Event Preview
March 29 - April 2
2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships

Thirty - seven men, thirty - eight ladies, thirty - three dance couples and twenty - nine pair teams will compete for cash prizes, podium placements and personal bests at the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships.

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, has been selected to host this year’s competition. The World Championships were last staged in the gateway to Scandinavia eighteen years ago, and prior to that, in 1983.

Australia is sending a very strong quartet consisting of one lady and one man, and one pair to the event.

This meet is an excellent opportunity for our athletes to gain important international exposure, in the lead - up to next year’s Olympic Winter Games. It should be noted that the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships are also the key qualifying event for Pyeongchang 2018.

Consideration for a place at the games is limited and with competition especially fierce this year, it is crucial that everyone brings their very best form to make the free skate final. Essentially, that means skating a mistake - free short program.

Team Australia: Ladies’ Singles

Kailani Craine is a three - time National Senior Champion.

Earlier this season she won bronze at the Volvo Open Cup in Riga, Latvia, and silver at the Challenger Series Warsaw Cup in Poland. Craine earned a career - high of 110.07 points for her free skate at the latter event.

Last month at the Four Continents Championships in Taipei City, Taiwan, the athlete was further rewarded with a personal best score for her short program.

Splitting her training schedule between Sydney and Los Angeles, Craine is coached in the United States by former U.S. Ladies’ Champion and 2 - Time World Bronze Medallist, Tiffany Chin.

This year Craine and her team have assembled two new routines that showcase a high level of technical difficulty, as well as strong musical awareness.

Both programs could not be more different. Craine’s short is skated to a jazz / hip – hop cover of ‘Dream A Little Dream Of Me’, and her free is set to ‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen.

Team Australia: Men's Singles

Brendan Kerry is a 5 - Time National Men’s Senior Champion.

He is also based in the United States, working with Tammy Gambill in Southern California. Her other students include the 2017 United States Senior Ladies’ Champion, Karen Chen, and the 2017 United States Senior Men’s Runner – Up, Vincent Zhou.

Kerry’s hard work is paying dividends this season, earning three official personal best scores (short, free, and combined overall) at the recent Four Continents Championships. He is also landing two different quadruple jumps in competition, and has previewed a third, the loop, on Instagram.

His team have created two outstanding routines that bring out the skater’s performance skills. ‘Singing In The Rain’ shows Kerry’s happy - go - lucky side for the short, and ‘Pirates of The Caribbean’ highlights his theatrical passion and power.

Team Australia: Pairs


Skating together for little over a year together, Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor have made an immediate impression on the international scene. They also compete at the junior level, creating history by being the first Australians to win gold at an ISU championship Grand Prix event.

The couple include all of the big tricks in their programs such as side by side triple jumps, complex lifts, fast spins, and strong throws. For such a short time in tandem, the young team already have excellent on – ice appeal, using Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ for their short and the soundtrack from ‘W.E’ for the free.

Alexandrovskaya and Windsor split their training between Sydney and Moscow, Russia.

The Race To The Podium
The men’s event will likely be a showdown between Spain’s five - time European Champion, Javier Fernandez, Yuzuru Hanyu and Shoma Uno (both from Japan), and the man of the hour, Nathan Chen (U.S.A.).

Chen made history at his national championships by becoming the first man to land seven quadruple jumps (two in the short program and five in the free skate) at a single event. He repeated that feat at the recent Four Continents Championship, not only winning the competition on his first try, but beating Hanyu and Uno in that order for the gold.

Other skaters in the mix include Canada’s Patrick Chan, China’s Boyang Jin and Han Yan, Mikhail Kolyada and Maxim Kovtun from Russia, and Jason Brown from the United States.

Taking world gold at her first attempt in 2016, Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva has been unstoppable since.  The teenage phenom’s stellar winning streak includes a pair of European titles, two Grand Prix Final wins, as well as taking the senior national title twice. Quickly earning a reputation as this generation’s Katarina Witt, Medvedeva loves to compete.  Barring an unlikely mishap, the crown is hers to retain.

A five – time European Champion, 2012 World Champion, and 2014 Olympic Bronze Medallist, Carolina Kostner (Italy) made a triumphant return to competition this season after a three - year absence.  Winning bronze at the recent European Championships, the thirty - year old dazzled audiences in Ostrava with her elegant presence. 

Other challengers for the podium in Helsinki include Russia’s Anna Pogorilaya and Maria Sotskova, and the recent winner of the Four Continents Championship, Japan’s Mai Mihara. Look out for Satoko Miyahara (JPN), Ashley Wagner (USA), Gabrielle Daleman (CAN), Dabin Choi (KOR) and Laurine Lecavelier (FRA) to make an impression as well.

Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir also made a comeback to eligible international competition.  This season, the team not only won every event they entered, Virtue and Moir broke world records for both the short and free dance.

Their biggest rivals for the title are also the Canadian’s training mates.  Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, ranked second to Virtue and Moir at the Grand Prix Series Final in December, will be hungry to retain their world crown.

Bronze will likely be a race between Maia and Alex Shibutani , as well as Madison Chock and Evan Bates (both from the U.S.A.), Italy’s Anna Capellini and Luca Lanotte, and Russia’s Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev.

Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are the current two - time and defending pairs’ champions. Known for their big tricks, elements such as side by side triple lutz jumps and a throw quadruple salchow helped the couple secure world gold in 2015 and last year.

This year their biggest rivals, as well as some emerging teams, are stepping up to the plate and matching the North Americans element for element.

China’s Wenjing Sui & Cong Han recently returned to competition, winning gold at Four Continents.  Their compatriots, Xiaoyu Yu and Hao Zhang took silver at the 2016/17 Grand Prix Series Final.

