The 2019 Challenger Series opens with Autumn Classic International in Oakville, Ontario, Sept. 12-14, and boasts strong line-ups in the three disciplines that will be contested: men′s, ladies and ice dance. After much consideration, the International Skating Union has decided to include the pairs discipline at only five of the 10 Challenger Series events this season.
Japan′s Yuzuru Hanyu has been assigned to this competition, but with fans anticipating his participation, tickets and hotel rooms sold out long before he was confirmed. He will be joined by reigning his teammates Rika Kihira, the reigning Grand Prix Final champion, and ice dancers Misato Komatsubara and Tim Koleto.
Also on the men′s roster is Canada’s newly-married Keegan Messing and his teammate, Conrad Orzel, who will make his senior debut. Kévin Aymoz of France, Jun-Hwan Cha of South Korea and Mexico′s Donovan Carrillo are also slated to compete.
Russia′s Evgenia Medvedeva headlines the ladies event. Other top names in the field include Bradie Tennell and Karen Chen of the U.S., Canada′s Gabrielle Daleman and Eunsoo Lim of South Korea.
Five of the seven ice dance duos slated to compete are all coached by the team at the Complexe récréatif Gadbois in Montréal. Canada′s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, the top-ranked team in the ice dance field, and the Australian duo are the exceptions.
This event will be live streamed worldwide with no restrictions.
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