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Karina Manta and Joe Johnson's joyful skating in vintage costumes made me smile on this New Year's Eve:

(posted Dec 31 🥂)​
 

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From USFS' Fan Zone Jan. 1st article - these 4 teams shared their New Year's resolutions for 2023:

Emily Bratti and Ian Somerville
Emily: My New Year's resolution is to cook more of my meals.
Ian: My New Year's resolution is to wake up earlier so I have more time to eat a substantial breakfast!

Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko
Christina: My New Year's resolution is to procrastinate less. I always wait until the last minute to do my schoolwork. Procrastinating less would make my life less stressful.
Anthony: My New Year's resolution is to cut the average time I use my phone daily by half. This will allow me to be more present and less dependent on my device.

Lorraine McNamara and Anton Spiridonov
[Our resolutions are to] go to bed earlier, drink less coffee, learn Italian (Lorraine) and explore new ways to volunteer/serve our community.

Eva Pate and Logan Bye
Logan's New Year's Resolution is to work-out on a more consistent basis to gain strength for both off-ice and on-ice training. Additionally, Eva wants to stay more active off the ice throughout the year. In their free time, Eva wants to read more of her book collection and Logan wants to spend more time learning another language, or picking back up with the French he learned from college. It's also Logan's resolution to take Eva out on more date nights at their favorite restaurants and spots around town.
 

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Cross-posting here and in the U.S. Nationals entries thread in the Kiss & Cry section:

Good news for Cara Murphy and Josh Levitt as announced by his club today: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cm6iTs6Lx68/
They have been notified that they will compete at Nationals (after having missed qualifying for the final spot, taken by Leah Krauskopf/YuanShi Jin, at the U.S. Ice Dance Final in November 2022 by less than 0.3 point!).

ETA: I assume they were invited to replace Cesanek/Yehorov and fill out the 15-team field.
 
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The US is sending the following teams to the Bavarian Open at the end of the month:

-Neset/Markelov in junior
-Sylvia Li/Rowan Le Coq in advanced novice (1st at the dance final, 1st in their international debut at Budapest Trophy)
-Julia Epps/Blake Gilman in advanced novice (they were 8th at in junior at the dance final, so I assume they're not age-eligible for junior internationally or else there was an error in what division they were placed in)

Full entries: https://bev-eissport.de/v2/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/EntriesBO2023-2.pdf
 

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The US is sending the following teams to the Bavarian Open at the end of the month:
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-Julia Epps/Blake Gilman in advanced novice (they were 8th at in junior at the dance final, so I assume they're not age-eligible for junior internationally or else there was an error in what division they were placed in)
I believe Julia is too young for ISU Junior this season so Adv. Novice is correct. Thanks for posting the link :) - have just created a competition thread in the Kiss & Cry section.

I expect Olivia Ilin/Dylan Cain will get their first opportunity to compete internationally in Adv. Novice at Egna Dance Trophy in Italy, Feb. 9-12, 2023 (entries are due by Jan. 11).

ETA:

Livvy Shilling has teamed up with Belgium's Léo Baeten - they are listed in the 2023 Bavarian Open Senior Ice Dance event (I've posted 3 clips in the Dance Hall thread): https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/th...a-samba-2022-2023.109753/page-45#post-6361493

Ryan O'Donnell, Shilling's partner last season, is touring with Disney on Ice in the U.S. now.
 
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12 Junior teams are listed in the 3 practice groups for 2023 Nationals - no longer listed are Anna Sophia O'Brien/Steven Wei (12th at the Final). Turns out O'Brien/Wei, coached by Kristin Fraser-Lukanin & Igor Lukanin, are listed to make their international debut for AZE at the Bavarian Open (just noticed this after I copied out the Junior teams in the 2023 Bavarian Open competition thread in Kiss & Cry) - here was the original list of 13 Junior teams for Nationals that was published on Nov. 21:
Junior Ice Dance
  • Anabelle Larson and Jonathan Young (U.S. Ice Dance Final)
  • Anna Sophia O'Brien and Steven Wei (U.S. Ice Dance Final)
  • Elliana Peal and Ethan Peal (bye)
  • Emma L'Esperance and Mika Amdour (U.S. Ice Dance Final)
  • Helena Carhart and Volodymyr Horovyi (bye)
  • Jenna Hauer and Benjamin Starr (bye)
  • Julia Epps and Blake Gilman (U.S. Ice Dance Final)
  • Juliette Shadid and Lucas Shadid (U.S. Ice Dance Final)
  • Kristina Bland and Matthew Sperry (bye)
  • Leah Neset and Artem Markelov (bye)
  • Michela Melillo and Sam Chen (U.S. Ice Dance Final)
  • Olivia Ilin and Dylan Cain (U.S. Ice Dance Final)
  • Vanessa Pham and Jonathan Rogers (bye)
 

