NHK Trophy 2009

The 2009 NHK Trophy is part of the Figure Skating Grand Prix competition of the 2009–2010 figure skating season. It is the fourth event of six in the series, a senior-level international invitational competition series. Skaters will earn points towards qualifying for the 2009–2010 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

The figure skating grand prix events are important for figure skaters since for most countries they are part of the selection process for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

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The 2009/2010 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating continues with the NHK Trophy in Nagano, Japan November 6 to 8. The skaters compete for a global prize money of US $ 180, 000 per individual event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating and receive points according to their placements. The top six skaters/couples of the series will proceed to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Tokyo, Japan.

This week, a couple of skaters are entering their first Grand Prix event of the season while others are fighting for a ticket to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in December.

The Men’s event promises to be highly competitive. 2009 European Champion Brian Joubert (FRA) wants to rally back from a fourth-place finish in Paris in October. 2008 Four Continents Champion Daisuke Takahashi (JPN) makes his comeback after missing the past season due to injury. Takahiko Kozuka (JPN) wants to follow up on his silver medal from the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow two weeks ago. Johnny Weir (USA), the reigning Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, is looking to come back from a fourth place in Moscow. World Junior Champion Adam Rippon (USA) and 2008 World junior silver medalist Artem Borodulin (RUS) both took bronze in their first Grand Prix events in Paris and Moscow and hope to be on the podium again. Reigning Grand Prix Final Champion Jeremy Abbott (USA) is entering the series now and looking for a strong start. 2009 World junior silver medalist Michal Brezina (CZE) is debuting on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. Adam Rippon

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1Brian JOUBERTFRA85.3546.80 38.557.807.207.957.707.900.00
2Jeremy ABBOTTUSA83.0045.40 37.607.557.357.657.457.600.00
3Johnny WEIRUSA78.3541.70 36.657.307.007.507.357.500.00
4Daisuke TAKAHASHIJPN78.1840.28 38.907.907.407.857.758.001.00
5Takahiko KOZUKAJPN74.0538.60 36.457.557.007.257.307.351.00
6Michal BREZINACZE70.8037.10 33.706.756.506.856.756.850.00
7Artem BORODULINRUS69.4937.44 32.056.406.006.606.506.550.00
8Adam RIPPONUSA67.1534.50 33.656.856.456.756.806.801.00
9Daisuke MURAKAMIJPN66.7837.68
10Vaughn CHIPEURCAN66.5537.40
11Kristoffer BERNTSSONSWE64.6434.54
12Jeremy TENCAN61.6932.74 28.955.855.505.855.905.850.00
Ashley Wagner Miki Ando (JPN) is aiming at a second Grand Prix gold medal this season after taking the title at Rostelecom Cup two weeks ago. She will meet the silver and bronze medalists from Moscow, Ashley Wagner (USA) and
Alena Leonova (RUS), who want to challenge the 2009 World bronze medalist. Yukari Nakano (JPN), the bronze medalist from the Trophée Bompard in Paris, is another contender who wants to assure her spot in the
Final. Reigning European Champion Laura Lepistö (FIN) and two-time European silver medalist Sarah Meier (SUI) both will compete in her first Grand Prix this season and are eying the podium as well. Reigning ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Champion Becky Bereswill (USA) debuts on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

In the Pairs event, Rostelecom Cup Champions Qing Pang/Jian Tong (CHN) and Rostelecom Cup silver medalists Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander Smirnov (RUS) will face each other again and are also up against Rena Inoue/John Baldwin (USA) and Caydee Denney/Jeremy Barrett (USA). 2008 World Junior Champions Ksenia Krasilnikova/Konstantin Bezmaternykh (RUS), Narumi Takahashi/Mervin Tran (JPN), Mylene Brodeur/John Mattatall (CAN) and Paige Lawrence/Rudi Swiegers (CAN) are competing as well.

PAng Tong
Davis White 2009 Four Continents Champions Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA) are leading the Ice Dance competition. They won the Rostelecom Cup and want to book their ticket to the Final here in Nagano. Sinead Kerr/John Kerr (GBR) took the bronze medal at the Trophée Bompard and want to challenge Davis/White. Also hoping for a podium finish are 2008 World junior silver medalists Vanessa Crone/Paul Poirier (CAN) and 2007 World Junior Champions Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev (RUS). Other competitors include Xintong Huang/Xun Zheng (CHN), Lucie Mysliveckova/Matej Novak (CZE), Cathy Reed/Chris Reed (JPN) and Anna Zadarozhniuk/Sergei Verbillo (UKR).

NHK Trophy 2009 Schedule
Friday, November 6, 2009 07:30 Official Practice
  14:30 ICE DANCE - Compulsory Dance
  15:45 PAIRS - Short Program
  17:10 MEN - Short Program
  19:05 LADIES - Short Program
Saturday, November 7, 2009 07:30 Official Practice
  12:45 ICE DANCE - Original Dance
  14:15 PAIRS - Free Skating
  15:55 MEN - Free Skating
  18.50 LADIES - Free Skating
  21:30 Round Table Discussion Pairs
Sunday, November 8, 2009 08:00 Official Practice
  08:30 Round Table Discussion Men
  09:45 Round Table Discussion Ladies
  13:00 ICE DANCE - Free Dance
  17:00 Round Table Discussion Dance
  20:00 Banquet

Ladies Men Pairs Dance
Cynthia Phaneuf CAN
Yan Liu CHN
Laura Lepisto FIN
Annette Dytrt GER
Miki Aando JPN
Yukari Nakano JPN
Alena Leonova RUS
Sarah Meier SUI
Becky Bereswill USA
Kimmie Meissner USA
Ashley Wagner USA
Vaughn Chipeur CAN
Jeremy Ten CAN
Michal Brezina CZE
Brian Joubert FRA
Takahiko Kozuka JPN
Daisuke Takahashi JPN
Artem Borodulin RUS
Kristoffer Berntsson SWE
Jeremy Abbot USA
Adam Rippon USA
Johnny Weir USA
Mylene Brodeur / John Mattatall CAN
Paige Lawrence / Rudi Swiegers CAN
Narumi Takahashi / Mervin Tran JPN
Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov RUS
Ksenia Krasilnikova / Konstantin Bezmaternikh RUS
Caydee Denney / Jeremy Barrett USA
Rena Inoue /
John Baldwin


Vanessa Crone / Paul Poirier CAN
Allie Hann-McCurdy / Michael Coreno CAN
Lucie Mysliveckova / Matej Novac CZE
Sinead Kerr /
John Kerr
Cathy Reed /
Chris Reed
Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev RUS
Oksana Domnina / Maxim Shablin RUS
Anna Zadorozhniuk / Sergei VERBILLO UKR
Meryl Davis /
Charlie White
Jane Summersett / Todd Gilles USA

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