This week: The French sweep Ice Dance records, the Grand Prix Finalists are decided, some new technology on the horizon and you’re gonna want to tune in for this week’s episode release….
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All qualifiers for the Grand Prix Final in Vancouver, Canada (6 - 9 December 2018) have been determined! Congratulations to all the Finalists - both Junior and Senior - for your hard, consistent work and to everyone who competed on the Grand Prix series circuit this season!
Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier (CAN) have been added to the lineup at CS Golden Spin of Zagreb (source).
Huge thanks to our ITL team member Clara for her excellent (bilingual!) reporting and photography at the Internationaux de France this week.
Japan’s Fuji TV debuted a new technology during the broadcast of the Japanese Junior Nationals called ‘Ice Scope’, which calculates elements like the height and distance of jumps performed (source).
Internationaux de France (23 - 26 November)
The sixth and final stop in the 2018-19 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating was in Grenoble, France. To see the standings of the Grand Prix Series, please visit the ISU’s website.
Ladies - 1st: Rika Kihira (JPN), 2nd: Mai Mihara (JPN), 3rd: Bradie Tennell (USA)
Pairs - 1st: Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres (FRA) 2nd: Tarah Kayne/Danny O’Shea (USA) 3rd: Aleksandra Boikova/Dmitrii Kozlovskii (RUS)
Ice Dance - 1st: Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA), 2nd: Victoria Sinitsina/Nikita Katsalapov (RUS), 3rd: Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier (CAN)
Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron set three new World Record at this event for the Rhythm Dance, Free Dance and Overall.
Men - 1st: Nathan Chen (USA), 2nd: Jason Brown (USA), 3rd: Alexander Samarin (RUS)
We’re loving IDF winner and Grand Prix Finalist Rika Kihira (JPN)'s strong selfie game. Check out her Instagram here.