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2 months from now, the Skate America figure skating event starts the 2007 - 2008 Grand Prix season. All of it will lead to the World Championships at Sweden in late March 2008. For the six Grand Prix events, here they are.

- Skate America at Reading, Pennsylvania, USA -> October 25 - 28, 2007;

- Home Sense Skate Canada International at Quebec City, Quebec, Canada -> November 1 - 4, 2007;

- Cup of China at Harbin -> November 8 - 11, 2007;

- Trophée Eric Bompard at Paris -> November 15 - 18, 2007;

- Cup of Russia at Moscow -> November 22 - 25, 2007; and,

- NHK Trophy at Sendai, Japan -> November 29 - December 2, 2007.

The 2007 GRAND PRIX FINAL, I believe, will take place in a non-Grand Prix country for the first time, when it will be held in Torino, Italy (host city of the 2006 Winter Olympics) on December 13 - 16, 2007.

As for the other important ISU figure skating events this season, here they are as well.

- ISU European Figure Skating Championships at Zagreb, Croatia -> January 21 - 27, 2008;

- ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Seoul, Korea -> February 11 - 17, 2008 (the dates were changed on August 8th, 2007, with the ISU's permission);

- ISU World JUNIOR Figure Skating Championships at Sofia, Bulgaria -> February 25 - March 2, 2008; and,

- GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN.

For more information, click on this link: ISU's Single & Pair Skating/Ice Dance Page

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A couple of days from now, the 2007 - 2008 ISU figure skating Grand Prix season starts. First, the 2007 Skate America Grand Prix competition at Reading, Pennsylvania. Here is the link to the official website.

Link: 2007 Skate America Grand Prix Event At Reading, Pennsylvania

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Results so far from Skate America in Reading:

MEN'S - FINAL:

1. Daisuke TAKAHASHI JPN

2. Evan LYSACEK USA

3. Patrick CHAN CAN

4. Stephen CARRIERE USA

5. Alban PREAUBERT FRA

PAIRS - FINAL :

1. Jessica DUBE / Bryce DAVISON CAN

2. Qing PANG / Jian TONG CHN

3. Vera BAZAROVA / Yuri LARIONOV RUS

4. Amanda EVORA / Mark LADWIG USA

Dance: (After Compulsory) - Original Dance on Sunday nite

1 Tanith BELBIN / Benjamin AGOSTO USA 59.24 31.50 27.74 7.25 6.95 7.40 7.40 7.50 0.00 #10

2 Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZAT FRA 56.95 29.90 27.05 6.95 6.90 7.20 7.25 7.30 0.00 #9

3 Federica FAIELLA / Massimo SCALI ITA 54.56 29.90 24.66 6.50 6.30 6.45 6.50 6.65 0.00 #8

4 Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE USA 52.84 29.70 23.14 5.95 5.80 6.15 6.25 6.30 0.00 #6

5 Kristin FRASER / Igor LUKANIN AZE 51.23 27.70 24.53 6.50 6.25 6.45 6.60 6.50 1.00 #7

6 Kimberly NAVARRO / Brent BOMMENTRE USA 51.13 29.00 22.13 5.65 5.40 5.85 6.05 6.15 0.00 #5

7 Alexandra ZARETSKI / Roman ZARETSKI ISR 51.12 28.50 22.62 5.85 5.80 5.90 6.10 6.10 0.00 #4

8 Ekaterina RUBLEVA / Ivan SHEFER RUS 45.46 26.70 20.76 5.15 5.35 5.40 5.70 5.70 2.00 #3

9 Cathy REED / Chris REED JPN 43.79 25.20 18.59 4.80 4.90 4.75 5.05 4.95 0.00 #2

10 Xiaoyang YU / Chen WANG CHN 43.19 25.90 17.29 4.60 4.30 4.50 4.70 4.65 0.00 #1

LADIES (after the Short Program) - Finals on Sunday nite.

1 Kimmie MEISSNER USA 59.24 1

2 Miki ANDO JPN 56.58 2

3 Caroline ZHANG USA 56.48 3

4 Emily HUGHES USA 47.66 4

5 Mai ASADA JPN

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The rest of the final results:

LADIES:

1. Kimmie Meissner (USA)

2. Miki Ando (Japan)

3. Caroline Zhang (USA)

ICE DANCE:

1. Tanith Belbin/Benjamin Agosto (USA)

2. Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat (France)

3. Federica Faiella/Massimo Scali (Italy)

Next stop: HomeSense Skate Canada International at Quebec City, Quebec.

