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Dec

ISU Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating – DAY 1

Sui/Han (CHN) and Nathan Chen (USA) lead ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final after short program in Senior Pairs and Senior Men category.

Pairs Short Program

Olympic silver medalists Wenjing Sui/Cong Han of China edged Russia’s Aleksandra Boikova/Dmitrii Kozlovskii in the Pairs Short Program at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Torino (ITA) on Thursday. Daria Pavliuchenko/Denis Khodykin also from Russia, are currently ranked third. 2019 World Junior Champions Anastasia Mishina/Alexander Galliamov (RUS) turned in a solid skate to remain close to the podium in fourth place (71.48 points). Current ISU Grand Prix Final silver medalists Cheng Peng/Yang Jin (CHN) finished fifth (69.67 points) and Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro (CAN) came sixth (67.08 points).

Sui touched down with her hand on the throw triple flip and the reverse lasso lift was rated a level two. “We were not really satisfied with our today’s performance. The skating and execution was a little tight, and we also made some small mistakes. We haven’t looked into the detailed score yet, but maybe we also lost some levels. As for tomorrow’s free skating, we just want to do our best,” Sui told the press.

Boikova/Kozlovskii put out a strong performance to an instrumental version of “My Way”. “Today we were both a little bit nervous and I think we can show more emotion, and more confidence in our skating,” Boikova said.

Pavliuchenko/Khodykin’s performance to “The Storm” by Havasi. scored 75.16 points. “There are always things to work on, but there’s still the free program to go and we didn’t skate badly today,” Pavliuchenko commented. “We’re happy, we got more or less everything.” Khodykin noted.

Full entry lists, results and schedules for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final are available here. For full entry lists and further information regarding the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series please visit: https://isu.org/GrandPrix

Men’s Short Program

Two-time World Champion Nathan Chen (USA) triumphed in the Men’s Short Program at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Thursday, winning the segment with 110.38 points. Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan came second (97.43), ahead of France’s Kevin Aymoz who scored 96.71 points. Dmitri Aliev (RUS) turned in a solid performance to finish fourth at 88.78 points. Alexander Samarin (RUS) follows in fifth (81.32 points) and Boyang Jin (CHN) placed sixth on 80.67 points.

Performing to “La Boheme”, the defending ISU Grand Prix Final Champion posted a new personal best of 110.38 points. “I’m very happy with the score. But there are a lot of things I can improve on. I’m not sure what the free program will be like. I’ve got two days to adjust and have to think. I’m not sure what the jump program will look like but I love the program and I’m looking forward to it,” he continued.

Hanyu opened his program to “Otonal”: “I wanted a good performance as well. To be honest, I am a little disappointed. Also, the point gap between me and Nathan is a little big, so it will be hard to come back, but I just want to think about what to do in the free skate, take one step at a time and give a good performance,” Hanyu shared.

Great performance for Kevin Aymoz, who said: ” The Grand Prix Final was not my goal for this season and so I was not stressed, I was just happy to be here and I just had fun.”

Full entry lists, results and schedules for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final are available here. For full entry lists and further information regarding the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series please visit: https://isu.org/GrandPrix