Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou are not entered in the Figure Skating Grand Prix Series
Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhuthe two top male singles figure skaters in the United States, are not entered into the fall Grand Prix series after both said they would return to college and could no longer compete.
None of the reigning Olympic gold medalists are entered in the Grand Prix series: Anna Shcherbakova and all Russians are banned indefinitely for the war in Ukraine, the Chinese pair of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong have not said publicly why they are sitting outside and the French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron previously said they were taking off this season.
None of the US singles skaters from the Beijing Olympics are on the entry lists – Chen, Zhou, Jason Brown, Alysa Liu, Mariah Bell and Karen Chen – although skaters can still be added to fields.
Chen, a 23-year-old who won Olympic gold in February, plans to return to Yale at the end of the summer and said in May he doesn’t think he will compete next season and doesn’t know. not whether he will ever return to competition. .
Zhou, a 21-year-old who was unable to compete individually at the Olympics due to COVID, said he will return to Brown University this summer and is unsure if he can balance competitive skating and lessons. Zhou won bronze at the World Championships in March, which Chen skipped.
Brown, a 27-year-old who finished sixth at the Olympics, is on “a mini hiatus from the competitive training grind” and will reassess next steps in the fall, a rep said.
America’s best returning skater is Ilia Malininthe 17-year-old junior world champion.
Other US Olympic skaters previously announced their retirement – ice dancing bronze medalists madison hubbell and Zachary Donohue and world bronze medalist Liu. The pairs team Ashley Cain and Timothee LeDuc said they were moving away from competitive skating.
Other top Americans who are entered in the Grand Prix series include world sculls champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazierthree-time world ice dance medalist Madison Chock and Evan Batesjunior world champion Isabelle Levito and 2018 U.S. Olympian Bradie Tennell.
The Grand Prix Series begins with Skate America October 21-23 in Norwood, Massachusetts.
Russia and China, which are normally stops on the six-event circuit, will not hold events this season – Russia stripped down for war in Ukraine and China after its figure skating federation declared “it was no longer possible” to organize an event this year. End of March, Match TV of Russia reported that the International Skating Union intended to replace China’s stoppage for a second consecutive year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead, Great Britain and Finland will host, along with the United States, Canada, France and Japan, the December Grand Prix Final, which takes place in Italy this season.
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