Link 1: 2007 Skate Canada International

Link 2: Entries To The Quebec City 2007 Event

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It's among my fovourite games. I like to watch the game but am not good at it.

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The final results from the Quebec City event.

Men:

1. Brian Joubert (France)

2. Kevin van der Perren (Belgium)

3. Jeffrey Buttle (CANADA)

Ladies:

1. Mao Asada (Japan)

2. Yukari Nakano (Japan)

3. Joannie Rochette (CANADA)

Pairs:

1. Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (Germany)

2. Jessica Dube/Bryce Davison (CANADA)

3. Yuko Kawaguchi/Alexander Smirnov (Russia)

Ice Dance:

1. Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CANADA)

2. Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (Italy)

3. Pernelle Carron/Mathieu Jost (France)

From what I could see already, Dube and Davison of Canada could have booked their ticket to Torino. However, since there are still 4 more Grand Prix events to go, that decision is still in the air.

Next Grand Prix stop: the Cup of China event at Harbin.

Link: 2007 Cup of China Grand Prix Participant List

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Results of the Grand Prix Cup of China held in Harbin this weeked:

PAIRS:

1 Qing PANG / Jian TONG CHN

2 Keauna McLAUGHLIN / Rockne BRUBAKER USA

3. Jessica MILLER / Ian MORAM CAN

ICE DANCE:

1. Tanith BELBIN /Benjamin AGOSTO USA

2. Oksana DOMNINA / Maxim SHABALIN RUS

3 Federica FAIELLA / Massimo SCALIITA ITA

A couple of nations did well:

USA - 2 golds (Mens & Ice Dance); 3 silvers (MENS, LADIES and PAIRS), no bronzes

Canada - 1 Bronze (pairs)

China - 1 Gold (pairs)

Russia - 1 silver (Ice Dance)

Italy - 2 bronzes (ladies and Ice Dance)

1 Swiss

1 Korea (Gold - Ladies)

Then on to Paris for the Trophée Eric Bompard Cachemire next weekend...

Paris/France - 15 - 18 Nov

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by the way Torino was named as host of the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships

Besides, it will be interesting on who will go to these World Championships after Vancouver. Besides, was it the only candidate, like Calgary was for 2006?

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I'm actually not sure who bidded. Look at this though since 2002 the host of Worlds during an Olympic year happens to be a former Olympic City

2002 - SLC, Nagano

2006 - Torino, Calgary

and

2010 - Vancouver, Torino

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Also interesting since 1959 (with 1979, 1980 as exception) every time that North America will host the Olympics the previous year's World were also in North America

Here's the poof:

1959 Colorado Springs; 1960 Olympics Squaw Valley

1987 Cincinnati; 1988 Olympics Calgary

2001 Vancouver; 2002 Olympics Salt Lake City

2009 Los Angeles; 2010 Vancouver

Had Denver went on to host 1976 it would be the same as above since 1975 Worlds was held in Colorado Springs. The two Asian Olympic hosting were preceeded with European hosting of Worlds in cities both beginning with the letter L (Lyon 1971; Lausanne 1997). European Olympics hostings are usually preceeded by a European Worlds except 1976.

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Also interesting since 1959 (with 1979, 1980 as exception) every time that North America will host the Olympics the previous year's World were also in North America

Here's the poof:

1959 Colorado Springs; 1960 Olympics Squaw Valley

1987 Cincinnati; 1988 Olympics Calgary

2001 Vancouver; 2002 Olympics Salt Lake City

2009 Los Angeles; 2010 Vancouver

Had Denver went on to host 1976 it would be the same as above since 1975 Worlds was held in Colorado Springs. The two Asian Olympic hosting were preceeded with European hosting of Worlds in cities both beginning with the letter L (Lyon 1971; Lausanne 1997). European Olympics hostings are usually preceeded by a European Worlds except 1976.

Interesting. So the continental rotation for the ISU Worlds are even more exact and predicable than the Olympix and World Cup.

