World Champions Virtue/Moir and Chan lead the lineup at the 2012 Skate Canada International

May 23, 2012

By Skatebuzz

ISU announces line-up for ISU Grand Prix events

OTTAWA, ON: Over the weekend the International Skating Union (ISU) announced the line-ups for the six ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating® events. Canada will host the second stop on the circuit, the 2012 Skate Canada International in Windsor, Ontario from October 26-28, 2011 at the WFCU Centre.

“We are very excited to have three of the four world champions at the 2012 Skate Canada International. Skating fans in Windsor can look forward to seeing Canadian stars and current world champions Patrick Chan, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, as well as pair world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany,” said William Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. “We also have a nice mix of veteran skaters as well as some young skaters who are looking to make their mark in Windsor. All of the skaters will be looking to collect valuable points on the circuit in order to qualify for the ISU Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia.”

“We are pleased with the lineup that we will have in Windsor and with the Canadian spots we have secured at the other five events,” said Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada Director High Performance. “We are confident with our team and hope to have several entries qualify through the circuit for the ISU Grand Prix Final.”

2012 Skate Canada International Entries*:

Men’s 
Patrick CHAN (CAN) 
Liam FIRUS (CAN) 
TBD (CAN)
Florent AMODIO (FRA) 
Takahito MURA (JPN) 
Nobunari ODA (JPN) 
Denis TEN (KAZ) 
Javier FERNANDEZ (ESP) 
Artur GACHINSKI (RUS) 
Ross MINER (USA)

Ladies
Amélie LACOSTE (CAN) 
Kaetlyn OSMOND (CAN) 
TBD (CAN) 
Elena GEDEVANISHVILI (GEO) 
Kanako MURAKAMI (JPN) 
Akiko SUZUKI (JPN) 
Ksenia MAKAROVA (RUS)
Elizaveta TUKTAMISHEVA (RUS) 
Gracie GOLD (USA) 
Caroline ZHANG (USA)

Pair
Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD (CAN) 
Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS (CAN) 
TBD (CAN) 
Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY (GER) 
Stefanie BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREK (ITA) 
Katarina GERBOLDT / Alexander ENBERT (RUS) 
Mary Beth MARLEY / Rockne BRUBAKER (USA) 
Tiffany VISE / Don BALDWIN (USA)

Ice Dance 
Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR (CAN) 
Piper GILLES / Paul POIRIER (CAN) 
Kharis RALPH / Asher HILL (CAN) 
Julia ZLOBINA / Alexei SITNIKOV (AZE) 
Pernelle CARRON / Lloyd JONES (FRA) 
Anna CAPPELLINI / Luca LANOTTE (ITA) 
Ekaterina RIAZANOVA / Ilia TKACHEKO (RUS) 
Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONAHUE (USA)

Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The other events take place in the United States (Skate America), China (Cup of China), France (Trophée Eric Bompard), Russia (Rostelecom Cup) and Japan (NHK Trophy). Skaters are awarded points based on their placements in the series' events. The top-six men and ladies and the top-six pair and ice dance teams qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final to be held in Sochi, Russia from December 6-9, 2012, site of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

All-event tickets are $175 plus surcharges and can be purchased online at www.wfcu-centre.com, by phone at 1.866.969.WFCU (9328) or in person at the WFCU Centre box office.

CANADIAN ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE 2012 ISU GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING SERIES*

Skate America — Seattle/Kent, Washington, USA. — October 19-21, 2012
Pair: Jessica Dubé & Sébastien Wolfe 
Ice Dance: Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje

Skate Canada International — Windsor, Ontario — October 26-28, 2012
Men’s: Patrick Chan, Liam Firus, TBA 
Ladies: Amélie Lacoste, Kaetlyn Osmond, TBA 
Pair: Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford, Paige Lawrence & Rudi Swiegers, TBA 
Ice Dance: Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier, Kharis Ralph & Asher Hill, Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir

Cup of China — Shanghai, China — November 2-4, 2012
Men’s: Kevin Reynolds 
Pair: Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch 
Ice Dance: Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje

Rostelecom Cup — Moscow, Russia — November 9-11, 2012
Men’s: Patrick Chan 
Pair: Jessica Dubé & Sébastien Wolfe 
Ice Dance: Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir

Trophée Eric Bompard — Paris, France — November 16-18, 2012
Pair: Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford 
Ice Dance: Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier

NHK Trophy — Miyagi, Japan — November 23-25, 2012
Men’s: Kevin Reynolds, Andrei Rogozine
Pair: Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch
Ice Dance: Nicole Orford & Thomas Williams

For full entries at the five other ISU Grand Prix events please click here.

*Entries are subject to change




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