The 2021 Grand Prix series closes out its regular events this weekend with Rostelecom Cup, aka the Cup of Russia. This year's installment will take place in Sochi, Russia, in the same venue used for the 2014 Winter Olympics, making it the second former Olympic venue to host a Grand Prix event this season after the Torino Palavela hosted the Grand Premio d'Italia. Can you tell it's an Olympic season?
We're reaching the closing stages of the 2021 Grand Prix and the picture for the Final is coming more and more into focus. Quite a few skaters could punch their ticket to Osaka this weekend and some will surely face bitter disappointment. Fortunately, we still have full fields in every discipline rather than the plethora if injuries that plagued NHK, so hopefully the most dramatic part of the event will be finding out what strange prize the French skating federation will be giving out in place of real medals this year. I'm guessing it won't be nearly as fun as the giant blocks of cheese medalists recieved in Italy, but there's always something surprising about the event organization at the French Grand Prix.
This year's NHK Trophy had seen plenty of drama before the event has even started, with s plethora of withdrawals, including two home favorites for gold, leaving us with some very interesting fields. Former winners of this event, Yuzuru Hanyu and Rika Kihira, both withdrew last week due to ankle injuries, which will come as… Continue reading NHK Trophy 2021 Preview
This weekend will be the inaugural Gran Premio d’Italia, or Italian Grand Prix, which replaces the Cup of China that was cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 issues. At the end of this event, we’ll be halfway through the Grand Prix series, so let’s check out what we have to look forward to.
What to Watch With Bradie Tennell withdrawing due to injury earlier this week, prospects don't look great for the US women in this event. The three entries here are at the bottom of the list in terms of ISU personal best scores and face some steep competition if they want to nab a medal at… Continue reading Skate America 2021 Preview: Women
What to Watch The top US dance teams will be facing off early this year, with the gold medal most likely going to Hubbell/Donohue or Chock/Bates. The two teams are always within a few points of each other and have been trading the American #1 spot back and forth over the past few seasons and… Continue reading Skate America 2021 Preview: Ice Dance
If you're looking to get in the Las Vegas gambling mood, Nathan Chen winning his fifth Skate America title will be the safest bet of the weekend. For a far riskier bet, try predicting the rest of the men's finishing order (I dare you).
Let's preview the pairs competing at Skate America and the biggest story lines to keep an eye on!
Our final preview and the final discipline to wrap things up on Saturday is the ice dance. Since scores and placements for the discipline tend to stay fairly consistent and major errors are far less common than the other disciplines, ice dance should be the easiest to predict. However, many teams haven't competed internationally for a while due to the pandemic and Olympic qualifying is a scary business, so there's still some chance for surprises.
With the fewest spots available of any discipline, the pairs event at Nebelhorn could be quite the nail-biter, with a medal-winning performance required in order to snatch one of the last Olympic spots.