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U.S. Ladies news & updates - road to Boston & beyond, 2013-14 season

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    By request, the U.S. Ladies general news thread is moving from the Trash Can to GSD. This thread is not intended to be the catch-all for each and every U.S. lady-related article or news item - separate threads can and should be started in GSD for anything really significant, plus there are pre-existing news threads in GSD (for Wagner, Czisny and Flatt, to name 3) and fan/cheer threads in the Trash Can, that can still be used.

    I'll start things off by posting the links to, and program music/choreographers listed in, the updated Team USA bios (team envelopes A, B, C and/or ISP), along with any known international assignments at this time.

    Ashley Wagner: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=100048&mode=I
    SP Music: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" by Pink Floyd
    FS Music: Music from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev
    Choreographers: Shae-Lynn Bourne (SP), David Wilson (FS)
    Coaches: Rafael Arutunian, John Nicks
    Japan Open (FS only), Skate America, TEB

    Gracie Gold: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101391&mode=I
    SP Music: "Three Preludes" by George Gershwin
    FS Music: Music from Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky
    Choreographers: Oleg Epstein, Marina Zoueva
    Coaches: Alex Ouriashev, Scott Brown, Oleg Epstein
    Salt Lake Sr. B, Skate Canada, NHK Trophy

    Agnes Zawadzki: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101013&mode=I
    SP Music: Selections from the Sex and the City 2 soundtrack by Aaron Zigman (last year's)
    FS Music: Music from Forever Tango Volume 2 by La Cumparsita Rodriguez, Celos and Jalousie Gade
    Choreographer: David Wilson
    Coaches: Christy Krall, Damon Allen, Erik Schulz, Becky Bradley
    Salt Lake Sr. B, Cup of China, Rostelecom Cup

    Christina Gao: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=100821&mode=I
    SP Music: "Close Without Touching" by David Arkenstone (last year's)
    FS Music: Music from the Angels and Demons soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and Joshua Bell
    Choreographers: Mark Mitchell (SP), Tom Dickson (FS)
    Coaches: Mark Mitchell, Peter Johansson, Amanda Farkas
    Skate Canada, TEB

    Mirai Nagasu: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=100067
    SP Music: "The Man I Love" by George Gershwin
    FS Music: Music from James Bond by various artists
    Choreographer: Cindy Stuart
    Coach: Amy Evidente
    NHK Trophy, Rostelecom Cup

    Caroline Zhang - bio not yet updated with program music: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=100051&mode=I
    Coaches: Peter Oppegard, Karen Kwan-Oppegard
    Skate America

    Courtney Hicks: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101280&mode=I
    SP Music: Music from the Soul Surfer soundtrack by Marco Beltrami
    FS Music: Music from Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    Choreographers: Alex Chang (SP), Jonathan Cassar (FS)
    Coaches: Jere Michael, Alex Chang
    Salt Lake Sr. B

    Samantha Cesario: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=100850&mode=I
    SP Music: "Fever" by various artists
    FS Music: Music from the Titanic soundtrack by James Horner
    Choreographer: Inese Bucevica
    Coaches: MaryLynn Gelderman, Jason Briggs
    Salt Lake Sr. B

    Alissa Czisny: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=100046&mode=I
    SP: TBD
    FS Music: Selections from the Gone with the Wind soundtrack by Max Steiner and Richard Clayderman
    Choreographer: Marina Zoueva
    Coaches: Jason Dungjen, Yuka Sato

    Rachael Flatt (currently listed in ISP) - bio not updated: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=100068&mode=I

    Junior Grand Prix (already assigned or * indicates they are currently listed as alternates):

    Yasmin Siraj: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101020&mode=I
    SP Music: "Flower Duet" from the Lakme Opera by Leo Delibes
    FS Music: Music from the Seven Years in Tibet soundtrack by John Williams (last year's)
    Coaches: Mark Mitchell, Peter Johansson
    Assigned to JGP Latvia

