UNITED STATES TAKES HOME THREE MEDALS AT 2016 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

(4/2/2016)

Wagner wins silver at Worlds

Ashley Wagner won the first U.S. ladies medal at a World Championships in a decade with a nearly clean and sterling free skate on Saturday night at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

Skating last in the field of 24 ladies, Wagner displayed her vast talent and grace in front of a sold-out crowd at the TD Garden. Her score of 215.39 points earned her a silver medal. The last U.S. ladies medal at a World Championships came in 2006 when Kimmie Meissner claimed gold and Sasha Cohen the bronze.

Wagner, a three-time U.S. champion and 2016 U.S. bronze medalist, performed brilliantly to her music from the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack, recording the highest program component marks in the free skate.

It was Wagner’s sixth trip to Worlds. Her previous-best finish came in 2012 when she placed fourth.
Short program leader Gracie Gold experienced a couple of mistakes in her free skate to Stravinsky’s

The Firebird and finished fourth overall with a score of 211.29. It was the two-time and reigning U.S. champion’s fourth consecutive trip to Worlds.

irai Nagasu, who took the place of injured U.S. silver medalist Polina Edmunds, finished 10th with 186.65 points. It was Nagasu’s second Worlds’ appearance. She finished seventh in 2010.

Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva won the gold medal with a clean and elegant performance. She earned a season-best score for the free skate en route to a total of 223.86 points, a record for the World Championships.

Her country mate, Anna Pogorilaya, won the bronze medal with 213.69 points.

Pairs teams finish ninth, 13th

The U.S. pairs teams of Alexa Scimeca and Christopher Knierim, and Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea finished ninth and 13th, respectively at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

Both teams experienced mistakes during their free skates on Saturday afternoon. Scimeca and Knierim ended with an overall score of 190.06, while Kayne and O’Shea carded a total of 178.23 points.

Scimeca and Knierim, the 2016 U.S. silver medalists, wrap up their season in a few weeks at the KOSE Team Challenge Cup in Spokane, Washington. Kayne and O’Shea, the 2016 U.S. champions, will take a little time off before getting back to work for next season, their coach Jim Peterson said.

Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford repeated as champions with a score of 231.99. Short program leaders Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China repeated as silver medalists with 224.47 points, while Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot captured the bronze medal with a score of 216.17.

Sixteen skaters competed in the free skate.

(4/1/2016)

Scimeca and Knierim seventh after pairs short

U.S. silver medalists Alexa Scimeca and Christopher Knierim finished seventh in the pairs short program on Friday afternoon at the 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

With the exception of a fall on their side-by-side triple Salchows, they skated a clean and edgy program to Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.” Their score of 71.37 points is a personal best and within six points of the third-place team.

U.S. champions Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea experienced a couple of mistakes and sit in 14th place with a score of 59.27.

The top 16 pairs teams will compete in Saturday’s free skate, which gets underway at 1 p.m. at the TD Garden.

China’s Wenjing Sui and Cong Han, the 2015 World silver medalists, lead with 80.85 points.

Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, the 2015 World champions, are second with 78.18 points, while 2014 Olympic champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov are third with 77.13 points.

U.S. men finish in top 10 at Worlds

Adam Rippon set a new U.S. men’s scoring record at a World Championships with an electric free skate on Friday night at the TD Garden in Boston.

Rippon, skating to a Beatles medley, brought down the nearly sold-out house with clean performance that generated a season-best 178.72 points and an overall score of 264.44 points. He finished sixth overall.

It was Rippon’s fourth trip to Worlds, with a previous-best placement of sixth in 2010.

The reigning U.S. champion broke the overall U.S. record at a Worlds set just minutes earlier by Max Aaron, who turned in a nearly clean performance that also garnered a standing ovation.

Aaron, the U.S. silver medalist, chalked up 254.14 points and placed eighth in his third appearance at a World Championships.

Grant Hochstein capped his best season ever with a 10-place finish in his Worlds debut. Hochstein, who took the place of an injured Nathan Chen, recorded a season-best score of 237.25 points.

Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, the short program leader by more than 12 points, was passed by his Toronto, Canada, training mate Javier Fernandez of Spain, who delivered the best performance of the night en route to a career-best overall score of 314.93.

With his performance, Fernandez repeated as World champion while Hanyu, who made several mistakes in his free skate, repeated as the World silver medalist.

Earning the bronze medal was China’s Boyang Jin, with a score of 270.99 points.

(3/31/2016)

Gold leads Worlds after short program

U.S. champion Gracie Gold won the short program on Thursday afternoon at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

Skating in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd at the TD Garden, she posted a season-best score of 76.43 points. Her teammates, U.S. bronze medalist Ashley Wagner, sits fourth with 73.16 points, while Mirai Nagasu, the U.S. pewter medalist who replaced an injured Polina Edmunds, is in 10th place with a score of 65.74. Thirty-eight ladies competed.

