That Was The Week That Was In Figure Skating (21-27 November 2016)

We take a quick look back at what happened in the world of skating over the course of the past week.

Showdown In Sapporo Decides Final Places

Yuzuru Hanyu is through to his sixth Grand Prix Final in a row after coasting to victory at the NHK Trophy in Sapporo. Despite errors in both of his programs, the 2014 Olympic champion won with just over a 32 point margin between him and the rest of the field. Nathan Chen took his first Grand Prix medal and also booked himself a place in the Grand Prix Final alongside Hanyu next month. The American posted a personal best of 180.97 in his free skating to finish in second place overall. The surprise of the men’s event was Keiji Tanaka claiming the bronze medal with a full set of new personal bests.

In the ladies competition, all three medallists qualified for the Grand Prix Final. Following her win at Rostelecom Cup, Anna Pogorilaya bagged her second title of the series. Last season’s champion Satoko Miyahara moved up from third after the short to take silver. Maria Sotskova came third and made the Grand Prix Final in her first full season competing as a senior skater.

Even though both of their routines in Sapporo were riddled with mistakes, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford had more than enough in reserve to seal their second Grand Prix win of the season. They will be joined in Marseille by Cheng Peng and Yang Jin who had actually been in the lead after the short, but fell apart in the free to end up in second. Xuehan Wang and Lei Wang were third.

In the ice dance event, it was billed as a battle royale between teams who had both been crowned World champions twice. However, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir wound up winning easily and setting a new record total score of 195.84 in the process. Some uncharacteristic mistakes saw Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron lose levels on their elements in both the short and free dances. It was their first defeat in competition since the 2014 Grand Prix Final. Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte were a strong third place, but last season’s Grand Prix Final bronze medallists were unlucky to be assigned to the two events with the greatest depth and will not be in Marseille.

Grand Prix Final Qualifiers Decided

With less than two weeks to go, the full roster for the 2016/2017 Grand Prix Final in Marseille, France has been finalised.


  1. Javier Fernandez
  2. Patrick Chan
  3. Yuzuru Hanyu
  4. Shoma Uno
  5. Nathan Chen
  6. Adam Rippon


  1. Evgenia Medvedeva
  2. Anna Pogorilaya
  3. Elena Radionova
  4. Kaetlyn Osmond
  5. Maria Sotskova
  6. Satoko Miyahara


  1. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford
  2. Aliona Savchenko/Bruno Massot
  3. Xiaoyu Yu/Hao Zhang
  4. Cheng Peng/Yang Jin
  5. Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov
  6. Julianne Seguin/Charlie Bilodeau

Ice Dance

  1. Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir
  2. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani
  3. Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron
  4. Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev
  5. Madison Chock/Evan Bates
  6. Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue


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