from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17

NBC will air live the men's free skate from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Universal Sports will re-air from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Novice men’s short program (6:30 p.m. on icenetwork)
Novice pairs short program (8:30 p.m. on icenetwork)
Junior men’s free skate (12 midnight on icenetwork)

MONDAY, JANUARY 18

Novice ladies short program (3:00 p.m. on icenetwork)
Novice pairs free skate (5:00 p.m. on icenetwork)
Novice men’s free skate (9:45 p.m. icenetwork)
Junior pairs free skate (11:45 p.m. on icenetwork)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 19

Novice compulsory dance (11:15 a.m. on icenetwork)
Novice ladies free skate (2:00 p.m. on icenetwork)
Junior compulsory dance(10:45 p.m. on icenetwork)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20

Novice free dance (1:00 p.m. on icenetwork)
Junior ladies short program (6:45 p.m. on icenetwork)
Junior original dance (10:45 p.m. on icenetwork)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21

Championship compulsory dance (1:30 p.m. on icenetwork)
Junior free dance (6:45 p.m. on icenetwork)
Championship ladies short program & Hall of Fame Ceremony (10:30 p.m. on icenetwork)
Universal Sports will air live the championship ladies short program from 12:30 a.m. - 2:30 a.m.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22

Junior ladies free skate (1:00 p.m. on icenetwork)
Championship original dance (9:00 p.m. on icenetwork)
Universal Sports will air live the championship original dance from 11:00 p.m. - 12 a.m.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23

NBC will air live the championship free dance, and portions of the original dance and the ladies short program from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Universal Sports will re-air from 11 p.m. - 2 a.m.)
NBC will air live the championship ladies free skate from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. (Universal Sports will re-air from 2:00 - 4:00 a.m.)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24

NBC will air an event recap from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Universal Sports will re-air from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
NBC will air the Skating Spectacular and Olympic Send-off from 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

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PostSubject: Confident dark horses ready to shake up nationals   Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:50 pm

Confident dark horses ready to shake up nationals

- by John Henderson, The Denver Post



Ryan Bradley and Brandon Mroz

They come armed with quads and attitude, a mix of experience and youth, hoping to take the predictability out of this weekend's U.S. Figure Skating Nationals in Spokane, Wash.

With all the subtlety of a runaway Zamboni, Colorado Springs skaters Ryan Bradley and Brandon Mroz begin their Olympic quest at 7:45 p.m. MST Friday as confident dark horses.

The pre-meet skinny is that the three Olympic berths are lined up for the three favorites: Evan Lysacek, 24, the two-time U.S. and defending world champion; Jeremy Abbott, 24, the defending U.S. champ from Aspen; and Johnny Weir, 25, the three-time U.S. champion.

Bradley, 26, and Mroz, 19, however, aren't longshots. They are on the next rung down. Should one of the favorites slip, they have a good shot to make Team USA.
This will be Bradley's 11th nationals. He earned a second in 2007 and a fourth last year. Mroz came out of nowhere to finish just behind Abbott a year ago.
They are hovering. And waiting.

"I know everyone's got it all figured out, like Evan's a shoo-in, but I don't see it that way," said Tom Zakrajsek, who coaches Bradley and Mroz at the Broadmoor Skating Club. "Certainly Evan has a lot of confidence, but in our country, you still have to do it on the day they announce your name. Let's see who does it when the pressure's on."
Zakrajsek points to four years ago in St. Louis when Timothy Goebel was the defending Olympic bronze medalist and Michael Weiss was shooting for his third Olympic team. Both faltered. Rising above the fray to make the team was little-known Matt Savoie.

"Youth," Zakrajsek said, "does shine through sometimes."

Sure, but not nearly as much as confidence. Bradley and Mroz have plenty. In the closest you'll find to smack talk in figure skating, both laid down the gauntlet for this weekend.

"Brandon and I can really mix things up," Bradley said. "I actually do not think we need them to slip. If Brandon and I skate well, we can be on the team."
Added Mroz, a former youth hockey brawler: "There are quotation mark favorites, but when it comes down to it, it could be anybody's day. It's who's pushing the envelope."

Bradley and Mroz are definitely doing that. In a season when skaters are mulling the risk-reward factor of including a quad in their routine, Bradley is planning on doing three, and Mroz at least two.