The last time a U.S. lady medaled at a World Championships was in 2006, when Kimmie Meissner claimed the gold medal and Sasha Cohen the bronze in Calgary, Canada.

Anna Pogorilaya of Russia is in second place with 73.98 points, while her teammate, Evgenia Medvedeva, is third with a score of 73.76.

The ladies free skate is slated for Saturday night at 7 p.m. The top 24 skaters after the short program will compete.

Shibs, Chock and Bates medal at Worlds

U.S. ice dance champions Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani earned the silver medal at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships in Boston on Thursday night. They received a standing ovation for their season-best free dance score to Coldplay’s Fix You en route to an overall total of 188.43.

It was their second medal at Worlds. In 2011, they garnered the bronze while making their Worlds debut.

U.S. silver medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates also generated a season-best score in the free dance, finishing with the bronze medal. They produced a total score of 185.77 points. In 2015, Chock and Bates collected the silver medal at Worlds in Shanghai.

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, U.S. bronze medalists, also recorded a season’s best free dance score, finishing with a total of 176.81 points and a career-best sixth-place finish.
France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron earned their second consecutive title with a score of 194.46.

(3/30/2016)

Shibutanis, Chock and Bates 2-3 after short dance

Two U.S. teams finished second and third in the short dance on Wednesday afternoon at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

U.S. champions Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani placed second in the 30-team field with a score of 74.70. Madison Chock and Evan Bates, the 2015 World silver medalists, finished third with 72.46 points.

U.S. bronze medalists Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue placed seventh with a score of 68.44 points.

Defending World champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France lead with 76.29 points.

The free dance is slated for Thursday night at 7:30. The top 20 teams after the short dance will compete.

Rippon, Aaron 7-8 after short program

Adam Rippon and Max Aaron sit seventh and eighth, respectively, after Wednesday night’s men’s short program at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships in Boston. Competing at TD Garden, Rippon notched a score of 85.72, while Aaron generated 81.28 points. Rippon is the U.S. champion, while Aaron is the U.S. silver medalist.

Grant Hochstein, the U.S. pewter medalist, finished 16th with 74.81 points.

Thirty-one skaters competed, with the top 24 qualifying for Friday night’s men’s free skate, which gets underway at 6:45.

Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, the Olympic champion, finished first with a score of 110.56 points. Javier Fernandez of Spain, the defending World titlist, is second with 98.52 points, while Canada’s Patrick Chan, a three-time World champion, is third with a score of 94.84.

(3/25/16)

The 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships will be held March 28 to April 3 at TD Garden in Boston. The World Championships will be held for the first time in Boston and return to the United States for the first time since 2009 (Los Angeles).

More than 170 athletes representing 38 countries are expected to compete for the title of World champion in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dance. Team USA will be represented by 16 athletes (three ladies, three men, three ice dance teams, two pairs teams). Official practice begins Monday while competition kicks off Wednesday with the short dance and men’s short program.

NBC will broadcast live primetime coverage from 9-11 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 2, followed by an encore presentation from 3-6 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 10. NBC’s live primetime broadcast team features 1998 Olympic champion Tara Lipinski, three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir, play-by-play announcer Tom Hammond and reporter Andrea Joyce. 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Tanith White will contribute to the encore show April 10. Weir, Lipinski and Hammond will also handle live coverage on NBCSN from 9-11 p.m. ET on Friday, April 1.

NBCSN and Universal HD will broadcast additional live and encore coverage of the 2016 World Championships, beginning Wednesday, March 30, with the short dance from noon-3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Calling the action for NBCSN will be 1988 Olympic ice dance bronze medalist Tracy Wilson, alongside 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Ben Agosto and 2011 U.S. champion Ryan Bradley.

Icenetwork will stream live coverage of the World Championships to Season Pass subscribers. Mike Mancuso will handle the play-by-play duties and will be joined by 2014 Olympic ice dance champion Charlie White, three-time U.S. champion Michael Weiss, two-time U.S. pairs champion John Coughlin and U.S. silver medalist Tonia Kwiatkowski.

In addition, icenetwork will provide free behind-the-scenes video to all registered users beginning Wednesday, March 30. This coverage will include live segments from the icenetwork ICE Desk, interviews, press conferences and more. Tanith White will serve as host of the ICE Desk, where she will be joined by Charlie White, Coughlin, Weiss, YouTube personality Michael Buckley and special guests. Icenetwork will also feature news, photos and more.

Fans can follow all the action at the U.S. Figure Skating Fan Zone, featuring real-time social media updates. To follow the event on Twitter, follow U.S. Figure Skating (@USFigureSkating) and Worlds 2016 (@Worlds2016) and use the event hashtag #Worlds2016.

