Short Track Speed Skating returns for another exhilarating season this weekend, November 2-4, with the ISU World Cup Short Track in Calgary, Canada. The weekend’s event will be the first of five World Cup events, in a season that will also feature the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships, ISU Junior World Short Track Speed Skating Championships and the sport’s showpiece, the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships.
Daria Pavliuchenko/Denis Khodykin of Russia didn’t need long to get to the top: Less than two years after teaming up, this young couple won the World Junior title in 2018 in their debut at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Sofia last March. Now the Muscovites have taken the next step and will debut at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Helsinki (FIN) this week.
Watch the magnificent highlights from the ISU Grand Prix Skate Canada International.
Ten Ice Dance couples competed at Skate Canada in Laval, and five of them train together in the Montreal Ice Dance school: Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue (USA), Marie-Jade Lauriault/Romain Le Gac (FRA), Olivia Smart/Adrian Diaz (ESP), Shiyue Wang/Xinyu Liu (CHN) and Carolane Soucisse/Shane Firus (CAN).
Russia’s Elizaveta Tuktamysheva clinched her first ISU Grand Prix gold medal in four years, edging out Japan’s Mako Yamashita by 0.26 points as the competition wrapped up at Skate Canada International in Laval, QC, on Saturday. Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia surged from seventh to take the bronze medal.
USA’s Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue danced to their second consecutive Grand Prix gold medal and are the first skaters to qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. Victoria Sinitsina/Nikita Katsalapov of Russia secured the silver medal, while Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier of Canada surged from sixth to grab the bronze medal.
World and Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno of Japan fought back in the Free Skating to take gold as Skate Canada International continued Saturday in Laval, QC. Canada’s Keegan Messing earned the silver medal and Junhwan Cha of Korea claimed the bronze.
Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres of France skated to their first Grand Prix gold medal with 20 points to spare as the Skate Canada International continued on Saturday. China’s Cheng Peng/Yang Jin claimed the silver and the bronze went to Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro.
The 2015 World Champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia skated to a confident lead in the Ladies Short Program at the Skate Canada International in Laval, QC, on Friday. Japan’s Wakaba Higuchi was second and Mako Yamashita third.
World silver medalists Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue (USA) came out on top in the Rhythm Dance as the Skate Canada International continued in Laval, QC with the Ice Dance event. Russia’s Victoria Sinitsina/Nikita Katsalapov were second in the first segment of the competition and Olivia Smart/ Adrian Diaz of Spain came third.
To the delight of the home crowd, Canada’s Keegan Messing took the Men’s Short Program as the Skate Canada International continued with the Men’s Short Program Friday in Laval, QC. World and Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno of Japan had to settle for second place on the first day, edging out emerging Korean skater Junhwan Cha.
World bronze medalists Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres of France skated to the lead as Skate Canada International opened with the Pairs Short Program on Friday. China’s Cheng Peng/Yang Jin sit in second place, followed by Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro.
2018 Olympic silver medalists Evgenia Medvedeva (RUS) and Shoma Uno (JPN) start their Grand Prix season at Skate Canada International as the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2018/2019 continues in Laval, QC.