    Angela Wang: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=100824&mode=I
    SP Music: "A Beautiful Storm" by Jennifer Thomas
    FS Music: "Nights in the Gardens of Spain" by Manuel de Falla
    Choreographers: Tom Dickson (SP), Catarina Lindgren (FS)
    Coaches: Christy Krall, Damon Allen, Janet Champion
    Assigned to JGP Latvia

    *Hannah Miller: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101334&mode=I
    SP Music: Music from The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky
    FS Music: "Primavera" by Ludovico Einaudi
    Choreographer: Daniil Barantsev
    Coach: Kirsten Miller-Zisholz

    *Ashley Cain: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101025&mode=I
    SP Music: "Flamenko" by Flamenko Fire
    FS Music: "Ave Maria" by William Joseph (last year's)
    Choreographer: Scott Brown
    Coaches: Peter Cain, Darlene Cain

    *Leah Keiser: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101024&mode=I
    SP Music: Music from Carmen by Georges Bizet
    FS Music: Music from Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Choreographer: Phillip Mills
    Coaches: Tammy Gambill, John Nicks, Galina Barinova, Jon Nichols

    *Vanessa Lam - bio not yet updated with program music: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101153&mode=I
    Coaches and Choreographers: Doug Chapman, Diane DeLeeuw-Chapman

    *Polina Edmunds (J1): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101693&mode=I
    SP Music: "Pink Cherries Cha-Cha-Cha," "Besame Mucho" and "Another Cha-Cha" by Ballroom Orchestra
    FS Music: "Solveig's Song," "Morning" from Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg
    Choreographer: Marina Klimova
    Coaches: David Glynn, Nina Edmunds, Frank Carroll

    Mariah Bell (J2): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101331&mode=I
    SP Music: "Besame Mucho" by Consuelo Velazquez and "Malaguena" by Ernesto Lecuona
    FS Music: Music from the Titanic soundtrack by James Horner
    Choreographer: Cindy Stuart
    Coaches: Cindy Sullivan, Billy Schneider, Erik Schulz
    Assigned to JGP Mexico City

    *Barbie Long (J3): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101333&mode=I
    SP Music: "The Dying Swan" by Camille Saint-Saens
    FS Music: "Warsaw Concerto" by Richard Addinsell
    Choreographer: Tanith Belbin
    Coach: Susan Liss

    *Karen Chen (J4): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101483&mode=I
    SP Music: "Esperanza" by Maxime Rodriguez
    FS Music: Selections from the Miss Saigon soundtrack by Claude-Michel Schonberg
    Choreographers: Cindy Stuart (SP), Mark Pillay (FS)
    Coach: Tammy Gambill

    Amber Glenn (J5): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101510&mode=I
    SP Music: "Summertime" by Giovanni
    FS Music: "Who Wants to Live Forever" by David Garrett
    Choreographer: Ann Brumbaugh
    Coaches: Ann Brumbaugh, Ben Shroats

    Tyler Pierce (N1): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101702&mode=I
    SP Music: "Voices of the Forest" by Mramia
    FS Music: "Danse Macabre" by Camille Saint-Saens
    Choreographer: Cindy Stuart
    Coach: Tammy Gambill, Diane Kovacic

    Amy Lin (N2): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101704&mode=I
    SP Music: "Vortex" by Robert Longfield
    FS Music: "Carmen Suite" by Rodion Shchedrin
    Choreographer: Justin Dillon
    Coaches: Tammy Gambill, Jon Nichols, Galina Barinova

    Bradie Tennell (N3): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101703&mode=I
    SP Music: "Sozo" by Kitaro Kojiki
    FS Music: "Far and Away" and "The Chieftains" by John Williams, "Durango Suite" and "We're Getting Married" by Mark McKenzie
    Choreographer: Scott Brown
    Coach: Denise Myers, Sandi Delfs, Susie Wynne

    Listed in International Selection Pool (ISP); will be added to Reserve Team envelope if given an international assignment:

    Ashley Cain, Rachael Flatt, Vanessa Lam (see above for bio links)

    Kiri Baga (S13 - bio not yet updated with program music: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=100820
    Coaches: Mark Mitchell, Peter Johansson

