ISU refused Canada’s request
The Canadian delegation arrived in Japan for the 2012 NHK Trophy without Skate Canada International winner Kaetlyn Osmond.
According to RSport, Skate Canada tried to assign Kaetlyn Osmond to NHK Trophy in place of American Alissa Czisny, who continues to recover from surgery, but the request was refused. Osmond absence means that Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia, who took silver medals at the Cup of China and Trophée Eric Bompard, practically by 100% will compete at the Grand Prix Final.
Lipnitskaia may not go to the Grand Prix Final only in extremely unlikely circumstances – if the NHK Trophy final standings will be as follows: 1. Mirai Nagasu (USA), 2. Agnes Zawadzki (USA), 3. Akiko Suzuki (Japan), 4. Mao Asada (Japan). Also, the combined total of Zawadzki must be more than 190.62 (her personal best is 166.61).
Another Russian skater Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who finished fourth at Skate Canada International and second at Trophée Eric Bompard, also has a good chance to reach the GP Final. The student of Alexei Mishin and Svetlana Veretennikova will compete in Sochi if Japanese ladies Mao Asada and Akiko Suzuki take the first two places in any order.
Grand Prix Final will be held in Sochi, Russia from December 6 to 9, 2012.