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12 Junior teams are listed in the 3 practice groups for 2023 Nationals - no longer listed are Anna Sophia O'Brien/Steven Wei (12th at the Final). Turns out O'Brien/Wei, coached by Kristin Fraser-Lukanin & Igor Lukanin, are listed to make their international debut for AZE at the Bavarian Open (just noticed this after I copied out the Junior teams in the 2023 Bavarian Open competition thread in Kiss & Cry) - here was the original list of 13 Junior teams for Nationals that was published on Nov. 21:
Azerbaijan really does just give out opportunities to represent their nation to anyone, don't they? :rofl:
 

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I believe Julia is too young for ISU Junior this season so Adv. Novice is correct. Thanks for posting the link :) - have just created a competition thread in the Kiss & Cry section.

I expect Olivia Ilin/Dylan Cain will get their first opportunity to compete internationally in Adv. Novice at Egna Dance Trophy in Italy, Feb. 9-12, 2023 (entries are due by Jan. 11).
Following up, I found Epps/Gilman's birthdays here: https://www.ice-dance.com/site/profile-julia-epps-blake-gilman/ so they'll be ISU junior age eligible next season.

Ilin/Cain competed at the Bavarian Open last year, placing 4th in advanced novice, but it would be great if they get another international this season! They'll also be old enough for juniors internationally next season
Profile with birthdays: https://www.ice-dance.com/site/profile-olivia-ilin-dylan-cain/
Bavarian Open 2022: http://www.deu-event.de/results/BO2022/CAT014RS.HTM
 

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Ilin/Cain competed at the Bavarian Open last year, placing 4th in advanced novice, but it would be great if they get another international this season! They'll also be old enough for juniors internationally next season
Ah yes, I remember now - they went with the Peals (placed 7th in Junior). Thank you! :)

ETA - photo shared by Olivia's father/coach after Xmas featuring Ilin/Cain, Bratti/Somerville (home for the holidays) and Ling/Wein: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cmsbg7ErlTB/
 
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McNamara/Spiridonov FD photo (3rd is a podium pic of them receiving their "Adirondack Mac" mascot stuffie from Nathan Chen) taken by Zoë McCreary: https://www.instagram.com/p/CndPELMss_1/

Congrats also to Ling/Wein (6th) and Koncius/Shchepetov (7th) - international debut for the latter team (got the Worlds minimums in Lake Placid): https://www.instagram.com/p/CnU8iq6P2W3/

ETA that all the Senior & Junior teams scheduled to compete at Nationals all have the TES minimums for the 2023 ISU Championships (Ling/Wein just attained their FD minimum at the World University Games):

