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Why are nearly all the French/Canadian female figure skaters (mostly in pairs) named Isabelle? I can name at least 4 w/in the last decade: Isabelle Duschenay, Bresseur, Pecheur (now la femme de Oivier Schoenfelder), Schoenfelder's present partner, Isabelle Delobel.

Is it requirement that to be a French ice dancer, you most be first named Isabelle? God, if Mr. Olivier is carryin several affairs with any and all of the Isabelles, then if he slips up, one Isabelle cannot say he was thinking of the other.

Do't get me started on the Elzabeths...

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Trophee Bompard Results

Men

1 Patrick CHAN CAN

2 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN

3 Alban PREAUBERT FRA

Ladies

1 Joannie ROCHETTE CAN

2 Mao ASADA JPN

3 Caroline ZHANG USA

Pairs

1 Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY GER

2 Maria MUKHORTOVA / Maxim TRANKOV RUS

3 Meagan DUHAMEL / Craig BUNTIN CAN

Ice Dance

1 Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER FRA

2 Federica FAIELLA / Massimo SCALI ITA

3 Sinead KERR / John KERR GBR

Next stop: Moscow for Cup of Russia

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Is any of this being broadcast on American TV?? I seriously want to watch some figure skating.

Skate America was broadcast live over the course of three or four days on NBC's Universal Sports channel. Check to see if you live in a market that has this channel.

http://www.universalsports.com

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Cup of Russia results

Men

1 Brian JOUBERT FRA

2 Tomas VERNER CZE

3 Alban PREAUBERT FRA

Ladies

1 Carolina KOSTNER ITA

2 Rachael FLATT USA

3 Fumie SUGURI JPN

Pairs

1 Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG CHN

2 Yuko KAWAGUCHI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS

3 Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Stanislav MOROZOV UKR

Ice Dance

1 Jana KHOKHLOVA / Sergei NOVITSKI RUS

2 Oksana DOMNINA / Maxim SHABALIN RUS

3 Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE USA

one more to go.. off to Tokyo for the 2008 NHK Trophy

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NHK Trophy Results

Men

1 Nobunari ODA JPN

2 Johnny WEIR USA

3 Yannick PONSERO FRA

Ladies

1 Mao ASADA JPN

2 Akiko SUZUKI JPN

3 Yukari NAKANO JPN

Pairs

1 Qing PANG / Jian TONG CHN

2 Rena INOUE / John BALDWIN USA

3 Jessica DUBE / Bryce DAVISON CAN

Ice Dance

1 Federica FAIELLA / Massimo SCALI ITA

2 Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZAT FRA

3 Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES USA

Off to Goyang City, Korea for the qualified skaters for the ISU Grand Prix Final

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At the finals in Goyang, KOR, the only US entries are in the Men's and Dance:

(So, possibly 1 US medal in the men's. I'm surprised Daisuke, the top Japanese male didn't make it...)

Patrick CHAN (CAN)

Takahiko KOZUKA (JPN)

Johnny WEIR (USA)

Brian JOUBERT (FRA)

Jeremy ABBOTT (USA)

Tomas VERNER (CZE)

In dance, there are:

Isabelle DELOBEL & Olivier SCHOENFELDER (FRA)

Oksana DOMNINA & Maxim SHABALIN (RUS)

Federica FAIELLA & Massimo SCALI (ITA)

Jana KHOKHLOVA & Sergei NOVITSKI (RUS)

Meryl DAVIS & Charlie WHITE (USA)

Tanith BELBIN & Benjamin AGOSTO (USA)

So, it'll at least be a FRA /USA/RUS tandem for the medals.

1st x in history, no US women in finals. The Chinese, Russians and the German pair will split the pairs event.

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Some results from Goyang City, Korea, site of the this year's Grand Prix final:

MEN'S: Jeremy Abbott pulls an upset over the Japanese guy. Johnny Weir comes in 3rd. Joubert does not place.

ICE DANCE: French couple take gold but... Tanith Belbin and Agosto WITHDREW after the Original Dance portion -- and they were #1 at that point. Could only have been a bad injury.

PAIRS: 2 Chinese couples dethrone the German pair.

Next stop: Los Angeles for the World's in Feb or March?

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This topic hasn't been updated for a while. The next international figure skating event is a VANCOUVER 2010 test event: the 2009 ISU Four Continents figure skating event from February 2 to 8. Here is the link to the official website: 2009 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver (2010 Winter Olympics Host City)

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It will be interesting on how the event goes because these figure skaters have the potential to represent their countries at the Winter Olympics at the very venue the Olympic medals will be contested. However, it is funny that the ISU hasn't put up the entries to the event yet.

By the way, baron, the World Championships are usually held in March, like the junior counterpart.

