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2017 U.S. Nationals: Championship Pairs (+ extra Senior Ladies/Men profiles added)

Posted by unseenskaters on January 19, 2017

Link to 2017 U.S. NATIONAL STARTING ORDERS & RESULTS PAGE (all listed start times are Central time)

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PAIRS STARTING ORDERS/RESULTS:
Final Standings (Saturday 1/21 11:00 am ET start time for FS Group 1; 2:15 pm ET for FS Group 2)

TEAM PROFILES:

Ashley Cain & Timothy LeDuc (debut)
Ages: 21 & 26; (M/D/Y) 7/22/95 & 5/4/90
Training Town: Euless, TX
Coach: Peter Cain, Darlene Cain
Choreographer: Serge Onik
SP: “I Put a Spell on You” performed by Annie Lennox
FS: “The Prayer” duet sung by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion
Notes: This is their first season together. A very informative interview with them was published on 1/18/17: Link to read.
Click here to visit their Official Website.

Marissa Castelli & Mervin Tran
Ages: 26 & 26; 8/20/90 & 9/22/90
Training Town: Montreal, Canada
Coach: Bruno Marcotte, Richard Gauthier, Sylvie Fullum (Montreal); Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall (Boston)
Choreographer: Julie Marcotte
SP: Fallin’ performed by Alicia Keys
FS: Medley of Journey songs, including Don’t Stop Believin’ (instrumental and vocal versions), Open Arms and Any Way You Want It
Notes: They are the 2016 U.S. bronze medalists. They teamed up in June 2014.
Click here to visit their Official Website.

Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier (return)
Ages: 21 & 224; 10/28/95 & 11/19/92
Training Town: Geneva, IL
Coach: Rockne Brubaker, Stefania Berton
Choreographer: Marina Zoueva
SP: “Don Juan est mort” (from Don Juan musical) by Felix Gray
FS: Somewhere in Time soundtrack by John Barry
Notes: They missed the 2015-16 season due to Haven’s serious knee injury/surgery. “A Divine Sport” blog published an in-depth interview with them this past fall: Link to read.

Cali Fujimoto & Nicholas Barsi-Rhyne
Ages: 25 & 25; 5/4/91 & 12/16/91
Training Town: Ellenton, FL
Coach: Amanda Evora, Lyndon Johnston, Jim Peterson
Choreographer: Judy Blumberg, Amanda Evora, Jim Peterson
SP: Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor, op. 26 III by Max Bruch
FS: Music from The King and I by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Notes: They placed 10th last year.
They have competed together since the Juvenile level (2001-2002 season) – that’s 16 years! Click here to view their lengthy competitive history listed at the end of their (outdated) profile.

Tarah Kayne & Daniel O’Shea
Ages: 23 & 25; 4/28/93 & 2/13/91
Training Town: Ellenton, FL
Coach: Jim Peterson, Amanda Evora, Lyndon Johnston
Choreographer: Judy Blumberg, Jim Peterson
SP: Take Me To Church” by Hozier (debut at Nationals)
FS: A Song of India by Rimsky-Korsakov and Marche Slave by Tchaikovsky
Notes: They are the 2016 U.S. champions. They teamed up in April 2012.
Click here to visit their Official Website.

Chelsea Liu & Brian Johnson (debut)
Ages: 17 & 21; 12/31/99 & 11/5/95
Training Town: Aliso Viejo, CA
Coach: Todd Sand, Jenni Meno, Christine Fowler-Binder, John Nicks
Choreographer: Renee Roca
SP: “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Black or White” by Michael Jackson
FS: Music from Beauty and the Beast by Alan Menken
Notes: They were unable to make their senior national debut last year due to injury.

Jessica Pfund & Joshua Santillan
Ages: 19 & 24; 1/9/98 & 2/21/92
Training Town: Ellenton, FL
Coach: Lyndon Johnston
Choreographer: Lyndon Johnston, Emilie Connors
SP: “Purple Rain” by Stacy Francis and Prince
FS: “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” (from Evita) performed by Madonna
Notes: This is their second season together. Click here to visit their Official Website.
The “Ice Musings” blog featured a pre-Nationals interview with them: Link to read.

