2002 Skate America

The 2002 Skate America was the first event of six in the 2002–03 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition series. It was held at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington on October 23–27. Medals were awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Skaters earned points toward qualifying for the 2002–03 Grand Prix Final. The compulsory dance was the Austrian Waltz.

2002 Skate America
Type:Grand Prix
Date:October 23 – 27
Season:2002–03
Location:Spokane, Washington
Venue:Spokane Arena
Champions
Men's singles:
France Brian Joubert
Ladies' singles:
United States Michelle Kwan
Pair skating:
Russia Tatiana Totmianina / Maxim Marinin
Ice dance:
Ukraine Elena Grushina / Ruslan Goncharov
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ResultsEdit

MenEdit

Reigning Olympic champion Alexei Yagudin withdrew with injury after the short program[1] in what became the final competition of his amateur career. Brian Joubert went on to win the event for his first international title.[2]

Rank Name Nation TFP SP FS
1 Brian Joubert   France 2.0 2 1
2 Alexander Abt   Russia 3.5 3 2
3 Matthew Savoie   United States 6.0 6 3
4 Zhang Min   China 6.0 4 4
5 Michael Weiss   United States 8.5 5 6
6 Emanuel Sandhu   Canada 9.5 9 5
7 Vakhtang Murvanidze   GEO 12.0 10 7
8 Derrick Delmore   United States 12.0 8 8
9 Sergei Davydov   Belarus 12.5 7 9
10 Kensuke Nakaniwa   Japan 15.5 11 10
WD Alexei Yagudin   Russia 1

LadiesEdit

Yukari Nakano and Ludmila Nelidina both landed a triple axel in their free skating, together becoming the first female skaters to perform the jump in international competition since Midori Ito landed it at the 1992 Winter Olympics.[3][4] Nakano landed it first and Nelidina, who skated after her, also performed it successfully.[5]

Rank Name Nation TFP SP FS
1 Michelle Kwan   United States 1.5 1 1
2 Ann Patrice McDonough   United States 5.0 6 2
3 Elena Liashenko   Ukraine 5.0 4 3
4 Jennifer Kirk   United States 6.0 2 5
5 Ludmila Nelidina   Russia 6.5 5 4
6 Viktoria Volchkova   Russia 8.5 3 7
7 Yukari Nakano   Japan 10.0 8 6
8 Júlia Sebestyén   Hungary 12.5 7 9
9 Miriam Manzano   Australia 13.0 10 8
10 Annie Bellemare   Canada 14.5 9 10
11 Zuzana Babiaková   Slovakia 17.0 12 11
12 Elina Kettunen   Finland 17.5 11 12

PairsEdit

Rank Name Nation TFP SP FS
1 Tatiana Totmianina / Maxim Marinin   Russia 1.5 1 1
2 Anabelle Langlois / Patrice Archetto   Canada 3.5 3 2
3 Pang Qing / Tong Jian   China 4.0 2 3
4 Zhang Dan / Zhang Hao   China 6.0 4 4
5 Yuko Kawaguchi / Alexander Markuntsov   Japan 7.5 5 5
6 Tiffany Scott / Philip Dulebohn   United States 9.0 6 6
7 Kathryn Orscher / Garrett Lucash   United States 10.5 7 7
8 Tatiana Chuvaeva / Dmitri Palamarchuk   Ukraine 12.0 8 8
9 Kristen Roth / Michael McPherson   United States 13.5 9 9

Ice dancingEdit

Rank Name Nation TFP CD OD FD
1 Elena Grushina / Ruslan Goncharov   Ukraine 2.0 1 1 1
2 Tatiana Navka / Roman Kostomarov   Russia 4.0 2 2 2
3 Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto   United States 6.0 3 3 3
4 Galit Chait / Sergei Sakhnovski   Israel 8.0 4 4 4
5 Melissa Gregory / Denis Petukhov   United States 10.0 5 5 5
6 Kristin Fraser / Igor Lukanin   Azerbaijan 12.0 6 6 6
7 Emilie Nussear / Mathew Gates   United States 14.0 7 7 7
8 Nozomi Watanabe / Akiyuki Kido   Japan 16.0 8 8 8
9 Josée Piché / Pascal Denis   Canada 18.0 9 9 9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PLUS: FIGURE SKATING; Yagudin Withdraws; Kwan Is Triumphant". The New York Times. 2002-10-27. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  2. ^ Injury forces Yagudin out of Skate America, threatens career
  3. ^ "ISU Bio: Yukari Nakano". Archived from the original on 17 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-18.
  4. ^ "ISU Bio: Ludmila Nelidina". Archived from the original on 2006-11-26. Retrieved 2007-06-18.
  5. ^ Mittan, Barry (2002-11-24). "Nelidina Becomes First European Woman to Land Triple Axel". GoldenSkate.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-06-18.

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