Monthly Archives: January 2012

Blow for blow

Evgeni Plushenko

By Barbara Castellaro,
special to World Figure Skating

Photo: Donatella Acquaviva

In Turin he had confessed me, during an interview, that he’s not in the top sporting shape and that he wants to finish this season but he must to go through a new surgical procedure because he has only the one major goal: the fourth Olympics in Sochi, his homeland, in his beloved Russia.

Ashley Wagner became U.S. champion

US Nationals

Ashley Wagner took her first U. S. national title in San Jose, finishing with a score of 187.02 points. Two-time national champion Alissa Czisny finished second with 180.00 points and Agnes Zawadzki took the bronze medal with 174.10 points overall.

Carolina Kostner takes her fourth European gold medal

Carolina Kostner

Carolina Kostner of Italy scored 120.33 points for her free skate for an overall winning the champions’ title with a total of 183.55 ahead of Kiira Korpi of Finland, who earned 166.94 points.

Plushenko takes title and standing ovation in Sheffield

Evgeni Plushenko, Artur Gachinski, Florent Amodio

Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko has become the European champion for the seventh time, winning his first international event since his return to the big sport.

Jeremy Abbott captured men’s short program

US Nationals

Jeremy Abbott easily captured the men’s short program in San Jose at the U.S. National Championshps earning a score of 90.23. The two-time national champion earned on Friday a personal best score and now takes a commanding seven-point lead over Adam Rippon (82.94). Armin Mahbanoozadeh is third with 80.66 points.

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