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Preview of the 2016 Skate Canada International

 

2016scintlarticlepreviewThe ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series continues this week with Skate Canada International, October 28-30, 2016 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. This is the second of six competitions in the Grand Prix series, which qualifies skaters for the ISU Grand Prix Final in December.

The schedule:

Friday, October 28:

  • 14:57 – Ladies Short Program
  • 16:48 – Pair Short Program
  • 19:30 – Ice Dance Short Dance
  • 21:08 – Men Short Program

Saturday, October 29

  • 14:27 – Ladies Free Program
  • 16:34 – Pair Free Program
  • 18:57 – Men Free Program
  • 21:15 – Ice Dance Free Dance

Sunday, October 30

  • 14:00 – Exhibition Gala

*All times are Eastern Time.

 

Competition Highlights:

From Russia, World Champion Evgenia Medvedeva will face competition from the 2015 World silver medalist Satoko Miyahara from Japan, 2015 World Champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva from Russia, Kaetlyn Osmond from Canada as well as the 2016 Four Continents silver medalist Mirai Nagasu from the United States. Also competing in the Ladies event are Alaine Chartrand (CAN), Rika Hongo (JPN), Yuka Nagai (JPN), Dabin Choi (KOR), Nahyun Kim (KOR), Evgenia Medvedeva (RUS), and Joshi Helgesson (SWE).

Yuzuru Hanyu will be aiming for gold building on his silver placement from the 2015 Skate Canada International event. The Olympic Champion will certainly be challenged by three-time world champion Patrick Chan from Canada as well as Olympic silver medalist Kevin Reynolds from Canada. Also competing in the Men’s event are Liam Firus (CAN), Han Yan (CHN), Michal Brezina (CZE), Daniel Samohin (ISR), Takahito Mura (JPN), Alexander Petrov (RUS), Grant Hochstein (USA), Ross Miner (USA), and Misha Ge (UZB).

Two-time World Champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford from Canada will lead the Pairs event. Duhamel and Radford will certainly face competition from the two-time European Champions Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov from Russia as well as from Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier from the United States who just won the silver medal at the 2016 Progressive Skate America last week. But, don’t count out Canadians Liubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch and the new Chinese team of Xiaoyu Yu and Hao Zhang. Also competing are Brittany Jones and Joshua Reagan (CAN), and Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise (ITA).

In Ice Dance, the Olympic Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada return to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series after sitting out two seasons. Virtue and Moir are up against strong competitors including the 2014 World Champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte from Italy, 2016 World bronze medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates from the United States, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier from Canada and Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin from Russia. Also competing are Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam (CAN), Shiyue Wang and Xinyu Liu (CHN), Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen (DEN), Cecilia Törn and Jussiville Partanen (FIN), and Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker (USA).

 

Though he will not be competing, three-time World Champion Elvis Stojko is returning to Skate Canada, but this time as the Athlete Ambassador lending his personality and time to public appearances, media interviews and in-venue fan activities.

“I am thrilled to be back at Skate Canada International. This event holds many memories for me and I’m looking forward to reflecting on my time as a skater, while supporting the competing athletes. I know firsthand the pressure these skaters are under and I’m happy to be able to advocate for them through my role as athlete ambassador,” said Stojko.

Skate Canada will be broadcasted by CTV/TSN/RDS and the schedule is available on the Skate Canada website. Practices will be streamed live on Skate Canada’s Dailymotion page.

Starting orders and results can be found here: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1617/gpcan2016/

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