Figure Skating: From the Boards

Taking on the World: Men’s, Pairs SP Start Orders April 26, 2011

The qualifying rounds are complete, and the stage is set for the short programs to begin first thing tomorrow morning (for those of us in the US!). There was a bit of confusion regarding this qualifying round (including a few questions I had!), so here’s a quick recap:

  • Based on each country’s team finishes last year, “direct entries” were awarded for this year’s teams. For example, in the singles events, if a country ended up with all of their skaters in the top 18 last year, they earned 3 direct entries (i.e. team USA). If a skater finished lower than that, (such as Oda for team Japan) they are given two direct entries…meaning the third member of their team must compete in the preliminary round to qualify.
  • The skater who then as to make it through the “Q-round” is determined by the ISU world rankings. Therefore, although Takahiko Kozuka won Japanese nationals, he had to skate in the preliminary round due to the fact that he was the lowest ranked Japanese man on the team.
  • The top 12 in the Men’s/Ladies Q-round, and the top 10 in Ice Dance move on to the short program (there was no qualifying round for Pairs this year, as there are only 22 teams to begin with).
Now, here are the qualifiers/skate orders for the Short Programs tomorrow.
*skaters who qualified through the preliminary round are marked with an asterisk
Men’s SP start order
Group 1
1. Viktor PFEIFER*    AUT
2. Min-Seok KIM*    KOR
3. Richard DORNBUSH    USA
4. Nan SONG    CHN
5. Denis TEN    KAZ
6. Ross MINER    USA
Group 2
7. Joey RUSSELL*    CAN
8. Paolo BACCHINI*    ITA
9. Maxim SHIPOV*    ISR
10. Peter LIEBERS*    GER
11. Misha GE*    UZB
12. Jorik HENDRICKX*    BEL
Group 3
13. Ryan BRADLEY    USA
14. Kim LUCINE*    MON
15. Anton KOVALEVSKI    UKR
16. Kevin REYNOLDS    CAN
17. Alexander MAJOROV*    SWE
18. Javier FERNANDEZ    ESP
Group 4
19. Florent AMODIO    FRA
20. Brian JOUBERT    FRA
21. Adrian SCHULTHEISS    SWE
22. Patrick CHAN    CAN
23. Takahiko KOZUKA*    JPN
24. Kevin VAN DER PERREN    BEL
Group 5
25. Michal BREZNIA*    CZE
26. Daisuke TAKAHASHI    JPN
27. Tomas VERNER    CZE
28. Artur GACHINSKI    RUS
29. Samuel CONTESTI    ITA
30. Nobunari ODA    JPN
Pairs SP start order
Group 1
1. Danielle MONTALBANO / Evgeni KRASNOPOLSKI    ISR
2. Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD    CAN
3. Stina MARTINI / Severin KIEFER    AUT
Group 2
4. Yue ZHANG / Lei WANG    CHN
5. Huibo DONG / Yiming WU    CHN
6. Natalja ZABIJAKO / Sergei KULBACH    EST
Group 3
7. Klara KADLECOVA / Petr BIDAR    CZE
8. Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Maxim TRANKOV    RUS
9. Adeline CANAC / Yannick BONHEUR    FRA
10. Alexandra MALAKHOVA / Leri KENCHADZE    BUL
Group 4
11. Lubov BAKIROVA / Mikalai KAMIANCHUK    BLR
12. Amanda EVORA / Mark LADWIG    USA
13. Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Dylan MOSCOVITCH    CAN
14. Stacey KEMP / David KING    GBR
Group 5
15. Vera BAZAROVA / Yuri LARIONOV    RUS
16. Stefania BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREK    ITA
17. Maylin HAUSCH / Daniel WENDE    GER
18. Qing PANG / Jian TONG    CHN
Group 6
19. Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY    GER
20. Catlin YANKOWSKAS / John COUGHLIN    USA
21. Narumi Takahashi / Mervin TRAN    JPN
22. Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV    RUS
See you bright and early for live tweeting @fromtheboards!!!
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