2021 U.S. International FS Classic, Sept. 15-19, Norwood, MA (with Novice & Junior Challenge Skate)


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Event info page with preliminary schedule ("Times TBA") & ticket info: https://www.usfigureskating.org/event/2021-us-international-figure-skating-classic

"Participant Infomation" (link) is not updated - initial entries for this Senior B were published on August 26:
Since then Tennell and Hawayek/Baker have withdrawn (both on 9/1) and Camden Pulkinen (9/8) and Maxine Marie Bautista (8/27) have been added on USFS' International Assignments page.

"The U.S. International Classic will be streamed live on Peacock Premium. The U.S. Challenge Skate will be streamed live for free on the U.S. Figure Skating Fan Zone."

I'll post more info on the U.S. Novice & Challenge Skate (national/domestic invitational) later.
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Frau Muller

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It should be easier to juggle this & the JGP Krasnoyarsk (Siberia) time zones. Not sure yet about possible overlaps with the CS in Canada, though.


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Frau Muller

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Here's a schedule from the Fan Zone web site:

Note: This schedule has the men's event on Thursday night starting at 7:25 whereas the tentative schedule has it starting an hour later. Hope the FanZone time is correct.

I was actually hoping that it would be 8:25pm, to ensure that Women’s SPs event would be over in Canada, but I think that the FanZone’s Time is right. These overlaps are not good.


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Event info page updated today (9/14) with latest entries & competition schedule (also updated 9/15):

MEN (11 10)
Michal Brezina (CZE)
Alexei Bychenko (ISR) WD - no longer listed on Wed. 9/15
Mark Gorodnitsky (ISR)
Daniel Samohin (ISR)
Donovan Carrillo (MEX)
Christopher Caluza (PHI)
Jimmy Ma (USA)
Maxim Naumov (USA)
Camden Pulkinen (USA)
Eric Sjoberg (USA)
Dinh Tran (USA)

Katherine Ona (ECU) - can't find any info on her
Tara Prasad (IND)
Taylor Morris (ISR)
Yeonjeong Park (KOR)
Jocelyn Hong (NZL) WD - no longer listed on Wed. 9/15
Alexandra Trusova (RUS)
Maxine Bautista (USA) - added recently
Gabriella Izzo (USA)
Paige Rydberg (USA)
Sierra Venetta (USA)

Chantelle Kerry and Andrew Dodds (AUS)
Shira Ichilov and Laurent Abecassis (ISR)
Mariia Nosovitskaya and Mikhail Nosovitskiy (ISR)
Maxine Weatherby and Temirlan Yerzhanov (KAZ)
Yura Min and Daniel Eaton (KOR)
Jenna Hertenstein and Damian Binkowski (POL)
Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin (RUS)
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (USA)
Lorraine McNamara and Anton Spiridonov (USA)
Eva Pate and Logan Bye (USA)

Schedule (updated 9/15/21; all times Eastern)

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021
8:20 PM Men's Short Program

Friday, Sept. 17, 2021
4:00 PM Senior Rhythm Dance
6:00 PM Senior Women's Short Program
7:41 PM Senior Men's Free Skate

Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021
6:00 PM Senior Free Dance
7:57 PM Senior Women's Free Skate

NOTE: Schedule is subject to change.

U.S. International Classic starting orders/results page (currently empty): https://ijs.usfigureskating.org/leaderboard/results/2021/30212/index.asp


U.S. Novice & Junior Challenge Skate starting orders/results page (ETA updated on Wednesday): https://ijs.usfigureskating.org/leaderboard/results/2021/30181/index.asp

Novice Men SP starting order (Thursday 10 am Eastern start time)
1 Tao MacRae, All Year FSC
2 Solomon Bristol, Wagon Wheel FSC
3 Jack Liu, SC of Boston
4 Samuel Eckenroed, Dallas FSC
5 Aleksandr Fegan, SC of New York
6 Jared Sedlis, SC of Boston
7 Michael Chapa, Shattuck - St. Marys
8 Lucius Kazanecki, North Jersey FSC
9 Andriy Kratyuk, Portland ISC
10 Carter Griffin, All Year FSC
11 Antonio Monaco, Scott Hamilton SC
12 Patrick Blackwell, Warwick Figure Skaters

