Internationaux de France in Grenoble is the final stop on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating circuit

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.

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.

The two-time world champion is currently ranked 19th in the world and would need a high scoring second place or top spot in order to make the finals in Vancouver.

Evgenia Medvedeva during short program at Skate Canada. Credit: Eric Bolte - USA Today Sports.
Evgenia Medvedeva during short program at Skate Canada. Credit: Eric Bolte - USA Today Sports.Evgenia Medvedeva during short program at Skate Canada. Credit: Eric Bolte - USA Today Sports.

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.

Bradie Tennell performs short program at Skate America. Credit: Joe Nicholson -USA Today Sports.
Bradie Tennell performs short program at Skate America. Credit: Joe Nicholson -USA Today Sports.Bradie Tennell performs short program at Skate America. Credit: Joe Nicholson -USA Today Sports.
Rika Kihira of Japan performs during the ladies free skating at ISU Figure Skating NHK Trophy. Credit: Kyodo/via Reuters.
Rika Kihira of Japan performs during the ladies free skating at ISU Figure Skating NHK Trophy. Credit: Kyodo/via Reuters.Rika Kihira of Japan performs during the ladies free skating at ISU Figure Skating NHK Trophy. Credit: Kyodo/via Reuters.

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.

He won Skate America with the biggest margin ever and his main rivals for the overall title, Yuzuru Hanyu and Shoma Uno of Japan, have already secured their places at other events.

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.

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French favourites

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.

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