Russia’s Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov are the new European Champions.  In December, they won the 2016/17 Grand Prix Series Final, but were beaten by Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov at the Russian National Championships.

Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot won silver for the second year in a row at the European Championships, and are aiming to improve upon the bronze medal they won at the 2016 World Championships in Boston.

Other teams to look out for include Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres (FRA), Liubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch (CAN), Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert (RUS), and Anna Duskova and Martin Bidar (CZE).

Click here for the list of competitors, the event timetable and results links. Click here for the official website.

aussieSKATES: Figure Skating DownUnder will be posting practice reports and daily recaps in person at the Hartwall Arena. We will also do our best to source and post You Tube & Daily Motion program highlights to our Facebook page following each day of competition.

The event officially begins on Wednesday March 29.

 
Date Event Starting Times Scheduled Events
     
Wednesday March 29 10:15am Ladies’ Short Program
  5:15pm Opening Ceremony
  6:10pm Pairs’ Short Program
     
Thursday March 30 12:30pm Men’s Short Program
  6:55pm Pairs' Free Skate
     
Friday March 31 11:00am Short Dance
  6:00pm Ladies’ Free Skate
     
Saturday April 1 10:50am Men’s Free Skate
  4:35pm Free Dance
     
Sunday April 2 2:00pm Gala Exhibition
 
Team Australia Members    
     
Men Brendan Kerry 2014 Winter Olympian
    3 – Time World Team Member
    7 – Time Four Continents Team Member
    5 – Time National Champion
     
Ladies Kailani Craine 2016 World Team Member
    3 – Time Four Continents Team Member
    3 – Time National Champion
     
Pairs Katia Alexandrovskaya 2016 JGP Tallinn Cup Champions
  Harley Windsor 2016/17 JGP Final - 5th
    2017 Four Continents Team Members
    2017 World Junior Team Members
    2016/17 National Champions
 
Our Medal Picks    
     
Men United States of America Nathan Chen
  Japan Yuzuru Hanyu
  Spain Javier Fernandez
     
Ladies Russia Evgenia Medvedeva
  Italy Carolina Kostner
  Japan Mai Mihara
     
Pairs China Wenjing Sui & Cong Han
  Russia Evgenia Tarasova & Vladimir Morozov
  Canada Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford
     
Dance Canada Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir
  France Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizero
  United States of America Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani

Event Preview
March 15 - 19
2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships

Forty - five men, forty - five ladies, thirty - one dance and sixteen pair teams will compete for cash prizes, podium placements and personal bests at the 2017 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Taipei City in Taiwain has been selected to stage this prestigious competition for the very first time. (It may be noted that the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships were held there in 2011, 2014, and 2016.)

Australia will be using this event as a good opportunity for its athletes to gain important international exposure. We are sending one ladies' single, one men's single, one dance couple, and one pair team.

Team Australia: Men's Singles

South Australia's James Min is a three - time Australian Junior Men's Champion.

An experienced veteran on the Junior Grand Prix and International Skating circuit, the highly talented sixteen year old recently won his third national title with a pair of commanding performances.

Team Australia: Ladies' Singles

Making her World Junior debut, Holly Harris is definitely on the fast - track. In 2015, she was the Australian Novice Ladies' Champion, and in December last year, won the national junior crown. Harris has already caught the attention of international judges and sports commentators alike, for both her complex artistry and fierce competitive spirit.

Team Australia: Dance

Matilda Friend and William Badaoui make their second trip in a row to the World Junior Championships. In 2015, they were Australian Junior Dance Champions, following that up in 2016 with a win on their first try at the national senior level. The couple recently earned personal bests for both their short and free dance programs at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan.

Team Australia: Pairs

It is no secret that Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor have been the talk of the junior global skating circuit. Appearing virtually from nowhere, the team paired up in January 2016 and have had immediate international success together.

The Race To The Podium

Medals in all four disciplines are expected to be shared between Australia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States of America.

In the men's event, look out for Russia's Dmitri Aliev to bring home gold. Aliev recently placed first at the 2016/17 Junior Grand Prix Series Final.

His biggest rivals to challenge for the title will likely be from team - mate, Alexander Samarin, South Korea’s Jun Hwan Cha, and the defending World Junior Champion from Israel, Daniel Samohin. Other skaters in the mix for medals include Vincent Zhou and Alexei Krasnozhon (both from the USA), Deniss Vasiljevs (LAT), and Nicolas Nadeau (CAN).

In the ladies’ event, Russia’s Alina Zagitova has dominated the junior international scene this year, culminating in a huge win at the 2016/17 Junior Grand Prix Series Final. Zagitova may also be a future force on the senior level, having placed a strong second to the current world champion, Evgenia Medvedeva, at the recent Russian National Championships.

Her strongest competition at this event will likely come from two team - mates, Polina Tsurskaya, and Stanislava Konstantinova. Competitors to watch out for include the defending Japanese World Junior Champion, Marin Honda, Kaori Sakamoto, also from Japan, Kazakhstan's Elizabet Tursynbaeva, and Bradie Tennell (USA).

In dance, Rachel and Michael Parsons are aiming to continue their momentum into this event, having won the 2016/17 Junior Grand Prix Final and the 2017 United States Junior Championship Crown. Their team - mates and the defending World Junior Champions, Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter, will be looking to claim a second victory.

Four dance teams also in the hunt include Russia’s Alla Lobodva and Pavel Drozd, Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarkenko (USA), Angelique Abachkina & Louis Thauron (FRA) and Anastasia Shpilevaya and Grigory Smirnov, also from Russia.

Two key pair teams will not be competing in Taipei City.

The current World Junior Champions from the Czech Republic, Anna Duskova and Martin Bidaf, have permanently moved up to the senior ranks, and the 2016/17 Junior Grand Prix Series Final winners from Russia, Anastasia Mishina & Vladislav Mirzoev, are rumoured to have split up.

