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The second day of the NHK Trophy in Tokyo, Japan was jam-packed with the Free Skating of Pairs, Men and Ladies. The Free Dance was skated on the third day. Volosozhar/Trankov, Davis/White, and Mao Asada with gold medal wins at NHK Trophy qualified for the Grand Prix Final.

PAIRS: Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov (RUS) claim second 2013 Grand Prix gold medal.

  1. Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov (RUS) – Jesus Christ, Superstar
  2. Cheng Peng/Hao Zhang (CHN) – “Yellow River Concerto”
  3. Wenjing Sui/Cong Han (CHN) – “Kalinka”

Volosozhar/Trankov scored a level-four on five elements. They also received a GOE 2 or 3 for their throws and jumps. “We feel very comfortable and happy about our free skating. We skated very well today and got good points”, Volosozhar told the press. The reigning World Champions scored 154.46 points and totaled 236.49.

Peng/Zhang scored extra points with their lifts and throws, but lost them with poor solo jumps. “We are happy with today’s results, but not 100% happy with the performance itself”, Zhang said. The new team received 117.09 points and moved up to second from third with a 182.18 total.

Sui/Han’s program included a quadruple twist and two level-four lifts. Sui had difficulty holding on and fell out of the Axel lasso lift. “It was not a good competition for us. Yesterday I started having a headache and a fever”, explained Han. The three-time Junior Champions fell from second to third with 101.19 points and a total of 171.32.

Castelli/Shnapir (USA) tried the throw 4Salchow, but she stepped out of the landing. The US Champions moved up to fourth place with 168.89 points. Denny/Frazier (USA), World Junior Champions, slipped to fifth with 167.85.

MEN: Daisuke Takahashi (JPN) wins gold medal.

  1. Daiuske Takahashi (JPN) – Beatles medley
  2. Nobunari Oda (JPN) – Rossini’s Wilhelm Tell
  3. Jeremy Abbott (USA) – Exogenesis Symphony by Muse

Takahashi nailed his 4Toe and 3Axel, but stumbled on the 3Toe and second 3Axel. His footwork and two of the three spins garnered level-fours. The 27 year old scored positive GOE marks on five of seven triple jumps. “It was my second GP and third competition and I’m thinking that I’m finally prepared going to the Olympic Games”, commented the reigning GP Champion. Takahashi scored a season’s best 172.76 and totaled 268.31.

Oda completed a 4Toe, 3A+3Toe combination, six more triple jumps, and two level four spins. His footwork and third spin were each level three. “I still have margin to improve for the next competition”, said Oda. He moved up one spot to second place with170.46 points and a total of 253.16.

Jeremy Abbot jumped from seventh place to the podium with his seven triple jumps, three level four spins and step sequence. He tripled his 4Toe. “Again today the quad was missing, but everything else was there. I wanted to skate a solid program which I did”, said the three time US Champion. He scored 158.63 points and totaled 237.41.

Adam Rippon (USA) was fourth with 233.71 points. Javier Fernandez (ESP) dropped to fifth with 230.45 points.

LADIES: Mao Asada (JPN) wins second 2013 Grand Prix gold medal.

  1. Mao Asada (JPN) – Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2
  2. Elena Radionova (RUS) – “Frida”
  3. Akiko Suzuki (JPN) – Phantom of the Opera

Asada landed five triple jumps and a level-four step sequence. She two-footed and under rotated her 3Axel. “Since Skate America I am climbing up step by step, and I want to be at a higher level at my next event”, said the Japanese skater. The two-time World Champion received a season best 136.33 points and totaled 207.59.

Radionova attempted seven triples, with her Flip called for an edge error. She included two combinations – 3Lutz+3T and a 3Loop+1Loop+3Salchow. The Russian teenager’s three spins and footwork were all level-fours. “I am very, very happy with today’s performance because I skated clean, and I really wanted to do that”, smiled Radionova. The 14 year old scored a personal best 128.98 points and totaled 191.81.

Suzuki was fourth in the Free Skate after Gracie Gold (USA). Her scores slipped her down to third place behind Radionova. The 29 year old completed two combinations, a 3Flip, 3Salchow, and 2Loop. Both her Lutz jumps were under-rotated. Her footwork and one spin gained a level-four. “There were a lot of mistakes. I was quite anxious before I skated, and I wasn’t able to recover. I have lots of regrets now”, said the 2012 World bronze medalist. Suzuki scored 179.32 and totaled 179.32.

Gracie Gold (USA) scored 177.81 and missed the podium by 1.51 points.

DANCE: Davis/White (USA) repeat as Grand Prix gold medalists.

  1. Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA) – Scheherazade
  2. Anna Capellini/Luca Lanotte (ITA) – Barber of Seville
  3. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA) – Michael Jackson medley

Davis/White received level-fours for their twizzles, lifts, spins, and circular footwork. “We’ve been working hard all season, and we are really excited the direction our free dance is taking. We certainly feed off the energy of the Japanese audiences and can’t thank them enough for their support, enthusiasm and appreciation for what we put out on the ice”, Davis commented. The 112.95 points is a personal best score. The reigning World Champions totaled 186.65 points.

Cappellini/Lanotte recorded five level-four elements, but the combination spin and diagonal step sequence only received level-two. “We had some tough skates this week. It was a little hard, maybe we had jet lag problems or the tiredness was catching up with us. Of course, we are happy with the result”, Cappellini said. The reigning European bronze medalists scored 95.48 points and totaled 160.06.

The Shibutanis received level-fours in all their elements except the diagonal and circular step sequences which scored level-threes. “We are very happy with our performance today. It felt great to build on what we did at Skate America. We have two programs we really love, so that makes a world of difference. This has been a successful Grand Prix season for us”, said Maia Shibutani. The Shibs achieved a new season best with 94.49 points and totaled 157.58.

Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov (RUS) received 94.02 points for Swan Lake and totaled 155.37. Piper Gilles/Paul Poirer (CAN) received a standing ovation for their Hitchcock performance and finished fifth with 144.07 points.


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