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Grand Prix Final fields, top scores in figure skating season

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The Grand Prix Final in two weeks in Nagoya, Japan, is the biggest figure skating competition this season before the Olympics.

It’s also the single best indicator of PyeongChang Olympic medal prospects.

The event is also the most exclusive in the sport, taking only the top six skaters or couples per discipline from the six-event Grand Prix season that concluded with Skate America this weekend.

The U.S. contingent at this season’s Grand Prix Final is a copy of last season — Nathan ChenAdam Rippon and dance couples of Maia Shibutani and Alex ShibutaniMadison Chock and Evan Bates and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue.

The full Grand Prix Final fields, plus the top scores in the world this season:

Men
Grand Prix Final Field
1. Nathan Chen (USA)
2. Shoma Uno (JPN)
3. Mikhail Kolyada (RUS)
4. Sergei Voronov (RUS)
5. Adam Rippon (USA)
6. Jin Boyang (CHN) (injured)
6. Jason Brown (USA)
Notable misses: Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN), Javier Fernandez (ESP) and Patrick Chan (CAN).

Top Grand Prix Scores
1. Shoma Uno (JPN) — 301.10 (Skate Canada)
2. Nathan Chen (USA) — 293.79 (Rostelecom Cup)
3. Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) — 290.77 (Rostelecom Cup)
4. Javier Fernandez (ESP) — 283.71 (Internationaux de France)
5. Mikhail Kolyada (RUS) — 279.38 (Cup of China)
6. Nathan Chen (USA) — 275.88 (Skate America)
7. Shoma Uno (JPN) — 273.32 (Internationaux de France)
8. Sergei Voronov (RUS) — 271.12 (NHK Trophy)
9. Mikhail Kolyada (RUS) — 271.06 (Rostelecom Cup)
10. Adam Rippon (USA) — 266.45 (Skate America)
12. Adam Rippon (USA) — 261.99 (NHK Trophy)
13. Jason Brown (USA) — 261.14 (Skate Canada)
14. Max Aaron (USA) — 259.69 (Cup of China)
17. Vincent Zhou (USA) — 256.66 (Cup of China)

Women
Grand Prix Final Field
1. Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS) (injured)
1. Alina Zagitova (RUS)
2. Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN)
3. Carolina Kostner (ITA)
4. Maria Sotskova (RUS)
5. Wakaba Higuchi (JPN)
6. Satoko Miyahara (JPN)
Notable misses: Ashley Wagner (USA), Karen Chen (USA), Gabrielle Daleman (CAN)

Top Grand Prix Scores
1. Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS) — 231.21 (Rostelecom Cup)
2. Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS) — 224.39 (NHK Trophy)
3. Carolina Kostner (ITA) — 215.98 (Rostelecom Cup)
4. Satoko Miyahara (JPN) — 214.03 (Skate America)
5. Alina Zagitova (RUS) — 213.88 (Cup of China)
6. Alina Zagitova (RUS) — 213.80 (Internationaux de France)
7. Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN) — 212.91 (Skate Canada)
8. Wakaba Higuchi (JPN) — 212.52 (Cup of China)
9. Carolina Kostner (ITA) — 212.24 (NHK Trophy)
10. Kaori Sakamoto (JPN) — 210.59 (Skate America)
17. Bradie Tennell (USA) — 204.10 (Skate America)
25. Mirai Nagasu (USA) — 194.46 (NHK Trophy)
33. Mariah Bell (USA) — 188.56 (Rostelecom Cup)
38. Ashley Wagner (USA) — 183.94 (Skate Canada)
39. Karen Chen (USA) — 182.80 (Skate America)
40. Courtney Hicks (USA) — 182.57 (Skate Canada)

Ice Dance
Grand Prix Final Field
1. Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA)
2. Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN)
3. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA)
4. Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA)
5. Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue (USA)
6. Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (ITA)

Top Grand Prix Scores
1. Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) — 201.98 (Internationaux de France)
2. Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) — 200.43 (Cup of China)
3. Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN) — 199.86 (Skate Canada)
4. Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN) — 198.64 (NHK Trophy)
5. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA) — 194.25 (Skate America)
6. Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje (CAN) — 190.01 (Skate Canada)
7. Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue (USA) — 189.43 (Skate Canada)
8. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA) — 189.24 (Rostelecom Cup)
9. Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue (USA) — 188.35 (NHK Trophy)
10. Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (ITA) — 186.56 (NHK Trophy)
12. Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) — 184.50 (Cup of China)

Pairs
Grand Prix Final Field
1. Sui Wenjing/Han Cong (CHN)
2. Yevgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov (RUS)
3. Aljona Savchenko/Bruno Massot (GER)
4. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford (CAN)
5. Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov (RUS)
6. Yu Xiaoyu/Zhang Hao (CHN)
Notable misses: None, all the favorites qualified.