ICE DANCE 33/49 (3 spots for Worlds); 28/45 (4CC)
Emily BRATTI / Ian SOMERVILLEUSAISU GP Skate Canada International 202228/10/202241.20SISU GP Skate Canada International 202229/10/202261.37S
Oona BROWN / Gage BROWNUSAISU GP MK John Wilson Trophy 202212/11/202240.19SISU CS Budapest Trophy 202216/10/202258.39S
Christina CARREIRA / Anthony PONOMARENKOUSAISU GP Grand Prix Espoo 202225/11/202243.42SISU CS 54th Golden Spin of Zagreb 202210/12/202265.77S
Madison CHOCK / Evan BATESUSAISU World Championships 202225/03/202249.40SXXIV Olympic Winter Games 202214/02/202272.59S
Caroline GREEN / Michael PARSONSUSAISU Four Continents Championships 202220/01/202246.66SISU Four Continents Championships 202221/01/202267.41S
Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKERUSAISU GP Grand Prix Espoo 202225/11/202245.68SISU GP Skate America 202223/10/202269.39S
Raffaella Adele KONCIUS / Alexey SHCHEPETOVUSAWorld University Games Winter 202313/01/202334.33SWorld University Games Winter 202314/01/202354.93S
Angela LING / Caleb WEINUSAWorld University Games Winter 202313/01/202340.28SWorld University Games Winter 202314/01/202352.18S
Lorraine MCNAMARA / Anton SPIRIDONOVUSAISU CS U.S. International FS Classic 202214/09/202241.98S2022 Lake Placid Ice Dance International29/07/202262.94S
Eva PATE / Logan BYEUSAISU CS U.S. International FS Classic 202214/09/202242.05SISU CS 54th Golden Spin of Zagreb 202210/12/202263.66S
Katarina WOLFKOSTIN / Jeffrey CHENUSAISU CS Budapest Trophy 202214/10/202241.58SISU CS Budapest Trophy 202216/10/202261.19S
Emilea ZINGAS / Vadym KOLESNIKUSAISU CS 54th Golden Spin of Zagreb 202209/12/202242.46SISU CS 54th Golden Spin of Zagreb 202210/12/202263.96S

JUNIOR ICE DANCE 24/38 (3 spots for Jr. Worlds; I've removed Seniors Oona & Gage Brown and Wolfkostin/Chen from the table since they moved up internationally this season)
Kristina BLAND / Matthew SPERRYUSAISU JGP Solidarity Cup 202230/09/202232.35JISU JGP Solidarity Cup 202201/10/202244.03J
Helena CARHART / Volodymyr HOROVYIUSA2022 Lake Placid Ice Dance International28/07/202234.90JISU JGP Baltic Cup 202208/10/202245.39J
Jenna HAUER / Benjamin STARRUSAISU JGP Egna-Neumarkt 202213/10/202234.33JISU JGP Czech Skate 202203/09/202248.84J
Leah NESET / Artem MARKELOVUSAISU JGP Egna-Neumarkt 202213/10/202234.48JISU JGP Egna-Neumarkt 202214/10/202252.01J
Elliana PEAL / Ethan PEALUSA2022 Lake Placid Ice Dance International28/07/202230.54JISU JGP Baltic Cup 202208/10/202245.32J
Vanessa PHAM / Jonathan ROGERSUSAISU JGP Riga Cup 202209/09/202231.89JISU JGP Riga Cup 202210/09/202248.52J

ETA: I've added Bland/Sperry (thanks @ice coverage).
 
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McNamara/Spiridonov FD photo (3rd is a podium pic of them receiving their "Adirondack Mac" mascot stuffie from Nathan Chen) taken by Zoë McCreary: https://www.instagram.com/p/CndPELMss_1/

Congrats also to Ling/Wein (6th) and Koncius/Shchepetov (7th) - international debut for the latter team (got the Worlds minimums in Lake Placid): https://www.instagram.com/p/CnU8iq6P2W3/

ETA that all the Senior & Junior teams scheduled to compete at Nationals have the TES minimums for the 2023 ISU Championships:

