2020-21 ISU Grand Prix season - Assignments Announced

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Sorry but Switzerland isn't France! It's another country !
From the ISU document:
The participation in each Grand Prix event is limited to:
i) Competitors and Officials of the host country/Organizing Grand Prix Member and
ii) Competitors regularly training in the respective host country and
iii) Competitors from other ISU Members who will be assigned to a Grand Prix event in the respective geographical area, always subject to the applicable travel, entry and sanitary restrictions of the concerned countries.

Still don't understand why Korean skaters were ignored, with Junhwan exception, which in fact doesn't put him in any better situation as he stays in Korea. The same for Katia Kurakova who stays in Poland and is not going to TCC. Not to mention Kaliszek/Spodyriev who haven't got any assignment at all. Why Polish skaters haven't been assigned to IdF and Korean to CoC?
 
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And this is called grand prix.
I am dissapointed. Instead of korea top skaters we will see skaters whos standing in world ranking is 175. Previous years it was prestigious...but now...
 

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I’m so excited for the comebacks of Gracie and Mai!! Also seeing Kana and Daisuke is going to be exciting! It’s weird not seeing Yuzu there though (I know he withdrew but still... it’s odd)
 

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I don't understand all the disappointed reactions in this thread. Like...what were you expecting? It's COVID times and different countries all have different restrictions (which probably has something to do with why the Korean women aren't going anywhere? I'd be curious if someone familiar with Korea, Japan, or China's restrictions could chime in).

I'm lost ... If France doesn't impose quarantine ... why not more strangers skaters and they accept Khira
The country who lost the most is russia ... so please don't kill me if I think it's more politics than covid
No one's going to kill you. But it's COVID.

Sorry but this is just funny ... because a skater don't go out when he is training .. and Rika is trainning in France .. but the korean skaters can't participate ...
And people can organize a tour the France (because in cycling they don't train together .. they train in there home country.. ) .. but in skaters everything is like a snowball and a skater and a coach can't travel to anywhere to skate ..
I know for things like professional basketball in the US, they've figured out quarantine and "bubble" situations that allowed the season to happen, and I bet it's similar for Tour de France. I'm hopeful ISU could figure out something similar for Worlds...
 

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I don't understand all the disappointed reactions in this thread. Like...what were you expecting? It's COVID times and different countries all have different restrictions (which probably has something to do with why the Korean women aren't going anywhere? I'd be curious if someone familiar with Korea, Japan, or China's restrictions could chime in).
Same, the assignments are about what I was expecting (the biggest question I had was whether they’d send Rika back to Japan for NHK or have her do IDF since she’s been in Switzerland for a while now). The most surprising part is no Korean ladies and the fact that they want all the Ice Dance teams training in Canada to go home. People have been expecting Rostelecom to end up as a bloodbath (because lbr that’s where the disappointment is coming from) since they announced how they were going determine assignments. Yes it’s going to be difficult for the Russian ladies but we’re in the middle of a pandemic and the safety of the athletes and spectators should be the biggest priority and that means trying to limit traveling.
 

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Personally, I like the idea the Grand Prix being like a mini nationals. The fact there is any type of Grand Prix season is a gift considering the current state of the world.

For the USA, I have always felt there should be more national competitions for the top skaters in the lead up to the national championships, like Russia.
 

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A part of me is hoping that the 4 TBAs for China in ladies' are going to Korean ladies' skaters...
I doubt it will happen. If you are given special permission to enter China, you have to quarantine for two weeks at a hotel. Then, all arrivals are required to quarantine in South Korea for two weeks. ( I have a friend who recently returned to Korea, and just finished her two week quarantine). The ladies aren't going to be willing to quarantine for one month for one competition that doesn't even provide world ranking points.
 

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The line up for IDF looks very promising! Personal favourites would be Kevin Aymoz, Deniss Vasiljevs (so good at Nebelhorn) and Shoma Uno, but the entire men's field looks great! I love Grassl's extra performances, Koshiro Shimada's enthousiasm and remember quite liking Adam Siao Him Fa at Europeans, so I am curious to see how he is doing.

The ladies field looks equally fun, Mae-Berenice Meite is always a joy to watch, she might be my favourite here but besides her I am also looking forward to Kibus and Paganini, their programs captured my attention at Nebelhorn, Emmi Peltonen and ofcourse Rika Kihira.

Other highlights: NHK, the men's field at SKAM and skate Canada.

Overall I'm just happy that there might be some skating :)
 

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The line up for IDF looks very promising! Personal favourites would be Kevin Aymoz, Deniss Vasiljevs (so good at Nebelhorn) and Shoma Uno, but the entire men's field looks great! I love Grassl's extra performances, Koshiro Shimada's enthousiasm and remember quite liking Adam Siao Him Fa at Europeans, so I am curious to see how he is doing.

