The 2017–18 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating is a series of invitational senior internationals which ran from October through December 2017. Medals were awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Skaters earned points based on their placement at each event and the top six in each discipline qualified to compete at the Grand Prix Final in Nagoya.
Organized by the International Skating Union, the series set the stage for the 2018 Europeans, the 2018 Four Continents, 2018 Olympics Games, and the 2018 World Championships. The corresponding series for junior-level skaters was the 2017–18 ISU Junior Grand Prix.
The series is composed of the following events:
2017 Rostelecom Cup Moscow, Russia October 20–22 2017 Skate Canada Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada October 27–29 2017 Cup of China Beijing, China November 3–5 2017 NHK Trophy Osaka, Japan November 10–12 2017 Internationaux de France Grenoble, France November 17–19 2017 Skate America Lake Placid, New York, United States November 24–26 2017–18 Grand Prix Final Nagoya, Japan December 7–10
U.S. Figure Skating announced today that two-time U.S. champion Gracie Gold has withdrawn from Cup of China and Internationaux de France as she continues to receive professional treatment for off-ice matters.
Gold is the 2014 and ’16 U.S. champion and a 2014 Olympic bronze medalist in the team event. She finished fourth in the ladies event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
The 2017 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series begins Oct. 20 with Rostelecom Cup in Moscow. Cup of China and Internationaux de France take place in November.
Traditionally the first Grand Prix Series event of the season, Skate America will be the final competition of the six-event Series. 2017 Bridgestone Skate America will be held Nov. 23-26 in Lake Placid, New York.
Two-time and reigning U.S. ice dance champions Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani will attempt to defend their title at Skate America. Last year’s victory in Chicago propelled them to the Grand Prix Final, where they earned a bronze medal.
“We grew up skating in Lake Placid every summer — the arena has so much Olympic history,” Alex said. “We are happy that we will get to perform in front of a home audience an extra time this season.”
The World bronze medalists open their Grand Prix Series at Rostelecom Cup, where they placed fourth in 2012.
Two-time world champion in figure skating Evgenia Medvedeva performed several cascades of three triple jumps in training ahead of the start of the first in the season stage of the Grand Prix series , which will be held in Moscow.
The Moscow Grand Prix stage will be held in Moscow's Megasport Palace on October 20-22.
Medvedeva performed cascades of three triple jumps several times during the training, including during the rental to the music of an arbitrary program "Anna Karenina." During the rental, it allowed a fall on the triple flip, and also a crash when landing from a triple lurtz.
Earlier, Medvedeva decided to change the arbitrary program. At the start of the season the athlete performed with an arbitrary, based on the compositions of George Winston and Max Richter, but subsequently made the choice in favor of Anna Karenina, originally created by the coaching staff of the figure skater as an indicative number, but after being adapted to an arbitrary one.