Last chance for Evgenia Medvedeva to make ISU Grand Prix Final
Two-time Olympic silver medallist Evgenia Medvedeva needs to deliver. The Internationaux de France this weekend in Grenoble is the Russian's last chance to qualify for the ISU Grand Prix Final.
The competition in the female side of the competition is fierce with both Japan’s Rika Kihira and Bradie Tenell of USA capable of securing win.
It’s also where American Nathan Chen is expected to book his place to the coveted six-place finals, held in Canada, in December
With so much at stake, here's what to keep your eye on in Grenoble.
Evgenia Medvedeva describes her fellow skaters in one word
Evgenia Medvedeva describes her fellow skaters in one wordDouble Olympic silver medallist Evgenia Medvedeva describes other skaters in one word, including Russian legend Evgeni Plushenko.
Last chance for Medvedeva
It was Evgenia Medvedeva’s 19th birthday on Monday.
The first one that she has celebrated since her move from Russia to Canada to join coach Brian Orser.
Her results have been good but not up to her usual standards - she finished second at the Autumn Classic and third at Skate Canada.
The third-placed finish performance in Laval, Quebec, was notably mixed. She rescued a seventh-place finish in the short program with an incredible free skate.
In order to qualify for the Grand Prix Final – Medvedeva cannot afford another inconsistent display.
Kihira and Bradie Tennell
The competition for Medvedeva means her route to tying up a berth at the Grand Final isn’t going to be easy.
Olympic bronze medallist Bradie Tennell took top spot at 2018 CS Autumn Classic International when Medvedeva finished in second spot.
But she also faces stiff competition from Rika Kihira of Japan.
The 16-year-old put in an impressive performance in her first senior international event by winning the NHK Trophy in front of home fans.
The Japanese crowd were enraptured but so were veterans of the scene as she won with total score of 224.31.
And she believes there’s more to give.
“Of course, to have a perfect performance with no mistakes will be difficult, but I want to achieve a more perfect performance (than at the NHK Trophy),” she said according to the Japan Times.
Nathan Chen set to dominate
Reigning world champion Nathan Chen only needs a fourth-placed finish to qualify for the Grand Prix Final in Canada.
Chen is is currently the only skater who can perform five different types of quad jumps.
The timing of the competition means the American will have to put any Thanksgiving plans on hold in France.
He hasn’t put college life at Yale on pause though as he nears the end of his first semester at the prestigious US college.
There should be plenty for the home crowd to get excited about in the pairs and ice dance.
Gabriella Papdakis and Guillaume Cizeron picked up a silver medal at PyeongChang 2018 for their ice dance.
Cizeron’s back injury kept them out of the NHK Trophy in Japan meaning that they won’t qualify for the Grand Prix Final whatever the result this weekend but they should still be cheered on by the French fans.
And in the pairs, Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres will be looking to impress by building on their victory at Skate Canada.