Jason Brown captures first-of-its-kind virtual figure skating event
With skaters competing at separate rinks across North America via video submissions, figure skating officially waded into the virtual sporting world on Friday night with the Peggy Fleming Trophy.
2014 Olympic team bronze medallist and 2015 U.S. champion Jason Brown turned in a stirring performance with “Melancholy” by Alexey Kosenko (choreographed by Rohene Ward) to capture the title in what was a hybrid event of competition-meets-exhibition.
Skaters taped their programs and sent them in for Friday’s broadcast, shown on US Figure Skating’s digital platforms. [View the event here.] While the event could prove as a testing ground for sanctioned ISU events – including the to-be-announced fall Grand Prix Series – skaters in the event were allowed to re-do their programs and submit their highest-quality skate.
Brown said “Melancholy” is one of two short programs he’s choreographed for the coming season. The Peggy Fleming Trophy, judged by a panel of remote officials, honed in on artistry and overall presentation. Brown was seamless in his performance, skated with his usual command of the ice and connection to the music.
Brown scored a 129.20 total in the three-minute, 30-minute program, a mix between the short program and free skate. He finished nearly nine points ahead of second-place skater Andrew Torgashev at 120.59. Timothy Dolensky placed third at 119.53.
In the mixed-gender event that featured 17 American skaters, 2018 Olympian Karen Chen came in seventh while former U.S. junior champion Courtney Hicks was sixth.
Other notables included: Tomoki Hiwatashi, the 2019 world junior champion, in fourth; Emmanuel Savary fifth; and Camden Pulkinen, also a former U.S. junior champ, 10th.
The way of the future?
Speaking to the Olympic Channel earlier this week, Brown said he could see the possibility of using virtual, digital-first events in lieu of in-person competitions if the COVID-19 pandemic persists.
“Unprecedented times call for unprecedented events,” said the Toronto-based skater, who trains under 1988 Olympic champion Brian Orser alongside two-time Olympic gold medallist Hanyu Yuzuru and 2018 silver medallist Evgenia Medvedeva.
Added Chen, who was fourth at Worlds in 2017: “Depending on how everything pans out, this format could potentially be implemented to other competitions,” she said. “However, I believe that there would have to be a significant amount of trial and error to find what not only works best for everyone, but also the fairest.”
2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
Broadmoor Skating Club congratulates our National Medalists!
Kate Finster (Northern Kentucky SC) and Balazs Nagy – 2020 Gold medalists in Junior pairs!
Winter Deardorff (Northern Kentucky SC) and Mikhail Johnson – 2020 Bronze medalists in Junior pairs!
Congratulations to the Broadmoor Skating Club’s 2020 National Team!
Courtney Hicks, Senior Ladies
Paige Rydberg, Senior Ladies
Camden Pulkinen, Senior Men
Emmanuel Savary, Senior Men
Andrew Torgashev, Senior Men
Nica Digerness & (Danny Neudecker), Senior Pairs
Tarah Kayne & (Danny O’Shea), Senior Pairs
Christopher Knierim & (Alexa Knierim), Senior Pairs
Bailey Melton & (Ryan O’Donnell), Senior Dance
Maryn Pierce, Junior Ladies
Sarah Burden & (Jake Pagano), Junior Pairs
Sydney Flaum & Alex Wellman, Junior Pairs
Evelyn Grace Hanns & (Jon Garbutt), Junior Pairs
Mikhail Johnson & (Winter Deardorff), Junior Pairs
Balazs Nagy & (Kate Finster), Junior Pairs
Isabella Flores & Adam Bouaziz, Junior Dance
Katie Holling, Intermediate Ladies
Ellie Kam, Intermediate Ladies
Note: Non-members are in parenthesis ().
2019 Junior Worlds
Good luck to TJ Nyman, Sarah Feng, Kate Finster and Balazs Nagy as they head to Junior Worlds!
We congratulate Camden on his selection to represent US in World Junior Championship! Skate Great!!!!
I am excited to announce I will be competing in my second Jr. World Championship, one month from now in Zagreb, Croatia. I am humbled by the opportunity and elated to be able to perform my programs one last time this season. See you soon Zagreb!❤️ #WorldJFigure @usfigureskating pic.twitter.com/OIW2uHzIhO
— Camden Pulkinen (@CamdenPulk) February 5, 2019
2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
Broadmoor Skating Club congratulates our National Medalists!
Kate Finster (Northern Kentucky SC) and Balazs Nagy – 2019 Silver medalists in Junior pairs!
Dimitry Tsarevski and Leah Neset (Magic City FSC) – 2019 Silver medalists in Intermediate dance!
Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim Win Silver at Golden Spin in Zagreb, Croatia
The Knierims were in third place going into the final segment and went on to win the free skate with 118.80 points. They finished with 182.82 total points to secure their second Challenger Series silver medal of the season.
Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea Win the Silver Medal at
TrophyInternationaux de France
Tarah and Danny won their first career Grand Prix medal, taking silver with 191.43 points. In the freeskate, Tarah and Danny earned 127.98 points. Congratulations!
Congratulations to 2019 National Championship Qualifiers
Emmanuel Savary Silver medalist Midwestern Sectional Senior Men
Alex Wellman Silver medalist Midwestern Sectional Junior Men
Balasz Nagy (Kate Finster) Silver medalist Midwestern Sectional Junior Pairs
Evelyn Grace Hahns (Kristofer Ogren) Pewter medalist Midwestern Sectional Pairs
Sarah Burden (Jake Pagano) Silver medalist Midwestern Sectional Novice Pairs
Campbell Young & Mikhail Gumba Pewter medalists Midwestern Sectional Novice Pairs
Dimitry Tsarevski (Leah Neset) Champions Midwestern Sectionals Intermediate Dance
Davis Ortonward (Romy Malcolm) Pewter medalists Pacific Coast Sectional Intermediate Dance
The rest of our National Team will be posted once official roster for 2019 US Nationals is announced.
Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim Win Bronze at NHK Trophy
Congratulations to Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim for winning the bronze medal at NHK Trophy this past week in Japan! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKTC0_roK_E
Upgrades to Olympic and NHL Rinks Audio System
The Broadmoor World Arena will be upgrading the sound systems in both the Olympic rink and the NHL rink throughout October 2018 and into early November 2018. The Broadmoor Skating Club contributed significantly to the cost of the new sound systems.
Annabelle Schneider-Farris Passes Her Last Two International Ice Dances and Earns Her 7th Gold Medal!
She now has earned gold medals in Senior Moves, Senior Solo Free Dance, Senior Free Skate, Senior Pairs, Gold Dance, Senior Free Dance, and has passed all 10 dances in the International Dance test which earned her a 7th Gold Medal. Her sister Rebekah has almost done the same thing: Rebekah has earned six gold medals in Senior Moves, Senior Pairs, Senior Solo Free Dance, Gold Dance, Senior Free Dance, and has also passed all 10 International dances completing the International Dance test.