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Plushenko Banned From Skating Competition

2006 gold medalist and 2010 silver medalist Evgeni Plushenko has been banned from all future ISU events because he participated in exhibitions in March and April without ISU approval.

This means Plushenko cannot skate in any ISU events, meaning the Olympics, European Championships or World Championships, as well as Grand Prix events. Plushenko had stated he intended to skate in Sochi, which brings up the question of whether this was a mere misunderstanding, or was Plushenko deliberately disobeying the ISU?

The Russian figure skating federation said there was a misunderstanding in the back and forth paperwork that always accompanies these exhibitions.

Plushenko has 21 days to appeal this ban, or else Sochi will be without perhaps its biggest star.

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Mao Asada Wins World Championship

March 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Japan’s Mao Asada had the 2nd best free skate, but it was good enough to win the Gold at the ladies figure skating championship. Defending olympic champion Kim yu-Na, who had been 7th after the short program, skated the best free skate to win the silver.

It was a disappointing finish for American Mirai Nagasu, who crumbled under the pressure of leading after the free skate and ended up finishing 7th. Rachael Flatt finished 9th. Because of their finishes, the US will only have 2 spots at next year’s World Championships.

For the full results, you can head over to Required Elements

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Mirai Nagasu Leads After Short Program

March 26, 2010 Leave a comment

In a surprise, Olympic champion Kim Yu Na finds herself in 7th after the ladies short program at the World Figure Skating Championships after having problems with a triple jump as well as problems with her spirals.

Just as surprisingly, it is American Mirai Nagasu who has taken advantage to take the lead after the short program. Her score of 70.40 points is five points better than her personal best, and gives her a precarious 2 point lead over Mao Asada of Japan.

Fellow American Rachael Flatt sits in 6th after a score of 60.88 points.

Nagasu finished 4th at the Olympics, and I tabbed her as the early favorite for Sochi in 2014. She’s already making that a possibility.

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Plushenko Wins After 3 Year Absence

October 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Even though he took some time off from competitive skating, Russia’s Yevgeny Plushenko proved that he still is the gold standard in men’s figure skating. The Russian won his home country’s Moscow Grand Prix in impressive fashion, showing off the most powerful jumps in the world, the same ones that helped him win the 2006 Gold medal in Torino. Athletically, Plushenko still has his A game, and at his best is unparalleled in that faced. While others, such as American Johnny Weir, who finished 4th in Moscow, will benefit from an increased emphasis on the sport’s elegance, Plushenko is still the man everyone is chasing.

Being that the tournament was in Moscow, how much of a hometown advantage was there in the scoring? It’s likely there was some inflating, but it is certain that come Vancouver, Plushenko will be gunning to be just the 2nd man ever to win 3 medals in men’s singles at the Olympics.

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Sasha Cohen To Miss Out On Paris

October 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Defending Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen has pulled out of the Grand Prix event in Paris due to tendinitis in her calf. She has not skated since the 2006 Worlds. Cohen has done competitive moves while she toured with Stars on Ice, but she has not done such moves for judges. Her next event will likely be Skate America, from November 12-15 in Lake Placid, New York. The US Championships to qualify for the Olympic team take place in January 2010.

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Kwan Won't Be In Vancouver

August 5, 2009 2 comments

It would have been a longshot for Michelle Kwan to win a gold medal in 2010 and fix the only blemish in her figure skating resume as it is, but she announced that she will instead be attending grad school at Tufts University. Kwan has made several trips for the state department recently and hopes that graduate school will advance her career in the field. Four years ago Kwan received a medical bye into the 2006 Torino Games, but had to pull out due to injury anyways. After a four year layoff Kwan probably wouldn’t have won a gold medal, and would have trouble even making the US team given the potential of some of the young skaters. Americans are ranked 8th 9th and 10th in the rankings and it’s tough to imagine Kwan as a top 10 skater right now.

The 29 year old will end her skating career with a silver in Nagano, a bronze in Salt Lake City and five world championships. Kwan also won 9 US titles, one more than Dorothy Hammill and Peggy Flemming combined. Although she will ultimately miss out on Olympic gold, she has plenty of good things in front of her. All the best.

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