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Plushenko and Rochette take home gold

2015 MEDAL WINNERS OPEN YOYOGI NATIONAL GYMNASIUM
JANUARY 16, 2015

Six men and six ladies who had medaled in major past international competitions were invited to participate in the second Medal Winners Open in Tokyo, Japan.

Each competitor was required to perform a well-balanced 3 minute and 30 second artistic program. The required elements were 3 jumps of two or more rotations, one of which could be a combination of two jumps or a sequence of any number of jumps. Three different spins and one choreographic sequence were also required.

 COMPETITORS

  • Evgeny Plushenko (Four time Olympic medalist), Johnny Weir (2008 World bronze medalist), and Irina Slutskaya (Two time Olympic medalist) travelled from St. Petersburg, Russia where they had performed in The Snow King.
  • Jeffrey Buttle (2008 World Champion), Evan Lysacek (2010 Olympic Champion), Joannie Rochette (2010 Olympic bronze medalist), and Kimmie Meissner (2006 World Champion), toured with 2015 SOI in Japan.
  • Takeshi Honda (2002, 2003 World bronze medalist), SOI Japan guest skater.
  • Laura Lepisto, (2009 European Champion) is a student in Finland.
  • Sarah Meier (2011 European Champion), skates professionally.
  • Miki Ando (2011 World Champion) and Nobunar Oda (Japanese National medalist) retired from amateur skating in 2014. 

RESULTS

MEN

  1. Evgeny Plushenko (95) “Je Suis Malade”, 3A, 3A+2T, 3Lz,
  2. Nobunar Oda (15) “Adios Nonino”, 4T+3T, 3A, 3Lz (fell),
  3. Jeffrey Buttle (77.28) “Here’s to Life”, 3T+3T, 3Lz, 2A,
  4. Johnny Weir (75.14) “Ave Maria Paien”, 3Lz+2T, 3A (fell), 3T,
  5. Evan Lysacek (73.32) “Tango de Roxanne”, 3F+2T, 3Lz, 3F,
  6. Takeshi Honda (50.41) Romeo & Juliet, 3A (fell) 3S, 3T+SEQ,

LADIES

  1. Joannie Rochette (67) “La Vie En Rose”, 3F, 3T+2S+SEQ, 3T
  2. Sarah Meier (54.89) “Amelie” 2A, 2A+2T, 2Lz
  3. Miki Ando (54.10) Chopan’s Ballade No4, 2S+2Lo, 3Lz (fell), 3S
  4. Laura Lepisto (52.94) Lord of the Rings, 2A+2T, 2A, 2Lo
  5. Irina Slutskaya (50.63) “All By Myself”, 3Lo, 2A, 2A
  6. Kimmie Meissner (45) “Over the Rainbow”, 3T, 3S, 2A+2T

Prize money for Men and Ladies:

  1. $45,000
  2. $40,000
  3. $35,000
  4. $20,000
  5. $15,000
  6. $10,000

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