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Re: Sports: Football, Baseball, Bball, Hockey, Etc. Vol. II
« Reply #570 on: November 05, 2018, 06:06:53 PM »

The third stop of the Grand Prix of Figure Skating is finished.

In the Ice Dance portion, Russians Alexandra Stepanova & Ivan Bukin claimed the gold.  Italians Charlene Guignard & Marco Fabbri won the silver.  In a surprise moment, Americans Lorraine McNamara & Quinn Carpenter won the bronze.  It is their first year competing on the senior circuit, so to win a medal on your debut season is a great thing.

In the Pairs competition, it was almost the same podium as the Ice Dance finish.  Russians Natalia Zabiiako & Alexander Enbert won the gold, and Italians Nicole Della Monica & Matteo Guarise took the silver.  A second Russian pair, Daria Pavliuchenko & Denis Khodykin took the bronze.  US pair Deanna Stellato-Dudek & Nathan Bartholomay managed to move up from last (8th) into 6th, but it was not a clean performance, and there was some glaring going on between the two, leading some to speculate that perhaps this pair may be thinking of splitting.

For the Men's competition, we had some drama.  The gold medal winner was Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu.  He is the current Olympic champion, but did not have a clean short program.  However, he was still placed first.  His long program was also considered "sloppy" for him (he had no falls, but quite a few titled air positions and step-outs from jumps), but he still took the gold.  The surprise performance was from Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic.  Michal is 28 and has been competing on the senior circuit for a while now.  The last time he qualified for the Grand Prix final was back in 2011.  From 2011 - 2018, his scores didn't qualify him to enter the Grand Prix Final.  This year, he won a silver medal at Skate America, and now a silver at Skate Finland.  He's now qualified for the Grand Prix final this year.  Junhwan Cha of Korea took the bronze.   American Alexei Krasnazhon was able to move up from 8th to 7th.

Finally, we have the ladies, and they had the same bit of drama the men did.  One of the competitors was Alina Zagitova of Russia.   She is the current Olympic Gold Medalist, and in her short program, she popped one of her jumps, turning her triple lutz- triple loop combo into a triple lutz-single loop.  She was still placed first.  Her long program contained no errors, but she was visibly bothered by the way she skated it, she felt she could've done better.  Stanislava Konstantinova (also of Russia) finished with the silver medal, giving Russia a double podium finish.  The most memorable skate when to the bronze medalist, Kaori Sakamoto.  Usually a very reliable skater, nerves got the better of her in the short program, and she fell twice, ending up in 7th place.  She pulled it together for the long program, and her scores would've placed her in second, but because she was so far down after the short program, she finished in third.   American  Angela Wang also was a victim of nerves.  She finished 9th after the short program, and ended up in last (11th) after the long.



The next stop (next weekend) is NHK Trophy (Japan).  Attendees are:


Ice Dance

Carolane SOUCISSE / Shane FIRUS   CAN
Shiyue WANG / Xinyu LIU   CHN
Gabriella PAPADAKIS / Guillaume CIZERON   FRA
Lilah FEAR / Lewis GIBSON   GBR
Misato KOMATSUBARA / Tim KOLETO   JPN
Anastasia SKOPTCOVA / Kirill ALESHIN   RUS
Tiffani ZAGORSKI / Jonathan GUERREIRO   RUS
Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN   UKR
Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER   USA
Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS   USA


Pairs


Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Michael MARINARO   CAN
Cheng PENG / Yang JIN   CHN
Laura BARQUERO / Aritz MAESTU   ESP
Miu SUZAKI / Ryuichi KIHARA   JPN
Natalia ZABIIAKO / Alexander ENBERT   RUS
Tarah KAYNE / Danny O'SHEA   USA
Audrey LU / Misha MITROFANOV   USA
Alexa SCIMECA KNIERIM / Chris KNIERIM   USA


Men


Kevin REYNOLDS   CAN
Matteo RIZZO   ITA
Hiroaki SATO   JPN
Shoma UNO   JPN
Sota YAMAMOTO   JPN
Deniss VASILJEVS   LAT
June Hyoung LEE   KOR
Dmitri ALIEV   RUS
Sergei VORONOV   RUS
Yaroslav PANIOT   UKR
Alexander JOHNSON   USA
Vincent ZHOU   USA



