The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series 2021/22 continues this week with the Gran Premio d’Italia in Turin (ITA). ISU World Champion Anna Shcherbakova (RUS), four-time Ice Dance World Champions Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) and two-time ISU World Champions Wenjing Sui/Cong Han (CHN) headline the event.
The Gran Premio d’Italia is the first ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series event to take place in Italy, although Turin did host the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2019/20. This event, the third of the 2021/22 series, was originally to be held in Chongqing (CHN) but was moved to Italy.
Anna Shcherbakova (RUS) at the 2021 ISU World Team Trophy © International Skating Union (ISU)
Overview of the competitors
Anna Shcherbakova (RUS), the 2021 ISU World Champion, starts her Grand Prix season in Italy. She will compete against Loena Hendrickx (BEL), Mai Mihara (JPN), who finished fourth at Skate Canada International last week, and two-time World medalist Satoko Miyahara (JPN). Others to watch include up-and-coming Maiia Khromykh (RUS), who beat Shcherbakova at the Budapest Trophy, 2019 European Champion Sofia Samodurova (RUS) and Yelim Kim (KOR).
Yuma Kagiyama (JPN) at 2021 ISU World Figure Skating Championships © International Skating Union (ISU)
The Men’s event looks open with several strong contenders. Yuma Kagiyama (JPN), the 2021 World silver medalist, 2018 World bronze medalist Mikhail Kolyada (RUS), 2020 European Champion Dmitri Aliev (RUS) and two-time Word bronze medalist Boyang Jin (CHN) are expected to battle it out for the podium spots. Other contenders are Daniel Grassl (ITA), Junhwan Cha (KOR) and Deniss Vasiljevs (LAT). All except Grassl compete in their first Grand Prix event this season.
Wenjing Sui/Cong Han (CHN) at Skate Canada International 2021 © International Skating Union (ISU)
Wenjing Sui/Cong Han (CHN) lead the Pairs. The 2018 Olympic silver medalists come fresh from a confident victory at Skate Canada International and aim for the top of the podium again to secure their spot in the Final. 2020 Four Continents silver medalists Cheng Peng/Yang Jin (CHN), Nicole Della Monica/Matteo Guarise (ITA) and 2020 ISU World Junior bronze medalists Iuliia Artemeva/ Mikhail Nazarychev (RUS) are challenging for a medal.
Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) at the 2020 ISU European Figure Skating Championships © International Skating Union (ISU)
In the Ice Dance event, four-time World Champions Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) face 2021 World silver medalists Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue (USA) and four-time European medalists Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin (RUS). Other competitors include Caroline Green/Michael Parsons (USA), who finished fourth at Skate Canada International, Shiyue Wang/Xinyu Liu (CHN) and Katharina Müller/Tim Dieck (GER).
Sixty competitors representing 11 ISU members have been entered for the event.
Schedule of the event
Friday, November 5 Women’s & Pairs Short Programs, Rhythm Dance, Men’s Short
Saturday, November 6 Women’s & Pairs Free Skating, Free Dance, Men’s Free Skating
Sunday, November 7 Exhibition Gala
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