In their shared absence, and combined with a fifth - place finish at the 2016/16 Junior Grand Prix Final, puts our own Alexandrovskaya and Windsor in a firm medal position. The Australians’ strongest rivals for the podium are three teams from Russia, Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitri Kolovskii, Alina Ustimkina and Nikita Volodin, and Amina Atakhanova and Ilia Spiridonov.

Click here for the official website.

Click here for the list of competitors, the event timetable and results links.

aussieSKATES: Figure Skating DownUnder will also do our best to source You Tube & Daily Motion event highlights which we will post to our Facebook page following each day of competition.

Official competition begins on Wednesday March 15.

 
Date Event Starting Times Scheduled Events
     
Wednesday March 15 10:30am Men’s Short Program
  6:15pm Opening Ceremony
  7:00pm Pairs’ Short Program
     
Thursday March 16 11:30am Short Dance
  5:50pm Men’s Free Skate
     
Friday March 17 11:00am Ladies’ Short Program
  7:30pm Pairs' Free Skate
     
Saturday March 18 11:30am Free Dance
  4:00pm Ladies’ Free Skate
     
Sunday March 19 3:00pm Gala Exhibition
 
Team Australia    
     
Men James Min 3 - Time National Junior Champion
    2015 & 2016 World Junior Team Member
     
Ladies Holly Harris 2016/17 National Junior Champion
    2nd Place - 2016/17 Volvo Open Cup
     
Dance Matilda Friend 2015/16 National Junior Champions
  William Badaoui 2016 World Junior Team Members
     
Pairs Katia Alexandrovskaya ISU JGP Series Tallinn Cup Champions
  Harley Windsor 2016/17 National Senior Pairs' Champions
 
Our Medal Picks    
     
Men Russia Dmitri Aliev
  United States of America Vincent Zhou
  South Korea Jun Hwan Cha
     
Ladies Russia Alina Zagitova
  Russia Polina Tsurskaya
  Japan Marin Honda
     
Pairs Russia Aleksandra Boikova & Dmitri Kozlovskii
  Russia Alina Ustimkina & Nikita Volodin
  Australia Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya & Harley Windsor
     
Dance United States of America Rachel Parsons & Michael Parsons
  United States of America Lorraine McNamara & Quinn Carpenter
  Russia Alla Lobodva & Pavel Drozd

Event Preview

February 15 - 19

2017 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Twenty - six men, twenty - three ladies, sixteen dance couples and fifteen pair teams will compete for cash prizes, podium placements and personal bests at the 2017 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

Exactly one year from now, Pyeongchang in South Korea will be staging the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. Using their brand new Gangneung Ice Arena as the host venue, this competition has been selected as the official test event for next year’s games.

The top nations in contention for medals at Four Continents include Canada, China, Japan, and the United States of America. Each of these countries have sent their very best skaters in preparation for Pyeongchang.

Four Continents is also a good opportunity for Team Australia to gain important international exposure in the lead up to 2018. Featuring a mix of veterans and rookies new to the senior international circuit, our Four Continents representatives include three men, two ladies, three dance teams and one pair.

Click here for the official website.

Click here for the list of competitors, the event timetable and results links.

aussieSKATES: Figure Skating DownUnder will also do our best to source You Tube & Daily Motion event highlights which we will post to our Facebook Page following each day of competition.

You may also catch event highlights on demand via the SBS TV Australia website at a later date.

Official competition begins on Thursday February 16.

 
Team Australia Members    
     
Men Andrew Dodds 3 – Time Four Continents Team Member
     
  Brendan Kerry 2014 Winter Olympian
    3 – Time World Team Member
    6 – Time Four Continents Team Member
    3 – Time World Junior Team Member
    5 – Time National Champion
     
  Mark Webster 3 – Time World Team Member
    4 – Time Four Continents Team Member
    2010/11 National Champion
     
Ladies Kailani Craine 2016 World Team Member
    2 – Time Four Continents Team Member
    2 – Time World Junior Team Member
    3 – Time National Champion
     
  Brooklee Han 2014 Winter Olympian
    3 – Time World Team Member
    4 – Time Four Continents Team Member
    3 – Time World Junior Team Member
    2013/14 National Champion
     
Dance Matilda Friend 2016 Four Continents Team Members
  William Badaoui 2016 World Junior Team Members
    2016/17 National Champions
    2015/16 National Junior Champions
     
  Kimberley Hew - Low 2016/17 National Championships - 3rd
  Timothy McKernan  
     
  Adele Morrison 2016/17 National Championships - 2nd
  Demid Rokachev  
     
Pairs Katia Alexandrovskaya 2016 JGP Tallinn Cup Champions
  Harley Windsor 2016/17 JGP Final - 5th
    2016/17 National Champions
 
Skaters to watch    
     
Men Patrick Chan (CAN) 2014 Olympic Winter Games - 2nd
    3 - Time World Champion
    3 - Time Four Continents Champion
    9 - Time National Champion
     
  Nam Nguyen (CAN) 2015 World Championships - 5th
    2015 National Championships - 1st
    2014 World Junior Championships - 1st
     
  Kevin Reynolds (CAN) 2013 Four Continents Champion
    2010 Four Continents Championships - 3rd
     
  Shoma Uno (JPN) 2016/17 Grand Prix Final - 3rd
    2016/17 National Champion
    2015 World Junior Champion
     
  Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) 2014 Olympic Winter Games Champion
    2014 World Champion
    4 - Time Grand Prix Series Final Champion
    4 - Time National Champion
     
  Boyang Jin (CHN) 2016 World Championships - 3rd
    2016 Four Continents Championships - 2nd
    4 - Time National Champion
     
