Alysa Liu to make Canadian debut, more notes on Grand Prix figure skating season assignments

The time has finally come for Alysa liuhis senior international debut.

Liu made her presence known as one of America’s best figure skaters when she won the 2019 U.S. title at just 13 – the youngest woman to do so – but it will take her more than 30 months before that. she is not old enough to compete. the best in the world.

The International Skating Union announced the Grand Prix assignments for the 2021-22 figure skating season on Tuesday and Liu is now known to be making his Senior Grand Prix debut at Skate Canada October 29-31 in Vancouver, Colombia. -British, and later. trip to Tokyo for the NHK Trophy, November 12-14.

The season begins with Skate America, as is traditionally the case, taking place for the third year in a row at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Of the 12 American skaters with previous Olympic experience who are still active and hope to return to this stadium in Beijing just four months later, eight of them are registered in Vegas.

The decorated list of American entries includes the four reigning national champions: Bradie Tennell, Nathan Chen, team of pairs Alexa knierim and Brandon frazier, and ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, most silver medalist of the United States in 2021 Amber Glenn, 2019 world bronze medalist Vincent zhou and nine-time American ice dance medalists Madison hold and Evan bates.

Three-time world champion Chen has won Skate America four times. Tennell, Glenn and third American to be announced will face stiff competition from 2021 world bronze medalist Aleksandra Trusova, which was part of a Russian sweep in March. Newly formed American pair Chelsea liu and Danny O’Shea will make their Grand Prix debut in Vegas.

Alysa Liu is accompanied to her first Grand Prix by Karen chen in an area that includes a Russian block of 2021 world silver medalist Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, winner of the 2019 Grand Prix final Aliona kostornaya and first year terminal Kamila Valiyeva. Olympian 2014 Jason brown and Nathan Chen, notably for the first time in his career, also participate in Skate Canada.

The Canadian Pairs Team Vanessa James and Eric Radford, both accomplished skaters with different partners – and for James a different country, will also make their Vancouver debuts.

The series continues with the Cup of China, from November 5 to 7 in Chongqing, where France’s quadruple ice dance world champion Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron return to the ice after not competing last season due to the pandemic; they are joined by their training teammates Hubbell and Donohue, who have not made the Cup of China in their last 10 seasons together. Tennell is entered in the women’s field against the reigning world champion Anna shcherbakova. Double world champions as a couple and favorites from their home country Sui Wenjing and Han Cong are likely to win the event for the third time.

Liu and Glenn to face Trusova and Japan Rika kihira and Kaori sakamoto for the NHK Trophy. 2021 Ice Dance World Champions Viktoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia will present a challenge for Chock and Bates, appearing there for the first time, and three-time bronze medalists of the United States Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Boulanger. Former decorated male skater Daisuke takahashi is also registered with his ice dance partner, Kana Muramoto. Two of the best Russian teams as a couple will meet in Tokyo: Anastasia michina and Alexander Galliamov, and Yevgeny Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov. Double Olympic champion and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu is favorite to win his fifth NHK Trophy title.

The penultimate stage, in Grenoble, France, is highlighted by Papadakis and Cizeron, and the bronze medalists of the 2021 Worlds Piper gilles and Paul Poirier Canada in ice dancing; Russians win bronze at 2021 Worlds Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitry Kozlovskiy, and James and Radford in pairs; Shcherbakova and Skate America 2020 Gold Medalist Mariah bell in women; and Brown and the 2021 world silver medalist from Japan Yuma Kagiyama for men.

Ahead of the final December 9-12 in Osaka, Japan, the series ends with the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. The site of the 2014 Winter Olympics will be showcased by ice dance world champions Sinitsina and Katsalapov and pairs world champions Mishina and Galliamov.

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