    Morgan Flood (N4): http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101752&mode=I
    SP Music: "Music of the Night" from The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    FS Music: "The Mission" by John Williams
    Choreographer: Scott Brown
    Coaches: Aleksey Letov, Olga Ganicheva

    No bios: Madison Vinci (J6), coached by Rashid Kadyrkaev; Dyllan McIntee (J7); Brianna Laxson (J8), coached by Andrey Kryukov; Elizabeth Nguyen (N5), coached by Tammy Gambill.
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  2. Jun Y

    Jun Y Well-Known Member

    Madison Vinci:
    SP music: Cinema Paradiso soundtrack
    FS music: The Red Violin

    I'm a bit relieved to see Leah Keiser's programs being choreographed by Mills. Her previous years' programs by Lori Nichol were, eh, kind of unwatchable, cringe inducing.
  3. kwanatic

    kwanatic Well-Known Member

    This thread isn't the US ladies discussion thread is it? This is just for news and updates right?
  4. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    I thought news and updates usually generate discussion? ;)

    I'm hoping this thread will stay focused on the current season that's underway and anticipate that summer competition news/results/scores posted in the Kiss and Cry forum will be discussed here, along with any notable videos (there's always the Trash Can to re-hash past seasons' results, etc.).

    Scheduled to compete at the Glacier Falls Summer Classic in Anaheim, Calif. (SP is tonight) of those listed in the ISP are Hicks, Nagasu, Zhang (not sure if she will compete), Edmunds, Keiser, and McIntee in Senior.
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  5. AxelAnnie

    AxelAnnie Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the thread, Sylvia, and for compiling all that information. A treat to have it so easily accessible.

    Some interesting music choices. I can't figure out Agnes. Her music choices and her style of skating just never seem to gel for me, and I want to like her. But OTOH, I can't think of what kind of music would suit her. I also find that the cut of her skirts is not flattering. She seems like a big (athletic, un-waif-like) skater. I liked both of her programs the first year I saw her.
  6. kwanatic

    kwanatic Well-Known Member

    What happened to the awesome name for the thread?? "US Ladies [#8]: All the Pretty Warhorses" I was looking forward to that title :( Or are we still doing that one over in Trash Can?
  7. A.H.Black

    A.H.Black Well-Known Member

    All the Pretty Warhorses can wait, can't it? Many posters mentioned they wanted the Ladies thread on the "Great Skate Debate" page so that's where Sylvia put it.

    I am still wondering about a men's thread. We now have pairs, dance, and ladies going, but the men's has disappeared over the last several months.
  8. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

  9. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

    Since this is regarding news and updates. I'd read a twitter post on IN that a male skater was watching Alissa practice her LP and got goose bumps. I wonder what she will be striving for this season. She's the one top US lady w/o any major assignment. Actually, she has NO assignments! Since she is not going to the US Sr. B and doesn't appear to be doing any summer competitions, I doubt she'll be assigned to SA. It sounds like she'll have to do Ice Challenge, Golden Spin or something to get any notice from the USFSA in time for nationals. No?
  10. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

  11. Cloudy_Gumdrops

    Cloudy_Gumdrops New Member

    I can't wait to see Alissa's programs. Now that the US has three spots, I feel like I can root for her to make major teams again.
  12. euterpe

    euterpe Well-Known Member

    If Alissa wants to qualify for Sochi, she will have to do an International B in order to achieve the ISU minimum technical scores. Alissa also needs to qualify for US Nationals, which means she must do Regionals/Sectionals. What is most likely is that USFS will require her to do Regionals, then will send her to a B during the Sectionals time frame.
  13. modern_muslimah

    modern_muslimah Thinking of witty user title and coming up blank

    Re-post from Mirai Nagasu thread with link to her SP.

