World Team Trophy 2012 – Preview
Press release by ISU
The second World Team Trophy competitions will take place in Tokyo, Japan from April 18 to 22. The six best world figure skating teams by the season’s ranking will perform there. Based on the scoring scale used for the ISU World standing points, the six national teams qualified for this event are Japan, Canada, Russia, USA, Italy and France.
They qualified primarily according to the results of the World Figure Skating Championships, Grand Prix events and plus nation’s results at the European, Four Continents, World Junior Figure Skating Championships and the Junior Grand Prix events. For the first time a team event, which differs slightly to the ISU World Team Trophy format, will be included in the program of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The World Team Trophy is a competition between six national figure skating teams. Each team has a total of eight skaters: two Men, two Ladies, one Pair and one Ice Dance couple. Each national team nominates a captain, who represents the team including during the medal giving ceremony. The competition will be held in the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo.
Each skater/couple will compete with a short program/short dance and free skating/free dance. In each discipline, the top ranked skater(s) earns 12 points, the second ranked receives 11 points and so on. The last ranked skater gets one point, the last pair/ice dance couple gets 7 points. These points are added together to determine the winning team.
Overview of the teams
Japan tops the team standings with 7891 points followed by Canada with 6943 points and Russia with 6807 points. The USA accumulated 6399 points and came in fourth while Italy is ranked fifth at 5412 points. France qualified with 5214 points. Three 2012 World Champions and five World medalists will compete.
2012 World silver medalist Daisuke Takahashi (season’s best 259.75 points) leads team Japan. He is joined by 2012 World bronze medalists Akiko Suzuki (season’s best 185.98 points) and Narumi Takahashi/Mervin Tran (season’s best 189.69 points). 2011 World silver medalist Takahiko Kozuka (season’s best 235.02 points), Kanako Murakami (season’s best 175.41 points) and ice dancers Cathy Reed/Chris Reed (season’s best 123.22 points) complete the team.
Two-time and reigning World Champions Patrick Chan (season’s best 273.94 points) and Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (season’s best 183.34 points) headline the Canadian squad and are looking forward to compete against their top rivals from the USA, France and Japan again. Canada’s second entry in the Men’s event is Kevin Reynolds (season’s best 217.20 points). Canadian Champion Amelie Lacoste (season’s best 148.48 points) and Cynthia Phaneuf (season’s best 147.47 points) are the entries in the Ladies event. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford (season’s best 185.41 points) who just finished fifth at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships will compete in Pairs on the behalf of Canada.
Freshly minted World silver medalist Alena Leonova (season’s best 184.28 points) leads the Russian team. 2011 World Junior Champion Adelina Sotnikova (season’s best 169.75 points), 2012 European Pairs silver medalists Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov (season’s best 193.79 points) and reigning European Ice Dance bronze medalists Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov (season’s best 161.00 points) are on the team as well. Zhan Bush (season’s best 196.06 points) and Maxim Kovtun (season’s best 193.76 points) will compete in the Men’s event for Russia.
The United States of America
Collecting points for the USA in Tokyo are reigning World silver medalists Meryl Davis/Charlie White (season’s best 188.55 points), 2012 Four Continents Champion Ashley Wagner (season’s best 192.41 points) as well as 2012 World Junior silver medalist Gracie Gold (season’s best 172.69 points). They are joined by Jeremy Abbott (season’s best 238.82 points), Adam Rippon (season’s best 221.55 points) and 2012 Four Continents silver medalists Caydee Denney/John Coughlin (season’s best 185.42 points).
Team Italy will compete for the first time at the World Team Trophy and newly crowned World Champion Carolina Kostner (season’s best 189.94) headlines the team. The other competitors are ice dancers Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (season’s best 160.62 points), Pair skaters Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek (season’s best 168.16 points), Valentina Marchei (season’s best 150.10 points), Samuel Contesti (season’s best 224.89 points) and Paolo Bacchini.
The French delegation in Tokyo is spearheaded by 2012 World bronze medalists Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat (season’s best 173.18 points). France also sends Brian Joubert (season’s best 244.58 points), 2012 European bronze medalist Florent Amodio (season’s best 243.03 points), Yretha Silete (season’s best 148.18 points), Mae-Berenice Meite (season’s best 145.44 points) and Pair skaters Daria Popova/Bruno Massot (season’s best 139.98 points).