U.S. silver medalist Polina Edmunds has withdrawn from the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow in early November as she continues her recovery from a right foot injury.
Edmunds, a 2014 Olympian, has resumed full training while continuing rehab. She plans to compete at the NHK Trophy in Japan at the end of November.
Mariah Bell will replace Angela Wang at Skate America, the first event of the Grand Prix season. Skate America in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, from Oct. 21-23 already has top Americans Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold in the field. Wang has a right ankle injury and has resumed light training.
American Ashley Wagner won the Progressive Skate America short program Friday night, with a score of 69.50, to build on her second-place finish in the world championships.
Japan's Mai Mihara, making her Grand Prix Series debut at 17, was second at 65.75, and U.S. champion Gracie Gold was third at 64.87. The free skate will determine the champion Saturday at Sears Centre Arena.
Wagner performed with a fierce and determined style, delivering a technically solid and entertaining program to "Sweet Dreams" by the Eurhythmics.
"I capitalized on the momentum [from worlds] going into the summer," said Wagner, the 2012 Skate America winner. "It inspired me to train even harder than I had been because it showed me that my training got me onto that podium. It motivated me and made it a realistic goal to get onto that Olympic podium, and I can almost taste it. It's a totally new season. I'm hopefully a different athlete from that Worlds event, and I think it's just about building on that from here on out."
When Mariah Bell skated out to get her silver medal at Skate America in suburban Chicago on Saturday afternoon, she needed some guidance from fellow American Ashley Wagner. Bell had never made the podium at a Grand Prix-level event before, and Wagner, the gold medalist, was happy to help.
Bell finished second after posting the highest score of the day (a personal-best 130.67) in the free program, beating out Olympic medalists Mao Asada and Gracie Gold. Bell showed new confidence on the ice. As she finished her long program, the crowd came to its feet and Bell’s face lit up, matching her crystal-encrusted costume.
Competing — and medaling in — smaller competitions earlier this season gave Bell, 20, confidence to build on. She also moved to California to train with Rafael Arutunian before the season, and his guidance has helped her improve.
“I was able to take my confidence and keep reaching forward. Changing training environments has been something that motivated me, also. Since the start of the season, I have a confidence I’m able to really build and grow on,” she said.
Yevgeny Tarasov - Vladimir Morozov won bronze medals at the first stage of the Grand Prix series "Skate America " in Chicago.
But in competitions women have virtually no chance of a medal. Julia Lipnitskaya, stated for the first stage, was injured and a few days ago, withdrew from the competition.
Thus, Russia in this kind of program is only debutante Grand Prix, the 16-year-old Serafima Sakhanovich. Two-time world vice-champion among juniors slid very nicely, but made a few mistakes and took only seventh place. But when you consider that the sixth was a three-time world champion Japanese Mao Asada , and the fifth tournament hostess Gracie Gold - the result is encouraging.
The main opening tournament was 20-year-old American Mariah Bell, who all impressed in any program, and then jumped to sixth place in the intermediate final second. Well, she won with the sum of one more American Ashley Wagner.
The first stage of the Grand Prix "Skate America". Chicago (USA).
Pairs. Free program. 1. Zhulianne Shogun - Charlie Bilodeau ( Canada ) - 130.82 2. Haven Denney - Brandon Frazier (USA) - 125.36 3. Tara Kane - Danny O'Shea (USA) - 115.57 ... 5. Yevgeny Tarasov - Vladimir Morozov - 110.70, 6. Christina Astakhov - Alex Rogonov (both Russian) - 110.18.
Results. 1. Zhulianne Shogun - Charlie Bilodeau (Canada) - 197.31 2. Haven Denney - Brandon Frazier (USA) - 192.65 3. Yevgeny Tarasov - Vladimir Morozov - 185.94 ... 5. Christina Astakhov - Alex Rogonov (both Russian) - 174.52.
Women. Free program. 1. Mariah Bell - 130.67 2. Ashley Wagner (both USA) - 126.94, 3. Mai Mihara ( Japan ) - 123.53 ... 7. Seraphim Serafima Sakhanovich (Russia) - 107.32.
Results. 1. Ashley Wagner - 196.44 2. Mariah Bell (both USA) - 191.59, 3. Mai Mihara (Japan) - 163.84 ... 7. Seraphim Serafima Sakhanovich (Russia) - 163.84
The remaining stages of the Grand Prix series
Skate Canada. 28-30 October
Women: Maria Artemyev , Evgeny Medvedev , Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
Men: Alexander Petrov
Couples: Bazarov / MP, Kawaguchi / Smirnov
Dancing: Stepanova / Bukin
Russian Cup "Rostelecom". 4-6 November
Women: Julia Lipnitskaya Anna Pogorilaya Elena Radionova
Sport Arena tells about the events of the second day of Grand Prix Figure Skating in Chicago. The second and the busiest day at Skate America began with the men. And they started, frankly, failed. 10 athletes presented to the public their short program and in the final table points only half of the graph «deduction» (deductions) was empty.
However, the current leader - Japanese Shoma Uno - although it did not pass in their dance without falling, it is still able to break away from the nearest pursuer by two points. Japanese more difficult to cope with the warm-up jumps, which affected his speech - the second stage of the triple jump he was not obeyed. Besides, he was close to failure to properly land after a jump to 3.5 turns in the second part of its program, but still managed to keep his balance and stay on his feet. From the obvious advantages Uno is worth noting his speed - half rink Japanese literally "flew", thought for half a second. With two points behind Uno American Adam Rippon. Statements Rippon, Uno and Jason Brown joined one detail - all of them for some reason, could not hold the position during the rotation.
That, however, is not too much impact on their score. In general, Adam's performance was pure, points and equipment, and components are quite high and the gap between the first place is not great. More on the two points of first place behind Jason Brown.
The second representative of the United States easily coped with the triple Axel, and a cascade of two triple, but the jump in four turns he did not submit this evening. Humiliating fall at the beginning of the program did not allow Brown to become the leader after the short dance, but the evaluation of the components he was the highest, and, therefore, when pure confident the box office of any program he has every chance of gold. The closest pursuer three leaders - Canadian Nam Nguyen - broke away from them as much as six points. The difference, of course, is not catastrophic, but impressive.
1. Shoma UNO (Japan) - 89.15 2. Adam Rippon (USA) - 87.32 3. Jason Brown (USA) - 85.75 4. Nam Nguyen (Canada) - 79.62 5. Sergei Voronov (Russia) - 78.68 6. Dolenjske Timothy (USA) - 77.59 7. Yorick Hendrix (Belgium) - 76.62 8. Bojan JIN (China) - 72.93 9. Brendan Kerry (Australia) - 71.62 10. Maxim Kovtun (Russia) - 67.43