Tag Archives: Winter Olympics

Evgeni Plushenko

28 Dec

Evgeni Plushenko is the 2013 Russian national men’s figure skating champion. Evgeni Plushenko has secured his 10th national figure skating championship.

 

Basic information on Evgeni Plushenko

Skating for: Russia

Date of birth: November 3, 1982 – Solnechny, Khabarovsk Krai, Soviet Union

Residence: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

Coach: Alexei Mishin

Choreographer: Pasquale Camerlengo, Kenji Miyamoto

Skating club: Yubileyny Sports Palace

 

 

History on Evgeni Plushenko major championships:

2002 Winter Olympics, Silver

2006 Winter Olympics, Gold

2010 Winter Olympics, Silver

World champion, 3 times

European champion, 7 times

Grand Prix Final Champion, 4 times

Russian national champion, 10 times

 

We wish Evgeni Plushenko a wonderful and successful 2012/2013 skating season.

 

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Daisuke Takahashi

26 Dec

Daisuke Takahashi is second at the 2013 Japanese Men’s Figure Skating Champion ships. With only 3 available spots on the Japanese Men’s world team and 6 strong competitors, Japan Nationals can be considered the most important competition for the men this season. Takahashi fell short in the short program, coming in second with more than 9 points behind Yuzuru Hanyu. Although Daisuke Takahashi came back and beat Hanyu for first in the long program, it was not enough to claim the champion title. Despite coming in 2nd, he has secured his spot for the 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships held in Takahashi’s current hometown and the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.

At the 2012-2013 Grand Prix Final, Daisuke Takahashi made history again as the first Japanese man to win a gold medal in the event, an addition to his previous accomplishment of being the first Japanese man to medal at the event in 2005.The 2012 Grand Prix Final took place in Sochi, Russia at the planned 2014 Winter Olympics rink. Takahashi placed first in the short program and third in the free skate and won his first GPF gold medal. He is also the first Japanese man ever to win a gold medal at the Grand Prix Final.

Daisuke Takahashi music selection for the 2012/2013 season:

Short program

Rock’n’Roll medley (Hard Times) by Noble “Thin Man” Watts

The Stroll by Lawson Haggart Rockin’ Band

Rudy’s Rock by Bill Haley & The Comets

Free skating

Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo

Exhibition

Primavera Porteña by Quint Elle composed by Ástor Piazzolla

Sweat by Snoop Dogg (David Guetta remix)

Daisuke Takahashi represented Japan at the 2006 Winter Olympics and at the 2010 Winter Olympics. His bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics was the first Olympic medal for Japan in the men’s singles event. He was also the first Asian man to win a World title at the 2010 World Championships, a two-time (2007, 2012) World silver medalist, a two-time (2008, 2011) Four Continents Champion, and a five-time (2006-2008, 2010, 2012) Japanese national champion.

Wishing Daisuke Takahashi a successful 2012/2013 skating season.

 

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Sochi

22 Dec

Sochi will host the XXII Olympic Winter Games and the XI Paralympic Winter Games in 2014. Sochi 2014 will be the most compact Winter Games in the history of the Olympic Movement. It will be possible to get from one venue to another in just a matter of minutes.

Sochi is a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, situated on the Black Sea coast near the border between Georgia and Russia. Sochi will host the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix from 2014 until at least 2020. Sochi is also one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

 

 

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Javier Fernández

22 Dec

Javier Fernández the 2012 Skate Canada champion was born April 15, 1991 in Madrid, Spain. Javier Fernández started his season at the 2012 Finlandia Trophy where he picked up the bronze medal. His first Grand Prix event was the 2012 Skate Canada. He won the gold medal, beating defending Skate Canada and World champion Patrick Chan. Fernández became the first Spaniard to win a gold medal in the Grand Prix series. He placed 4th at the 2012 NHK Trophy and qualified for the 2012–2013 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

In 2011 Javier Fernández Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, the 2010 and 2012 Spanish national champion, and represented Spain at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He became the first Spanish skater to win a Grand Prix medal when he won silver at the 2011 Skate Canada International and the first Spaniard to medal at a Grand Prix Final when he won bronze in 2011.

Javier Fernández selected the following music for the 2012/2013 season.

Short program:

The Mask of Zorro by James Horner

Free skating:

Charlie Chaplin medley

Wishing Javier Fernández a wonderful 2012 / 2013 skating season.

Patrick Chan

21 Dec

Patrick Chan (Patrick Lewis Wai-Kuan Chan) born December 31, 1990 is a 5 time Canadian figure skating champion.

Patrick Chan’s 2012 – 2013 season start. He started his season at the Japan Open where he finished 5th. His first Grand Prix event was the 2012 Skate Canada where he competed as the defending champion. Patrick Chan won the silver medal behind Spanish skater Javier Fernandez. He then competed in the 2012 Cup of Russia where he won the gold medal after placing first in both the short program and the free skate and collecting 262.35 points overall. Chan qualified for the 2012-2013 Grand Prix Final.

Patrick Chan’s 2012 / 2013 season music selections:

Short program: Elegie in E Flat Minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Free skating: La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini

Exhibition: ‘Til Kingdom Come by Coldplay

On April 27, 2011, Patrick Chan set a new world record of 93.02 points for the short program. On April 28, 2011, Patrick Chan then set a new world record for his free skate, receiving an overall score of 280.98. In recognition, Patrick Chan was named the recipient of the prestigious Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s top athlete. He is the 2011 & 2012 World champion, a two-time (2010 & 2011) Grand Prix Final champion, a two-time (2009 & 2012) Four Continents champion and a five-time (2008–2012) Canadian champion. At the 2010 Canadian Championships, he was nominated to represent Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics, where Patrick Chan placed fifth in the men’s event.

Wishing Patrick Chan a wonderful 2012/2013 figure skating season.

 

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