For additional event information or to purchase tickets, visit www.worlds2016.com.

Ladies

Team USA will be represented by Gracie Gold, Mirai Nagasu and Ashley Wagner. Gold won her second U.S. title in January (also 2014). Wagner, a three-time U.S. champion (2012-13, 2015), is the 2016 U.S. bronze medalist. Nagasu, who finished fourth at the 2016 U.S. Championships and second at 2016 Four Continents, will compete at her first World Championships since 2010.

Men

Adam Rippon will make his fourth World Championships appearance and first as the reigning U.S. champion.Max Aaron (2013 U.S. champion) returns to the World Championships for the first time since 2014 after winning the 2016 U.S. silver medal. Grant Hochstein will make his Worlds debut as the 2016 U.S. pewter medalist.

 

Pairs

Tarah Kayne and Daniel O’Shea are the 2016 U.S. pairs champions and will make their World Championships debut in Boston. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim are the 2015 U.S. champions and 2016 U.S. silver medalists. They most recently won the 2016 Four Continents silver medal last month.

Ice dance

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani the 2016 U.S. and Four Continents champions, will compete at their sixth straight World Championships. Madison Chock and Evan Bates are the reigning World silver medalists and enter the competition as 2016 U.S. and Four Continents silver medalists. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, the 2016 U.S. bronze medalists, will make their third Worlds appearance.

 

2016 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE
All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings

 

Broadcast Date

Event

Time

Network

Wednesday, March 30

Short dance – LIVE

Noon

NBCSN

Thursday, March 31

Men’s short

Midnight

NBCSN

Ladies short – LIVE

4 p.m.

NBCSN

Free dance – LIVE

8 p.m.

NBCSN

Friday, April 1

Pairs short – LIVE

3 p.m.>

NBCSN

Men’s free – LIVE

9 p.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, April 2

Pairs free – LIVE

2 p.m.

NBCSN

Ladies free – LIVE

9 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, April 3

Exhibition of Champions – LIVE

2 p.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, April 9

Encore

1 p.m.

Universal HD

Sunday, April 10

World Championships recap show

3 p.m.

NBC

Monday, April 18

Encore

5 p.m.

Universal HD

2016 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ICENETWORK LIVE STREAMING SCHEDULE>
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date

Event

Tim

Wednesday, March 30

Short dance

10:45 a.m.

Opening Ceremony

5 p.m.

Men’s short

6:15 p.m.

Thursday, March 31

Ladies short

12:10 p.m.

Free dance

7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 1

Pairs short

1:15 p.m.

Men’s free

6:45 p.m.

Saturday, April 2

Pairs free

6:45 p.m.

Ladies free (groups 1 and 2)

7 p.m.

Sunday, April 3

Exhibition of Champions

2 p.m.

 

 

U.S. ENTRIES AT THE 2016 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Gracie Gold

Hermosa Beach, California

El Segundo, California

Mirai Nagasu

Arcadia, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ashley Wagner

Alexandria, Virginia

Los Angeles

Men

Max Aaron

Scottsdale, Arizona

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Grant Hochstein

Artesia, California

Artesia, California

Adam Rippon

Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

Los Angeles

Pairs

Tarah Kayne
Daniel O’Shea

Fort Myers, Florida

>Gurnee, Illinois

Ellenton, Florida

Alexa Scimeca
Chris Knierim

Addison, Illinois

San Diego

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ice Dancing

Madison Chock
Evan Bates

Redondo Beach, California

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Novi, Michigan

Madison Hubbell
Zachary Donohue

Okemos, Michigan

Madison, Connecticut

Montreal

Maia Shibutani
Alex Shibutani

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Canton, Michigan

 

(3/25/16) – The 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships will be held March 28 to April 3 at TD Garden in Boston. The World Championships will be held for the first time in Boston and return to the United States for the first time since 2009 (Los Angeles).

More than 170 athletes representing 38 countries are expected to compete for the title of World champion in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dance. Team USA will be represented by 16 athletes (three ladies, three men, three ice dance teams, two pairs teams). Official practice begins Monday while competition kicks off Wednesday with the short dance and men’s short program.

NBC will broadcast live primetime coverage from 9-11 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 2, followed by an encore presentation from 3-6 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 10. NBC’s live primetime broadcast team features 1998 Olympic champion Tara Lipinski, three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir, play-by-play announcer Tom Hammond and reporter Andrea Joyce. 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Tanith White will contribute to the encore show April 10. Weir, Lipinski and Hammond will also handle live coverage on NBCSN from 9-11 p.m. ET on Friday, April 1.

NBCSN and Universal HD will broadcast additional live and encore coverage of the 2016 World Championships, beginning Wednesday, March 30, with the short dance from noon-3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Calling the action for NBCSN will be 1988 Olympic ice dance bronze medalist Tracy Wilson, alongside 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Ben Agosto and 2011 U.S. champion Ryan Bradley.