Alexandria Shaughnessy & James Morgan
Ages: 24 & 25; 9/30/92 & 1/3/92
Training Town: Boxborough, MA
Coach: Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall, Mike Cook
Choreographer: Massimo Scali, Julie Marcotte
SP: The Prophet by Gary Moore
FS: Nella Fantasia (music from The Mission) performed by Amici Forever
Notes: They were the 2012 U.S. Novice bronze medalists and placed 9th last year. They began competing together at the Intermediate level in the 2009-10 season (this is their 8th season together). Click here to view their profile page on the Skate Pairs Website.

Erika Smith & AJ Reiss
Ages: 27 & 25; 7/26/89 & 2/3/91
Training Town: Boxborough, MA
Coach: Bobby Martin, Carrie Wall, Edouard Pliner (before his passing in 2016), Dmitri Kazarlyga, Konstantin Kostin, Michael Cook
Choreographer: Julie Marcotte
SP: “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John
FS: Music from Maleficent by James Newton Howard and “Once Upon a Dream” by Lana Del Rey
Notes: This is their second year as a team after having placed 6th in their Senior debut together last year. Click here to view their profile page on the Skate Pairs Website.

Deanna Stellato & Nathan Bartholomay (debut)
Ages: 33 & 27; 6/22/83 & 5/18/89
Training Town: Ellenton, FL
Coach: Jim Peterson, Amanda Evora
Choreographer: Jim Peterson
SP: Canadian Tenors medley: “Hallelujah” (composed by Leonard Cohen)
FS: Music from The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky
Notes: The Bradenton (Florida) Herald published an excellent article on 1/16/17 titled “After a 16-year retirement, Deanna Stellato returns to national figure skating stage”: Link to read.

Joy Weinberg & Maximiliano Fernandez (debut)
Ages: 20 & 21; 9/20/96 & 9/29/95
Training Town: Pembroke Pines, FL
Coach: John Zimmerman, Silvia Fontana, Jeremy Barrett, John Kerr
Choreographer: Jim Peterson
SP: “Turn to Stone” by Ingrid Michelson
FS: Music from Daphnis et Chloe by Maurice Ravel
Notes: The are the 2016 U.S. Junior champions. This is their second year together; they switched coaches earlier this season.

Jacquelyn Green & Rique Newby-Estrella (WD)
Ages: 18 & 21; 10/12/98 & 6/20/95
Training Town: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Coach: Craig Joeright, Laura Lepzinski, Matt Blackmer
Choreographer: Massimo Scali
SP: “The Essential Aerosmith” by Aerosmith
FS: Music from Unbroken by Alexandre Desplat
Notes: They were 2016 Junior 5th place and the 2015 U.S. Novice bronze medalists. They won the silver medal in their junior international debut in Riga, Latvia in Nov. 2015. This would have been their Senior debut had they not withdrawn.

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SELECT SENIOR LADIES PROFILES (senior national debuts for 4 of the 6 listed):

Tessa Hong (debut)
Age: 14; 4/24/02
Training Town: Colorado Springs, CO
Coach: Tom Zakrajsek, Becky Calvin
Choreographer: Drew Meekins
SP: “Ave Maria” by Giulio Caccini
FS: “Caruso” by Lucio Dalla
Notes: She is the youngest competitor in this year’s field. She placed 5th at the 2016 JGP in Tallinn, Estonia. She last competed at Nationals in 2014 when she won the Intermediate national title, coached by Frank Carroll at the time.

Megan Wessenberg (debut)
Age: 18; 7/7/98
Training Town: Boston, MA
Coach: Peter Johansson, Mark Mitchell
Choreographer: Jamie Isley
SP: “I Put a Spell on You” by Jay Hawkins, performed by Annie Lennox
FS: Music from James Bond films (including “Writing’s on the Wall” and “Diamonds are Forever”) by various artists
Notes: She was the 2016 U.S. Junior bronze medalist. She placed 6th at the 2016 JGP in Ostrava CZE.