  Han Yan (CHN) 2016 Four Continents Championships - 3rd
    2015 Four Continents Championships - 3rd
    2013 Four Continents Championships - 3rd
    2012 World Junior Champion
     
  Nathan Chen (USA) 2016/17 Grand Prix Final - 2nd
    2017 National Champion
     
  Jason Brown (USA) 2015 World Championships - 4th
    2015 National Champion
     
Ladies Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN) 2016/17 Grand Prix Final - 4th
    3 - Time National Champion
     
  Zijun Li (CHN) 2014 Four Continents Championships - 3rd
    4 - Time National Champion
     
  Wakaba Higuchi (JPN) 2016/17 National Championships - 2nd
    2016 World Junior Championships - 3rd
    2015 World Junior Championships - 3rd
     
  Rika Hongo (JPN) 2016 Four Continents Championships - 3rd
    2015 Four Continents Championships- 3rd
     
  Karen Chen (USA) 2017 National Champion
     
  Mariah Bell (USA) 2017 National Championships - 3rd
    2016 Grand Prix Skate America - 2nd
     
  Mirai Nagasu (USA) 2016 Four Continents Championships - 2nd
    2010 Olympic Winter Games - 4th
     
Dance    
  Tessa Virtue 2016/17 Grand Prix Final Champions
  Scott Moir (CAN) 2010 Olympic Winter Games Champions
    2 - Time World Champions
    2 - Time Four Continents Champions
    7 - Time National Champions
     
  Kaitlin Weaver 2 - Time Grand Prix Final Champions
  Andrew Poje (CAN) 2015 World Championships - 3rd
    2014 World Championships - 2nd
    2016 Four Continents Championships - 3rd
    2015 Four Continents Champions
    2 - Time National Champions
     
  Piper Gilles 2014 Four Continents Championships - 2nd
  Paul Poirier (CAN)  
     
  Maia Shibutani 2016/17 Grand Prix Final - 3rd
  Alex Shibutani (USA) 2016 World Championships - 2nd
    2011 World Championships - 3rd
    2016 Four Continents Champions
    2 - Time National Champions
     
  Madison Chock 2016 World Championships - 3rd
  Evan Bates (USA) 2015 World Championships - 2nd
    2016 Four Continents Championships - 2nd
    2015 Four Continents Championships - 2nd
    2015 National Champions
     
  Madison Hubbell 2016/17 Grand Prix Final - 5th
  Zachary Donohue (USA) 2014 Four Continents Champions
     
Pairs Meagan Duhamel 2 - Time World Champions
  Eric Radford (CAN) 2016/17 Grand Prix Final - 3rd
    2015/16 Grand Prix Final - 2nd
    2014/15 Grand Prix Final Champions
    2 - Time Four Continents Champions
    6 - Time National Champions
     
  Wenjing Sui 2 - Time World Silver Medallists
  Cong Han (CHN) 3 - Time Four Continents Champions
     
  Xiaoyu Yu 2016/17 Grand Prix Final - 2nd
  Hao Zang (CHN)  
   
  Cheng Peng 2016/17 Grand Prix Final - 6th
  Yang Jin (CHN) 2016/17 National Champions
     
  Alexa Scimeca Knierim 2016 Four Continents Championships - 2nd
  Chris Knierim (USA) 2014 Four Continents Championships - 3rd
    2015 National Champions
 
Date Event Running Times Scheduled Events
     
Thursday February 16 11.00am - 1.27pm Short Dance
  2.15pm - 4.37pm Pairs’ Short Program
  5.30pm Opening Ceremony
  6.30pm - 9.44pm Ladies’ Short Program
     
Friday February 17 1.30pm - 4.47pm Free Dance
  5.45pm - 9.55pm Men’s Short Program
     
Saturday February 18 2.00pm - 4.51pm Pairs’ Free Skate
  6.00pm - 9.47pm Ladies’ Free Skate
     
Sunday February 19 11.00am - 3.07pm Men’s Free Skate
  5.30pm - 8.00pm Gala Exhibition
 
Our Medal Picks    
     
Men Japan Yuzuru Hanyu
  United States of America Nathan Chen
  Canada Patrick Chan
     
Ladies Canada Kaetlyn Osmond
  Japan Wakaba Higuchi
  United States of America Karen Chen
     
Pairs China Xiaoyu Yu & Hao Zhang
  Canada Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford
  China Wenjing Sui & Cong Han
     
Dance Canada Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir
  United States of America Maia & Alex Shibutani
  United States of America Madison Chock & Evan Bates

Event Recap

2016 Australian National Figure Skating Championships / November 25 - December 2

Day Seven Highlights - Friday December 2
Today was the seventh and final day of competition at the Australian National Figure Skating Championships from Docklands in Melbourne.

The events being contested were the Junior & Senior Free Dance, as well as the Senior Ladies’ & Senior Men’s Free Skating.

Anastasia Ozerova & Nicholas McCreary (NSW) finished the Junior Dance event in first place. Jessica Palfreyman & Charlton Doherty (QLD) placed second, with Courtney Tyerman & Beau McElroy (NSW) placing third.

After winning the Junior Title last year, Matilda Friend & William Badaoui (NSW) took their first senior title in dance. Silver went to Adele Morrison & Demid Rokachev (NSW), with bronze going to Kimberley Hew - Low & Timothy McKernan (NSW).

Kailani Craine (NSW) moved up to first place with a solid and musical skate, winning the Senior Ladies’ Title. Claiming a segment score of 98.31 points, Craine earned a total score of 157.66 points. Close behind in second place, Brooklee Han (QLD) also skated with elegance and grace. Noted for her world - class spins, Han once again earned level four for each of these free skating elements. Bronze went to Katie Pasfield from New South Wales.

