The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating moves on to its second stage at Skate Canada this weekend with the action taking place inside the Paramount Fine Foods Center rink in Mississauga, Ontario.
When is it on?
Skate Canada begins Friday, 28 October with the women’s short programme and concludes Sunday, 30 October with the exhibition gala.
Who is skating?
The men’s event will be headlined by World champion Shoma Uno (JPN) in what will be his first full competition of the season. He will be joined by teammate Kao Miura (JPN) who claimed silver last weekend at Skate America as well as training partner and 2022 European bronze medallist Deniss Vasiljevs (LAT). The home team will be spearheaded by Keegan Messing (CAN) who won the Nebelhorn Trophy at the end of last month.
Rinka Watanabe (JPN) sensationally won Lombardia Trophy in September by beating World champion Kaori Sakamoto (JPN). This will be her Grand Prix debut. After missing the 2021/2022 season due to injury, Rika Kihira (JPN) is on the comeback trail and is still not quite at her former peak yet. Young You (KOR) medalled at both of her Grand Prix assignments last season and took silver at the recent U.S. International Figure Skating Classic.
Despite injury woes disrupting their preparation, Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara (JPN) will be aiming to build on their success from last season that culminated in them winning a World silver medal. Emily Chan and Spencer Howe (USA) are the current Four Continents silver medallists, while Alisa Efimova and Ruben Blommaert have achieved two second place finishes at Nebelhorn and Finlandia this season.
Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier (CAN) are no strangers to the top of the podium at Skate Canada having won the previous two editions of the event. They will face off against Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson (GBR) who have had a busy season so far with victories in three competitions already. 2022 Four Continents champions Caroline Green and Michael Parsons (USA) will be seeking to rebound after a disappointing fifth place at Finlandia Trophy earlier this month.
Everything you need to know (and some things you did not) about the skaters, the competition schedule and results can be viewed here.
When is the skating on?
Primetime in North America, late at night/very early morning in Europe and morning in Asia. The times listed for Skate Canada are local and if you want to know what the time difference is between where you are and Mississauga then this link is your friend.
Where can I watch the pretty skaters?
This season’s Grand Prix series can be viewed on the ISU Skating YouTube channel. Geographic restrictions apply.
What are the hashtags?
#GPFigure #SCI22 #FigureSkating