The 2011/2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating continues this Friday with Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, Russia. The Rostelecom Cup is the sixth and last event in the series. The skaters compete for a global prize money of US $ 180, 000 per individual event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating and receive points according to their placements.
Competition will be exciting with several contenders still aiming to qualify for ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Quebec, Canada in December.
In the Men's event, Cup of China gold medallist Jeremy Abbott (USA) and Skate Canada silver medallist Javier Fernandez (ESP) have good chances to qualify for the Final. Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN), who was ranked fourth at the Cup of China, still has a shot to go to Quebec City as well. Michal Brezina (CZE) is qualified after taking a gold and a bronze in his earlier events but can take away points from others here in Moscow. Other contenders include World bronze medallist Artur Gachinski (RUS), World Junior Champion Andrei Rogozine (CAN) and Brandon Mroz (USA).
Three Ladies are vying for the two last available spots in the Final. Two-time World Champion Mao Asada (JPN) with a silver medal from NHK Trophy and World Junior Champion Adelina Sotnikova (RUS) with the bronze medal from Cup of China are looking like the favorites. However, NHK Trophy bronze medallist Alena Leonova (RUS) is still in the running as well. 2011 European bronze medallist Kiira Korpi (FIN), Haruka Imai (JPN) and Christina Gao (USA) are also hoping for a podium finish in Moscow.
World Champions Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA) headline the dance field and are looking for a second gold medal on the Grand Prix circuit after winning Skate America. European silver medallists Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev (RUS) come with a gold from the Cup of China to Rostelecom Cup and want to assure their spot in the Final. Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje (CAN) are qualified with two silver medals from the circuit but are aiming at the podium again in Moscow. Isabella Tobias/Deividas Stagniunas (LTU) and Pernelle Carron/Lloyd Jones (FRA) earned the bronze medals at Skate America and Cup of China respectively and want to do well again here in Moscow.
Three-time World Champions Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (GER) lead the pairs. They booked their tickets to Quebec with a gold and a bronze medal in their earlier events but are looking to improve on their third-place finish from NHK Trophy. Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander Smirnov (RUS) come with two gold medals from Cup of China and NHK Trophy to Moscow and are qualified as well. Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek (ITA) are eying the podium in Moscow after coming fourth in Japan. Other competitors include World Junior silver medallists Ksenia Stolbova/ Fedor Klimov (RUS), Katarina Gerboldt/Alexander Enbert (RUS) and Ashley Cain/Joshua Reagan (USA).
The full list of entries is available at www.isu.org
The schedule of Rostelecom Cup is as follows:
Friday, November 25: Ladies, Pairs and Men's Short Program, Short Dance,
Saturday, November 26: Ladies, Pairs and Men's Free Skating, Free Dance
Sunday, November 27: Exhibition Gala