Grand Prix Series 2011/2012
Press Release by International Skating Union
The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series 2011/2012 will see the World’s top skaters competing in the six Grand Prix events for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.
Skaters from 18 ISU Members have been invited. The number of entries for each event has been reduced to ten Ladies, ten Men, eight Pairs and eight Ice Dance couples. The top six qualifiers in each discipline will proceed to the Final in Quebec City (CAN), December 8 to 11, 2011.
The Grand Prix series 2011/2012 will feature Olympic Ice Dance Champions Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN), Olympic Champion Evan Lysacek (USA), reigning World Champions Patrick Chan (CAN), Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (GER) and Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA), as well as European Champions, former World Champions, current and former World medalists.
The series kicks off with Skate America in Ontario (USA), October 21 to 23. The event features current World Pairs Champions Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (GER), 2006 Olympic silver medalists Dan Zhang/Hao Zhang (CHN), Olympic Champion Evan Lysacek (USA), European Champion Florent Amodio (FRA), World silver medalist Takahiko Kozuka (JPN), World bronze medalist Carolina Kostner (ITA), Grand Prix Final Champion Alissa Czisny (USA), 2010 World bronze medalist Laura Lepistö (FIN), World Ice Dance Champions Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA), European Ice Dance Champions Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat (FRA) and World Junior Champions Ksenia Monko/Kirill Khaliavin (RUS).
At Skate Canada in Mississauga (CAN), October 28 to 30, World Champion Patrick Chan and Olympic Ice Dance Champions Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN) will give their season’s debut. Other competitors include Pechalat/Bourzat, 2010 World Champion Daisuke Takahashi (JPN), World Junior silver medalist Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS), Akiko Suzuki (JPN) and World Pairs silver medalists Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov (RUS).
The Cup of China is the third event and will be held for the first time in Shanghai November 4 to 6. The event is headlined by World Ice Dance bronze medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani (USA), European silver medalists Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev, World bronze medalist Artur Gachinski (RUS), 2007 World Champion Brian Joubert (FRA), Jeremy Abbott (USA), Carolina Kostner, World Junior Champion Adelina Sotnikova (RUS), 2010 Olympic silver medalists Qing Pang/Jian Tong (CHN), two-time World bronze medalists Yuko Kavaguti/ Alexander Smirnov (RUS).
The series then continues with the NHK Trophy in Sapporo (JPN), November 11 to 13. The competition is highlighted by 2010 World Champion Mao Asada (JPN), Takahashi, Kozuka, Savchenko/Szolkowy, Pang/Tong, Maia and Alex Shibutani, Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov (RUS).
Next stop is the Trophée Bompard in Paris (FRA), November 18 to 20. Chan will meet Lysacek, 2007 World Champion Brian Joubert (FRA) and European Champion Florent Amodio (FRA). Virtue/Moir are up against Pechalat/Bourzat. Kostner competes against Czisny, Tuktamysheva and Lepistö. Volosozhar/Trankov lead the Pairs.
The last spots for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final then will be decided in Moscow at the Cup of Russia, November 25 to 27. Top contenders include Davis/White, Bobrova/Soloviev, Gachinski, Tomas Verner (CZE), Abbott, Asada, Sotnikova, Alena Leonova (RUS), Savchenko/ Szolkowy and Kavaguti/Smirnov.