World Champion Chen (USA) starts his season at ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating at Skate

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Two-time and reigning ISU World Figure Skating Champion Nathan Chen (USA) and several world medalists open their season this week at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Skate America in Las Vegas (USA), the first event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2019/2020. Skate America is the first of six events in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

Chen (USA), Tuktamysheva (RUS), Hubbell/Donohue (USA) headline Skate America

Chen will compete in his first full event since the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2019. He has to expect competition from two-time ISU World Figure Skating medalist Boyang Jin (CHN), 2018 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating bronze medalist Jason Brown (USA) and ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final bronze medalist Junhwan Cha (KOR). Other contenders include ISU Grand Prix Finalist Michal Brezina (CZE), 2016 ISU European Figure Skating silver medalist Alexei Bychenko (ISR) and 2018 ISU European Figure Skating silver medalist Dmitri Aliev (RUS).

2015 ISU World Figure Skating Champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) headlines the Ladies’ field and will face 2018 ISU World Figure Skating silver medalist Wakaba Higuchi (JPN) as well as 2018 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Champion Kaori Sakamoto (JPN). U.S. Champion Bradie Tennell (USA) and Eunsoo Lim (KOR) have set their eyes on the podium as well. 2019 ISU World Junior Figure Skating silver medalist Anna Shcherbakova (RUS) debuts on the senior circuit and is certainly a threat with her quadruple Lutz.

The Pairs event looks wide open with 2019 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating bronze medalists Cheng Peng/Yang Jin (CHN) leading the field. U.S. Champions Ashley Cain-Gribble/Timothy Le Duc, 2018 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Champions Daria Pavliuchenko/Denis Khodykin (RUS) and Haven Denney/Brandon Frazier (USA) are expected to challenge the Chinese team.

Two-time and reigning ISU World Figure Skating Ice Dance medalists Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue (USA) lead the line-up in the Dance event. The challenge should come from 2019 ISU European Figure Skating silver medalists Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin (RUS), ISU Grand Prix Finalists Tiffani Zagorski/Jonathan Guerreiro (RUS) and Laurence Fournier-Beaudry/Nikolaj Sorensen (CAN), who won Nebelhorn Trophy last month.

Overall, 60 skaters/couples representing 13 ISU members compete in Skate America October 18-20. The top 6 qualifiers of the series in each discipline will proceed to the Final in Torino (ITA), December 5 to 8, 2019.

Schedule of the event

Friday, October 18                  Pairs, Men’s Short Programs, Rhythm Dance, Ladies Short Program
Saturday, October 19             Pairs, Men’s Free Skating, Free Dance, Ladies Free Skating
Sunday, October 20               Exhibition Gala

For full entry lists and further information regarding the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series please visit: https://isu.org/GrandPrix . Follow the discussion on social media by using #FigureSkating #GPFigure.