Skaters look to book GP Final tickets in Moscow
Top skaters try to qualify for Grand Prix Final
|Ashley Wagner is one of the top ladies competitors heading to Moscow for the Rostelecom Cup. (Getty Images)|
In the men's event, all top contenders want to book their ticket to the Grand Prix Final here in Moscow. Reigning world silver medalist Patrick Chan won Skate Canada and will be challenged by U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, who took the silver at NHK Trophy, and 2008 European champion Tomas Verner (CZE), bronze medalist at the Cup of China. Other contenders include Alban Préaubert (FRA), 2010 world junior champion Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN), 2010 world junior bronze medalist Artur Gachinski (RUS), 2009 European silver medalist Samuel Contesti (ITA), Javier Fernandez (ESP) and Tatsuki Machida (JPN).
Two-time and reigning world bronze medalists Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov (RUS) enter their only Grand Prix event this season here in Moscow. World junior silver medalists Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran (JPN) are aiming at another podium finish after taking the bronze at NHK Trophy last month, and the same applies to Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers (CAN), the bronze medalists at Skate Canada. Others to watch include Katarina Gerboldt and Alexander Enbert (RUS), Tatiana Novik and Mikhail Kuznetsov (RUS), Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek (ITA) and Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig (USA).
2010 world bronze medalists Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali (ITA) want to qualify for the Grand Prix Final after taking the bronze medal at the Cup of China. Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev (RUS), silver medalists in China, also aim for a medal and the qualification for the Final. Other contenders are 2010 world junior champions Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov (RUS), 2010 world junior silver medalists Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam (CAN), Nora Hoffmann and Maxim Zavozin (HUN) and Madison Hubbell and Keiffer Hubbell (USA).
2007 world Champion Miki Ando (JPN) headlines the ladies field and wants to assure her spot in the Final after winning the Cup of China. Akiko Suzuki (JPN), runner-up at the Cup of China, is also aiming at the podium and the Final. Ksenia Makarova (RUS), the silver medalist at Skate Canada, and Alena Leonova (RUS), bronze medalist in Beijing, are looking forward to challenge the Japanese athletes on home turf. Others to watch include 2010 world junior silver medalist Agnes Zawadzki (USA), Ashley Wagner (USA), Elena Glebova (EST) and Valentina Marchei (ITA).
The full list of entries is available at isu.org.