Chan, Virtue & Moir headline 2013 Skate Canada's line-up for ISU Grand Prix events

Monday, June 3, 2013

OTTAWA, ON: The International Skating Union (ISU) has announced the line-ups for the six ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating(r) events. Canada will host the second stop on the circuit, the 2013 Skate Canada International in Saint John, New Brunswick from October 25-27 at the Harbour Station.

Many of the skaters in the strong competitive field will unveil the programs and music that will be skated at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. All four 2013 Canadian champions, including three-time world champion Patrick Chan, the 2010 Olympic Ice Dance Champion and two-time world champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, pair champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford and defending Skate Canada International champion Kaetlyn Osmond will compete.

“We are very pleased with the calibre of entries that will be coming to this year’s event.The Grand Prix competitions are key in the athletes’ preparation for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games, and fans in Saint John will have the opportunity to see both our Canadian as well as international world medalists compete for the titles,” said Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada Director High Performance.

All-event ticket packages will go on sale Friday, June 14, 2013 at 10:00 ADT. Packages cost $100-$170, plus applicable surcharges. Tickets can be purchased online at www.harbourstation.ca, by phone at 506.657.1234 or toll free in NB, NS, PE and ME at 1.800.267.2800, or in person at the Harbour Station Box Office.

Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating(r) series. The other events take place in the United States (Skate America), China (Cup of China), France (Trophee Eric Bompard), Russia (Rostelecom Cup) and Japan (NHK Trophy). Skaters are awarded points based on their placements in the series’ events. The top-six men and ladies and the top-six pair and ice dance teams qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final to be held in Fukuoka, Japan from December 5-8, 2013.

2013 SKATE CANADA INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES

Men’s
Patrick CHAN (CAN)
Andrei ROGOZINE (CAN)
Elladj BALDE (CAN)
Michal BREZINA (CZE)
Yuzuru HANYU (JPN)
Takahito MURA (JPN)
Nobunari ODA (JPN)
Jeremy ABBOTT (USA)
Joshua FARRIS (USA)
Ross MINER (USA)

Ladies
Kaetlyn OSMOND (CAN)
Amelie LACOSTE (CAN)
To Be Determined (CAN)
Kiira KORPI (FIN)
Akiko SUZUKI JPN)
Yuna KIM (KOR)
Alena LEONOVA (RUS)
Julia LIPNITSKAIA (RUS)
Christina GAO (USA)
Gracie GOLD (USA)

Pair
Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD (CAN)
Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS (CAN)
Margaret PURDY / Michael MARINARO (CAN)
Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN (CHN)
Mari VARTMANN / Aaron VAN CLEAVE (GER)
Stefania BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREK (ITA)
Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV (RUS)
Lindsay DAVIS / Rockne BRUBAKER (USA)

Ice Dance
Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR (CAN)
Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE (CAN)
Alexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAM (CAN)
Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI (GER)
Charlene GUIGNARD / Marco FABBRI (ITA)
Ekaterina RIAZANOVA / Ilia TKACHENKO (RUS)
Alexandra STEPANOVA / Ivan BUKIN (RUS)
Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE (USA)

CANADIAN ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE 2013 ISU GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING SERIES

Skate America – Detroit, MI, USA. – October 18-20, 2013
Pair: Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch

Skate Canada International – Saint John, New Brunswick – October 25-27, 2013
Men’s: Patrick Chan, Andrei Rogozine, Elladj Balde
Ladies: Amelie Lacoste, Kaetlyn Osmond, TBD
Pair: Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford, Paige Lawrence & Rudi Swiegers, Margaret Purdy & Michael Marinaro
Ice Dance: Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje, Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam

Cup of China – Beijing, China – November 1-3, 2013
Men’s: Kevin Reynolds
Pair: Paige Lawrence & Rudi Swiegers

NHK Trophy – Tokyo, Japan – November 8-10, 2013
Ice Dance: Piper Gilles et Paul Poirier

Trophee Eric Bompard – Paris, France – November 15-17, 2013
Men’s: Patrick Chan
Pair: Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford, Natasha Purich &Mervin Tran
Ice Dance: Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Nicole Orford & Thomas Williams

Rostelecom Cup – Moscow, Russia – November 22-24, 2013
Men’s: Kevin Reynolds
Ladies: Kaetlyn Osmond
Pair: Kirsten Moore-Towers et Dylan Moscovitch
Ice Dance: Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje, Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier

For full entries at the five other ISU Grand Prix events please click here.

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