Women

Kailani CRAINE   AUS
Mae Berenice MEITE   FRA
Rika KIHIRA   JPN
Mai MIHARA   JPN
Satoko MIYAHARA   JPN
Eunsoo LIM   KOR
Maria SOTSKOVA   RUS
Elizaveta TUKTAMYSHEVA   RUS
Mariah BELL   USA
Courtney HICKS   USA
Angela WANG   USA

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Re: Sports: Football, Baseball, Bball, Hockey, Etc. Vol. II
« Reply #571 on: November 05, 2018, 06:43:04 PM »
Thanks for all the info on the skating. It is always very interesting.

Why does this Japanese skater always get the gold when he makes visible mistakes, and all the other skaters get points taken off for mistakes?
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Re: Sports: Football, Baseball, Bball, Hockey, Etc. Vol. II
« Reply #572 on: November 05, 2018, 06:56:18 PM »
Thanks for all the info on the skating. It is always very interesting.

Why does this Japanese skater always get the gold when he makes visible mistakes, and all the other skaters get points taken off for mistakes?

To be honest, he gets the gold because he deserves it most of the time.  he's really that good.  Because he's built up that reputation, judges may not mark his mistakes as harshly.

With the competition this past weekend, his long program was sloppy with some of the jumps, but he landed them all on one skate, and earned high points for that.

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Re: Sports: Football, Baseball, Bball, Hockey, Etc. Vol. II
« Reply #573 on: November 05, 2018, 07:11:52 PM »
Ok, thanks Chuck.
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Re: Sports: Football, Baseball, Bball, Hockey, Etc. Vol. II
« Reply #574 on: November 10, 2018, 04:24:11 PM »

The fourth stop of the Grand Prix of Figure Skating (NHK Trophy of Japan) is finished.

The Ice Dance portion is usually dominated by European pairs.  In this competion, however, that didn't happen.  The two Russian couples who competed were shut out from the medal podium.    Carolane Soucisse & Shane Firus of Canada took gold,     Shiyue Wang & Xinyu Liy of China won silver and Lilah Fear & Lewis Gibson of Great Britain won the bronze.   Out of 9 couples, the US finished 8th and 9th, so not a good competition for us there.

In the Pairs competition, a powerful, clean program by the Russian team of Natalia Zabiiako & Alexander Enbert gave them the gold.  Chinese pair of Cheng Peng & Yang Jin took the silver.  After a rough short program, the US team of Alexa Scimeca-Knierim & and her husband Chris Knierim rebounded and pulled themselves into 3rd place.

For the Men's competition, we had a mess.  Not one competitor was able to skate a clean program.  The eventual winner was Japanese skater Shoma Uno.  He was favored to win, and was a bit sloppy with his program, but today, being least sloppy lead to a gold medal.  Silver was awarded to Russian Sergei Voronov and bronze to Matteo Rizzo from Italy.  He won the first medal ever for Italy on the Grand Prix circuit.

Finally, we have the ladies, and they were everything the men weren't.  Almost all of the women skated cleanly, and we even saw history get made!   The gold medal winner was Rika Kihira from Japan.  She was in 5th after the short program.  Rika took the ice, and she skated a wonderful program packed with clean jumps, and even landed her attempt at the Triple Axel/Triple Toe loop combination.  She became the first woman to land that jump in competition on the senior level at international competition.  She immediately landed a second Triple Axel (as a solo jump) as well.  Silver was given to Satoko Miyahara, also of Japan, giving the host country a 1-2 finish in the ladies discipline.  Bronze went to Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia.   American Mariah Bell was in 8th place after the short program, and skated well enough to move up to 5th overall.


