Sapporo, Japan

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The last spots for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final are on the line this week at NHK Trophy in Sapporo (JPN). NHK Trophy is the sixth and last event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN), four-time ISU World Figure Skating Ice Dance Champions Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA), two-time ISU World Figure Skating Pairs Champions Wenjing Sui/Cong Han (CHN) as well as ISU World Figure Skating and Olympic Champion Alina Zagitova (RUS) headline the event and have good chances to qualify for the Final in Torino (ITA) December 5 to 8.

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Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)

Hanyu (JPN), Zagitova (RUS), Papadakis/Cizeron (FRA), Sui/Han (CHN) to compete

Two-time Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) comes with a gold medal from Skate Canada and is looking forward to competing on home ice. The current ISU World Figure Skating silver medalist is eager to book his ticket to the Final. Skate America silver medalist Jason Brown (USA) has a good shot at the Final as well. Internationaux de France bronze medalist Kevin Aymoz (FRA) and Rostelecom Cup bronze medalist Makar Ignatov (RUS) not only hope for another medal but also have a chance to make the Final for the first time. Other competitors are ISU World Junior Figure Skating Champion Tomoki Hiwatashi (USA), ISU Grand Prix Finalist Sergei Voronov (RUS) and Alexei Bychenko (ISR).

ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Standings Men.

The Ladies event promises and exciting battle between Olympic Champion Alina Zagitova (RUS), ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Champion Rika Kihira (JPN) and Internationaux de France Champion Alena Kostornaia (RUS). Newcomer Kostornaia left a strong impression in France and wants to challenge Kihira and Zagitova, who both took silver in their first event. All three have excellent chances to qualify for Torino. Other contenders include 2019 ISU European Figure Skating Champion Sofia Samodurova (RUS), Eunsoo Lim (KOR) and Starr Andrews (USA).

ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Standings Ladies.

In the Pairs, Olympic silver medalists Wenjing Sui/Cong Han (CHN) are the hot favorites following a confident win at their home ISU Grand Prix Shiseido Cup of China. ISU World Junior Figure Skating Champions Anastasia Mishina/Aleksandr Galliamov (RUS) come with a gold medal from Internationaux de France and aim at the podium and at their first senior-level Final. Skate Canada silver medalists Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro (CAN) hope for another medal and the Final as well. Also competing are Alexa Scimeca Knierim/Chris Knierim (USA), Nicole della Monica/Matteo Guarise (ITA) and Tarah Kayne/Danny O’Shea (USA).

ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Standings Pairs.

Olympic silver medalists Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) lead the Ice Dance competition and look for another gold medal after winning their home event Internationaux de France. Skate America silver medalists Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin (RUS) eye the podium and the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final again but need to watch out for Internationaux de France bronze medalists Charlene Guignard/Marco Fabbri (ITA). Also in the mix are Skate Canada bronze medalists Lilah Fear/Lewis Gibson (GBR), Shiyue Wang/Xinyu Liu (CHN) and Christina Carreira/ Anthony Ponomarenko (RUS).


ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Standings Ice Dance.


Schedule of the event

Friday, November 22              Rhythm Dance, Pairs, Ladies & Men’s Short Programs

Saturday, November 23         Free Dance, Pairs, Ladies & Men’s Free Skating

Sunday, November 24            Exhibition Gala

Overall, 58 skaters/couples representing 11 ISU members compete at NHK Trophy November 22-24. The top 6 qualifiers of the Grand Prix series in each discipline will proceed to the Final in Torino (ITA), December 5 to 8, 2019. Full entry lists, results, the General Announcement of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series are available on

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ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2019/20

Skate America - Las Vegas (USA) – October 18 – 20

Skate Canada International – Kelowna (CAN) – October 25 – 27

Internationaux de France – Grenoble (FRA) – Novembre 1 – 3

SHISEIDO cup of China – Chongqing (CHN) – November 8 – 10

Rostelecom Cup – Moscow (RUS) – November 15 – 17

NHK Trophy – Sapporo (JPN) – November 22 – 24

ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final (Senior & Junior) – Torino (ITA) – December 5 – 8