In the Senior Men’s Event, Brendan Kerry (NSW) held onto first place with an excellent free skating performance.

His complex routine skating to the rousing movie soundtrack from “The Pirates of the Caribbean” included two triple axels and a quadruple toe loop attempt. Earning a segment score of 144.83 points, Kerry’s combined total was 225.84 points. Buoyed by the high of winning the junior men’s title yesterday, James Min (SA) took the silver medal while Andrew Dodds (QLD) won bronze.

Day Six Highlights - Thursday December 1

With the pairs events now complete, today it was all business as athletes in the remaining junior and senior divisions competed for personal bests, podium placements and international assignments.

None of the top contenders held back. In the lead - up to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, skaters were striving particularly for precious berths on the upcoming Four Continents, Junior & Senior World Championships squads.

Holly Harris (NSW) maintained her lead in the Junior Ladies’ Event to claim the national title.

Unlike yesterday’s solid short program, she faced several technical challenges today. But showing experience beyond her years, the teenager never backed away from her trademark elegance and artistry. Silver went to Jordan Lazarus (NSW) and bronze to Amelia Jackson (QLD).

James Min (SA) won the Junior Men’s Event with a personal best skate. The diminutive sixteen year old is in his third year on the international circuit, and that experience paid off in spades today with a fantastic free skate. Min landed seven triple jumps as well as two double axels, earning a segment score of 123.94 points for a total of 184.70 points.

Silver and bronze went to two skaters from Queensland, Darian Kaptich and Charlton Doherty. Doherty, it should be noted, is also doing double duty in the junior dance event.

Five teams skated in the Junior Short Dance category.

Two teams in particular, drew on their solid international experience so far this season. Anastasia Ozerova & Nicholas McCreary (NSW) are in first place with Jessica Palfreyman & Charlton Doherty (QLD) close behind in second.

Queensland’s Brooklee Han made a coaching change this year and is now training in Dallas, Texas with Peter & Darlene Cain.

The switch appears to have paid - off as she is in first place after the Senior Ladies’ Short Program with 59.45 points. Including a big triple lutz in combination with the double toe loop, Han also landed a smooth triple salchow out of steps as well as a strong double axel. Her outstanding trademark spins as well as the straight line step sequence were all marked at Level 4, and given positive grades of execution from the judging panel.
Mere decimal points behind in second, Kailani Craine (NSW) skated to a pleasing combination of big band and hip hop music, earning 59.35 points. Crane’s combination was a solid triple flip / double toe loop. Her solo jump was the triple loop.

Brendan Kerry (NSW) was the clear leader in the Senior Men’s Short Program, earning 81.01 points. Skating with confidence and power, Kerry not only gave a technically commanding performance, he backed up elements like a quadruple salchow out of steps and a strong triple axel with excellent showmanship.

Queensland’s Andrew Dodds skated with balletic elegance, earning 60.24 points. Skating at the national senior level for the first time, James Min (SA) is in third place with 58.21 points.

Four teams all from New South Wales contested the Senior Short Dance. With little over a point separating the top three, Adele Morrison & Demid Rokachev are in first place. Matilda Friend & William Badaoui are in second, and Kimberley Hew - Low & Timothy McKernan lie third.

Competition concludes tomorrow with the Junior Free Dance, the Senior Free Dance, the Senior Ladies’ Free Skate, and the Senior Men’s Free Skate.

Day Five Highlights - Wednesday November 30

On Day Five of the Australian National Figure Skating Championships from Docklands in Melbourne, Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya & Harley Windsor (NSW) maintained their lead after the short program with a solid free program packed with technical and choreographic content.

Highlights included a split triple twist lift, side by side triple toe loop / double toe loop / double toe loops, and a throw triple lutz, earning the young team a segment score of 92.93 points for a total of 153.04 points.
Queenland’s Paris Stephens & Matthew Dodds performed with confidence and attack, earning a segment score of 60.89 points for a total of 90.02 points.

Jessica Rotondo & Ryan Dodds (QLD) skated well in the junior pairs division, earning a total competition score of 75.92 points.

After winning the Australian Novice Ladies’ Championship last year, Holly Harris (NSW) is in first place after the Junior Ladies’ Short Program. Skating with balletic precision and grace, she hit all of the elements to earn a segment score of 48.79 points.

Two other skaters from New South Wales, Jordan Lazarus and Shania Sime, placed second and third, with Queensland’s Amelia Jackson and South Australia’s Ashley Colliver still in the hunt for the podium, currently standing in fourth and fifth spot.

James Min from South Australia leads the junior men’s event with 60.76 points. Two strong skaters from Queensland, Darian Kaptich and Charlton Doherty, are currently in second and third place.

The Advanced Novice Ladies’ Championship was convincingly won by last year’s silver medallist, Corina Ormston from Queensland. Skating with power and precision, her elegant program included two double axels as well as some intricate spins and footwork. Silver went to Milan Whitsed (WA) while Danielle Gebser (NSW) held on to third place for the bronze.

Hektor Giotopoulous - Moore (NSW) earned a combined total of 101.27 points to win the Advanced Novice Men’s Championship. Silver went to Juan Camilo Yusti (VIC) with 87.67 points, and bronze to Sam Gillard (NSW) with 84.51 points.

Competition continues on Day Six with the Junior Ladies’ Free Skate, the Junior Men’s Free Skate, the Basic & Advanced Novice Free Dance, the Junior Short Dance, the Senior Short Dance, the Senior Men’s Short Program, and the Senior Ladies’ Short Program.

Day Four Highlights - Tuesday November 29

On Day Four of the Australian National Figure Skating Championships from Docklands in Melbourne, Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya & Harley Windsor (NSW) skated a sharp and powerful short program.

Their elements included a split triple twist lift, a throw triple lutz, and side by side triple toe loops, earning the senior pair 60.11 points.