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Final results of the 2009 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

Men:

1. Patrick Chan (CANADA) -> 249.19 points

2. Evan Lysacek (USA) -> 237.15 points

3. Takahiko Kozuka (Japan) -> 221.76 points

Ladies:

1. Yu-Na Kim (Korea) -> 189.07 points

2. Joannie Rochette (CANADA) -> 183.91 points

3. Mao Asada (Japan) -> 176.52 points

Pairs:

1. Qing PANG/Jian TONG (China) -> 194.94 points

2. Jessica Dube/Bryce Davison (CANADA) -> 185.62 points

3. Dan & Hao ZHANG (China) -> 174.98 points

Ice Dance:

1. Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA) -> 192.39 points

2. Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CANADA) -> 191.81 points

3. Emily Samuelson/Evan Bates (USA) -> 180.79 points

Next event is the ISU World JUNIOR Figure Skating Championships at Sofia, Bulgaria, from February 23rd to March 1st.

Link: 2009 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships at Sofia, Bulgaria

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Ice Dance:

1. Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA) -> 192.39 points

2. Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CANADA) -> 191.81 points

3. Emily Samuelson/Evan Bates (USA) -> 180.79 points

How interesting that Davis-White beat Virtue-Moir. Obviously the 2 couples are closely matched but from the little I ahve seen of both, I think Virtue-Moir have such style. But they may not have a good program this year, and Davis-White (who were junior champions) may have really improved this year also. Of course, if Agosto and Schoenfelder are healthy for Los Angeles, then the medal hunt will be between Belbin-Agosto, Delobel-Schoenfelder, the Russian couple, and Virtue-Moir. One of those will be left out in Los Angeles.

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In related news the city of Greensboro, North Carolina was named as host of the 2011 US Figure Skating Championships beating out Kansas City, Missouri.

Here's their logo

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Interesting. Well, it had to be an East Coast location as they haven't had it there in awhile.

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Interesting. Well, it had to be an East Coast location as they haven't had it there in awhile.

the last east coast hosting was atlanta in 2004. missouri on the other hand just had it in 2006 in st. louis.

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US Figure Skating Championships Host (since 1980)

2011 Greensboro, NC

2010 Spokane, WA

2009 Cleveland, OH

2008 St. Paul, MN

2007 Spokane, WA

2006 St. Louis, MO

2005 Portland, OR

2004 Atlanta, GA

2003 Dallas, TX

2002 Los Angeles, CA

2001 Boston, MA

2000 Cleveland, OH

1999 Salt Lake City, UT

1998 Philadelphia, PA

1997 Nashville, TN

1996 San Jose, CA

1995 Providence, RI

1994 Detroit, MI

1993 Phoenix, AZ

1992 Orlando, FL

1991 Minneapolis, MN

1990 Salt Lake City, UT

1989 Baltimore, MD

1988 Denver, CO

1987 Tacoma, WA

1986 Uniondale, NY

1985 Kansas City, MO

1984 Salt Lake City, UT

1983 Pittsburgh, PA

1982 Indianapolis, IN

1981 San Diego, CA

1980 Atlanta, GA

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US Figure Skating Championships Host (since 1980)

2011 Greensboro, NC

2010 Spokane, WA

2009 Cleveland, OH

2008 St. Paul, MN

2007 Spokane, WA

2006 St. Louis, MO

2005 Portland, OR

2004 Atlanta, GA

2003 Dallas, TX

2002 Los Angeles, CA

2001 Boston, MA

2000 Cleveland, OH

1999 Salt Lake City, UT

1998 Philadelphia, PA

1997 Nashville, TN

1996 San Jose, CA

1995 Providence, RI

1994 Detroit, MI

1993 Phoenix, AZ

1992 Orlando, FL

1991 Minneapolis, MN

1990 Salt Lake City, UT

1989 Baltimore, MD

1988 Denver, CO

1987 Tacoma, WA

1986 Uniondale, NY

1985 Kansas City, MO

1984 Salt Lake City, UT

1983 Pittsburgh, PA

1982 Indianapolis, IN

1981 San Diego, CA

1980 Atlanta, GA

Isn't it funny how New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Wash, DC have ever hosted it? It's all the Tier B and C cities.

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i wouldn't say Boston and LA are second tier cities. Washington D.C. hosted the bigger events which was Worlds in 2003. NYC, Chicago hosted way, way back. the closes hosting to SF was Berkeley but the Oakland Worlds of 1992 was a joint SF-Oakland hosting.

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Final results from the World Junior Figure Skating Championships at Bulgaria.

Men:

1. Adam Rippon (USA) -> 222 points

2. Michal Brezina (Czech Republic) -> 204.88 points

3. Artem Grigoriev (Russia) -> 184.40 points

Ladies:

1. Alena Leonova (Russia) -> 157.18 points

2. Caroline Zhang (USA) -> 154.67 points

3. Ashley Wagner (USA) -> 153.57 points

Pairs:

1. Lubov Iliushechkina/Nodari Maisuradze (Russia) -> 144.32 points

2. Anastasia Martiusheva/Alexei Rogonov (Russia) -> 138.59 points

3. Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir (USA) -> 137.47 points

Ice Dance:

1. Madison Chock/Greg Zuerlein (USA) -> 172.55 points

2. Maia & Alex Shibutani (USA) -> 162.15 points

3. Ekaterina Riazanova/Jonathan Guerreiro (Russia) -> 161.80 points

Well, Los Angeles is next and final event of the season: Official 2009 World Figure Skating Championships Website Here.

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