It's perfect timing for Bradley. He started a quad two seasons ago and fell all season. He continued through last year and today it's just another element in his program.
"All of a sudden it got more consistent and it became pretty easy," he said. "If I put my money on a quad versus another jump, it's not more of a risk factor."

Bradley had a disappointing start to the Grand Prix season with a fourth and a ninth, then earned a third at Skate America. But Bradley is a veteran. An Olympic trials won't shake him and no skater in the U.S. connects to an audience better.

"This is definitely a different atmosphere," Bradley said. "A lot of the younger guys don't understand what it's like."

Mroz is one of those younger guys. He took second last year, but that wasn't with an Olympic berth on the line. His target date for an Olympics is more likely 2014, and Sochi, Russia.


Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_14184562#ixzz0ccNaHBID

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PostSubject: 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships Television Broadcasts to Reach Nearly 500 Million Homes Worldwide   Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:10 pm

2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships Television Broadcasts to Reach Nearly 500 Million Homes Worldwide

- Source, U.S. Figure Skating

(1/13/10) - Defending champions Alissa Czisny, Jeremy Abbott, Keauna McLaughlin & Rockne Brubaker, and Meryl Davis & Charlie White, along with World champion Evan Lysacek and Olympic silver medalists Sasha Cohen and ice dancers Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto, will take to the ice when NBC Sports and Universal Sports present live, high-definition coverage of the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships from Spokane, Wash., over the next two weeks.

Coverage of the event on broadcast and cable television will include 13 live hours of senior-level competition in ladies and men's singles, pairs and ice dancing. Seven hours are in primetime, including the two-hour Smucker's Skating Spectacular, which will be shown from 9-11 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24. A two-hour encore presentation of the best performances from the championships will air from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24. The championships will be carried on television in more than 125 countries and be available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide.

In addition to the extensive television coverage, live and on-demand coverage of every skater in every discipline will be available to Season Pass subscribers on icenetwork.com. Olympic medalist Peter Carruthers, Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski and U.S. medalist Tonia Kwiatkowski will join the icenetwork.com announcing team in Spokane. For a complete listing of icenetwork.com broadcast times, visit icenetwork.com.

NBC's Olympic figure skating broadcast team of Bob Costas (host), Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Dick Button (analyst), Scott Hamilton (analyst), Sandra Bezic (analyst), Tracy Wilson (analyst) and Andrea Joyce (reporter) will be on hand for the championships in Spokane.

For the second year in a row, Universal Sports will cover the action from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships as part of a multiyear agreement between NBC Sports and U.S. Figure Skating.

NBC SPORTS COVERAGE (ALL TIMES ET)

Saturday, Jan. 16, 4:30-6 p.m. - Men's and Pairs Short Programs/Pairs Free Skate (Live)
Sunday, Jan. 17, 4:30-6 p.m. - Men's Free Skate (Live)
Saturday, Jan. 23, 3-6 p.m. - Original Dance and Ladies Short Program/Free Dance (Live)
Saturday, Jan. 23, 9-11 p.m. - Ladies Free Skate (Live)
Sunday, Jan. 24, 4-6 p.m. - Encore Show
Sunday, Jan. 24, 9-11 p.m. - Smucker's Skating Spectacular: Countdown to Vancouver

UNIVERSAL SPORTS COVERAGE

Universal Sports, available in more than 45 million homes, will present five hours of live coverage of the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships starting Friday, Jan. 15. Coverage details are as follows (all times ET):
Saturday, Jan. 16 (Friday overnight), 12:30-2:30 a.m. - Pairs Short Program/Men's Short Program (Live)
Saturday, Jan. 16, 6:30-8 p.m. - Men's and Pairs Short Programs, Pairs Free Skate (Re-air NBC show)
Sunday, Jan. 17, 6:30-8 p.m. - Men's Free Skate (Re-air NBC show)
Friday, Jan. 22 (Thursday overnight), 12:30-2:30 a.m. - Ladies Short Program (Live)
Friday, Jan. 22, 11-12 a.m. - Original Dance (Live)
Saturday, Jan. 23, 11-2 a.m. - Original Dance, Ladies Short Program, Free Dance (Re-air NBC show)
Sunday, Jan. 24 (Saturday overnight), 2-4 a.m. - Ladies Free Skate (Re-air NBC show)

Times subject to change. Check local listing for date and times of coverage in your area.

