3 June 2013

Grand Prix 2013/2014 - Assignments

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The World's top figure skaters including all reigning World Champions and medalists will compete in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series 2013/2014.

141 skaters/couples from 19 ISU Members have been invited. The number of entries for each event is ten Ladies, ten Men, eight Pairs and eight Ice Dance couples. The top six qualifiers in each discipline will proceed to the Final in Fukuoka (JPN), December 6 to 8, 2013.

The series kicks off with Skate America in Detroit (USA), October 18 to 20. The event features current World Champions Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA) and World Pairs Champions Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov (RUS), World silver medalist Denis Ten (KAZ), former World Champions Daisuke Takahashi (JPN) and Brian Joubert (FRA) as well as 2010 Olympic Champion Evan Lysacek (USA), 2013 World bronze medalist Mao Asada (JPN) and reigning World Junior Champion Elena Radionova (RUS).

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Skate Canada in St. John (CAN), October 25 to 27, is headlined by three-time and reigning World Champion Patrick Chan (CAN), Olympic Ice Dance Champions Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN) and World Champion Yuna Kim (KOR). Other competitors include 2013 World bronze medalists Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford (CAN), 2012 World bronze medalists Akiko Suzuki (JPN) and Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN), as well as Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje (CAN) and Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander Smirnov (RUS). World Junior Ice Dance Champions Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin (RUS) will debut on the senior circuit.

The Cup of China is the third event and will return to Beijing from November 1 to 3. Four-time World Champions Aljona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (GER), reigning World silver medalists Carolina Kostner (ITA) and Ten, 2013 World bronze medalists Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev (RUS), two-time European Ice Dance Champions Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat (FRA), as well as Olympic silver medalists Qing Pang/Jian Tong (CHN) and 2012 World Junior Champion Han Yan (CHN) are among the top contenders.

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The series continues with the NHK Trophy in Tokyo (JPN) November 8 to 10 with Volosozhar/Trankov, Asada, Suzuki, Radionova, Takahashi, European Champion Javier Fernandez (ESP), Davis/White and European silver medalists Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov (RUS).

The Trophée Bompard in Paris (FRA), November 15 to 17 is the next stop. Kim will meet Adelina Sotnikova (RUS) and Ashley Wagner (USA), Chan is up against Hanyu and 2013 European silver medalist Florent Amodio (FRA), Virtue/Moir compete against Pechalat/Bourzat and Duhamel/Radford against Pang/Tong.

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The last spots for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final will be decided in Moscow at the Rostelecom Cup of Russia November 22 to 24. Top contenders include 2006 Olympic Champion Evgeni Plushenko (RUS), Four Continents Champion Kevin Reynolds (CAN), Joubert, Fernandez, Savchenko/Szolkowy, Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch (CAN), Bobrova/Soloviev, Kostner, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) and Julia Lipnitskaia (RUS).

But if you want to know all the entries for the six events, let's have a look to the following tables.

Source: ISU


  1. Thanks Laura !! Strange not to see Brian at his home. And Lysacek returns..he will face a tough season, indeed.
    Best wishes to all skaters for a great season!!

  2. You're welcome, Pat! Yeah, I thought the same. It's a pity, but we have Amodio and Ponsart instead. I'm really curious to see Evan on the ice again, to see if he's still in shape to cope with all those the youngsters. And the same for Evgeni.
    Plus I can't wait for Italian Nats! Wan't to see Betti competing on ice! ;)