The final places are up for grabs as the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating reaches its sixth and final stage in Espoo, Finland.
When is it on?
The Grand Prix Espoo begins Friday, 25 November with the pairs short programme and concludes Sunday, 27 November with the exhibition gala.
Who is skating?
There are two spots left in the Grand Prix Final men’s event. After his victory at Skate America, Ilia Malinin (USA) could finish as low as fourth in Finland and still qualify. The only two skaters who have a mathematical path to advance to Turin are Shun Sato (JPN) and Keegan Messing (CAN). Messing has to win to have any chance at all, while Sato can place second, but has to finish ahead of the Canadian. Kevin Aymoz (FRA), who pulled out of his home Grand Prix event, could play spoiler.
With potentially three spots up for grabs in the women’s event Grand Prix Final, Mai Mihara (JPN) and Loena Hendrickx (BEL) look to have their tickets to Turin safely booked so long as they do not drop below fourth in Espoo. Anastasiia Gubanova (GEO) must come second or higher to qualify, while Rika Kihira (JPN) has an outside shot if she can win the title with a good points total.
Only one place remains in Turin for the pairs competing in Finland to fight over. None of the pairs participating have ever medalled on the Grand Prix circuit, so it promises to be an unpredictable event. Both Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini (ITA) and Anastasiia Metelkina and Daniil Parkman (GEO) finished fourth at their first assignments. Whichever comes out on top and is second or higher will be travelling to the Grand Prix Final next month. Alisa Efimova and Ruben Blommaert (GER) took silver at the Nebelhorn Trophy in September, but had to pull out of Skate Canada.
Barring disaster in Espoo, it would appear that Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier (CAN) and Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker are locked in to take the last two berths in the Grand Prix Final 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?
Breakfast to lunch in North America, lunch to dinner in Europe and dinner to midnight snack in Asia. The times listed for the Grand Prix Espoo are local and if you want to know what the time difference is between where you are and Espoo 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 #GPEspoo #FigureSkating