The Grand Prix de France marks the midway point of the Grand Prix Series with the competition being held for the first time at the Ice Parc in Angers situated on the edge of the Loire Valley.
When is it on?
Grand Prix de France begins Friday, 4 November with the women’s short programme and concludes Sunday, 6 November with the exhibition gala.
Who is skating?
The men’s event is wide open with a number of skating vying for the top of the podium. 2022 Four Continents silver medallist Kazuki Tomono (JPN) is perhaps the marginal favourite. He will be pushed by Adam Siao Him Fa (FRA) who will be aiming to win a medal in front of his home fans. Sota Yamamoto (JPN), Lukas Britschgi (SUI), Sena Miyake (JPN) and Sihyeong Lee (KOR) all have a decent shot of stepping onto the rostrum.
Loena Hendrickx (BEL) could win the first Grand Prix title of her career if she skates with the form that brought her to a World silver medal in March this year. The Belgian has already won the Nebelhorn Trophy in September. Her main challenge looks set to come from Yelim Kim (KOR) who was victorious at last month’s Finlandia Trophy. Kim’s teammate Haein Lee (KOR) is also not to be discounted.
Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps (CAN) made everybody stand up and take notice of them when they took a well-earned silver medal at Skate America two weeks ago. After finishing fourth at both Europeans and Worlds last season, Karina Safina and Luka Berulava (GEO) will be keen to come away with a medal from Angers. Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini (ITA) won the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic back in September and could pick up more silverware this weekend.
Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri (ITA) look to be on course to claim a first Grand Prix title after setting new personal bests at Lombardia Trophy earlier this season. Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen (CAN) are coming off the back their victory at Finlandia Trophy just a month ago. In the absence of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, Evgeniia Lopareva and Geoffrey Brissaud (FRA) will be flying the flag for France in the ice dance event.
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?
Morning in North America, primetime in Europe and evening/late at night in Asia. The times listed for Grand Prix de France are local and if you want to know what the time difference is between where you are and Angers 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 #AngersIDF2022 #FigureSkating