Quebec City to host 2011 Grand Prix Final
|Quebec City, Canada, will play host to the 2011 ISU Grand Prix Final. (Getty Images)|
"It's very exciting for Skate Canada to be holding another ISU event. The ISU Grand Prix Final draws from the best in the world and with significant prize money at stake we can expect the competition to be fierce," said William Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. "Quebec City is a beautiful location with a vibrant culture and I know the international skating community will be welcomed with open arms."
"It is an honor for Québec City to have been chosen to host such a prestigious event as the 2011 ISU Grand Prix Final," Québec City Mayor Régis Labeaume was pleased to announce. "We can guarantee to the participants and to the organization that everything will be done to ensure that their stay in Québec City is a memorable one, from both the sports and tourism viewpoints. We look forward to your visit."
"On the eve of the 100th anniversary of our organization, we are proud to host for the first time in Quebec, the International Skating Union's (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final," said Mark Sparrow, General Manager, ExpoCité. "Le Pavillon de la jeunesse was designed to meet the demanding criteria required to host a competition of this magnitude, and it will allow spectators to see firsthand the best skaters in the world on the ice. It will be a great honor to host this international event and those athletes at ExpoCité."
The ISU Grand Prix Final is the pinnacle event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure skating series. The series hosts six stops: United States (Skate America), Canada (Skate Canada International), China (Cup of China), France (Trophée Eric Bompard), Russia (Rostelecom Cup) and Japan (NHK Trophy). Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their assigned events and the top six in each of the four disciplines advance to the Final.
The event includes the 2011 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final. The world's top junior skaters also collect points in order to qualify, through seven events which change location yearly. The top eight in men's, ladies, pair and ice dance, based on the results of the Junior Grand Prix series, advance to the Junior Final.
In total, there will be 56 entries and 84 skaters taking part in the event. Canada's Patrick Chan is the current men's champion, winning the ISU Grand Prix Final title in Beijing, China in December 2010.