The final day of competition was a nail-biter with Team USA holding on to gold by a single point, and Russia overtaking Japan for silver and its first World Team Trophy medal. The events included Pairs and Ladies Free Programs.
PAIRS’ FREE PROGRAMS:
- Meagan Duhamel+Eric Radford (CAN)
- Wenjing Sui+Cong Han (CHN)
- Alexa Scimeca+Chris Knierim (USA)
LADIES’ FREE PROGRAMS:
- Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS)
- Satoko Miyahara (JPN) SB
- Elena Radionova (RUS)
1) TEAM USA, 2) TEAM RUSSIA, 3) TEAM JAPAN
4) TEAM CANADA 5) TEAM CHINA, 6) TEAM FRANCE
THE PERFORMANCES – ON ICE
TEAM USA needed a strong performance from Alexa Scimeca+Chris Knierim to maintain their lead, and they proved worthy of the challenge. Opening with a spectacular quad twist, the 2015 US National Champions moved up to 3rd place and grabbed 10 points. Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold placed 4th and 5th respectively and added another 17. The final total = 110 points.
TEAM RUSSIA used the 23 points earned by the dynamic duo – Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Elena Radionova to vault over Japan and into second place. The 2015 World Champion, Tuktamysheva landed a 3A and five more clean triples to win the Ladies competition while Radionova completed seven clean triples enroute to second place. European Pairs Champions, Yuko Kavaguti+Alexander Smirnov slipped down a notch to 4th for 9 points. The final total = 109 points.
TEAM JAPAN was third after an elegant performance by the diminutive Satoko Miyahara to Miss Saigon that included six clean triples and earned 10 points. Kanako Murakami and pair skaters Ami Koga+Francis Boudreau Audet added another 14 points for their sixth place finishes. The final total = 103 points
TEAM CANADA won the Pairs FP over China by .97 and earned 12 points. While 2015 World Champions Meagan Duhamel+Eric Radford had a higher element base value, the fall on the 4STh and the negative GOE’s on the 3Lz narrowed the gap. The Ladies added 7 points. The final total = 82 points.
TEAM CHINA earned 11 points with Wenjing Sui+Cong Han’s second place finish in the Pairs FP. The 2015 World silver medalists’ fast-moving classical program included a quad twist and was marred only my Sui’s doubling the 3S. Zijun Li added another 7 points with her 6th place finish. The final total = 77 points.
TEAM FRANCE earned 14 additional points on the final day. Vanessa James+Morgan Cipres contributed 7 with their 5th place finish in the Pairs’ FP and the Ladies added another 7 points. The final total = 59 points
THE PERFORMANCES – IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Evan Bates…USA Team Captain: “This was an amazing competition. Watching, I think, is so much more stressful than being on the ice, especially towards the end. When the ladies were skating, and it started to get really close, and we were not sure what was going to happen, some of the most nerve-racking moments [that] I remember in the sport. It is just thrilling to experience that as a team and to have our fates tied together and to rely on one another is really the essence of this event. It’s wonderful!”
Alexander Smirnov…Russia Team Captain: “Our girls did their job 100%. We could have had more points in pairs and men’s. I think the dancers did their job 100% as well because they are a very young team. However, we are still satisfied with today’s results. We are very happy to be on the podium for the first time at this championship.”
Takahito Mura…Japan Team Captain: “I know all skaters were very tired, but even though they are tired, they put all their energy into their performances and did everything they can in the competition.”
Meagan Duhamel…Canada Team Captain: “Our team came in with the feeling that we didn’t have the expectations to win the gold medal, but everyone was satisfied with their efforts, and we’re building this Canadian team towards the next World Trophy in 2017 and, of course, the Olympics in 2018 where we’ll be aiming for a better result.”
- Yuzuru Hanyu landed a 4Lo+3A in the Exhibition.
- TEAM CHINA won the “Spirit” award.
- Max Aaron (USA) scored his first career component mark of 75+ points.
- Cathy and Chris Reed (JPN) dissolved their partnership. Cathy will retire, and Chris will begin a new partnership search.
- 2015 World Champion, Javier Fernandez was at WTT to support his training mates – Yuzuru Hanyu and Nam Nguyen
- Max Aaron (USA) debuted his 2015-16 season programs at the WTT – “Nessun dorma” (SP) and The Black Swan (FP).
PERSONAL BEST SCORES AT WORLD TEAM TROPHY
- Gracie Gold (USA) SP – 71.26
- Laurine Lecavelier (FRA) SP – 52.84
- Satoko Miyahara (JPN) FP – 129.12
- Jason Brown (USA) SP – 86.48, FP – 176.69 – Total – 263.17
- Romain Ponsart (FRA) SP – 63.51, FP – 120.61, Total – 184.12
- Wang+Liu (CHN) SD – 55.32, FD – 86.93, Total 142.31
- Weaver+Poje (CAN) SD – 73.14, Total – 182.93
- Koga+Boudreau Audet (CAN) Total – 135.29
- Scimeca+Knierim (USA) FP – 127.87, Total – 192.09
HOW THE CAPTAINS WERE SELECTED
- Evan Bates (USA) “The athletes voted. It is an honor.”
- Takahito Mura (JPN) “ Ito (JSF) selected me to be captain. To be honest, Hanyu should be the captain, but I appreciate Mr. Ito’s choice.”
- Alexander Smirnov (RUS) “They chose the one who has the longest beard. I’m joking! I’m one of the oldest and most experienced. It is a big honor and responsibility. I have to look after the younger team mates so nobody oversleeps and misses the bus, and they eat on time and compete”