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Hanyu, Miyahara into Grand Prix Final with wins at NHK Trophy

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Yuzuru Hanyu won the NHK Trophy in front of a home crowd in Japan in spectacular fashion – setting three world records – and qualified for the Grand Prix Final in the process.

He followed up his short program world record with a record setting free skate of 216.07 and a combined overall score record of 322.40.

China’s Boyang Jin finished second overall followed by Japan’s Takahito Mura. The U.S. Grant Hochstein finished fourth after an eighth-place finish in the short program.

Though the results are still unofficial, the men’s field in Barcelona will likely include no U.S. men, a streak that has continued since 2012. Max Aaron is eighth in the standings, but would be invited if he finished seventh overall. More on that the qualifying process here.

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Japan’s Satoko Miyahara took the ladies’ competition over the U.S.’ Courtney Hicks, who finished second in her first career Grand Prix circuit medal, and countrywoman Mao Asada, who finished third.

 

Ashley Wagner was fourth, the lowest place she could have to give her a berth to Barcelona. Wagner has earned a medal at every Grand Prix Final since 2012 (silver in 2012, and bronzes in 2013 and 2014).

Again, the overall standings are unofficial, but Miyahara, Asada, and Wagner should join Gracie Gold, Evgenia Medvedeva, and Elena Radionova in the Grand Prix Final.

 

Russia finished off the podium entirely in the ladies’ field – Alena Leonova and Anna Pogorilaya finished eighth and ninth while Maria Artemieva finished 11th.

The last time no Russian women were on a Grand Prix podium – the final or otherwise – was in the 2012-13 season, where it happened a handful of times. Russian women have been featured on every Grand Prix circuit podium since the 2012-13 season, where they only missed out on Skate Canada, the Rostelecom Cup, the NHK Trophy, and the Grand Prix Final from that season. Names like Olympic gold medalists Adelina Sotnikova and Julia Lipnitskaya, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Elena Radionova, Pogorilaya, Leonova, and 2015 world junior champion Evgenia Medvedeva all contributed to that streak.

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U.S. pairs champions Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim earned a trip to Barcelona with a bronze medal in Japan. Leading the field in their ninth straight international win was Canadian pair Meaghan Duhamel and Eric Radford followed China’s Yu Xiaoyu and Jin Yang.

Figure skating Grand Prix Final qualification standards adjusted

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The short program standings will act as final results for the Trophée Bompard Grand Prix figure skating competition in Bordeaux, France, the International Skating Union announced. Instead of the six-skater Grand Prix Final in Barcelona Dec. 10-13, the ISU has allowed for a seventh skater (or pair / ice dance couple) to participate in the final under specific circumstances. The free programs were canceled due to the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.

If skaters who participated in Trophée Bompard are in seventh place after next weekend’s final Grand Prix event, NHK Trophy, they will be invited to the Grand Prix Final. Otherwise, the competition will be limited to six skaters if the seventh place athlete was not a Trophée Bompard participant.

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Gracie Gold, who lead the ladies field after the short program, clinched a berth into the Grand Prix Final with this adjustment. She also qualified into last year’s field, but withdrew due to a stress fracture in her left foot.

Ashley Wagner and Japan’s Mao Asada are slated to skate at the NHK Trophy in Japan. Both of them have the opportunity to bump reigning Russian world champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva from the final.

Other Russians, like Julia Lipnitskaya, are still in the hunt for the final. Lipnitskaya is an interesting case, however; if she is bumped to seventh place in the overall standings, she will be invited to the Grand Prix Final because of her participation in Trophée Bompard.

On the men’s side, Max Aaron mimics Lipnitskaya’s position. He is currently sixth, without the results of this weekend’s NHK Trophy included in the standings. Again, if he is bumped to seventh, the men’s field will include Aaron and six other skaters because of his participation in Trophée Bompard.

Other men included in the Grand Prix Final field are reigning world champion Javier Fernandez, who clinched his spot by winning last weekend’s Rostelecom Cup, while appearances by Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu and Olympic silver medalist Patrick Chan seem likely. Hanyu will compete this weekend at NHK Trophy in Japan.

Top ladies Grand Prix season scores
1. Yelena Radionova (RUS) — 211.32 (Rostelecom Cup)
2. Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS) — 206.76 (Rostelecom Cup)
3. Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS) — 206.01 (Skate America)
4. Gracie Gold (USA) — 202.80 (Skate America)
5. Ashley Wagner (USA) — 202.52 (Skate Canada)
6. Mao Asada (JPN) — 197.48 (Cup of China)
7. Rika Hongo (JPN) — 195.76 (Cup of China)
8. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) — 188.99 (Skate Canada)
9. Satoko Miyahara (JPN) — 188.07 (Skate America)

Top men’s Grand Prix season scores
1. Javier Fernandez (ESP) — 271.43 (Rostelecom Cup)
2. Patrick Chan (CAN) — 271.14 (Skate Canada)
3. Javier Fernandez (ESP) — 270.55 (Cup of China)
4. Jin Boyang (CHN) — 261.23 (Cup of China)
5. Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) — 259.54 (Skate Canada)
6. Max Aaron (USA) — 258.95 (Skate America)
7. Shoma Uno (JPN) — 257.43 (Skate America)
8. Daisuke Murakami (JPN) — 252.25 (Skate Canada)