2018 Skate Canada — the second event of the Grand Prix Series — takes place at Place Bell in Laval, Québec, Oct. 26-28.
The Canadian team will have a very different look this year following the retirement of Patrick Chan, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, and Elladj Baldé. Kaetlyn Osmond and ice dancers, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, are taking a break from the Grand Prix circuit this season.
Skate Canada is now in a rebuilding stage, which has given a couple of up-and-coming skaters/teams an opportunity to showcase their talents on the international stages. There is one place available in the men’s event, which it will assign at a later date.
While Canada will field three ladies at this competition, Gabrielle Daleman will be the sole representative for Canadian ladies internationally. NHK Trophy, her second assignment, will be the only other of the six events any Canadian lady will contest.
In pairs, the same story will play out. Three teams will compete at 2018 Skate Canada, but only Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro and Julianne Séguin and Charlie Bilodeau will contest events outside of Canada. No Canadian pairs teams will compete at Skate America, the Grand Prix of Helsinki or Rostelecom Cup in Moscow.
Evgenia Medvedeva, the 2016 Skate Canada champion will go up against Japan’s Wakaba Higuchi, the 2018 World silver medalist. Last season’s men’s champion, Shoma Uno, returns along with the silver and bronze medalists, Jason Brown and Alexander Samarin.
Vanessa James and Morgan Ciprès of France are the top-ranked pairs team and will be looking to improve on their third place finish last season. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the U.S. lead the way in ice dance and will also be looking to upgrade from bronze in 2017 to gold this season.