Grand Prix Series continues this week in Moscow

Both reigning Canadian world champions, Johnny Weir competing this week in Moscow

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have won gold medals at their last five Grand Prix events.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have won gold medals at their last five Grand Prix events. (Getty Images)


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By International Skating Union
(11/08/2012) - The 2012 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series continues with the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, Russia. The Rostelecom Cup is the fourth of six events in the series.

Fifty skaters representing 11 ISU members are competing this week in Moscow. World champions Patrick Chan, and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, and world silver medalists Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia are competing in their second Grand Prix event and aim to secure their spot in the Grand Prix Final.

Chan leads the men and is up against 2011 world silver medalist Takahiko Kozuka of Japan. Kozuka won the gold at Skate America, while Chan finished second at Skate Canada. Skate Canada bronze medalist Nobunari Oda of Japan is also hoping to book a ticket to the Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia. Other contenders include Czech Republic's Michal Březina and American Johnny Weir, who continues his comeback in Moscow.

Virtue and Moir headline the ice dance competition and can earn their ticket to Sochi with another win. The 2012 European bronze medalists, Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia and 2011 world bronze medalists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the U.S. compete in their first Grand Prix event this season.

The ladies event features reigning world silver medalist Alena Leonova of Russia, who hopes to improve on her seventh-place finish at Skate America. Russia's Adelina Sotnikova, Finland's Kiira Korpi and Japan's Kanako Murakami all come in after having won a bronze medal in their first Grand Prix event. Potential spoilers include both Americans, Gracie Gold and Agnes Zawadzki.

Volosozhar and Trankov headline the pairs event and are looking for a second gold medal in this year's series after topping the podium at Skate America last month. Skate America bronze medalists Caydee Denney and John Coughlin of the U.S. hope for another high finish and a spot in the Final. The 2012 European silver medalists, Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov of Russia, make their season debut in Moscow.