Livvy Shilling (debut)
Age: 19; 2/17/97
Training Town: Colorado Springs, CO
Coach: Christy Krall, Damon Allen
Choreographer: Cindy Stuart (SP), Tom Dickson (FS)
SP: “L-O-V-E” by Natalie Cole
FS: Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra by Ravi Shankar and the London Symphony Orchestra; “Kamasutra” by Belladonna Plaid Tongued Devils
Notes: This is her debut at Nationals (edited to add: she finished 13th of 19). She relocated to CO from Columbus FSC in Ohio.
Local Ohio article published after Nationals (2/3/17): click here to read.

Katie McBeath
Age: 22; (M/D/Y) 12/2/94
Training Town: Cleveland, OH
Coach: Sally Tasca, Jacqueline Redenshek-Henry
Choreographer: Jacqueline Redenshek-Henry
SP: “The Prayer” by Andrea Bocelli and Katharine McPhee
FS: Music from The Mask of Zorro by James Horner
Notes: This is her third consecutive trip to Nationals at the senior level. She qualified for USFS’ International Selection Pool (ISP) for the first time in 2016.

Rebecca Peng (debut)
Age: 17; (M/D/Y) 2/9/99
Training Town: Colorado Springs, CO
Coach: Tom Zakrajsek, Becky Calvin
Choreographer: Jamie Isley
SP: “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” by Michel Legrand
FS: Music from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Herman Hand
Notes: She was the 2016 U.S. Junior pewter medalist. She has competed twice as a junior internationally (won Challenge Cup in The Hague in spring 2015 and made her JGP debut in Riga, Latvia in late August 2015).

Ashley Shin
Age: 19; 1/17/98
Training Town: Colorado Springs, CO
Coach: Eddie Shipstad
Choreographer:
SP: Music from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi
FS: Spanish medley
Notes: She was the 2014 U.S. Junior bronze medalist and the 2012 Intermediate champion when she was based in Dallas, Texas. This is her second trip to Nationals as a senior. She won the Junior silver medal at 2014 Gardena Spring Trophy (her international debut) and competed senior at the 2014 U.S. International Classic (7th).

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SELECT SENIOR MEN PROFILES:

Scott Dyer
Age: 25; 3/26/91
Training Town: El Segundo, CA
Coach: Frank Carroll
Choreographer: Lori Nichol, Nathan Birch
SP: “Adios Nonino” by Astor Piazzolla; “La Cumparsita” by Gerardo Matos Rodriguez
FS: Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso by Ennio Morricone
Notes: This is is 5th trip to Nationals at the senior level with his highest finish being 10th in 2012. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2014 with a B.A. in International Relations/Global Business. He was the 2010 U.S. Junior pewter medalist and two-time U.S. Novice pewter medalist (2006 & 2007). He has competed once internationally, winning Novice gold at 2006 Triglav Trophy in Slovenia.

Daniel Kulenkamp
Age: 21; (M/D/Y) 8/6/95
Training Town: Scottsdale, AZ
Coach: Patrick Brault
Choreographer: Patrick Brault, Douglas Razzano, Doug Ladret
SP: “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
FS: “Feeling Good” performed by Michael Buble
Notes: This is his 2nd consecutive trip to U.S. Nationals at the senior level (10th in 2016). He made his international debut in the Junior Grand Prix in Zagreb, Croatia in Sept. 2014. He is enrolled in Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. Click here to view his official website.

Jimmy Ma
Age: 21; (M/D/Y) 10/11/95
Training Town: Hackensack, NJ
Coach: Hongyun Liu
Choreographer: Nikolai Morozov
SP: Eminem medley (incl. “The Real Slim Shady”)
FS: Piano Concerto no. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Notes: This is his 3rd consecutive trip to Nationals at the senior level. He was the 2014 U.S. Junior bronze medalist, 2013 Junior pewter medalist, and has competed twice on the Junior Grand Prix (2014 in Nagoya JPN and 2013 in Riga, Latvia).

