Including two-time reigning world champion Sakamoto Kaori, some of the best skaters in the world are competing in Singles, Pairs, and Ice Dance as the 2023 Skate Canada International is underway at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, Vancouver, Canada.
2023 Skate Canada International is the second event of the 2023-24 Grand Prix series. It comprises six international senior invitational events and ends with the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in December.
Competitors earn points in the events for the qualification to the ISU Grand Prix Final 2023 in China in December. Ultimately, only the top six skaters/teams from each category progress to the Final.
Moreover, skaters with the top 24 season best scores (from the previous season), as well as the skaters in the top 24 of the ISU World Standings, can also be invited. However, exceptions apply to host country skaters, previously ranked skaters, or split-ranked couples who return with new partners.
In other disciplines, Skate Canada has some of the best skaters participating, such as world silver medalist Cha Jun-Hwan of South Korea (men’s), world bronze medalists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Canada (Ice Dance), and Canadian pair Deanna-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps, who were fourth at worlds.
The United States gets two spots at March’s worlds, to be filled after January’s nationals. Reigning U.S. champion, Isabeau Levito scored 208.15 at Skate America. The next-best American so far this season is Amber Glenn (189.63 at Skate America).
Skaters To Watch at Skate Canada 2023
Sakamoto Kaori of Japan, back-to-back world champion, is headlining the event. She has already shared her intention of a third-world title for this season. She is joined by fellow world medallists Cha Junhwan (men’s singles) and Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier (Ice Dance) as they look to collect points for the Grand Prix Final in Beijing in December.
Sakamoto has already won a lower-level event in Montreal last month, and at March’s worlds (also in Montreal), she can become the first woman to win three consecutive world titles since American Peggy Fleming (1966-68).
Defending champion Rinka Watanabe of Japan, Starr Andrews, Lindsay Thorngren, and Audrey Shin of America are some of the challengers at Skate Canada. Starr Andrews won her first Grand Prix medal (silver) here a year ago and became the first Black American figure skater to make it to a Grand Prix podium.
Canadian Madeline Schizas and Kaiya Ruiter are two more noteworthy skaters to watch at Skate Canada. French veteran Mae Berenice Meite has made her return to the Grand Prix for the first time (out of France) in four years, while 16-year-old Kim Chae-yeon of Korea has made her Grand Prix debut after a promising win at the Nepela Trophy earlier this season.
When and Where Skate Canada 2023 will take place?
- Dates: Friday, October 27 to Sunday, October 29
- Venue: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, Vancouver
How to Watch Skate Canada 2023 from Anywhere:
- Australia: SBS Australia | Youtube
- China: CCTV
- Canada: CBC | Youtube
- Czech Republic: Ceska Televiza
- Hungary: MTVA
- India: Viacom 18
- Korea: SBS
- Japan: TV Asahi
- Slovakia: JOJ
- Italy: Rai
- Europe and Other Regions:
- Albania, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, France-Andorra-Mexico, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom: Eurosport
- Southeast Asia and Nearby Regions:
- Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Macau: SPOTV
- Poland: Polsat | Youtube
- Russia: OKKO
- United States: NBC/Peacock | Youtube
- Central America and Caribbean:
- Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama: Sky Mexico | Youtube
Skate Canada 2023 Current Results
Men’s Singles (Short Program)
- Yamamoto Sota (JPN) – 89.56
- Cha Junhwan (KOR) – 86.18
- Tomono Kazuki (JPN) – 81.63
- Miura Kao (JPN) – 80.80
- Mikhail Shaidorov (KAZ) – 79.18
- Conrad Orzel (CAN) – 77.68
Women’s Singles (Short Program)
- Sakamoto Kaori (JPN) – 75.13
- Kim Chae-yeon (KOR) – 70.31
- Matsuike Rino (JPN) – 66.29
- Audrey Shin (USA) – 65.19
- Lindsay Thorngren (USA) – 61.99
- Starr Andrews (USA) – 61.07
Pair Skating (Short Program)
- Deanna Stellato-Dudek/Maxime Deschamps (CAN) – 72.25
- Lucrezia Beccari/Matteo Guarise (ITA) – 65.83
- Anastasia Golubeva/Hektor Giotopoulos Moore (AUS) – 62.80
- Maria Pavlova/Alexei Sviatchenko (HUN) – 62.22
- Brooke McIntosh/Benjamin Mimar (CAN) – 59.83
- Daria Darilova/Michel Tsiba (NED) – 57.17
Ice Dance (Rhythm Dance)
- Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier (CAN) – 87.55
- Lilah Fear/Lewis Gibson (GBR) – 83.51
- Allison Reed/Saulius Ambrulevicius (LTU) – 75.60
- Oona Brown/Gage Brown (USA) – 73.91
- Emilia Zingas/Vadym Kolesnik (USA) – 72.25
- Eva Pate/Logan Bye (USA) – 72.12
Skate Canada 2023: Remaining Schedule
Saturday, October 28:
- Women’s Free Program – 13:15
- Ice Dance Free Dance – 15:25
- Pairs’ Free Program – 18:00
- Men’s Free Program – 19:37
Sunday, October 29:
- Exhibition Gala – 14:00
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