The World's top figure skaters including reigning Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN), 2010 Olympic Champions Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN), World, European and Four Continents Champions and medalists will compete in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series in the 2017/18 Olympic season.
Team Japan recaptured the ISU World Team Trophy title they had won once before in 2012. Japan totaled 109 points over the three days of competition. Team Russia moved up again to second place to claim the silver medal with 105 points while three-time and defending champions team USA earned the bronze with 97 points.
Team Japan defended their lead on the second day of the ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating with 81 points. Team USA moved up on spot and sits in second now with 78 points while Russia slipped to third at 74 points.
The teams ranked 1 to 6 in the ISU World Team Standings qualified for the event. Team Canada is the top qualifier for the ISU World Team Trophy 2017 with 8437 points followed by Russia (7972 points), USA (7257 points), Japan (7068 points), China (5065 points) and France (4307 points).
Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu retained the World title he had won in 2014 and set new record scores in the Free Skating. His teammate Shoma Uno secured with silver a second medal for Japan while Boyang Jin of China repeated as World bronze medalist.
Canada’s Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN) returned in style on the World Championship stage to take their third World title with a new highest total score. Two-time World Champions Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron won the Free Dance with a new record score, but remained in second to earn the silver medal while Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA) pulled up from fourth to clinch the bronze.
Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir of Canada won the Short Dance, setting a new record score en route. Defending Champions Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron of France came second and USA’s Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue follow in third place.
Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva jumped and spinned to her second consecutive World title and set new record scores on the way. Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman took the gold and silver medals. Canada for the first time has two Ladies on a World podium.
Javier Fernandez of Spain achieved a personal best score to take the lead in the Men’s Short Program. Shoma Uno of Japan came second and Canada’s Patrick Chan finished third, both setting personal best scores as well in what was a high-level event.
Wenjing Sui/Cong Han of China claimed their first World title after two consecutive silvers. Germany’s Aliona Savchenko/Bruno Massot took the silver medal and the bronze went to Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov.
Evgenia Medvedeva (RUS) takes lead in highly competitive Ladies Short Program
Wenjing Sui/Cong Han of China captured the lead in an exciting Pairs Short Program. Germany’s Aliona Savchenko/Bruno Massot edged out Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir of Russia for second place by just 0.47 points. It was a high level competition with many teams achieving a personal or season’s best score.