Paris Stephens & Matthew Dodds (QLD) had a few challenges, finishing second with 29.13 points.

Jessica Rotondo & Ryan Dodds (QLD) were solid in the junior pairs' short program, earning 31.99 points.
Other highlights for today included a clean skate from Corina Ormston (QLD) in the Advanced Novice Ladies' Short Program. She leads that event with 33.34 points.

Event Preview

March 28 - April 3

2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships

Thirty - one men, thirty - eight ladies, thirty dance couples and twenty - two pair teams will compete for cash prizes, podium placements and personal bests at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships.

This year, Boston, Massachusetts has been selected to stage the competition. The United States of America has hosted the event on twelve previous occasions.

Australia will be using this meet as a good opportunity for its athletes to gain important international exposure in the lead - up to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. We are sending two singles skaters, one lady and one man, to the event.

Team Australia: Ladies’ Singles

Making her debut at the Senior World level, Kailani Craine is a two - time National Senior and four - time National Junior Ladies’ Champion. Six months shy of eighteen, Craine is already a veteran on the international circuit, and shares the same birthday as the former Japanese World Ladies’ Champion, Midori Ito.

Splitting her training schedule between Sydney and Los Angeles, Craine is coached in the United States by former U.S. Ladies’ Champion and 2 - Time World Bronze Medallist, Tiffany Chin.

At the recent Four Continents Championships in Taipei City, Craine earned the highest free skating score ever for an Australian female, with 108.80 points.

Known for her confidence, speed and attack, Craine is also a crowd - pleasing performer. A solid jumper, watch out for her triple loop - half loop - triple salchow combination. Earlier this season, Craine also attempted the triple lutz / triple loop combination in competition, too.

Team Australia: Men's Singles

Brendan Kerry is a 4 - Time National Men’s Senior Champion. He is also based in the United States, working with Tammy Gambill in Southern California. Kerry’s training mates include Richard Dornbush and Tyler Pierce.

In his ISU Grand Prix debut last October at Skate America, Kerry had a breakthrough free skate, earning 138.07 points. At his best, Kerry has one of the best triple axels and quadruple toe loops in the world. Look out for him to try them both in the short program and free skate.

The Race To The Podium

The men’s event is shaping up to be a tense battle between Patrick Chan (Canada), Javier Fernandez (Spain), Denis Ten (Kazakhstan), Yuzuru Hanyu & Shoma Uno (both from Japan), and Boying Jin & Han Yan (both from China).

Hanyu made history at the recent Grand Prix Final, with world record - scoring performances in both the short program (110.05 points) and free skate (219.48 points), and a combined total of 330.43 points. His training partner, Fernandez, also broke the 200 point barrier at the same event in the free skate with 201.43 points.

Returning to eligible competition after a two - year hiatus, Chan fought back from fifth place in the short program at the 2016 Four Continents Championships with a career - best performance free skate.

Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva is the overwhelming favourite to take the ladies’ title. In this her senior debut season, she won Skate America, the Grand Prix Final, and the European Championships.

Her strongest competition should be from her team - mate, Elena Radionova, (2016 European Silver Medallist, 2015 World Bronze Medallist), Japan’s Satoko Miyahara (2016 Four Continents Champion, 2015 World Silver Medallist), Mao Asada (the 2014 World Champion) and a pair of U.S. skaters, Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner.

Shockingly, the 2015 World Champion, Russia’s Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, skated less than her best at the Russian National Championships qualifying event, and did not make the world team.

Dance will be a showdown between the defending World and 2 - Time European Champions, Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron of France, the current Grand Prix Champions, Canada’s Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje, the new U.S. National & Four Continents Champions, Maia & Alex Shibutani from the U.S, and the 2014 World Champions, Italy’s Anna Capellini & Luca Lanotte. Other skaters in consideration are Madison Chock & Evan Bates (U.S.A), Italy’s Charlene Guignard & Marco Fabbri, and Canada’s Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier.

Potentially the most exciting division this year, pairs sees the return of Russia’s 2014 Olympic Champions, Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov. The husband and wife team recently won gold at the European Championships, and will likely be challenged for the title by their compatriots and training mates, Ksenia Stolbova & Fedor Klimov (2015/16 Grand Prix Final winners), the defending World Champions, Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (Canada), China’s 2016 Four Continents Champions, Wenjing Sui & Cong Han, and home town favourites, Alexa Scimeca & Chris Knierim.

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Click here for the list of competitors, the event timetable and results links.

aussieSKATES: Figure Skating DownUnder will also do our best to source You Tube & Daily Motion event highlights which we will post to our Facebook page following each day of competition.

Official competition begins on Wednesday March 28.

Team Australia    
     
Men Brendan Kerry 4 - Time National Senior Champion
    2014 Olympic Team Member
     
Ladies Kailani Craine 2 - Time National Senior Champion
    2 - Time Four Continents Team Member
    2 - Time World Junior Team Member

Our Medal Picks    
     
Men Japan Yuzuru Hanyu
  Spain Javier Fernanez
  Canada Patrick Chan
     
Ladies Russia Evgenia Medvedeva
  Japan Satoko Miyahara
  Russia Elena Radionova
     
Pairs Russia Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov
  Russia Ksenia Stolbova & Fedor Klimov
  China Wenjing Sui & Cong Han
     
Dance France Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizero
  United States of America Maia & Alex Shibutani
  Italy Anna Capellini & Luca Lanotte


March 16 - 20

2016 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships

Thirty - nine men, forty - six ladies, thirty - one dance and fifteen pair teams will compete for cash prizes, podium placements and personal bests at the 2016 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

This year, the European city of Debrecen, Hungary has been selected to stage the competition. Hungary previously hosted the event in 1991 and 1995.