The U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held annually since 1914, is the nation's most prestigious figure skating event. The championships are the final competition before the members of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team are named.

COMPETITION PREVIEW

LADIES

Czisny performed well in the fall, winning the Nebelhorn Trophy, placing fourth at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, Russia, and winning the silver at Skate Canada. Her toughest challengers figure to be Rachael Flatt, the silver medalist at each of the last two U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and Ashley Wagner, who qualified for the 2009 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final after medaling at both of her assignments in the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. Reigning U.S. bronze medalist Caroline Zhang, 2008 U.S. champion Mirai Nagasu and 2007 U.S. silver medalist Emily Hughes will also contend for podium spots. Adding to the drama of this event is the return of Cohen, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist.

MEN'S

The men's event might be the most competitive of the four in Spokane, with several world-class skaters among the field. Leading the way is Lysacek, the reigning World champion and Grand Prix Final champion. His longtime adversary Johnny Weir took the bronze at the Grand Prix Final and will be looking to redeem himself after a fifth-place finish at this event last year. Abbott is more than capable of taking the title for a second year; he won Skate Canada and finished just off the podium at the Grand Prix Final in the fall. Those three will face challenges from reigning U.S. silver medalist Brandon Mroz, 2009 Cancer.Net Skate America bronze medalist Ryan Bradley, reigning two-time World Junior champion Adam Rippon and 2008 U.S. bronze medalist Stephen Carriere

PAIRS

McLaughlin and Brubaker are the reigning two-time U.S. champions, but they were almost knocked off last year by Caydee Denney & Jeremy Barrett. Both of those teams figure to land on the podium in Spokane. Veterans Rena Inoue & John Baldwin have medaled at seven consecutive U.S. Championships and can never be counted out. Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig, fourth-place finishers a year ago, Caitlin Yankowskas & John Coughlin, and Brooke Castile & Ben Okolski, who won the gold the last time the U.S. Championships were held in Spokane, all have realistic medal hopes.

ICE DANCING

The long-awaited showdown between five-time U.S. champions Belbin and Agosto and their former training mates, Davis and White, will take place in Spokane. Davis and White have won every competition they've entered this season, including the Grand Prix Final. Belbin and Agosto, the 2006 Olympic silver medalists, won the gold at both of their Grand Prix assignments in the fall but withdrew from the Grand Prix Final after one of Belbin's wisdom teeth became infected. Also vying for a medal are reigning U.S. silver medalists Emily Samuelson & Evan Bates, and reigning two-time U.S. bronze medalists Kim Navarro & Brent Bommentre.

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PostSubject: With a Great Quadruple Jump Comes Great Reward   Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:29 pm

With a Great Quadruple Jump Comes Great Reward

- by Juliet Macur, The New York Times



Ryan Bradley plans to attempt three quads at the United States figure skating national championships.

SPOKANE, Wash. — The single hardest move in single’s figure skating, the quadruple jump, is like an onside kick in football: highly risky, but highly rewarding — if it unfolds as planned.

This week at the United States figure skating national championships, where a berth on the Olympic team is at stake, a few bold skaters will take that chance.

At least one, Ryan Bradley, will take several chances.

Bradley plans to attempt not one, not two, but three quads at nationals. One quad — four full rotations in the air — will be in his short program, which will be held Friday, and two more will be in his long program, held Sunday. The women’s event begins Jan. 21.

He is airborne for about one second for each quad jump. So three seconds may determine Bradley’s status as an Olympian.

“I feel that I wanted something this season to set me apart from some of the other boys,” Bradley, 26, said of his planned quad jumps in a teleconference last week.

With at least six American men considered legitimate contenders for the Olympic squad, and only three spots available, each skater needs to shine at nationals. There is little room for error, even for the more experienced and successful skaters.

Among them is Evan Lysacek, the reigning world champion; Jeremy Abbott, the defending national champion; and Johnny Weir, a three-time national champion who competed with Lysacek in the 2006 Olympics. (Lysacek was fourth; Weir was fifth.)

Also in the mix are several up-and-comers, like the 19-year-old Brandon Mroz and the 20-year-old Adam Rippon, who are having solid seasons.

“It’s going to be tough for them to decide just how much difficulty to put into every program because they don’t want to push it too much,” said Scott Hamilton, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist who is now a figure skating commentator. “A hard program might get you on the team, but if it’s too hard and you mess it up, it could be disaster.”