ICE DANCE 33/49 (3 spots for Worlds); 28/45 (4CC)
Emily BRATTI / Ian SOMERVILLEUSAISU GP Skate Canada International 202228/10/202241.20SISU GP Skate Canada International 202229/10/202261.37S
Oona BROWN / Gage BROWNUSAISU GP MK John Wilson Trophy 202212/11/202240.19SISU CS Budapest Trophy 202216/10/202258.39S
Christina CARREIRA / Anthony PONOMARENKOUSAISU GP Grand Prix Espoo 202225/11/202243.42SISU CS 54th Golden Spin of Zagreb 202210/12/202265.77S
Madison CHOCK / Evan BATESUSAISU World Championships 202225/03/202249.40SXXIV Olympic Winter Games 202214/02/202272.59S
Caroline GREEN / Michael PARSONSUSAISU Four Continents Championships 202220/01/202246.66SISU Four Continents Championships 202221/01/202267.41S
Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKERUSAISU GP Grand Prix Espoo 202225/11/202245.68SISU GP Skate America 202223/10/202269.39S
Raffaella Adele KONCIUS / Alexey SHCHEPETOVUSAWorld University Games Winter 202313/01/202334.33SWorld University Games Winter 202314/01/202354.93S
Angela LING / Caleb WEINUSAWorld University Games Winter 202313/01/202340.28SWorld University Games Winter 202314/01/202352.18S
Lorraine MCNAMARA / Anton SPIRIDONOVUSAISU CS U.S. International FS Classic 202214/09/202241.98S2022 Lake Placid Ice Dance International29/07/202262.94S
Eva PATE / Logan BYEUSAISU CS U.S. International FS Classic 202214/09/202242.05SISU CS 54th Golden Spin of Zagreb 202210/12/202263.66S
Katarina WOLFKOSTIN / Jeffrey CHENUSAISU CS Budapest Trophy 202214/10/202241.58SISU CS Budapest Trophy 202216/10/202261.19S
Emilea ZINGAS / Vadym KOLESNIKUSAISU CS 54th Golden Spin of Zagreb 202209/12/202242.46SISU CS 54th Golden Spin of Zagreb 202210/12/202263.96S

JUNIOR ICE DANCE 24/38 (3 spots for Jr. Worlds; I've removed Seniors Oona & Gage Brown and Wolfkostin/Chen from the table)
Helena CARHART / Volodymyr HOROVYIUSA2022 Lake Placid Ice Dance International28/07/202234.90JISU JGP Baltic Cup 202208/10/202245.39J
Jenna HAUER / Benjamin STARRUSAISU JGP Egna-Neumarkt 202213/10/202234.33JISU JGP Czech Skate 202203/09/202248.84J
Leah NESET / Artem MARKELOVUSAISU JGP Egna-Neumarkt 202213/10/202234.48JISU JGP Egna-Neumarkt 202214/10/202252.01J
Elliana PEAL / Ethan PEALUSA2022 Lake Placid Ice Dance International28/07/202230.54JISU JGP Baltic Cup 202208/10/202245.32J
Vanessa PHAM / Jonathan ROGERSUSAISU JGP Riga Cup 202209/09/202231.89JISU JGP Riga Cup 202210/09/202248.52J
Cara Murphy & Josh Levitt are replacing Molly Cesanek & Yehor Yehorov. I'm not sure about their scores.
 

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Cara Murphy & Josh Levitt are replacing Molly Cesanek & Yehor Yehorov. I'm not sure about their scores.
The scores @Sylvia linked are from the ISU TES mins pages for Senior and Junior. Murphy/Leavitt have never competed internationally for the US, so they wouldn't be on that list, however Cesanek/Yehorov are because they have. ;)
 

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JUNIOR ICE DANCE 24/38 (3 spots for Jr. Worlds; I've removed Seniors Oona & Gage Brown and Wolfkostin/Chen from the table)
Helena CARHART / Volodymyr HOROVYIUSA2022 Lake Placid Ice Dance International28/07/202234.90JISU JGP Baltic Cup 202208/10/202245.39J
Jenna HAUER / Benjamin STARRUSAISU JGP Egna-Neumarkt 202213/10/202234.33JISU JGP Czech Skate 202203/09/202248.84J
Leah NESET / Artem MARKELOVUSAISU JGP Egna-Neumarkt 202213/10/202234.48JISU JGP Egna-Neumarkt 202214/10/202252.01J
Elliana PEAL / Ethan PEALUSA2022 Lake Placid Ice Dance International28/07/202230.54JISU JGP Baltic Cup 202208/10/202245.32J
Vanessa PHAM / Jonathan ROGERSUSAISU JGP Riga Cup 202209/09/202231.89JISU JGP Riga Cup 202210/09/202248.52J

Plus Kristina Bland/Matthew Sperry in Juniors.

Kristina BLAND / Matthew SPERRYUSAISU JGP Solidarity Cup 202230/09/202232.35JISU JGP Solidarity Cup 202201/10/202244.03J
 

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Hawayek and Baker have withdrawn from Nationals!