Novice Women SP starting order (Thursday 12:15 Eastern start time):
1 Giselle Graves, SC of Boston
2 Cindy Lin, Centennial Park FSC West Valley City, UT
3 Lilah Gibson, Columbus FSC
4 Phattaratida Kaneshige, Broadmoor SC
5 Elyce Lin-Gracey, Pasadena FSC
6 Athena Huang, Pasadena FSC
7 Lauren Jeong, Finer Edge FSC
8 Lindsey Byer, Jersey Coast FSC
9 Cayetana Gonzalez, SC of New York
10 Phoebe Stubblefield, Broadmoor SC
11 Julianna Farrell, IceWorks SC
12 Ava Roy, Go4Gold Shakopee Skating Academy
13 Jiaying Johnson, DuPage FSC
14 Kassandra Olejniczak, DuPage FSC
15 Gabriela Summer Panaligan, Ice House Of New Jersey FSC
16 Annika Chao, Portland ISC
17 Claire Kroell, Denver Colorado FSC
18 Amy Cui, Academy at Mitchell Johansson Method

Novice Pattern Dance - Westminster Waltz starting order (Saturday 9:30 am Eastern start time):
1 Catherine Cummings, Carolinas FSC / Alexander Cummings, Carolinas FSC
2 Meghan Dugan, SC of Boston / Jonathan Young, SC of Boston
3 Michela Melillo, Connecticut Skating Academy / Sam Chen, Blue Edge FSC of Connecticut
4 Sylvia Li, North Jersey FSC / Rowan Le Coq, SC of New York
5 Annelise Stapert, ION FSC / Maxim Korotcov, ION FSC
6 Olivia Ilin, Washington FSC / Dylan Cain, Washington FSC
7 Reese Moore, University of Delaware FSC / Charley Steen, University of Delaware FSC
8 Anna Sophia OBrien, North Jersey FSC / Steven Wei, All Year FSC
9 Michelle Deych, Detroit SC / Wiles Middlekauff, Arctic FSC
10 Xinyu Chen, SC of Boston / Jack Liu, SC of Boston

Junior Rhythm Dance starting order (Saturday 10:45 am Eastern start time):
1 Caroline Mullen, ION FSC / Brendan Mullen, ION FSC
2 Anabelle Larson, SC of Florida / Lucas Appel, Panthers FSC
3 Vanessa Pham, SC of Houston / Jonathan Rogers, Texas Gulf Coast FSC
4 Kristina Bland, Detroit SC / Matthew Sperry, SC of Northern Virginia
5 Olivia Dietrich, Washington FSC / Eduard Pylypenko, All Year FSC
6 Helena Carhart, Florida Everblades FSC / Volodymyr Horovyi, Florida Everblades FSC
7 Jenna Hauer, All Year FSC / Benjamin Starr, Charter Oak FSC
8 Elliana Peal, Scott Hamilton SC / Ethan Peal, Scott Hamilton SC

Junior Women SP starting order (Saturday 12:10 pm Eastern start time):
1 Lilly Mills, SC of New York
2 Ria Basu, DuPage FSC
3 Bailey Onixt, Skokie Valley SC
4 Brynn Roberts, FSC Of Park City
5 Lianna OGrady, Skokie Valley SC
6 Violeta Ushakova, SC of New York
7 Sarah Everhardt, Washington FSC
8 Gwen Bloesch, SC Of Southern New Jersey
9 Alena Budko, Winterhawks FSC
10 Elsa Cheng, Skokie Valley SC
11 Abigail Ross, Wasatch FSC
12 Isabelle Inthisone, Los Angeles FSC
13 Hazel Collier, SC of Boston
14 Hannah Lofton, Skokie Valley SC
15 Adele Zheng, DuPage FSC
16 Josephine Lee, All Year FSC (8th at JGP Courchevel #2; link to 9/14 Fan Zone article)

Junior Men SP starting order (Saturday 3:00 pm Eastern start time):
1 Zachary Yaninek, Peaks FSC
2 Taira Shinohara, Chicago FSC
3 Luke Wang, SC of Wilmington
4 Alexander Liu, Dallas FSC
5 Robert Yampolsky, North Jersey FSC
6 Gabriel Martinez, Skokie Valley SC
7 Beck Strommer, Alpine SC
8 Bryan Lehmann, North Star FSC
9 Samuel Mindra, Portland ISC
10 Jonathan Hildebrandt, SC of Boston
11 Philip Baker, SC of Boston
12 Maxim Zharkov, Dallas FSC (4th at JGP Courchevel #2)
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Does this mean that there’s no way for people outside of the USA to watch?
Looks that way, unfortunately - this also was the case when Icenetwork livestreamed the U.S. Classic from Salt Lake City (usually some videos did appear on YT afterwards...).

I've updated my post #6 above with today's updated event schedule start times; Bychenko and NZL's Jocelyn Hong (she placed 4th at the Middle Atlantics club comp. in NYC this past weekend and is scheduled to compete at Nebelhorn Trophy next week) have WD and practice groups are linked at the bottom of USFS' event page on their website: https://www.usfigureskating.org/event/2021-us-international-figure-skating-classic
I've also copied out all the starting orders for the U.S. Novice & Junior Challenge Skate.
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Frau Muller

From Puerto Rico…With Love!
I see that Morisi Kvitelashvili (GEO) isn’t here...was on the initial list, referenced at the top of this thread. So it’s just Trusova and Davis/Smolkin here from Team Eteri.


