ITL Weekly Figure Skating News Roundup (1-7 October 2018)

  Mikhail Kolyada (RUS) performs his FS at Finlandia Trophy (   Photo credit: @daejangie   )

Mikhail Kolyada (RUS) performs his FS at Finlandia Trophy (Photo credit: @daejangie)

This week: The Junior Grand Prix takes one more step towards the finish line, Senior Challengers get well underway, a final farewell, thank you, and an official return.

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  Tatsuki Machida waves farewell at Carnival on Ice (   Photo credit: Sports Navi   )

Tatsuki Machida waves farewell at Carnival on Ice (Photo credit: Sports Navi)

Announcements

  • With great sadness, we bid farewell to Japanese skater Tatsuki Machida who performed his final programs at Carnival on Ice, the ice show following Japan Open, and has now retired from professional figure skating. Machida retired from competitive skating in 2014 and now, following his retirement from professional skating, he will concentrate on his academic research at Waseda University. You can read his farewell message to his fans here (translation by iguana012).

  • The In The Loop team are excited to bring you content from Finlandia Trophy as accredited media. Huge thanks to our ITL team member Clara for all the great content and reporting - check out our Twitter Moment for a compilation of all the photo threads and follow our Twitter for more photo and news updates.


  Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morosov perform at Finlandia Trophy (   Photo credit: @daejangie   )

Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morosov perform at Finlandia Trophy (Photo credit: @daejangie)

Competitions

JGP Ljubljana Cup (4-6 October)

  • Ladies - 1st: Anastasia Tarakanova (RUS), 2nd: Anna Tarusina (RUS), 3rd: Haein Lee (KOR)

  • Ice Dance - 1st: Avonley Nguyen/Vadym Kolesnik (USA), 2nd: Sofia Shevchenko/Igor Eremenko (RUS), 3rd: Polina Ivanenko/Daniil Karpov (RUS)

  • Men - 1st: Petr Gumennik (RUS), 2nd: Tomoki Hiwatashi (USA), 3rd: Koshiro Shimada (JPN)

  Anastasia Tarakanova and Anna Tarusina at the victory ceremony (   Photo credit: Verit   )

Anastasia Tarakanova and Anna Tarusina at the victory ceremony (Photo credit: Verit)

  Bronze medallist Haein Lee at the victory ceremony (   Photo credit: Verit   )

Bronze medallist Haein Lee at the victory ceremony (Photo credit: Verit)

  Junhwan Cha with coach Brian Orser before his Free Program at Finlandia Trophy (   Photo credit: @daejangie   )

Junhwan Cha with coach Brian Orser before his Free Program at Finlandia Trophy (Photo credit: @daejangie)

Finlandia Trophy (5-7 October)

  • Ladies - 1st: Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS), 2nd: Elizabet Tursynbaeva (KAZ), 3rd: Viveca Lindfors (FIN)

  • Pairs - 1st: Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morosov (RUS), 2nd: Kirsten Moore Towers/Michael Marinaro (CAN), 3rd: Aleksandra Boikova/Dmitrii Kozlovskii (RUS)

  • Ice Dance - 1st: Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin (RUS), 2nd: Olivia Smart/Adrian Diaz (ESP), 3rd: Marie-Jade Lauriault/Romain Le Gac (FRA)

  • Men - 1st: Mikhail Kolyada (RUS), 2nd: Junhwan Cha (KOR), 3rd: Morisi Kvitelashvili (GEO)

    • Protocols: SP, FS

  Team Japan doing the YMCA at Japan Open! (   Photo credit: Nobunari Oda   )

Team Japan doing the YMCA at Japan Open! (Photo credit: Nobunari Oda)

Japan Open (6 October)

The Japan Open is a non-ISU competition, organized by the Japanese Skating Federation, where two Men’s Singles and two Ladies Singles skaters from Team Japan, Team Europe and Team North America perform only their Free Programs. The team with the cumulative highest score wins. The scores earned at the Japan Open do not contribute to ISU official world standing points or World Records.

  • Final team standings - 1st: Team Japan - 621.91, 2nd: Team Europe - 558.14, 3rd: Team North America - 516.45

  • Ladies - 1st: Alina Zagitova (RUS) - 159.18, 2nd: Kaori Sakamoto (JPN) - 130.28, 3rd: Satoko Miyahara (JPN) - 127.99, 4th: Bradie Tennell (USA) - 126.86, 5th: Mariah Bell (USA) - 120.57, 6th: Maria Sotskova (RUS) - 111.78

  • Men - 1st: Shoma Uno (JPN) - 186.69, 2nd: Nobunari Oda (JPN) - 176.95, 3rd: Javier Fernandez (ESP) - 157.86, 4th: Nathan Chen (USA) - 144.96, 5th: Deniss Vasilijevs (LAT) - 129.32, 6th: Jeremy Abbott (USA) - 124.06

Japanese Kinki Regionals

  • Men’s Short Program - 1st: Daisuke Takahashi - 77.28, 2nd: Shu Nakamura - 71.99, 3rd: Kazuki Tomono - 70.94

    • The event was not live streamed, but Daisuke Takahashi’s new Short Program can be viewed on Dailymotion here.


  Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir kick off their Thank You Canada Tour (   Photo credit: Danielle Earl Photography/Tessa Virtue   )

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir kick off their Thank You Canada Tour (Photo credit: Danielle Earl Photography/Tessa Virtue)

Skaters

  • Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir kicked off their Thank You Canada Tour in Abbotsford on October 6. You can check out the #TTYCT hashtag on Twitter and Instagram for more content from all the participating skaters.

  • It has been reported by coach Sergei Dudakov that Alena Kostornaia broke her finger at JGP Ostrava last week during a fall in her Free Program. However, he says she is already training for the JGPF in December. We wish Alena a speedy recovery! (source)


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