2017 Skate America
The last spots for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final are on the line at Bridgestone Skate America this week in Lake Placid, NY. Among those competing for a spot are two-time World Champions Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (CAN), two-time World medalists Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (USA), Four Continents Champion Nathan Chen (USA), and U.S. Champions Ashley Wagner and Karen Chen.
Skate America is the sixth and last event in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series that culminates in the Final in Nagoya, Japan next month. A total of 57 skaters/couples from 9 ISU members compete in Lake Placid. Lake Placid is a scenic, but remote, town in the Adirondack mountains of New York and was the site of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games.
Though the last competition of the series, several slots for the final are in play in each event.
A win by Polina Tsurskaya (RUS) or Ashley Wagner (USA) gets them to the final. A second place will rely on tie breakers to make it to the final. Karen Chen (USA) and Gabreille Dalelman (CAN) are not in contention to make the final, but have the potential to be spoilers for Tsurskaya or Wagner.
Nathan Chen (USA), Sergei Varonov (RUS), Boyang Jin (CHN) and Adam Rippon (USA) all have the potential to make the final, even with placements as low as fourth. Javier Fernandez (ESP), Misha Ge (UZB) and Alexander Samarin (RUS) are all at risk of dropping out of the top six finishers in the series.
Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (CAN), Aljona Savchenko & Bruno Massot (GER) and Xiaoyu Yu & Hao Zhang (CHN) all have good chances to make the final, with top three finishes at Skate America. The teams currently fourth though sixth in the standings are all at risk of being pushed out of the final.
Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (USA) and Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte (ITA) can make the final with top two finishes here, and even with a third place finish the Italians will make the final. Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Soloviev (RUS) and Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje (CAN) are both at risk of being pushed out of the final.
Unlike the other Grand Prixs, Skate America is spread over three days of competition instead of two, allowing somewhat lighter days on Friday and Saturday, but a longer day on Sunday, with two final rounds during the day, and the exhibition in the evening.
2017 Skate America Gold Medalists