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I plan to make some videos but I don't know if Youtube or NBC specifically will block them right away and delete channels who dare to share that stuff, so I think I will switch to the ok.ru website and the Figure skating videos forum
There are other platforms besides the ok.ru website. I've seen links to Rumble popping up more frequently.


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Senior Men Start Order is up!

Group 1
1 Michal Brezina CZE
2 Eric Sjoberg USA
3 Dinh Tran USA
4 Mark Gorodnitsky ISR
5 Jimmy Ma USA
Group 2
6 Daniel Samohin ISR
7 Christopher Caluza PHI
8 Donovan Carrillo MEX
9 Maxim Naumov USA
10 Camden Pulkinen USA


Rooting for underdogs!
Does anyone ever bother understanding the lyrics?
Guess not? ;) It didn't bother me (I happen to like the song/melody and don't know the lyrics without looking them up.)

Challenge Skate Novice Men SP results/link to protocols: https://ijs.usfigureskating.org/leaderboard/results/2021/30181/CAT002SEG003.html

Novice Ladies (Women) SP warming up now - starting orders/results: https://ijs.usfigureskating.org/leaderboard/results/2021/30181/CAT001SEG005.html
It's a particularly strong first group (in terms of ambitious jump content - up to 3Lz for many of them).

Livestream is linked from here: https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/watch/

ETA: Garrett Lucash is the coach with Giselle Graves.
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Did the stream for Novice Ladies cut off for anyone else? Now I can’t find it in the fanzine. They went away for a resurface and never came back!


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Did the stream for Novice Ladies cut off for anyone else? Now I can’t find it in the fanzine. They went away for a resurface and never came back!
A "Novice Ladies SP Stream 2" (1:54 pm ET) has appeared and is now showing the final group.


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I will go with 'I just died in your arms tonight' than with ANOTHER 'In this Shirt' 'To Built a Home'
I just googled the lyrics for "I just died in your arms tonight" and they seem pretty innocuous to me. I think if we want to avoid all current songs having anything to do with heartache, romantic love, affairs, etc., we won't end up with very much to choose from.


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I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight is about an orgasm. Little death = orgasm. The lyrics "Ooh, aah, I just died in your arms". Come on people.

This was written by Cutting Crew lead singer Nick Van Eede, who told Songfacts it was inspired by a real relationship. Says Nick: "Yes, I cannot tell a lie. It's a song written about my girlfriend (who is actually the mother of my daughter). We got back together for one night after a year apart and I guess there were some fireworks but all the time tinged with a feeling of 'should I really be doing this?' Hence the lyric, 'I should have walked away.'

I just have issues with this at a novice level. It crossed the line for sexualization of children and programs. I don't want to be a prude but this was a line.
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Hey, Kool-Aid!
I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight is about an orgasm. Little death = orgasm. The lyrics "Ooh, aah, I just died in your arms". Come on people.

I just have issues with this at a novice level. It crossed the line for sexualization of children and programs. I don't want to be a prude but this was a line.
You know I am old enough to have had my share of orgasms and have never described them or heard them described as "little death". I think you are reaching.


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Full replay: https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/watch/?Archive=2581
For anyone wondering, Andriy Kratyuk skated to THAT song :D (kept it from last season).

Novice Ladies (Women) SP results/link to protocols: https://ijs.usfigureskating.org/leaderboard/results/2021/30181/CAT001SEG005.html
Replay (first 2 groups): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/watch/?Archive=2582
SP winner Elyce Lin-Gracey (52.73), who qualified for USFS' ISP at the Novice level, skates at the 28-min. mark in the first group.
Part 2 (3rd group): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/watch/?Archive=2583

I'll create a PBP thread for the Men's SP before the event starts (listed as 8:20 pm ET on the Results page):


Hey, Kool-Aid!
At the point a kid is aware that is what that means, I think they're old enough to hear the song.
I used to have a Soft Cell album that I played and sang along to until the album warped. And it wasn't until much later I realised just how sexually explicit it was. I remember making a tape of it and on a road trip asking my aunt and uncle to play it and the shocked looks they had at the time made so much more sense when on that album there was actually an orgasm and they weren't hiding it :lol:


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Urban Dictionary definition of little death

I am now wondering if this is a generation thing. :lol:
That phrase (at least the French version), with that meaning, has been around a lot longer than the Urban Dictionary. I guess I'm giving away a guilty pleasure here re: reading material, but I've seen it used in very old novels (not just current romances set in historical periods).

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