Kao Miura (JPN) leads after the Men's Short Program for the second ISU Grand Prix in a row. © ISU
Miura’s Tango program featured a quadruple Salchow-triple toe loop, quadruple toe loop, triple Axel as well as level-four spins and footwork. The 2022 Skate America silver medalist scored 94.06 points, just below his personal best.
“Today my body moved pretty well. I carried the momentum from Skate America,” Miura observed.
“There were a few rushed elements today, this is something I need to work on for tomorrow. When I competed at Skate America, Ilia Malinin did a quad Axel before me and that was some pressure. I was hoping not to skate last again, but that was a good experience at Skate America.”
World Champion Shoma Uno (JPN) skated to John Mayer's "Gravity", taking second place. © ISU
Uno opened his program to “Gravity” by John Mayer with a quadruple flip, but struggled with his quadruple toe loop and added only a single toe to it. He nailed the triple Axel and collected a level four for two spins and the step sequence to score 89.98 points.
Skating to “Le parole lontane” and “Zitti e buoni” by Maneskin, Rizzo had to fight for the landing of the quad toe but managed to add a double toe to it for a valid combination. His quad loop was under-rotated, but the triple Axel was solid. The 2019 European bronze medalist earned 81.18 points.
A solid skate by Matteo Rizzo leaves him in the bronze medal position after the Short Program. © ISU
Keegan Messing (CAN) fell on his quad toe and had no combination, but remains in contention for a medal in fourth place on 79.69 points. Camden Pulkinen (USA) came fifth (75.07) while Conrad Orzel (CAN) rounds out the top six (69.69 points).
Two-time World medalist Boyang Jin (CHN) withdrew from the event on Wednesday, citing injury.
Skate Canada International in Mississauga (CAN) October 28-30 is the second of six events in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.
More than 150 Skaters/Couples representing 29 ISU Members have been invited to the Series. The maximum number of entries for each event is 12 Ladies, 12 Men, 8 Pairs and 10 Ice Dance couples.
The General Announcement of the 2022/23 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series is available here. The individual announcements are published under the respective events. Full entry lists and further information are available on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series page.
The Skaters are seeded and invited to the six Grand Prix of Figure Skating events based on the results of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2022. Skaters/Couples who have placed 1 to 6 in each of the four categories are seeded and assigned to two events. Skaters/Couples who have placed 7-12 at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships are selected for two ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events, and Skaters with a top 24 Seasonal Best Scores (from the 2021/22 season) as well as those placed in the top 24 of the ISU World Standings can also be invited. If available, medalists from the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships can also be selected.
In order for a Skater/Couple to be eligible to compete at an ISU Grand Prix event, a minimum total score must have been achieved in the 2021/22 or current 2022/23 season in an ISU event (Grand Prix, Junior Grand Prix, Championships) or a Challenger Series event. Exceptions apply to host country Skaters, previously ranked Skaters or split ranked Couples who return with new partners. The minimum total score is 3/5 of highest score per discipline at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2022 and are as follows: Women: 141.65, Men: 187.49, Pairs: 132.65, Ice Dance: 137.89.
Following the IOC recommendation and in order to protect the integrity of ice skating competitions and for the safety of all the participants of international ice skating competitions, the ISU Council based on Article 17.1.q)i) of the ISU Constitution, agreed that with immediate effect and until further notice, no Skaters belonging to the ISU Members in Russia (Russian Skating Union and the Figure Skating Federation of Russia) and Belarus (Skating Union of Belarus) shall be invited or allowed to participate in International ice skating competitions including ISU Championships and other ISU Events. The same applies to Officials listed in the respective ISU Communications and/or Regulations under Russia and Belarus (see ISU Communication 2469).
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ISU Grand Prix Schedule
The schedules of each ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events are available below:
21 - 23 Oct, 2022 Skate America, Norwood (USA)
28 - 30 Oct, 2022 Skate Canada International, Mississauga (CAN)
04 - 06 Nov, 2022 Grand Prix de France, Angers (FRA)
11 - 13 Nov, 2022 MK John Wilson Trophy, Sheffield (GBR)
18 - 20 Nov, 2022 NHK Trophy, Sapporo (JPN)
25 - 27 Nov, 2022 Grand Prix Espoo, Espoo (FIN)
08 - 11 Dec, 2022 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Torino (ITA)
About ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating
The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series started in 1995 (previously known as the ISU Champions Series) and consists of six invitational international senior events and the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. The top six of the past World Championships are seeded. Competitors collect points in their Grand Prix events towards the qualification for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. Only the top six Skaters / Couples in each discipline can qualify for the Final.