The ladies field looks equally fun, Mae-Berenice Meite is always a joy to watch, she might be my favourite here but besides her I am also looking forward to Kibus and Paganini, their programs captured my attention at Nebelhorn, Emmi Peltonen and ofcourse Rika Kihira.

Other highlights: NHK, the men's field at SKAM and skate Canada.

Overall I'm just happy that there might be some skating :)
Great first post. Post often.
 

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The Korean ladies really are the big losers here...:mad: Unless things are softening between Korea and China they are screwed.

The Russian, Japanese and the US mini championships will be fun!

I expect Skate Canada will be between Kurakova and Miyahara, all that the Canadians can hope for is third.

Kihira will probably rule IDF but it's also nice to see the Italian girls there, I wonder how they have trained given that Italy had a complete lockdown. Paganini, Kiibus and the Finnish girls make IDF exciting too.

I am sooo hoping that one of the Rukavicin girls gets a spot at Rostelecom (Gubanova, Talalaykina, Nugumanova) and Ksenia Sinitsyna!!!
But it will probably go to Konstantinova and someone else...(and as Gubanova was robbed of her rightful GP spot last season, can she please get it now!?!)
 

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Apparently the ISU did not notify skaters about their GP assignments nor consult them. Kao Miura voiced his confusion on instagram about being assigned to NHK, apparently he did not know about it.
 

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I'm lost ... If France doesn't impose quarantine ... why not more skaters
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From the ISU document:
The participation in each Grand Prix event is limited to:
i) Competitors and Officials of the host country/Organizing Grand Prix Member and
ii) Competitors regularly training in the respective host country and
iii) Competitors from other ISU Members who will be assigned to a Grand Prix event in the respective geographical area, always subject to the applicable travel, entry and sanitary restrictions of the concerned countries.

Still don't understand why Korean skaters were ignored, with Junhwan exception, which in fact doesn't put him in any better situation as he stays in Korea. The same for Katia Kurakova who stays in Poland and is not going to TCC. Not to mention Kaliszek/Spodyriev who haven't got any assignment at all. Why Polish skaters haven't been assigned to IdF and Korean to CoC?

There are still travel restrictions in place for a lot of countries where you are required to quarantine for 14 days once you arrive or once you get home you might be required to quarantine for 14 days, it's a logistical nightmare. As we can tell from the aborted Kihara transfer and Medvedeva going back to Eteri virtual coaching is unappealing, so if a skater went to France or China they might have to go without their coach or be responsible for paying for 'lost wages' if the coach has to quarantine when they get back and cannot train their other athletes. Plus see the situation with Medvedeva, she went to Japan and then the borders got closed and she was in essence trapped there; I understand there were some instances of Russia getting flights for their citizens out of a country that had closed their borders but if a country has closed their borders I would imagine that there is some level of government deal making to get a chartered flight. So it's a risky bet to make that you won't get stuck somewhere from closed borders.
 

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The Korean ladies really are the big losers here...:mad: Unless things are softening between Korea and China they are screwed.

The Russian, Japanese and the US mini championships will be fun!

I expect Skate Canada will be between Kurakova and Miyahara, all that the Canadians can hope for is third.

Kihira will probably rule IDF but it's also nice to see the Italian girls there, I wonder how they have trained given that Italy had a complete lockdown. Paganini, Kiibus and the Finnish girls make IDF exciting too.

I am sooo hoping that one of the Rukavicin girls gets a spot at Rostelecom (Gubanova, Talalaykina, Nugumanova) and Ksenia Sinitsyna!!!
But it will probably go to Konstantinova and someone else...(and as Gubanova was robbed of her rightful GP spot last season, can she please get it now!?!)
Fingers crossed they are going to add Talalaykina, I loved her program. If Sinitzina is not injured, she would be a great addition as well... we’ll see
 

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Apparently the ISU did not notify skaters about their GP assignments nor consult them. Kao Miura voiced his confusion on instagram about being assigned to NHK, apparently he did not know about it.
Other skaters did know (Joseph Phan discussed his a few days ago), so it may be a difference in host federation approaches.
 