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i would prefer Chicago's United Center or Boston's TD Banknorth Garden. I know about the problem w/ SLC's Energy Solutions Arena (fomerly Delta Center). I can recall that the lower box section seems to be located pretty high.

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In Canada's case here, these cities have hosted the World Figure Skating Championships so far:

Montreal -> 1932

Vancouver -> 1960, 2001

Calgary -> 1972, 2006

Ottawa -> 1978, 1984

Halifax -> 1990

Edmonton -> 1996

A quirky fact about Calgary wanting to host it in the same year as the Winter Olympics twice. Anyway, it is rather strange that Skate Canada hasn't chosen Toronto, Quebec City or Winnipeg (to name a few) to host one yet; never mind that Montreal, which was the first Canadian city to host one, hasn't done so in 75 years now.

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Final results from Paris:

Men:

1. Patrick Chan (Canada)

2. Sergei Voronov (Russia)

3. Alban Preaubert (FRANCE)

Ladies:

1. Mao Asada (Japan)

2. Kimmie Meissner (USA)

3. Ashley Wagner (USA)

Pairs:

1. Dan & Hao Zhang (China)

2. Qing Pang/Jian Tong (China)

3. Maria Mukhortova/Maxim Trankov (Russia)

Ice Dance:

1. Isabelle Delobel/Olivier Schoenfelder (FRANCE)

2. Jana Khokhlova/Sergei Novitski (Russia)

3. Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA)

Next stop: the Cup of Russia GP event at Moscow.

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In Canada's case here, these cities have hosted the World Figure Skating Championships so far:

Montreal -> 1932

Vancouver -> 1960, 2001

Calgary -> 1972, 2006

Ottawa -> 1978, 1984

Halifax -> 1990

Edmonton -> 1996

Well, the funny thing about the US/Canada hostings is that they seem to reflect the years when the Europeans were willing to let the North Americans host very-Euro events, like the Olympix and these:

1930 - New York - the first outside Europe and the first in the US

1932 - Montreal - but the 1932 Winters were close-by in Lake Placid and the Summer in Ellay.

(Now 2 set of Paris-London couplings: 1936-37; and then 1949-50. And then for some reason, Colorado Springs hosted in 1957, 1959, 1965, 1969 and 1975. And then like the Winter Games which go to the US every 20 years or so starting in 1960, the Worlds would also return to the US every 5 o 6 years:

1969 - 1975 - 6 years, Colorado Sprigs (Mountain time zone)

1981 - Hartford (eastern time zone)

1987 - Cincinnati (Central time zone)

1992 - Oakland/SF (Pacific)

1998 - Minneapolis (Central)

2003 - Washington, DC (eastern)

2009 - Los Angeles (Pacific)

The assignment of World Figure Skating Champs host cities kinda mirror the way they distribute the Olympics.

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On the Paris results, where's Brian Joubert? I wud've thot he would win in his home country?? :blink:

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Cup of Russia Results

LADIES

1. Yu-Na KIM, Korea

2. Yukari NAKANO, Japan

3. Joannie ROCHETTE, Canada

MEN'S

1. Johnny WEIR, USA

2. Stephane LAMBIEL, Switzerland

3. Andrei GRIAZEV, Russia

PAIR's

1. Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG, China

2. Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY, Germany

3. Yuko KAWAGUCHI / Alexander SMIRNOV, Russia

ICE DANCE

1. Oksana DOMNINA / Maxim SHABALIN, Russia

2. Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZAT, France

3. Anna ZADOROZHNIUK / Sergei VERBILLO, Ukraine

NHK Trophy in Sendai, Japan will be next. Competition runs from 29 November - 01 December.

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NHK Trophy Results

Ladies

1. Carolina KOSTNER - Italy

2. Sarah MEIER - Switzerland

3. Nana TAKEDA - Japan

Men's

1. Daisuke TAKAHASHI - Japan

2. Tomas VERNER - Czech Republic

3. Stephen CARRIERE - USA

Pair's

1. Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY - Germany

2. Keauna McLAUGHLIN / Rockne BRUBAKER - USA

3. Jessica DUBE / Bryce DAVISON - Canada

Ice Dance

1. Isabelle DELOBEL / Olivier SCHOENFELDER - France

2. Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR - Canada

3. Jana KHOKHLOVA / Sergei NOVITSKI - Russia

up next the Grand Prix Final in Turin.

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