Denney & Coughlin continue to impress; news from Yankowskas

It seems that Denney and Coughlin are doing a good job of establishing themselves before the Grand Prix begins:

Denney, Coughlin easy winners of Indy Short  from icenetwork.com.

They will debut their long program today on slushy, wet ice due to the summer heat in the Midwest.

Coughlin’s former partner, Caitlin Yankowskas, has moved her training base to Detroit to train with Johnny Johns:

The Inside Edge: Yankowskas changes coaches from icenetwork.com.

I don’t know how it’s done exactly, but doesn’t it seem just a bit odd that Yankowskas would settle on a coach before she gets a new partner? What if her new partner doesn’t want to train in Detroit (or is she only trying out with guys who agree to skate there if the tryout works out)? Just musings of a skating fan!

NBC announces Grand Prix and US Nationals broadcast schedule

NBC has announced its broadcast schedule for the 2011 Grand Prix series and the 2012 US Nationals. Universal Sports will announce their schedule at a later date.

From USOC Pressbox:

NBC Sports 2011 ISU Grand Prix Series Broadcast Schedule
(All times ET; check local listings for times in your area)
BROADCAST DATE EVENT TIME
Saturday, Oct. 22 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America (LIVE) 3-6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5 Skate Canada International 4-6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13 NHK Trophy (Japan) 2-4 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 27 Trophee Eric Bompard (France) 2-4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3 Rostelecom Cup (Russia) 1-3 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final (Quebec) 12-2 p.m.
NBC Sports 2012 U.S. Championships Broadcast Schedule
(All times ET; check local listings for times in your area)
BROADCAST DATE EVENT TIME
Saturday, Jan. 28 Free Dance (LIVE) 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 28 Ladies Free Skate (LIVE) 9-11 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 29 Men’s and Pairs Free Skate (LIVE) 3-6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4 Skating Spectacular 2-4 p.m.

Denney and Coughlin–an auspicious beginning (Liberty Summer Competition)

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin made their pair debut at the Liberty Summer Competition in Aston, Pennsylvania on July 14, 2011. They only skated their short program at this competition (some competitors do this early in the season so they can get judges’ feedback). They had a great skate, with very good unison and technical elements. The split triple twist was quite spectacular, and their straight-line footwork received a level 4. Truthfully, they skated like a more experienced pair. Their music was “East of Eden”; I wasn’t crazy about the way this beautiful piece of music was cut for this program, but it was enjoyable to hear the piece again. They are coached by Dalilah Sappenfield.

Denney and her former partner Jeremy Barrett were U.S. National Pairs champions and Olympic competitors in 2010. Barrett has retired and hopes to coach. Coughlin and his former partner Caitlin Yankowskas are the reigning U.S. National Pairs champions. Yankowskas is seeking a new pairs partner.

It appears that John Coughlin is coaching as well; he was at the boards with Dalilah Sappenfield as she coached several of the Junior pair teams at Liberty.

Denney and Coughlin’s SP (please forgive my lack of videography skills!):

See more about Denney and Coughlin’s debut at Ice Network.com.

Of the five senior pairs competing at Liberty, three were new pairings. In addition to Denney and Coughlin, Jessica Dubé & Sébastien Wolfe and Felicia Zhang & Nate Bartholomay each competed one program (D&W free skate, Z&B short program).

As a long-time skating fan, I can’t believe that a local competition that draws some elite skaters has been under my nose all this time and I didn’t know about it. See what paying attention to only Nationals and Worlds gets you? Attending Liberty was a great way to get my skating fix in the middle of summer! Other notable competitors here included Cynthia Phaneuf, Stephen Carriere, Armin Mahbanoozadeh, Keegan Messing, Castelli/Shnapir, and two-time and reigning U.S. Novice Men’s champion Nathan Chen (who won the Liberty Junior Men’s event). (Thank you to my on-the-spot fact checker; you know who you are)!!