Internationaux de France, the third event of the Series, takes place in the southern city of Grenoble, Nov. 1-3.
Russia′s Alina Zagitova will be looking to continue her successful run from last season and is the prohibitive favorite to take the title. Japan′s Kaori Sakamoto and Mariah Bell of the U.S. will be Zagitova′s main rivals in France. Third place is wide open. Alena Kostornaia of Russia, the reigning Junior Grand Prix Final champion, will make her senior debut in Grenoble. Ting Cui of the U.S., the 2019 World junior bronze medalist, was scheduled to also make her senior Grand Prix debut at this competition, but has withdrawn from both assignments after injuring her foot during an off-ice training session in early October.
Nathan Chen will be aiming for victory in France and a place at the Grand Prix Final. Japan′s Shoma Uno will be his main rival and the battle for gold will undoubtedly be between these two men. Bronze is up for grabs, but the Russian veteran Sergei Voronov and reigning French champion Kévin Aymoz are frontrunners to claim the third step on the podium.
The French pairs team of Vanessa James and Morgan Ciprès have decided to take a break from competing for the remainder of 2019. None of the teams competing have ever won the French Grand Prix title, so new champions will be crowned. Ashley Cain-Gribble and Tim LeDuc lead the field.
Reigning World champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron are shoo-ins to capture their fourth consecutive ice dance crown at their homeland Grand Prix. Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S. should take the silver, barring any unforeseen disasters. Four teams will battle it out for the bronze. At the top of that list are Italy′s Charlène Guignard and Marco Fabbri; Tiffany Zagorski and Jonathan Guerreiro of Russia, and Poland′s Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev.
The ISU will live stream all competitions on its YouTube channel this season, starting with the Grand Prix Series.
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