After six weeks of competition on the Grand Prix series, six skaters and teams from each of the four disciplines have qualified for the series-ending Grand Prix Final, which will take place from December 8-11 in Quebec City, Canada. The Junior Grand Prix Final will happen earlier in the same week in Quebec City.
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Japan and Russia lead the way, each with five entries, with Canada and the United States both qualifying four each. All four champions from last year’s Grand Prix Final will be back to defend their titles.
Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the defending gold medalists, are the top qualifiers in ice dance after winning Skate America and Rostelecom Cup and posting the highest combined total scores. Joining the World champions will be U.S. silver medalists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, who will be making their first Grand Prix Final appearance after winning NHK Trophy earlier in the series. They will have to battle Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who, like Davis and White, won both events they entered.
- Q1. Meryl Davis/Charlie White USA
- Q2. Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir CAN
- Q3. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani USA
- Q4. Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev RUS
- Q5. Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat FRA
- Q6. Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje CAN
The only man to win both of his Grand Prix events, World champion Patrick Chan will be looking to take his unbeaten streak to six. To repeat his gold medal from last year, he will have to fend off former World champion Daisuke Takahashi, who has had a resurgence this season with two innovative programs. 2008 Grand Prix Final champion Jeremy Abbott qualified third and looks to redeem himself after a disappointing free skate at Rostelecom Cup.
- Q1. Patrick Chan CAN
- Q2. Daisuke Takahashi JPN
- Q3. Jeremy Abbott USA
- Q4. Michal Brezina CZE
- Q5. Javier Fernandez ESP
- Q6. Yuzuru Hanyu JPN
It will likely be a close battle between the three top pairs in the world this season, each of whom won both of the events they entered. World silver medalists Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov qualified first, with World champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy and former World bronze medalists Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov both ready to take the crown. Savchenko and Szolkowy are the defending champions in the event.
- Q1. Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov RUS
- Q2. Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy GER
- Q3. Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander Smirnov RUS
- Q4. Dan Zhang/Hao Zhang CHN
- Q5. Narumi Takahashi/Mervin Tran JPN
- Q6. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford CAN
Russian youngster Elizaveta Tuktamisheva exploded onto the Grand Prix series in her rookie senior season as the only female skater to post two wins. But her path to victory will be full of obstacles with a talented group of ladies joining her in Quebec City. Two-time World champion Mao Asada makes her first appearance in the Final since winning it in 2008. Italy’s Carolina Kostner and reigning champion Alissa Czisny of the United States will be looking to avenge their losses to Tuktamisheva at Trophee Eric Bompard.
- Q1. Elizaveta Tuktamisheva RUS
- Q2. Mao Asada JPN
- Q3. Carolina Kostner ITA
- Q4. Akiko Suzuki JPN
- Q5. Alissa Czisny USA
- Q6. Alena Leonova RUS
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