Top Grand Prix Scores
1. Sui Wenjing/Han Cong (CHN) — 234.53 (NHK Trophy)
2. Sui Wenjing/Han Cong (CHN) — 231.07 (Cup of China)
3. Yevgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov (RUS) — 224.25 (Rostelecom Cup)
4. Aljona Savchenko/Bruno Massot (GER) — 223.13 (Skate America)
5. Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov (RUS) — 222.74 (NHK Trophy)
6. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford (CAN) — 222.22 (Skate Canada)
7. Yu Xiaoyu/Zhang Hao (CHN) — 219.20 (Skate America)
8. Yevgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov (RUS) — 218.20 (Internationaux de France)
9. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford (CAN) — 215.68 (Skate America)
10. Aljona Savchenko/Bruno Massot (GER) — 215.66 (Skate Canada)
24. Alexa Scimeca Knierim/Christopher Knierim (USA) — 192.51 (NHK Trophy)
35. Haven Denney/Brandon Frazier (USA) — 172.95 (Skate Canada)

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2026 Winter Olympic host: Milan-Cortina

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Italy will host the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, with Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo winning an IOC vote over a Swedish-Latvian bid centered on Stockholm.

Milan Cortina won with 47 votes to Stockholm–Åre’s 34 to become the first Winter Games with multiple official host cities.

After Winter Games in Vancouver (2010), Sochi (2014), PyeongChang (2018) and Beijing (2022), they return to a traditional European site for the first time since Italy hosted in Torino in 2006.

The two bids were left after five others dropped out for various reasons, all in 2018: Calgary, Canada; Erzurum, Turkey; Sapporo, Japan; Graz, Austria and Sion, Switzerland.

With the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games hosts both decided two years ago (Paris for 2024, Los Angeles for 2028), next up is the 2030 Winter Games. The U.S. has already said that if it bids, it will be with Salt Lake City, which held the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Italy will host the Winter Games for a third time after Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1956 and Torino in 2006.

Its bid presentation Monday included all three Italian 2018 Olympic champions speaking — Arianna Fontana (short track), Michela Moioli (snowboard cross) and Sofia Goggia (downhill). The presentation ended with 15-year-old short track speed skater Elisa Confortola addressing more than 80 IOC members.

Italy’s initial bid declaration in March 2018 was for a joint Milan-Torino candidate. Cortina was added within a week to make it a three-pronged bid. By September, Torino dropped out after political infighting. The bid has since remained Milan-Cortina, sites separated by more than 200 miles.

Sweden has finished second or third in all seven of its Winter Olympic bid votes, including six straight from 1984 through 2002, according to the OlyMADMen. Stockholm–Åre was trying to become the first Winter Games held in multiple countries, with Latvia holding bobsled, luge and skeleton.

More on the Milan-Cortina bid:

Proposed Dates: Feb. 6-22 (Olympics), March 6-15 (Paralympics)

Venues
Milan
 — Figure skating, hockey, short track
Cortina d’Ampezzo (220 miles northeast of Milan) — Alpine skiing (women), bobsled, luge, skeleton, curling, biathlon (Antholz)
Val di Fiemme (160 miles northeast of Milan) — Cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined, speed skating (outdoors)
Valtellina (85 miles northeast of Milan) — Alpine skiing (men, Bormio), freestyle skiing, snowboarding

Ceremonies
Opening Ceremony — San Siro (home of AC Milan and Inter Milan)
Closing Ceremony — Verona Arena (Roman amphitheatre 90 miles east of Milan)

Slogan
“Dreaming Together”

IOC Evaluation Group Report
“Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo combine the advantages of a big European city and those of a popular mountain resort region in the Italian Alps. The candidature benefits from the region’s strong winter sports history, tradition and experience, as well as the Italians’ love and passion for sport. The project can also leverage the economic strength and prosperity of the northern Italian region. While planning is still at an early stage, the project has the potential to achieve the long-term goals of the cities and the region in line with Olympic Agenda 2020/New Norm.”

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Japan’s gymnastics worlds team: no Kohei Uchimura, Kenzo Shirai

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Not only is Kohei Uchimura going to miss the world championships, but so is 11-time world medalist Kenzo Shirai.

Japan finalized its five-man team for October’s worlds in Stuttgart, Germany, following a national-level meet this past weekend. Uchimura, arguably the greatest gymnast in history, was already out of the running, sidelined with his latest round of injuries.

Shirai, reportedly slowed by a left ankle injury this season, did compete this weekend. But he finished fifth on floor exercise and third on vault, his two best events, and did not earn one of the last two spots on the world team.

Uchimura, a two-time Olympic all-around champion with six world all-around titles, misses worlds for the first time since 2007. Shirai, a 22-year-old with four world titles between floor and vault, had competed in every worlds since debuting in 2013, just after his 17th birthday.

Without their two stars, Japan sends a relatively inexperienced team. Kazuma Kaya and Wataru Tanigawa, both 22, are the only men who have been to a worlds (and were part of the 2018 silver-medal team). The youngest member is 17-year-old Daiki Hashimoto.

Japan has earned a team medal at every Olympics and world championships since 2003, a streak bettered only by the U.S. women.

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