The clock is ticking and Torino is ready for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating® Final (Junior & Senior) 2019. From the 5th to the 8th of December Torino will become the capital city of figure skating, welcoming its greatest champions for one of the most prestigious and thrilling events of the discipline.
The international event that, since 1995, traditionally ends the Grand Prix season, returns to Torino 12 years after the first and only time Italy has had the honor of hosting it. Much like back then, the Final will take place in the Palavela, the important sports center opened for the Winter Olympic Games of 2006, just a few kilometers from the city center and easily accessible with the main means of transportation.
The ice will welcome the six best skaters (or pairs) for each of the four categories: Men, Ladies, Pairs and Dance. This competition will bring twice the fun, since we’ll not only see the Seniors, but also the best Juniors in the world, who qualified during the seven stages of the first half of the season, from North America to Asia and Europe. The program includes one day of training – Wednesday December 4th – before the three days of competition, from the 5th to the 7th, and on Sunday the 8th the Closing Gala will officially close the event.
Amidst the main Russian athletes, the Italian Daniel Grassl stands out among the Juniors: a 17 year-old athlete form Alto Adige who skates for the Joung Goose Academy, he was last season’s national Senior Champion and he reached a third and a first place in the two Junior Grand Prix events he participated in, thus qualifying for Torino, something no other Italian athlete has ever done before.
The ISU Grand Prix Final will not only bring the world of figure skating to the public, but will showcase every side of “made in Italy” excellence: from design to fashion, food, culture and art.
The official press conference will take place on Monday November 25th at 11:30 a.m. inside Palazzo Madama, in Piazza Castello, Torino.
- Chiara Appendino – Mayor of Torino
- Roberto Finardi – Councilor for Sports in Torino
- Andrea Gios – President of the Italian Ice Sports Federation
- Marta Bertolli – General Manager of the Organizational Committee
- Daniel Grassl – national figure skating champion qualified for the Final
On the website www.torino2019.com you can find more information on the venue, the competition and training program and more details on the event.