The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series travelled the world. It went from Skate America in Everett, WA to Skate Canada in Laval, QC, on to the Grand Prix Helsinki, Finland and to NHK Trophy in Hiroshima, Japan before concluding with Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, Russia and Internationaux de France in Grenoble, to determine the top six skaters who would compete in the ISU Grand Prix Final in Vancouver, Canada. Having only the top skaters compete, makes for an extremely interesting competition filled with amazing performances and programs. Let's take a look back at some of the highlights.
Nathan Chen (USA) 2018©International Skating Union (ISU)
Reigning World Champion Nathan Chen (USA) added his second ISU Grand Prix Final title to his resume Friday in Vancouver (CAN). Japan’s Shoma Uno earned the silver medal like last year while Junhwan Cha of Korea pulled up from fourth to take the bronze medal in his debut at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and edging Michal Brezina (CZE) off the podium.
Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue (USA) struck gold as the Ice Dance event concluded at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Saturday in Vancouver (CAN). Victoria Sinitsina/Nikita Katsalapov of Russia overtook Italians Charlene Guignard/Marco Fabbri to secure the silver medal. The Italians earned the bronze.
China’s Cheng Peng/Yang Jin upset the favorites in the Pairs Short Program, edging Russians Natalia Zabiiako/Alexander Enbert and Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov for a narrow lead. However, Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres of France soared from fourth place to victory in the Pairs Free skating event as competition wrapped up at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Vancouver (CAN) on Saturday. China’s Cheng Peng/Yang Jin claimed the silver medal and Russians Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov settled for the bronze. It was the first Grand Prix Final medal for the French and the Chinese teams.
Newcomer Rika Kihira of Japan stormed to the gold medal in the Ladies event at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Vancouver (CAN) on Saturday. Olympic Champion Alina Zagitova of Russia settled for second place this time and Russia’s Elizaveta Tuktamysheva continued her successful comeback this season by taking the bronze medal.