“After much consideration, we have decided to withdraw from the 2023 Toyota U.S. Championship

Over the past 18 months, our team has dealt with significant physical injuries that have led to challenges in our mental health & we feel it is in our best interest to prioritize this currently."(2/3) #USChamps23

We are grateful to have the collective support of our whole team behind this decision and cannot thank them enough. We will use this time to come back stronger with the intention to petition for a spot on the 2023 World Team.” (3/3) #USChamps23
 

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Noooooooooo I wanted to see them make gains against Chock/Bates. Yes I truly believe the could at least get their scores closer. But health does come first. I hope they come back strong for worlds!
 

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Not that Green/Parsons and Carreira/Ponomarenko are lacking in motivation before these championships, but with a silver medal on the line now, maybe there will be an extra fire lit under them. Like I said, G/P and C/P are both already hungry and this won't ultimately hurt Hawayek/Baker's rankings domestically, as H/B have earned an opportunity to miss a competition, IMO, but every little opportunity to place higher than expected can't help but add just a little more motivation.
 

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Not that Green/Parsons and Carreira/Ponomarenko are lacking in motivation before these championships, but with a silver medal on the line now, maybe there will be an extra fire lit under them. Like I said, G/P and C/P are both already hungry and this won't ultimately hurt Hawayek/Baker's rankings domestically, as H/B have earned an opportunity to miss a competition, IMO, but every little opportunity to place higher than expected can't help but add just a little more motivation.
In addition, I think we need to face the realistic chance that H/B will not be ready for the world team. 1st Alternate status will be very important.
 

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I’m sad I won’t get to see them at Nationals. I like both of their programs. As others have said, glad they are being transparent about their situation.

I’m sure with their petition to the world team there will be monitoring, so the young uns will need to be ready if needed.

Question: can another dance team now come to Nationals or is it too late?
 

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The scores @Sylvia linked are from the ISU TES mins pages for Senior and Junior. Murphy/Leavitt have never competed internationally for the US, so they wouldn't be on that list, however Cesanek/Yehorov are because they have. ;)
The scores @Sylvia linked are from the ISU TES mins pages for Senior and Junior. Murphy/Leavitt have never competed internationally for the US, so they wouldn't be on that list, however Cesanek/Yehorov are because they have. ;)
Thanks, I should have made a separate post about Murphy & Levitt being added to the Senior roster. I knew they hadn't done any international events. I just hadn't seen their addition posted. I'm happy for them since they missed the Final cutoff by such a small margin.
 

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Thanks, I should have made a separate post about Murphy & Levitt being added to the Senior roster. I knew they hadn't done any international events. I just hadn't seen their addition posted.
The publicly linked Practice Groups document has not been updated since December 7, 2022. We only know about Murphy/Levitt because their club posted the news on Jan. 2nd:
Good news for Cara Murphy and Josh Levitt as announced by his club today: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cm6iTs6Lx68/
They have been notified that they will compete at Nationals (after having missed qualifying for the final spot, taken by Leah Krauskopf/YuanShi Jin, at the U.S. Ice Dance Final in November 2022 by less than 0.3 point!).

ETA: I assume they were invited to replace Cesanek/Yehorov and fill out the 15-team field.
 

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The publicly linked Practice Groups document has not been updated since December 7, 2022. We only know about Murphy/Levitt because their club posted the news on Jan. 2nd:

The original USFS FanZone list of Nats qualifiers has been updated with the addition of Murphy/Levitt -- as well as the dance withdrawals.


(Off topic for this thread, but Junior Pairs has had three withdrawals: not only Smith/Deng, but also two other pairs.)

... Question: can another dance team now come to Nationals or is it too late?

I don't believe any other Senior teams have the required minimum scores for Nationals? Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

ETA from November 22, 2022:

Ohhhh ... Klara Kowar/Thomas Schwappach are missing the FS minimum for Nats by only 0.26.
And they do have the SP minimum.

They are coached by Ben Agosto and Katherine Hill.
I wonder whether there is any chance at all that USFS would let Kowar/Schwappach compete at Nats?

(I know that the pairs discipline in the U.S. has needed to rebuild this season, but USFS gave special dispensation to certain pairs to include them in 2023 Nats ... so it would be great if Kowar/Schwappach could be added in dance.)
 
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