For the very first time, the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating comes to British shores with the MK John Wilson Trophy taking place this weekend in Sheffield, United Kingdom.
When is it on?
The MK John Wilson Trophy begins Friday, 11 November with the pairs short programme and concludes Sunday, 13 November with the exhibition gala.
Who is skating?
Daniel Grassl (ITA) just missed out on a podium place when he came fourth at Skate America last month and will try to take a medal this time. Shun Sato (JPN) is likely to lead the trio of Japanese skaters in the men’s event in Sheffield, while 2020 European bronze medallist Morisi Kvitelashvili (GEO) and 2022 European bronze medallist Deniss Vasiljevs will aim to pick up some metal.
This will be the first international competition of the season for Mai Mihara (JPN). The 2022 Four Continents champion will be striving for her first Grand Prix title. World Junior champion Isabeau Levito (USA) will be seeking to at least match her success at Skate America where she took silver. Young You (KOR) already has a bronze from Skate Canada and will look to improve on that result this weekend.
Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier (USA) are the standout favourites in the pairs event. The World champions should be easy winners and seal their place at the Grand Prix Final after claiming gold at Skate America. Sara Conti and Niccolo Macii (ITA) were delighted bronze medallists at Skate Canada two weeks ago. Katie McBeath and Nathan Bartholomay (USA) and Anastasiia Metelkina and Daniil Parkman (GEO) are also podium contenders.
It will be back to back Grand Prix events for Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri (ITA) and they are riding high after their victory at the Grand Prix de France. There will be a fierce challenge from local darlings Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson (GBR) who danced their way to silver at Skate Canada. Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha (CAN) finished just behind the British in Mississauga.
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 the MK John Wilson Trophy are local and if you want to know what the time difference is between where you are and Sheffield 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 #MKJohnWilsonTrophy #FigureSkating