Skate Canada commenced today, Oct. 30 with the ladies, mens and pairs short programs and short dance. This was the second stop in the Grand Prix series and definitely one of the most anticipated events of the season as the competitors included some heavy hitters. The ladies and mens event was filled with the unexpected, bringing about a lot of excitement.
The outcome of the ladies short was something that no one predicted. World champion, Russian Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, is sitting in seventh place after an error-filled performance. Tuktamysheva doubled her regularly planned triple axel, doubled an intended triple lutz and then turned out of her triple toe-triple toe combination. She sat in the kiss-and-cry stunned at her marks and her placement. It was an usual sight to behold, as Tuktamysheva was almost entirely undefeated for most of last season, but the competition is not over and she could very well make a comeback in the free skate.
Currently sitting on top is Ashley Wagner who won the short program by a solid seven points. Wagner skated with sass and style to “Hip Hip Chin Chin” which worked well for her, especially once she hit a beautiful triple flip-triple toe combination. It was all smiles for her today as none of her jumps were judged under-rotated. “I’m beyond ecstatic,” Ashley told the IceNetwork. “That was everything I know I am capable of as an athlete. To show that going up against a world champion…I can kind of keep my head on straight and deliver under pressure.” Japan’s Yuka Nagai also had a strong showing and she is currently in second place with teammate Kanako Murakami sitting in third.
The men’s event brought about more shock as Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu plummeted to sixth place after doubling an intended quad toe and having a jumping pass judged invalid. “Wow, it’s been a long time since that has happened,” His coach, Brian Orser said to him in the kiss-and-cry. This event was highly anticipated as it is the first time that 2014 Olympic silver medalist, Patrick Chan and 2014 Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu have faced-off since the Olympic Games.
Patrick Chan opened with a quad toe-triple toe combination and then fell on his triple axel and had his double lutz judged invalid. Chan faired better than Hanyu though and is currently in second place. Sneaking in and taking first place in the men’s short was Japan’s Daisuke Murakami who skated beautifully with only minor errors. American Adam Rippon fought hard in the short program and is in third place going into the free skate.
Sitting in first place in the pairs event is none other than the reigning world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford. Their performance was not perfect, but they fought for each element and have a strong eight point lead going into the free skate. In second place is Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov from Russia and settling into third is another promising Canadian team Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro.
Even with a last minute change of programs in the short dance that took place only two weeks ago, it is not surprising to find Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje currently resting in first place. Americans Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani are only two points behind and are in striking distance after a wonderful performance. Occupying third place are Russians Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev.
Skate Canada concludes tomorrow with the free dance, mens, ladies and pairs free skate. It should prove to be a revealing day as some of these skaters will rebound while others may continue in a downward spiral. Thankfully this is only the second stop on the Grand Prix circuit and skaters should have time to regroup before the next event.
Ladies short program results:
1. Ashley Wagner USA – 70.73 (WATCH NOW)
2. Yuka Nagai JPN – 63.35 (WATCH NOW)
3. Kanako Murakami JPN – 59.79 (WATCH NOW)
4. Kaetlyn Osmond CAN – 59.21 (WATCH NOW)
5. Polina Edmunds USA – 56.85 (WATCH NOW)
6. Joshi Helgesson SWE – 56.26 (WATCH NOW)
7. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva RUS – 55.37 (WATCH NOW)
8. Gabrielle Daleman CAN – 54.13
9. Veronik Mallet CAN – 52.17
10. Alena Leonova RUS – 52.08
11. Isabelle Olsson SWE – 50.23
12. Elizabet Tursynbaeva KAZ – 49.84
Men’s short program results:
1. Daisuke Murakami JPN – 80.88 (WATCH NOW)
2. Patrick Chan CAN – 80.81 (WATCH NOW)
3. Adam Rippon USA – 80.36 (WATCH NOW)
4. Nam Nguyen CAN – 76.10 (WATCH NOW)
5. Michal Brezina CZE – 75.46 (WATCH NOW)
6. Yuzuru Hanyu JPN – 73.25 (WATCH NOW)
7. Alexander Petrov RUS – 71.44
8. Jin Seo Kim KOR – 68.64
9. Sei Kawahara JPN – 67.36
10. Keegan Messing CAN – 67.13
11. Timothy Dolensky USA – 62.46
12. June Hyoung Lee KOR – 47.19
Pairs short program results:
1. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford CAN – 72.46 (WATCH NOW)
2. Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov RUS – 64.00 (WATCH NOW)
3. Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro CAN – 63.17 (WATCH NOW)
4. Marissa Castelli/Mervin Tran USA – 61.85
5. Vera Bazarova/Andrei Deputat RUS – 57.02
6. Valentina Marchei/Ondrej Hotarek ITA – 54.00 (WATCH NOW)
7. Miriam Ziegler/Severin Kiefer AUT – 49.95
8. Vanessa Grenier/Maxime Deschamps CAN – 45.45
Short dance results:
1 Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE CAN 68.00 (WATCH NOW)
2 Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI USA 66.00
3 Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV RUS 64.38
4 Charlene GUIGNARD / Marco FABBRI ITA 61.29
5 Alexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAM CAN 57.55
6 Ksenia MONKO / Kirill KHALIAVIN RUS 57.44
7 Laurence FOURNIER BEAUDRY / Nikolaj SORENSEN DEN 53.65
8 Elisabeth PARADIS / Francois-Xavier OUELLETTE CAN 47.77