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Host Spots

Skate America:
Pairs: Kate Finster / Balazs Nagy (USA), Winter Deardorff / Mikhail Johnson (USA), Anastasia Smirnova / Danil Sianitsya (USA)
Ice Dance: Yura Min / Daniel Eaton (KOR), Bailey Melton / Ryan O'Donnell (USA), Maxine Weatherby / Termilan Yerzhanov (KAZ)

Cup of China:
Men: Lufeng Li (CHN), Chih-I Tsao (TPE)
Ladies: Xiangning Li (CHN), Zhang Yixuan (CHN), Kang Shuhui (CHN), Cheuk Ka Khalen Cheung (HKG), Shi Jiaxin (CHN)
Ice Dance: Ren Junfei / Alexei Karpushov (CHN), Shi Shang / Wu Nan (CHN)

Internationaux de France:
Ladies: Alizee Crozet (FRA), Julie Froechster (FRA)
Ice Dance: Natacha Lagouge / Arnaud Caffa (FRA)

Rostelecom Cup:
Men: Artem Kovalev (RUS), Anton Shulepov (RUS), Egor Murashov (RUS
Ladies: Anastasia Gubanova (RUS), Ksenia Tsibinova (RUS), Valeria Shulskaya (RUS), Maria Talalaykina (RUS)
Pairs: Yasmina Kadyrova / Ivan Balchenko (RUS), Anastasia Balabanova / Alexei Svyatchenko (RUS)

NHK Trophy:
Ladies: Rin Nitaya (JPN), Rika Hongo (JPN)
 

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In the announcement they are also saying that skaters won't even get Seasons best scores at the GP since there won't be international judges at some competitions, whereas skaters can get SBs at Challenger competitions this season. So there is no point for skaters to attend the GP. No SB, no World standing points. And only European skaters can basically attend Challengers this season to earn SB scores... will there still be prize money this GP season? Would be the only thing that speaks for attending a GP at this point..
 

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In the announcement they are also saying that skaters won't even get Seasons best scores at the GP since there won't be international judges at some competitions, whereas skaters can get SBs at Challenger competitions this season. So there is no point for skaters to attend the GP. No SB, no World standing points. And only European skaters can basically attend Challengers this season to earn SB scores... will there still be prize money this GP season? Would be the only thing that speaks for attending a GP at this point..
Yes, there is still prize money. However, only competitions with full fields will receive prize money similar to regular GPs. At this point, COC definitely doesn’t have enough competitors in most disciplines so there is even less incentive for the Korean ladies to attempt the journey.
 

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Uh. So not only is Cha not in Canada (despite the competition being in less than 4 weeks, and him having to quarantine for two of them), Kurakova is not there either. And Tarasova/Morozov being assigned to Skate America even though the last we heard he had COVID... Does the ISU know that Gmail exists? And is free, since that's probably a more pressing issue?

Host Spots

Skate America:
Pairs: Kate Finster / Balazs Nagy (USA), Winter Deardorff / Mikhail Johnson (USA), Anastasia Smirnova / Danil Sianitsya (USA)
Ice Dance: Yura Min / Daniel Eaton (KOR), Bailey Melton / Ryan O'Donnell (USA), Maxine Weatherby / Termilan Yerzhanov (KAZ)

Cup of China:
Men: Lufeng Li (CHN), Chih-I Tsao (TPE)
Ladies: Xiangning Li (CHN), Zhang Yixuan (CHN), Kang Shuhui (CHN), Cheuk Ka Khalen Cheung (HKG), Shi Jiaxin (CHN)
Ice Dance: Ren Junfei / Alexei Karpushov (CHN), Shi Shang / Wu Nan (CHN)

Internationaux de France:
Ladies: Alizee Crozet (FRA), Julie Froechster (FRA)
Ice Dance: Natacha Lagouge / Arnaud Caffa (FRA)

Rostelecom Cup:
Men: Artem Kovalev (RUS), Anton Shulepov (RUS), Egor Murashov (RUS
Ladies: Anastasia Gubanova (RUS), Ksenia Tsibinova (RUS), Valeria Shulskaya (RUS), Maria Talalaykina (RUS)
Pairs: Yasmina Kadyrova / Ivan Balchenko (RUS), Anastasia Balabanova / Alexei Svyatchenko (RUS)

NHK Trophy:
Ladies: Rin Nitaya (JPN), Rika Hongo (JPN)
Where did you get this from?
 
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And Tarasova/Morozov being assigned to Skate America even though the last we heard he had COVID...

They will not be there, it was announced yesterday. He doesn't have enough time to recover. They will stay in Russia.
 

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They will not be there, it was announced yesterday. He doesn't have enough time to recover. They will stay in Russia.
I'm happy to hear that, and I hope he recovers without any issues, but why were they even assigned? They sure took a long time to even make these announcements, so surely they could have communicated with him and figured it wasn't going to happen...?
 

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I'm happy to hear that, and I hope he recovers without any issues, but why were they even assigned? They sure took a long time to even make these announcements, so surely they could have communicated with him and figured it wasn't going to happen...?

Trankov only announced it yesterday, prior to that they were planning to go. It was a last minute change.
 
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