Though the top three finishers at nationals will most likely be the ones who make the Olympic team, the team is officially picked after the competition. A U.S. Figure Skating committee will meet Monday to select the men’s team and the pairs skaters, who also compete this weekend, to go to Vancouver.

Tom Zakrajsek, who coaches Bradley and Mroz in Colorado Springs, said the committee would be looking for skaters who give the United States the best chances to win an Olympic medal. And to win a medal, Zakrajsek said, it is going to take a skater who can land a quad — or even several quads. He said he thought at least five men would try the quad in their short program at the Olympics.

A few skaters on the international scene, like France’s Brian Joubert and Russia’s Yevgeny Plushenko, are known for landing the quad. This season, Plushenko, the 2006 Olympic champion, has landed a quad-triple combination in his long program.

The last time an Olympic men’s champion failed to perform the quad was in 1994, when Aleksei Urmanov of Russia won, with seven triple jumps.

“U.S. Figure Skating is pushing us hard to do a quad because they want a skater who is a gamer, who is willing to take that risk,” Zakrajsek said. “I think it will take an aggressive skate to do well at nationals, and Ryan and Brandon are ready to do that.”

Just to make sure they are ready, though, Zakrajsek last month brought in Timothy Goebel, a former Olympic medalist and United States national champion, to work with Bradley and Mroz. Goebel, a senior at Columbia University, was known as the Quad King. In 1998 he became the first American to land a quad in competition.

Zakrajsek had asked Goebel to provide them with tips on performing the quad, but also to help them deal with the psychological highs and lows of even attempting to land it.

“Physically, Brandon and Ryan can do the quad right now, but it takes a different mind-set than the other jumps,” Goebel said. “Whether you land a quad or not, it can set the tone for the rest of the program. When you make a mistake on it, it’s very deflating. It could ruin everything else. So you really have to work on how you can get your mind back together.”

Also, pointswise, flubbing a quad could be a huge blow.

A quad toe loop, for example, has a base value of 9.8. To receive that base value for the quad, a skater must rotate at least three and three-quarters around before any part of the blade hits the ice. Short of that, the skater would be downgraded, which means he would receive the base value of a triple toe loop instead. The base value for a triple toe loop is 4.0.

A technical panel also grades the skater on how well the jump was executed. There, the skater could receive up to 3 points if the jump was spectacular, with elements like good height or distance, a difficult entry or good extension on the landing.

On the downside, the skater could lose up to 3 points if the jump was done poorly, with errors like stepping out of the landing or bad posture. If a skater falls, another point is deducted.

So, a successful attempt at a quad toe loop could earn a skater 12.8 points. But a failed try could very well leave him empty-handed. (A downgraded quad toe loop has a base value of 4.0 points: minus 3 for poor execution, minus another point for a fall equals zero.)

“It’s a major, major risk, and a lot of skaters think it’s not worth the risk to possibly lose a sizable amount of points,” said Adam Leib, a coach and a national technical specialist in singles and pairs for U.S. Figure Skating. “But some people think if you don’t challenge yourself with a quad, you’ll lose points in other areas. The judges might not give you those higher marks because you are doing an easy program. So, it’s a gamble.”

A new judging system was put in place after the judging scandal at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. Instead of a system based on a 6.0 point scale, the current judging system gives points for every element. Skaters try to rack up the points move by move, especially in the jumps.

If a skater tries the quad toe loop and fails, he may be left wondering if he should have attempted an easier jump instead. A triple axel, for example, has a base value of 8.2; executed well, it can deliver 11.2 points.

Some skaters — including Lysacek and Canada’s Jeffrey Buttle, the past two world champions — have opted for that route. They left out the quad and still won their competitions based on their strong triple jumps.

“I don’t think that you need a quad to win; I showed that last year,” Lysacek said. “But for me, I’m still contemplating making the change. I’ll do it if I need it.”

Bradley, who was fourth at nationals last year, said he needed the quad because his artistry was lacking. He missed qualifying for the world championship team last year by one spot. If he finishes fourth at the coming nationals, which will be his 10th national championships as a senior skater, he may miss out on something even bigger: the Olympics.

“I’m going for broke this year,” he said. “Without great risk, there is no great reward.”

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PostSubject: Spokane Welcomes Skaters to 2010 U.S. Nationals   Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:57 am

Spokane Welcomes Skaters to 2010 U.S. Nationals