The Italian Ice Sports Federation is launching its own series of competitions — the Gran Premio Italia 2020 (Italian Grand Prix) — which will take place in four stages between October and December, with the Final scheduled for mid-February. The best Italian skaters will participate with a limited selection of foreign athletes invited. This competition overlaps with Skate America and the third stage of the Cup of Russia series.
″Like Federghiaccio, we thought of organizing a circuit of competitions reserved for our best athletes who would take part in the ISU Grand Prix Senior and Junior, which were then cancelled by the epidemic and, together, we also would invite some foreign athletes who train at the our rinks,″ said Paolo Pizzocari, technical director of the national teams and head of the section. ″Training the technical elements and programs is fundamental but equally important is not to lose the habit of competing. In all these months our athletes have trained seriously and now it is time to put to good use what has been done and thus show all the fans of the figure skating progress and new programs. Our boys will have the certainty of being able to compete for themselves and for the joy of all those who have followed them for years and who wish to see them again.″
Daniel Grassl, Matteo Rizzo and Gabriele Frangipani are slated to compete at the first stage (Oct. 24-25), along with the two top Italian pairs teams, Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise and Ghilardi Ambrosini.
The top scorers in each discipline at the end of the four events will qualify for the final.
First stage: October 24-25, IceLab, Bergamo
Second stage: November 21-22, PalaTazzoli di Torino – POSTPONED
Third stage: November 28-29, Wurth Arena di Egna
Fourth stage: December 5-6, Palaghiaccio di Trento
Gran Prix Final: Feb. 13-14