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2013 Southern California Interclub Invitational Championships Results Protocol

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2014 Southwest Pacific Regional Non-qualifying Results

  In the News:

ISU Congress to Retain Secret Judging in Competition

The U.S. Figure Skating effort at the ISU Congress  to eliminate secret judging has failed in a vote of 30 in favor of eliminating secret judging, 24 against elimination and 2 abstentions. To be accepted, the proposal  needed a 2/3 majority (38 votes).  The proposal was opposed by ISU president Cinquanta.

Against elimination of secret judging were some western European countries (AUT, SWE, FIN, GER), both Koreas, all south-east Asia members, and some eastern European countries (LAT, EST, LTU, BLR, GEO, POL, SVK).

It is hard to understand how countries like Austria, Finland, and Sweden could vote against this proposal, not to speak of South Korea.  In Sochi, the South Korean's seemed on a mission to determine how each judge scored the ladies event, and filed a protest over the results (that has since been dismissed).  Now just four months later they fall in line with President Cinquanta and oppose a rule change that would have helped them make their case had it been in effect in Sochi.

2014 PSA Conference a Golden Moment for U.S. Figure Skating - Palm Springs, the famous southern California golf and vacation destination that has been, over the decades, home to dozens of Hollywood icons, political leaders and industry titans, including the late Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Ginger Rogers and former President Dwight Eisenhower, provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s Professional Skaters Association conference and trade show.
Seattle Smack Down Offers Little Drama - The 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Governing Council was queued up with several pieces of controversial business, but most of those fell by the wayside by the time the meeting was convened Friday, May 2nd.  When I arrived the day before I only half-jokingly remarked about the rearranging of the deck chairs on the Titanic beginning at noon, but in fact that largely turned out to be the case.

2014 World Championships

2014 Junior World Championships

Junior World Championships - Day 1
Junior World Championships - Day 2
Junior World Championships - Day 3
Junior World Championships - Day 4

Olympic Winter Games

Four Continents Championships

Mura Overcomes Disappointment to Take Gold at Four Continents - Japan’s Takahito Mura was one of those athletes at the Four Continents Championships that had to overcome the bitter disappointment of missing out on the Olympic team. But he put that behind him to win his first ISU Championship title in a competitive field. His teammate Takahiko Kozuka was in a similar situation and came back with a solid long program to earn the silver medal. Nan Song of China picked up the bronze medal, his first medal in his fifth appearance at the event.
Murakami Claims Four Continents Title in Convincing Fashion; Sui & Han in a Class of Their Own in Pairs; Hubbell & Donohue Dance to Victory - Kanako Murakami of Japan won the ISU Four Continents Championships, her first senior-level title, in convincing fashion. Young teammate Satoko Miyahara skated to the silver medal in her debut at the event and Zijun Li of China took the bronze.
Gilles and Poirier, Sui and Han Lead at Four Continents in Taipei City, Mura Shines in Men's Short Program - In an Olympic year, the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships are always a kind of consolation prize for skaters who did not qualify for their Olympic team. Only few skaters selected for Sochi are competing, since there is not much time left before the Games, plus the event takes place far away in Taipei City. For those who missed out on the Olympic team narrowly, it is an especially tough event and they deserve respect for finding the motivation to come. A total of 96 skaters from 15 countries were entered, but two men dropped out as the event kicked off Wednesday. Taipei City has hosted the event once before in 2011 and the facilities are excellent. The main rink and practice rink are under one roof and the hotel is just a five minute walk away.

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Mar. 25 - U.S. Figure Skating announced the selection of Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill. (suburban Chicago), as the host venue for 2014 Skate America Competition.

Mar. 20 - Caydee Denney & John Coughlin, the reigning U.S. pairs bronze medalists, withdraw from the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships due to an injury to Denney’s right ankle, sustained injury Wednesday in practice.  She is expected to resume training in 8-12 weeks.

Felicia Zhang & Nathan Bartholomay, first alternates to the U.S. World Team, will compete in their place. The team most recently placed 12th at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games after winning the U.S. silver medal in January.

Mar 14 - World Figure Skating Hall of Fame (WFSHF)announces Canadian choreographer Lori Nichol and Switzerland’s Denise Biellmann as this year’s inductees to the Hall, based in Colorado Springs, CO.

In making the announcement, the WFSHF nominating chair, Lawrence Mondschein, said “I am thrilled to have two outstanding additions to the World Hall of Fame. Lori Nichol is a choreographic genius who for well over a decade has, and continues to be, an inspiration to all who have been touched by her work. Denise Biellmann, the first Swiss woman to be inducted into the hall, perfected one of the most admired spins in all of figure skating.”

Mar. 4 - The U.S. roster for the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan from March 24-30, 2014, has been updated to reflect the retirement of Ice Dancers Meryl Davis & Charlie White

Max Aaron
Jeremy Abbott

Polina Edmunds
Gracie Gold
Ashley Wagner

Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir
Caydee Denney & John Coughlin

Ice Dance
Alexandra Aldridge & Daniel Eaton
Madison Chock & Evan Bates
Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani

The retirement of Davis & White after wining the Gold medal in the Dance event in Sochi was expected.

"Now that we've had some time at home to discuss our plan for the rest of the season, we've decided not to compete in the 2014 World Championships,” Davis said. “We're extremely pleased to have capped-off this Olympic cycle with our performances at the Olympic Games.”

“We feel that our incredibly positive Olympic experience is the culmination of and perfect ending to a wonderful four-year cycle,” White said. “We will leave our options open for the future and are excited to cheer on our American teammates as they compete in Japan."

Alexandra Aldridge & Daniel Eaton, the second alternates for the U.S. World Team, will represent The U.S. at the World Championships.  Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue were the first alternates but will not compete due to a torn labrum in Hubbell’s left hip.  She is expected to have it surgically repaired this week.

Mar. 3 - The Canadian roster for the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan from March 24-30, 2014:

Kevin Reynolds
Elladj Baldé
Nam Nguyen

Kaetlyn Osmond
Gabrielle Daleman

Meagan Duhame & Eric Radford
Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch
Paige Lawrence & Rudi Swiegers

Ice Dance
Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje
Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam
Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier

The Canadian team for the 2014 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, March 10-16, 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria:

Nam Nguyen
Roman Sadovsky

Alaine Chartrand
Julianne Séguin

Julianne Séguin &  Charlie Bilodeau
Tara Hancherow & Wesley Killing
Mary Orr & Phelan Simpson

Ice Dance
Madeline Edwards & Zhao Kai Pang
Mackenzie Bent & Garrett MacKeen

Jan. 27 - Evgeny Plushenko passes test skate, named to Russian Olympic team.

Jan. 10- Evgeny Plushenko has a change of heart and now says he wants to compete at Sochi, may be late entry at European Championships.

March Competitions

27 Feb - 2 Mar - The Nordics Open - Stockholm, Sweden

4 - 9 Mar - Sportland Trophy - Budapest, Hungary

5 - 9 Mar - Challenge Cup - The Hague, Netherlands

10 - 16 Mar - World Junior Figure Skating Championships - Sofia, Bulgaria

14 - 16 Mar - Coupe du Printemps - Luxembourg, Luxembourg

24 - 30 Mar - World Figure Skating Championships - Saitama, Japan

28 - 30 Mar - Gardena Spring Trophy - Selva Val Gardena, Italy

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