Australia will be using this event as a good opportunity for its athletes to gain important international exposure. We are sending one ladies' single, one men's single, and one dance team.

Team Australia: Men's Singles

South Australia's James Min is a two - time Australian Junior Men's Champion.

A natural performer, the highly - focussed fifteen year old has been working hard to increase both his jump and choreographic program content.

Team Australia: Ladies' Singles

Making her World Junior debut, Katie Pasfield from New South Wales recently skated at the 2016 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in the senior division.

Very much at home in the rink, Katie's short and free programs highlight her wide range of musical interpretation. It should also be noted that Pasfield's father, Michael, forms part of her coaching team. (Michael Pasfield is a former National Junior and Senior Men's Champion, who also represented Australia at the Junior and Senior World level.)

Team Australia: Dance

The 2015/16 National Junior Champions, Matilda Friend and William Badaoui (NSW) will represent us in the dance event. Like Pasfield, the couple recently skated at Four Continents, and they too are making their World Junior debut in Hungary.

Trained by Monica MacDonald and John Dunn, MacDonald represented Australia at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in ice dance.

The Race To The Podium

Medals in all four disciplines are expected to be shared betwen Canada, the Czech Republic, Japan, Russia and the United States of America, with China, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Ukraine also in the running.

In the men's event, look out for Russia's Dmitri Aliev to bring home gold. His biggest challenge is likely to come from team - mate, Roman Savosin, and Israel's Daniel Samohin. Other skaters in the mix include Vincent Zhou (USA) and Deniss Vasiljevs (LAT).

In the ladies' event, Russia's Polina Tsurskaya has dominated the 2015/16 junior international circuit. Her strongest competition will likely come from team - mates Alisa Fedichkina and Maria Sotskova, Wakaba Higuchi and Marin Honda (both from Japan), Latvia's Angelina Kuchvalska and Kazakhstan's Elizabet Tursynbaeva.

Dance could be a head to head battle between the USA's Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter, and their team - mates, Rachel and Michael Parsons. Russia's Alla Lobodva and Pavel Drozd will likely feature on the podium as well.

The pairs' event could see Russia's Ekaterina Borisova & Dmitri Sopot take on Ukraine's Renata Oganesian & Mark Bardei and the Czech Republic's Anna Duskova & Martin Bidar.

Click here for the official website.

Click here for the list of competitors, the event timetable and results links.

aussieSKATES: Figure Skating DownUnder will also do our best to source You Tube & Daily Motion event highlights which we will post to our Facebook page following each day of competition.

Official competition begins on Wednesday March 16.

Date Event Running Times Scheduled Events
     
Wednesday March 16 11:00am - 5:00pm Men’s Short Program
  6:00pm Opening Ceremony
  6:45pm - 9:10pm Pairs’ Short Program
     
Thursday March 17 12.30pm – 5:30pm Short Dance
  7:00pm – 9.45pm Pairs’ Free Skate
     
Friday March 18 10:15am – 5:00pm Ladies’ Short Program
  18.00pm – 9.55pm Men’s Free Skate
     
Saturday March 19 1.00pm – 4:45pm Ladies’ Free Skate
  6:30pm – 9:40pm Free Dance
     
Sunday March 20 3:00pm – 5:00pm Gala Exhibition
 
Team Australia    
     
Men James Min 2 – Time National Junior Champion
    2015 World Junior Team Member
     
Ladies Katie Pasfield 3rd Place - 2015/16 National Championships (Junior)
    2nd Place - 2016 FMBA Trophy
    2016 Four Continents Team Member
     
Dance Matilda Friend 2015/16 National Junior Champions
  William Badaoui 2016 Four Continents Team Members
 
Our Medal Picks    
     
Men Russia Dmitri Aliev
  Israel Daniel Samohin
  Russia Roman Savosin
     
Ladies Russia Polina Tsurskaya
  Russia Maria Sotskova
  Japan Wakaba Higuchi
     
Pairs Russia Ekaterina Borisova & Dmitri Sopot
  Czech Republic Anna Duskova & Martin Bidar
  Ukraine Renata Oganesian & Mark Barde
     
Dance United States of America Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter
  Russia Alla Lobodva and Pavel Drozd
  United States of America Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons
 

February 18 - 21

2016 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships


Twenty - five men, twenty – two ladies, sixteen dance and ten pair teams will compete for cash prizes, podium placements and personal bests at the 2016 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

This year, Taipei City in Chinese Taipei has been selected to stage the competition, having hosted it previously in 2011 and 2014.

With the 2018 Olympic Winter Games exactly two years away, this event will be a good opportunity for Team Australia to gain important international exposure. Featuring a mix of veterans and rookies new to the senior international circuit, our Four Continents representatives include three ladies’ singles, two men’s singles, and one dance team. 

Team Australia: Men's Singles

The 2015/16 Australian Men’s Champion, Brendan Kerry, will be looking to match or better the breakthrough performance he gave at Skate America last October, earning him a career best free skate score. 

Watch also for Andrew Dodds, one of four elite skating brothers from Queensland. On form, his artistry is second to none.

Team Australia: Ladies' Singles

Kailani Craine swept the senior and junior ladies' crowns for the second straight year at the recent national championships.  Training in the United States with two – time world medallist, Tiffany Chin, has helped the teenager climb the international ladder. 

Brooklee Han's competitive record speaks for itself. Known for her world class spins, the twenty year old has been to three world championships and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Making her Four Continents debut, Katie Pasfield recently placed second in the junior ladies’ division at the FMBA Trophy in Abu Dhabi.  (It should be noted that her older sister, Zara, competed at the Four Continents Championships in 2012).