Icenetwork will stream live coverage of the World Championships to Season Pass subscribers. Mike Mancuso will handle the play-by-play duties and will be joined by 2014 Olympic ice dance champion Charlie White, three-time U.S. champion Michael Weiss, two-time U.S. pairs champion John Coughlin and U.S. silver medalist Tonia Kwiatkowski.

In addition, icenetwork will provide free behind-the-scenes video to all registered users beginning Wednesday, March 30. This coverage will include live segments from the icenetwork ICE Desk, interviews, press conferences and more. Tanith White will serve as host of the ICE Desk, where she will be joined by Charlie White, Coughlin, Weiss, YouTube personality Michael Buckley and special guests. Icenetwork will also feature news, photos and more.

Fans can follow all the action at the U.S. Figure Skating Fan Zone, featuring real-time social media updates. To follow the event on Twitter, follow U.S. Figure Skating (@USFigureSkating) and Worlds 2016 (@Worlds2016) and use the event hashtag #Worlds2016.

For additional event information or to purchase tickets, visit www.worlds2016.com.

Ladies

Team USA will be represented by Gracie Gold, Mirai Nagasu and Ashley Wagner. Gold won her second U.S. title in January (also 2014). Wagner, a three-time U.S. champion (2012-13, 2015), is the 2016 U.S. bronze medalist. Nagasu, who finished fourth at the 2016 U.S. Championships and second at 2016 Four Continents, will compete at her first World Championships since 2010.

Men

Adam Rippon will make his fourth World Championships appearance and first as the reigning U.S. champion.Max Aaron (2013 U.S. champion) returns to the World Championships for the first time since 2014 after winning the 2016 U.S. silver medal. Grant Hochstein will make his Worlds debut as the 2016 U.S. pewter medalist.

 

Pairs

Tarah Kayne and Daniel O’Shea are the 2016 U.S. pairs champions and will make their World Championships debut in Boston. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim are the 2015 U.S. champions and 2016 U.S. silver medalists. They most recently won the 2016 Four Continents silver medal last month.

Ice dance

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani the 2016 U.S. and Four Continents champions, will compete at their sixth straight World Championships. Madison Chock and Evan Bates are the reigning World silver medalists and enter the competition as 2016 U.S. and Four Continents silver medalists. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, the 2016 U.S. bronze medalists, will make their third Worlds appearance.

 

2016 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE
All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings

 

Broadcast Date

Event

Time

Network

Wednesday, March 30

Short dance – LIVE

Noon

NBCSN

Thursday, March 31

Men’s short

Midnight

NBCSN

Ladies short – LIVE

4 p.m.

NBCSN

Free dance – LIVE

8 p.m.

NBCSN

Friday, April 1

Pairs short – LIVE

3 p.m.>

NBCSN

Men’s free – LIVE

9 p.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, April 2

Pairs free – LIVE

2 p.m.

NBCSN

Ladies free – LIVE

9 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, April 3

Exhibition of Champions – LIVE

2 p.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, April 9

Encore

1 p.m.

Universal HD

Sunday, April 10

World Championships recap show

3 p.m.

NBC

Monday, April 18

Encore

5 p.m.

Universal HD

2016 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ICENETWORK LIVE STREAMING SCHEDULE>
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date

Event

Tim

Wednesday, March 30

Short dance

10:45 a.m.

Opening Ceremony

5 p.m.

Men’s short

6:15 p.m.

Thursday, March 31

Ladies short

12:10 p.m.

Free dance

7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 1

Pairs short

1:15 p.m.

Men’s free

6:45 p.m.

Saturday, April 2

Pairs free

6:45 p.m.

Ladies free (groups 1 and 2)

7 p.m.

Sunday, April 3

Exhibition of Champions

2 p.m.

 

 

U.S. ENTRIES AT THE 2016 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Gracie Gold

Hermosa Beach, California

El Segundo, California

Mirai Nagasu

Arcadia, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ashley Wagner

Alexandria, Virginia

Los Angeles

Men

Max Aaron

Scottsdale, Arizona

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Grant Hochstein

Artesia, California

Artesia, California

Adam Rippon

Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

Los Angeles

Pairs

Tarah Kayne
Daniel O’Shea

Fort Myers, Florida

>Gurnee, Illinois

Ellenton, Florida

Alexa Scimeca
Chris Knierim

Addison, Illinois

San Diego

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ice Dancing

Madison Chock
Evan Bates

Redondo Beach, California

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Novi, Michigan

Madison Hubbell
Zachary Donohue

Okemos, Michigan

Madison, Connecticut

Montreal

Maia Shibutani
Alex Shibutani

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Canton, Michigan

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