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Welcome back, figure skating fans! We kick off our 7th royal season with the 2013 Skate America Grand Prix competition. Actually, itâ€™s the 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America, just in time for Hhalloween, so hhave yourself some Hhennessy and enjoy our show, in whichâ€¦
Liz and Tori change their names. Johnny Weir joins Matt Lauerâ€™s family. Evgeni Plushenko attains Small Wonder status. Evan Lysacek sits this one out. Gracie Gold heads west. Carolina Kostner sticks around. Valentina Marchei skates on Kostnerâ€™s heels.
Volosozhar & Trankov get their 15 seconds. Denney & Coughlin do not.
Davis & White are dancinâ€™ to the oldies. Shibutani & Shibutani barely shake off Hubbell & Donohue.
Max Aaron wears gloves. Adam Rippon lacks spark. Tatsuki Machida makes us miss Dick. Jason Brown, SPM. Daisuke Takahashi gets Belbined. Artur Gachinski skates like he skates.
Mao Asada goes 6 for 6. Ashley Wagner dresses well. Elena Radionova keeps Russian traditions alive. Caroline Zhang does not do well. Samantha Cesario remains a mystery.
And our Skate Canada preview: Jeremy Abbott, Virtue & Moir, Patrick Chan, Ross Miner, Joshua Farris, Michal Brezina, Gracie Gold, Akiko Suzuki, Duhamel & Radford, Denney & Frazier, Hubbell & Donohue and Weaver & Poje.