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Preview of the 2016 Progressive Skate America


2017sa-articleThe 2016/17 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series kicks off today with the Progressive Skate America in Chicago, IL at the Sears Centre Arena. Skate America is the first of six events in the series.

The schedule:

Friday, October 21:  Ladies Short Program (19:05) and Pairs Short Program (21:00)
Saturday, October 22: Men’s Short Program (13:05), Ladies Free Skating (15:08), Short Dance (19:00) and Pairs Free Skating (20:40)
Sunday, October 23: Men’s Free Skating (11:30), Free Dance (13:45), Exhibition Gala (18:30)
*All times Central.

Event highlights:

In the Men’s event, China’s Boyang Jin, World bronze medalist, and Japan’s Shoma Uno, the reigning ISU Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, will face strong competition from the Russian Champion Maxim Kovtun, U.S. Champion Adam Rippon and Jason Brown from the USA. Canada’s Nam Nguyen is the only Canadian entry in the event and previously won the bronze medal at this event in 2014.

In the Ladies event, World silver medalist Ashley Wagner from the USA and three-time World Champion Mao Asada from Japan headline the roster. But, it will be fierce podium battle with two-time US Champion Gracie Gold, 2014 Four Continents Champion Kanako Murakami from Japan, Canadian Gabrielle Daleman and So Youn Park from Korea all aiming for a podium finish.

The Pairs event will feature the 2016 European bronze medalists, Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov from Russia, ISU Grand Prix finalists Julianne Seguin and Charlie Bilodeau from Canada, French Champions Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres, Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek, as well as US Champions Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea.

In Ice Dance, World silver medalists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani from the USA aim to claim the top spot on the podium. The Shibutani’s will face competition from the 2016 European bronze medalists Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev from Russia, and the 2014 Four Continents Champions Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue from the USA. Other contenders include the Israelis Isabella Tobias and Ilia Tkachenko as well as Russians Elena Ilinykh and Ruslan Zhiganshin.

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