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2014 News Nuggets 

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.

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

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

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. 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. 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 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.”

May. 7 - Two-time reigning U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir have ended their partnership. Both skaters have expressed interest in finding new partners.

Castelli and Shnapir, who trained in Boston under coaches Bobby Martin and Carrie Wall, began their partnership eight years ago. Castelli and Shnapir finished ninth at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and were team event bronze medalists at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. They are the 2013 Four Continents bronze medalists and 2009 World Junior bronze medalists. 

Jul. 16 - Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay announced the end of their pairs partnership. Bartholomay has expressed interest in finding a new partner, while Zhang will attend the University of South Florida full time.

Zhang and Bartholomay, who trained in Ellenton, Fla., under coaches Jim Peterson, Lyndon Johnston and Amanda Evora, began their partnership three years ago. They finished 12th at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. They are the 2014 U.S. silver medalists and 2013 U.S. bronze medalists.

Aug. 13 - U.S. lineup for 2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic (subject to change)

Ladies: Polina Edmunds, Courtney Hicks, Mirai Nagasu, Ashley Shin

Men: Max Aaron, Ross Miner, Jordan Moeller, Douglas Razzano

Pairs: Madeline Aaron & Max Settlage, Jessica Noelle Calalang & Zack Sidhu, Alexa Scimeca & Chris Knierim

Ice dance: Alexandra Aldridge & Daniel Eaton, Anastasia Cannuscio & Colin McManus, Madison Chock & Evan Bates

Aug. 22 - Two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time world champion, Patrick Chan plans to return to the competitive figure skating for the 2015-2016 season.  After some down time over the summer, Chan has developed a new free program, although he doesn’t plan to unveil it in international competition until next year’s ISU Grand Prix season.

“My goal is to return to a full competitive schedule after this year,” said Chan. “I am proud of my accomplishments in Sochi and my world championship titles, but I do feel that there is still more that I can achieve. I will return to competition having learned new ways of training and preparing from this year off.”

Aug. 22 - U.S. Figure Skating has signed Frank Carroll to provide services and support for U.S. Figure Skating’s performance enhancement and tracking program.

“U.S. Figure Skating is excited to have this legendary coach mentor and share his wealth of knowledge with U.S. Figure Skating’s premier coaches and athletes,” said David Raith, executive director at U.S. Figure Skating. “Frank Carroll’s expertise and services will be available to our elite athletes and coaches as they embark on the next quadrennium.”

Carroll’s primary focus will be to mentor U.S. Figure Skating’s Team USA and International Selection Pool coaches within U.S. Figure Skating’s Athlete High Performance Department. Additionally, Carroll will work with Mitch Moyer, senior director of athlete high performance, on providing programming, including seminars, on- and off-ice demonstrations and educational materials, for these coaches and their athletes.

Oct. 28 - Josua Farris (USA, withdraws from Cup of China.  No substitute has yet been named to the competition.

Oct. 27 - Kevin Reynolds (CAN) withdraws from Skate Canada International.  He will be replaced by Andrei Rogozine (CAN)

Dec. 1 - Two-time Olympian David Santee, U.S. Figure Skating official and management  organizer and Anne Gerly and choreographer Ricky Harris are elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Their inductions will be held during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships held Jan. 17-25, 2015 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Dec. 2 - Don Laws, distinguished American figure skating coach died of heart failure at age 85.  Laws was Junior champion in singles and dance, and was coach to notable skaters Scott Hamilton, Tiffany Chin, Michael Weiss and Patrick Chan.

Dec. 4 - Gracie Gold (USA), withdraws from Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, due to a stress fracture in her left foot.  She will be replaced by Rika Hongo (JPN) who finished seventh in the Grand Prix standings. 

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