The next stop (next weekend) is Rostelecom Cup (formerly known as Cup of Russia).  Attendees are:


Ice Dance
                                                                        
1   Anna YANOVSKAYA / Adam LUKACS   HUN                                                           
2   Misato KOMATSUBARA / Tim KOLETO   JPN                                                           
3   Allison REED / Saulius AMBRULEVICIUS   LTU                                                           
4   Natalia KALISZEK / Maksym SPODYRIEV   POL                                                           
5   Sofia EVDOKIMOVA / Egor BAZIN   RUS                                                           
6   Annabelle MOROZOV / Andrei BAGIN   RUS                                                           
7   Alexandra STEPANOVA / Ivan BUKIN   RUS                                                           
8   Sara HURTADO / Kirill KHALIAVIN   ESP                                                           
9   Christina CARREIRA / Anthony PONOMARENKO   USA   

Pairs

                                                                     
1   Ekaterina ALEXANDROVSKAYA / Harley WINDSOR   AUS                                                        
2   Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER   AUT                                                        
3   Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE   ITA                                                        
4   Alisa EFIMOVA / Alexander KOROVIN   RUS                                                        
5   Daria PAVLIUCHENKO / Denis KHODYKIN   RUS                                                        
6   Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV   RUS                                                        
7   Ashley CAIN / Timothy LEDUC   USA                                                        
8   Deanna STELLATO / Nathan BARTHOLOMAY   USA   


Men

                                                                     
1   Brendan KERRY   AUS                                                           
2   Keegan MESSING   CAN                                                        
3   Morisi KVITELASHVILI   GEO                                                           
4   Paul FENTZ   GER                                                           
5   Yuzuru HANYU   JPN                                                           
6   Kazuki TOMONO   JPN                                                           
7   Julian Zhi Jie YEE   MAS                                                        
8   Artur DMITRIEV   RUS                                                           
9   Alexey EROKHOV   RUS                                                           
10   Mikhail KOLYADA   RUS                                                           
11   Alexander MAJOROV   SWE                                                           
12   Alexei KRASNOZHON   USA   


Ladies

    
1   Nicole SCHOTT   GER                                                           
2   Yura MATSUDA   JPN                                                           
3   Yuna SHIRAIWA   JPN                                                           
4   Mako YAMASHITA   JPN                                                           
5   Elizabet TURSYNBAEVA   KAZ                                                           
6   Eunsoo LIM   KOR                                                           
7   Sofia SAMODUROVA   RUS                                                           
8   Polina TSURSKAYA   RUS                                                           
9   Alina ZAGITOVA   RUS   5                                                        
10   Alexia PAGANINI   SUI                                                           
11   Karen CHEN   USA                                                           
12   Gracie GOLD   USA      

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Re: Sports: Football, Baseball, Bball, Hockey, Etc. Vol. II
« Reply #575 on: November 10, 2018, 08:20:29 PM »
For those who would like to see the historic performance by Japan's Rika Kihira, to the piece "Beautiful Storm", click the link below.

The Triple Axel-Triple Toe Loop and solo Triple Axel are her first two jumping passes.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIYz8n6otCc

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Re: Sports: Football, Baseball, Bball, Hockey, Etc. Vol. II
« Reply #576 on: Yesterday at 03:46:45 PM »
KC wins today over AZ, but not a pretty performance at all, IMHO, you understand!!?

One day (SOON!), the opposing team defense is going to run roughshod all over Patrick Mahomes....I can't believe it hasn't happened YET!! But it will. He was sacked, what, 4 times today, maybe 5? Most on 3rd downs too. Plus, KC has toooo many stoooopid penalties!

ok, nuff complaining from me!! They play the LA RAMS a week from Monday Night in Mexico City!! WTH?? I don't thing Mexico even PLAYS NFL style Football, or maybe any Football or what they might call Soccer there.......who can say? Does tRUMP know we're going there??
LOL....maybe he'll show up for the game........since we NOW know he watches Pro Sports at times too.......

It should be a good matchup.....I don't think I've even WATCHED the RAMS play this year......maybe they are on tonight? Seems like it...

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Re: Sports: Football, Baseball, Bball, Hockey, Etc. Vol. II
« Reply #577 on: Yesterday at 03:58:48 PM »
Saints are going like gangbusters!

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