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Olympic, world medalists dot Four Continents field

Gold among ladies favorites in Seoul; Pang, Tong to make return in pairs
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U.S. silver medalist Gracie Gold has a chance to win her first ISU championship at Four Continents this week. -Getty Images

Competition at the 2015 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships will take place Feb. 12-15 at the Mokdong Arena in Seoul, Korea. This is the first time the event will be held in Seoul, although Korea has hosted the event four times previously: 2002 and 2010 in Jeonju, 2005 in Gangneung and 2008 in Goyang City.

Ninety-one skaters from 15 countries are scheduled to compete. Icenetwork will provide live video of the competition for Season Pass subscribers.


U.S. silver medalist Gracie Gold and 2014 Four Continents silver medalist Satoko Miyahara of Japan have their eyes set on the top prize. Gold has the highest season's best of the ladies competitors in Seoul with 191.16 points, while Miyahara comes in with a season's-best score of 183.90.

Their main challengers should be Rostelecom Cup gold medalist Rika Hongo of Japan, U.S. bronze medalist Polina Edmunds and Korean champion So Youn Park. Others to watch include Canadian champion Gabrielle Daleman, Rostelecom bronze medalist Alaine Chartrand of Canada, 2014 Four Continents bronze medalist Zijun Li of China and American Samantha Cesario.


Olympic bronze medalist Denis Ten of Kazakhstan and defending Four Continents champion Takahito Mura of Japan headline the men's event. Ten has achieved a season's best of 249.94 points, while Mura brings a season's-best score of 255.81 to Seoul.

Competition should come from 2014 world junior champion Nam Nguyen of Canada, U.S. champion Jason Brown, 2010 Four Continents champion Adam Rippon and 2013 Four Continents bronze medalist Han Yan of China. Other medal contenders include 2014 Junior Grand Prix Final champion Shoma Uno of Japan, NHK Trophy champion Daisuke Murakami of Japan and U.S. bronze medalist Joshua Farris.


The pairs event will see the comeback of five-time Four Continents champions Qing Pang and Jian Tong of China, who retired following the 2014 Olympic Winter Games but decided to return for this event and the upcoming world championships. The two-time world champions will face Grand Prix Final champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada as well as defending Four Continents champions Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China.

Other podium contenders include Grand Prix Finalists Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang of China, U.S. champions Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, and 2013 world junior champions Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier.

Ice dance

The ice dance competition shapes up as another duel between 2014 world silver medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada and U.S. champions Madison Chock and Evan Bates.

U.S. silver medalists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, 2014 Four Continents silver medalists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Canada, and 2014 world junior champions Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker will look to challenge for the podium as well.