Oleksiy Melnyk (debut)
Age: 19; (M/D/Y) 9/3/97
Training Town: Reston, VA
Coach: Traci Coleman
Choreographer: Tommy Steenberg
SP: “Blues in the Night” from Ocean’s Eleven soundtrack by Quincy Jones
FS: James Bond theme and “Thunderball” performed by Tom Jones
Notes: He placed 5th in Junior at 2016 U.S. Nationals. He was born in Kiev, Ukraine and has competed twice on the Junior Grand Prix (2016 in St. Gervais, France and 2015 in Linz, Austria).

Jordan Moeller
Age: 21; 4/24/95
Training Town: Monument, CO
Coach: Kori Ade, Rohene Ward
Choreographer: Rohene Ward, Jordan Moeller
SP: “We’re So Far Away” by Mae
FS: Music from Romeo + Juliet (1996 film soundtrack) by Nellee Hooper
Notes: This is his second Nationals at the senior level after having won the Junior silver in 2014. He missed 2016 Nationals due to a broken leg and ankle injury that required surgery in late December 2015. He has organized a fundraiser show called “One Skate At A Time” for the past 5 years and a 6th show is planned for April 2017. Click here to view his official website.

Shotaro Omori
Age: 21; 10/23/95
Training Town: Burbank, CA
Coach: Wendy Olson, Amy Evidente
Choreographer: Cindy Stuart, Jamie Isley
SP: “Invierno Porteno” by Astor Piazzolla
FS: Music from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Notes: This is his 3rd consecutive trip to Nationals at the senior level. He was the 2013 U.S. Junior silver medalist and World Junior bronze medalist.
Personal YouTube channel: “Shades of Sho”

Sebastien Payannet
Age: 22; (M/D/Y) 3/8/94
Training Town: Lakewood, CA
Coach: Lou Anne Petersen Conant, Rafael Arutunian
Choreographer: Marie-Jose Payannet, Sebastien Payannet, Alex Johnson
SP: “The Great Gig in the Sky” by Pink Floyd
FS: Piano Concerto no. 1 by Tchaikovsky; “Dumky” piano trio by Dvorak
Notes: This is his 3rd consecutive trip to Nationals at the senior level. He graduated in 2016 from the University of Colorado with a degree in Architectural Engineering and began a full-time job at an architectural lighting design firm in Los Angeles.
Interview: click here to read.

Dennis Phan
Age: 31; (M/D/Y) 9/8/85
Training Town: Newark, DE/Birmingham, AL
Coach: Doug Mattis
Choreographer: Doug Mattis, Dennis Phan
SP: “Just Be” by Calum Scott
FS: “All I Ask/Believe” by Brian Justin Crum
Notes: His most recent Nationals was back in 2010 and he did not enter qualifying competition from 2011 through 2015. He was the 2003 U.S. Junior champion and won the Junior Grand Prix Final in December 2004. He competed 3 times as a senior internationally (2005 Skate America, 2006 Karl Schaefer Memorial, 2008 Nebelhorn Trophy).
Interview: click here to read.

Emmanuel Savary
Age: 19; (M/D/Y) 1/6/98
Training Town: Newark, DE
Coach: Jeff DiGregorio, Pamela Gregory
Choreographer: Evgeni Platov
SP: “Viejo Aires” by Ensamble Nuevo Tango
FS: Music from The House of Flying Daggers and Fearless soundtracks by Shigeru Umebayashi, and the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon soundtrack by Tan Dun
Notes: This is his second Nationals at the senior level. He was the 2010 U.S. Novice silver medalist, has competed twice on the Junior Grand Prix (2016 in Japan and 2011 in Latvia) and won the Junior gold at Triglav Trophy in the spring of 2016.

Postscript: Three other men debuted in senior with Melnyk:
Andrew Torgashev (age 15; click to view his official website);
Kevin Shum (age 19; click to view his self-designed website);
and Tomoki Hiwatashi (turned 17 during Nationals; click to view his Team USA profile).

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