Team Australia: Dance

The 2015/16 National Junior Dance Champions, Katrina Friend and William Badaoui, are making their senior international debut at this event.  Having earned the technical points necessary to skate at next month’s World Junior Championships, the pair are also both age and TES eligible to compete in Chinese Taipei.

The Race To The Podium
 
Medals in all four disciplines are expected to be shared amongst the powerhouse nations, Canada, China, Japan and the United States of America, with South Korea and Kazakhstan also in the running.

In the men’s event, look out for Canada’s three – time World Champion, Patrick Chan to make a splash.  Chan returned to eligible skating this season after a two - year hiatus, and looked very strong at his recent national championships, winning with ease.

His strongest challengers should come from Kazakhstan’s Denis Ten, (the defending Four Continents Champion, and 2015 World Bronze Medallist), Japan’s Shoma Uno (2015 World Junior Champion and 2015/16 Grand Prix Final Bronze Medallist), China’s Boyang Jin (fifth at the 2015/16 Grand Prix Final) and Canada’s Kevin Reynolds (Four Continents Champion in 2013).

China’s Han Yan, Max Aaron, Ross Miner, and Grant Hochstein, all from the USA, are in the hunt as well.

In the ladies’ event, Polina Edmunds from the USA looks set to defend her title against tough competition including two compatriots, Gracie Gold (the 2016 United States National Champion), Mirai Nagasu (Bronze at the 2011 Four Continents Championships) and three Japanese skaters, Satoko Miyahara (Silver Medallist at the 2015/16 Grand Prix Final), Rika Hongo (Bronze at the 2015 Four Continents Championships) and Kanako Murakami (Four Continents Champion in 2014). 

Other skaters to watch out for include a trio of Canadians, Alaine Chartrand, Gabrielle Daleman, and Kaitlyn Osmond, China’s Zijun Li (Bronze at the 2014 Four Continents Championships), and Korea’s So Youn Park.

Dance looks to be a showdown between Canada’s defending Four Continents and current Grand Prix champions, Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje, the new United States Champions, brother and sister, Maia and Alex Shibutani, as well as their compatriots, Madison Chock & Evan Bates (2015/16 Grand Prix Silver Medallists, 2015 World Silver Medallists, and 2015 Four Continents Silver Medallists). 

Further couples in contention include USA’s Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donahue (sixth at the 2015/16 Grand Prix Final) and Canada’s Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier (silver at the 2014 Four Continents Championships).

The pairs’ event will most likely be a face - off between Canada’s defending Four Continents and current World Champions, Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford, and the 2015 World Silver Medallists from China, Wenjing Sui & Cong Han. 

Other teams fighting for the podium should include Canada’s Julianne Seguin & Charlie Bilodeau (the 2015 World Junior Silver Medallists and fourth at the 2015/16 Grand Prix Final) China’s Xiaoyu Yu & Yang Jin (2015 World Junior Champions and fifth at the 2015/16 Grand Prix Final), and the newly – crowned United States champions, Tarah Kayne & Daniel O’Shea.

Click here for the official website.

Click here for the list of competitors, the event timetable and results links.

SBS TV Australia will show highlights from the event on Saturday February 20 (short dance & short programs) and Saturday February 27 (free dance & free skates).

You may also catch the event on demand via the SBS website.

aussieSKATES: Figure Skating DownUnder will also do our best to source You Tube & Daily Motion event highlights which we will post to our Facebook page following each day of competition.

Official competition begins on Thursday February 18.

Date Event Running Times Scheduled Events
     
Thursday February 18 12.45pm – 3.12pm Short Dance
  3.40pm – 4.20pm Opening Ceremony
  4.40pm – 7.48pm Ladies’ Short Program
  8.30pm – 10.12pm Pairs’ Short Program
     
Friday February 19 1.30pm – 4.15pm Free Dance
  5.55pm – 9.45pm Men’s Short Program
     
Saturday February 20 2.30pm – 4.30pm Pairs’ Free Skate
  6.15pm – 9.55pm Ladies’ Free Skate
     
Sunday February 21 12.00pm – 4.05pm Men’s Free Skate
  6.00pm – 8.00pm Gala Exhibition
 
Team Australia    
     
Men Andrew Dodds 2 – Time Four Continents Team Member
     
  Brendan Kerry 2014 Winter Olympian
    2 – Time World Team Member
    5 – Time Four Continents Team Member
    2 – Time World Junior Team Member
    2015/16 ISU Grand Prix Skate America Entrant
    2015/16 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy Entrant
    4 – Time National Champion
     
Ladies Kailani Craine 2015 Four Continents Team Member
    2 – Time World Junior Team Member
    2 – Time National Champion
     
  Brooklee Han 2014 Winter Olympian
    3 – Time World Team Member
    3 – Time Four Continents Team Member
    3 – Time World Junior Team Member
    2013/14 National Champion
     
  Katie Pasfield 3rd Place - 2015/16 National Championships (Junior)
    2nd Place - 2016 FMBA Trophy
     
Dance Matilda Friend 2015/16 National Junior Champions
  William Badaoui  
 
Our Medal Picks    
     
Men Japan Shoma Uno
  Kazakhstan Denis Ten
  Canada Patrick Chan
     
Ladies Japan Satoko Miyahara
  United States of America Gracie Gold
  United States of America Polina Edmunds
     
Pairs China Wenjing Sui & Cong Han
  Canada Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford
  Canada Julianne Seguin & Charlie Bilodeau
     
Dance United States of America

Maia & Alex Shibutani

  Canada Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje
  United States of America Madison Chock & Evan Bates
 
Upcoming Events
Four Continents Championships
Gangneung, South Korea
February 15 - 19, 2017
 
World Junior Championships
Taipei City, Taiwan
March 15 - 19, 2017
 
World Championships
Helsinki Finland
March 29 - April 2, 2017
 
 
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