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.
In the blink of an eye, we’re already one-third of the way through the Grand Prix series and quite a lot has happened in just two events. So let’s take a look back at what happened, what we’ve learned, and what it could all mean going forward.
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.
The women's event at Nebelhorn is likely the most competitive field of the weekend, with lots of heavy hitters and plenty to watch even outside of Olympic qualification.
Let's take a look at the men's field for this weekend's Olympic qualifying at Nebelhorn Trophy.