Two-time Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan triumphed on home ice to claim victory with 55 points to spare. France’s Kevin Aymoz skated to the silver medal and Canadian Roman Sadovsky moved up to take the bronze, the first Grand Prix medal of his career. Hanyu and Aymoz qualified for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.
Russia’s Alena Kostornaia stormed to her second Grand Prix gold medal at the NHK Trophy in Sapporo (JPN) on Saturday. Rika Kihira of Japan claimed the silver medal and Olympic Champion Alina Zagitova of Russia moved up one place to take the bronze. All three qualified for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Torino next month.
Olympic silver medalists Wenjing Sui/Cong Han of China skated to a confident victory at NHK Trophy in Sapporo (JPN) with a little over 18 points to spare on Saturday. Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro earned the silver medal and the bronze went to Anastasia Mishina/Aleksandr Galliamov of Russia.
Four-time ISU World Ice Dance Champions Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron of France were untouchable at NHK Trophy in Sapporo (JPN) on Saturday and set new high scores on their way to the gold. Russia’s Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin earned the silver medal and, like the French, a ticket to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Torino (ITA) next month.
Patrick Roest (NED) won a second successive 5000m gold in the World Cup and the fourth of his career with a track record on the first day of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Tomaszów Mazowiecki on Friday. In the team sprint the Dutch men switched their line-up but also clinched their second World Cup win of the season.
Martina Sáblíková (CZE) showed great resilience by bouncing back from last week's fourth place to win the 3000m on the opening day of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Tomaszów Mazowiecki on Friday. Carlijn Achtereekte (NED) was a close second and climbed to first place in the long distance World Cup ranking. In the ladies’ Team Sprint, Russia took advantage of a line-up change to beat the Netherlands and reverse last week’s places at the top of the podium.
Double Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan topped the Men’s Short Program at the NHK Trophy in Sapporo on Friday and leads France’s Kevin Aymoz by almost 18 points.
Russia’s Alena Kostornaia fought off the challenge of Rika Kihira of Japan in an exciting battle of triple Axels in the Ladies' Short Program at the NHK Trophy in Sapporo on Friday and posted a new highest score for the discipline.
Olympic silver medalists Wenjing Sui/Cong Han of China sparkled in the Pairs Short Program at NHK Trophy in Sapporo on Friday and seem poised for gold with a 10-point lead over Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro. Russia’s Anastasia Mishina/Aleksandr Galliamov are not far behind the Canadians in third place.
Four-time World Champions Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) danced to a confident lead in the Rhythm Dance at NHK Trophy in Sapporo (JPN) Friday, setting a new highest score en route. Russia’s Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin are currently ranked second followed by Charlene Guignard/Marco Fabbri of Italy.
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After having hosted its first ever international event last year, the Arena Lodowa in Tomaszów Mazowiecki will welcome the ISU World Cup Speed Skating for the second time in history this weekend. The surprise winners at the season start in Minsk last week, hope to consolidate their good form, while others have to bounce back. In the long distances track records seem to be up for grabs this weekend.
Robin Groot (NED) anchored an orange medal haul at the ISU Junior World Cup in Bjugn, Norway. The 18-year-old celebrated three gold medals in the ladies competition. In total the Dutch juniors won seven gold medals and a total of 14, while China dominated the neo-senior competition with eight gold medals and a total of 15.
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.