GRAND PRIX SERIES

Cup of China Preview and Lineup

The Halfway Mark to the Final

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Robin Ritoss
Meryl Davis and Charlie White

The ancient city of Shanghai is the third stop on the Grand Prix circuit (Nov. 4-6).

Nobunari Oda will be looking for redemption at this competition but he can expect strong competition from a number of his rivals. Brian Joubert, Jeremy Abbott, Yuzuru Hanyu and Artur Gachinski will all be in the hunt for hardware.

Carolina Kostner and Mirai Nagasu are the veterans in the lineup for the ladies event, and both will have to be on top of their game to fend off challenges from Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova (15), the reigning World junior champion, as well as a number of other rising stars.

The fight for gold in the pairs event will likely be between Russia’s Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov and Wenjing Sui and Cong Han from China who won both their junior Grand Prix events and have a place at the Junior Final. The rising stars claimed silver at Skate Canada in October. 2011 Skate America silver medalists Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch will also be looking to add to their medal count and chasing a berth at the Final.

The dance event title is up for grabs. Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani from the U.S. are strong contenders, as are Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev from Russia. America’s Charlotte Lichtman and Dean Copely, the 2011 World junior bronze medalists, will make their debut on the senior circuit in Shanghai.

MEN

Kevin REYNOLDS (CAN)
Jinlin GUAN (CHN) Nan SONG (CHN)
Jialiang WU (CHN)
Brian JOUBERT (FRA)
Yuzuru HANYU (JPN)
Nobunari ODA (JPN)
Artur GACHINSKI (RUS)
Jeremy ABBOTT (USA)
Richard DORNBUSH (USA)

LADIES

Bingwa GENG (CHN)
Kexin ZHANG (CHN)
Qiuying ZHU (CHN)
Carolina KOSTNER (ITA)
Valentina MARCHEI (ITA)
Kanako MURAKAMI (JPN)
Ksenia MAKAROVA (RUS)
Adelina SOTNIKOVA (RUS)
Christina GAO (USA)
Mirai NAGASU (USA)

PAIRS

Kirsten MOORE‐TOWERS / Dylan MOSCOVITCH (CAN)
Taylor STEELE / Robert SCHULTZ (CAN)
Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN (CHN)
Yue ZHANG / Lei WANG (CHN)
Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG (CHN)
Klara KADLECOVA / Petr BIDAR (CZE)
Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV
Amanda EVORA / Mark LADWIG (USA)

DANCE

Xintong HUANG / Xun ZHENG (CHN) (new)
Xiaoyang YU / Chen WANG (CHN)
Pernelle CARRON / Lloyd JONES (FRA)
Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND (GBR)
Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV (RUS)
Emily SAMUELSON / Todd GILLES
Charlotte LICHTMAN / Dean COPELY (USA)
Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI (USA)


Originally published in October 2011

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