Moscow is the final stop on the circuit (Nov. 25-27).
The outcome of this event will determine who earns a berth to the Grand Prix Final in Québec City (Dec. 8-11). Every skater who is on the edge of qualifying will be watching the outcome of this competition to see who made the cut.
The men’s lineup is exceptional with Yuzuru Hanyu, Michal Březina, Tomáš Verner, Artur Gachinski, Andrei Rogozine and Jeremy Abbott all vying for not just the title but a berth to the final. Hanyu defeated Březina at the pre-season competition Nebelhorn Trophy.
In the ladies event, Asada will have to bring her best game. No doubt the young Russian phenom Adelina Sotnikova will give her a run for her money, as will Leonova.
Savchenko and Szolkowy will once again go up against Kavaguti and Smirnov in the pairs event. Who will capture the bronze is an open question.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White will be highly favored to dance to gold in Moscow, but Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje will provide a strong challenge. Who will claim the bronze?
As with the pairs, the field is wide open and this could well be the highlight of the competition.
Andrei ROGOZINE CAN
Michal BŘEZINA CZE
Tomáš VERNER CZE
Yuzuru HANYU JPN
Artur GACHINSKI RUS
Konstantin MENSHOV RUS
Sergei VORONOV RUS
Javier FERNANDEZ ESP
Jeremy ABBOTT USA
Brandon MROZ USA
Amélie LACOSTE CAN
Kiira KORPI FIN
Mao ASADA JPN
Haruka IMAI JPN
Sofia BIRYUKOVA RUS
Alena LEONOVA RUS
Adelina SOTNIKOVA RUS
Rachael FLATT USA
Christina GAO USA
Agnes ZAWADZKI USA
Brittany JONES / Kurtis GASKELL CAN
Maylin HAUSCH / Daniel WENDE GER
Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY GER
Stefania BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREK ITA
Katarina GERBOLDT / Alexander ENBERT GER
Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS
Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS
Ashley CAIN / Joshua REAGAN USA
Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE CAN
Pernelle CARRON / Lloyd JONES FRA
Cathy REED / Chris REED JPN
Isabella TOBIAS / Deividas STAGNIUNAS LTU
Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV RUS
Ekaterina PUSHKASH / Jonathan GUERREIRO RUS
Ekaterina RIAZANOVA / Ilia TKACHENKO RUS
Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE USA
Originally published in December 2011