  14. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info. Do you happen to know what International B's are available during the Sectionals timeframe??
  15. euterpe

    euterpe Well-Known Member

    Ice Challenge is about the same time as US Sectionals.
  16. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Nagasu's James Bond medley FS as debuted at the Glacier Falls Summer Classic last night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuwD1P6Dt5k

    Courtney Hicks dominated the Senior Ladies competition at GF, winning both the SP (63.39) and FS (122.47), 185.86 total. Polina Edmunds was 2nd with 173.60 (56.37 SP, 117.23 FS), Mirai Nagasu 3rd with 158.99 (56.67 SP, 102.32 FS), and Franchesca Chiera 4th (51.34 SP, 103.88 FS).
  17. Jammers

    Jammers Well-Known Member

    I think Courtney is making a case for getting that 3rd spot for Sochi. The other girls better be on top of their game come Nationals.
  18. chipso1

    chipso1 Well-Known Member

    The other girls -- including Ashley and Gracie. Courtney's consistency and huge scores are mighty impressive. Nationals is going to be so exciting!
  19. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

    I think Courtney is doing a good job. I would like to see her with more control of her limbs and blades. If she gets that, she'll be Tonya 2.0 (which would be quite exciting to me)
  20. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    I think she is first making a case for that TBA spot at Skate America.
  21. Tesla

    Tesla Whippet Good

    The season is long. I hope she isn't peaking too soon.
  22. demetriosj

    demetriosj Well-Known Member

    Why 3rd?! Think Ashley and Gracie need to be on top of their game also!!
  23. jlai

    jlai Title-less

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  24. RD

    RD Well-Known Member

    Isn't Hicks still skating on the junior level internationally? Seems she is on a different timetable than, say, Nagasu.

    I think it would be a mistake to write Nagasu off at this point in time...she wasn't particularly impressive in 2009, either, until she suddenly showed up at 2010 Nationals...and the rest is history...
  25. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

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  26. Jammers

    Jammers Well-Known Member

    Mirai isn't the same skater she was back in 2009-2010. Plus there is much more depth in US Ladies now then entering the Olympic year in 2010.
  27. kwanatic

    kwanatic Well-Known Member

    This. Mirai won on nationals in 2008 and in 2009 she had a growth spurt and never really got back to form. So headed into the Olympic season we had never seen her at full strength. She struggled during the GP but had a phenomenal performance at nationals and she ended up winning that second spot. Nobody had ever seen that side of Mirai before and it was amazing.

    It's been nearly 4 years and we haven't really had a full glimpse of that brilliance since. I do not want to write Mirai off but at this point it just seems so unlikely that she will be able to do a 180 and magically begin performing the way she needs to in order to get herself back in the USFSA's good graces and earn the kind of score she needs to be considered for that spot. More and more skaters keep coming up behind her and she's just getting lost in the shuffle now. That's not one but two skaters who beat her soundly at the competition this weekend... And these are skaters who are still juniors internationally. As I said before she's not going to get any help when it comes to getting a leg up on the competition that's coming up behind her. From the looks of it she has a very very very long way to go to get herself where she needs to be and we already know the judges will do her no favors. I am pretty sure they would be much more inclined to choose Courtney or Polina over Mirai at this point. Mirai has had opportunity after opportunity to step up and be that top level skater...

    I almost feel like it's too little too late at this point :(
  28. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

    IIRC, Mirai competed alongside Flatt and Zhang at a September comp. in 2009 and scored 101 points. She went on to compete in '09 Cup of China and was so dinged with UR's she received around 93 points in the LP. So, I think even then, Mirai wasn't fully together in the Fall. We have to see. I acknowledge that she has to 'get it together' but she seems to want it and is committed. The problem though is going to be getting some credibility back from the USFSA and facing a deeper field of US ladies than in 2010. That means knocking it out of the park on the GP circuit and Nationals. She's committed (good) but there's less room for error (bad)
  29. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Polina Edmunds and Mariah Bell, the 2013 U.S. Junior gold & silver medalists, will make their respective JGP debuts in the 2nd JGP in Mexico City, Sept. 4-7. :)
  30. peibeck

    peibeck Simply looking

    I'd love to see Mirai with with Artunian to help with the jump technique, even if he would not be her full-time coach. I think he could help her with her under-rotation problems.