Smooth’s Podium Picks – Skate Canada 2018

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Round 2 of the senior Grand Prix circuit takes us to Laval, Quebec; where this year’s Skate Canada is taking place beginning Friday. Over 50 skaters vie for a chance at the podium.

shoma-uno-1Men (Full Lineup) – The clear cut favorite this weekend is Japan’s Shoma Uno. He picked up his first win of the season at Finlandia. He looks to get to the Grand Prix final for the second year in a row. He’ll have competition from Canada’s Keegan Messing, who has a victory at Nebelhorn and American Jason Brown, who finished 2nd at last year’s Skate Canada.

Smooth’s Picks –
1. Shoma Uno (JPN)
2. Jason Brown (USA)
3. Keegan Messing (CAN)

Skaters to Watch: Alexander Samarin (RUS), Nam Nguyen (CAN), Roman Sadovsky (CAN), Daniel Samohin (ISR)

180212110502-01-evgenia-medvedeva-super-teaseLadies (Full Lineup) – Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva makes her Grand Prix season debut with a new routine, new coaches and new choreographers. She’s considered the favorite this weekend. Teammate Liza Tuktamysheva is on the comeback trail with two pre-season wins at Lombardia and Finlandia. Japan’s Wakaba Higuchi looks to make it to the Grand Prix final again and is considered a favorite for the podium.

Smooth’s Picks –
1. Evgenia Medvedeva (RUS)
2. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS)
3. Wakaba Higuchi (JPN)

Skaters to Watch: Elizabet Tursynbaeva (KAZ), Mariah Bell (USA), Veronik Mallet (CAN), Alaine Chartrand (CAN)

vanessajamesmorgancipreswinterolympicsxzjky0zziu2lPairs (Full Lineup) This could be a historic weekend for the French pairs team, Vanessa James & Morgan Cipres. They’ve come close to the Grand Prix final and they’re considered the favorites to win this weekend. Their main competition will be from Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers & Michael Marinaro. One team that everyone should be watching is Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya & Harley Windsor of Australia. They’ve won the country’s first Grand Prix title on the junior circuit and are making their senior Grand Prix debut this weekend.

Smooth’s Picks –
1. Vanessa James & Morgan Cipres (FRA)
2. Kirsten Moore-Towers & Michael Marinaro (CAN)
3. Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya & Harley Windsor (AUS)

Teams to Watch: Cheng Peng & Yang Jin (CHN), Haven Denny & Brandon Frazier (USA), Aleksandra Boikova & Dmitrii Kozlovskii (RUS)

800-9-5Ice Dance – (Full Lineup) Americans Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue go for two in a row and an automatic bid for the Grand Prix final this weekend. They cruised to victory last week at Skate America for their first Grand Prix victory. Two teams that could spell trouble are Canadians Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier, who won at Nebelhorn earlier this fall and Russia’s Victoria Sinitsina & Nikita Katsalapov, who won at Ondrej Nepela in Bratislava this September.

Smooth’s Picks –
1. Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue (USA)
2. Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier (CAN)
3. Victoria Sinitsina & Nikita Katsalapov (RUS)

Teams to Watch: Marie-Jade Lauriault & Romain Le Gac (FRA), Anastasia Skoptcova & Kirill Aleshin (RUS)

Last Week’s Results

Men – 1/3
Ladies – 0/3
Pairs – 2/3
Ice Dance – 1/3

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