2022-23 ISU Grand Prix Assignments are published

danafan

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Schumacher out of Skate Canada

Pair TBD (CAN) crossed out of Skate Canada.
Sigh. I'm not surprised about the pairs, as frankly there really isn't another Canadian pair of international calibre at the moment. But sad about Schumacher, as it seems likely this is the end of her career. It would be shocking if the spot went to another Canadian skater.
 

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Sigh. I'm not surprised about the pairs, as frankly there really isn't another Canadian pair of international calibre at the moment. But sad about Schumacher, as it seems likely this is the end of her career. It would be shocking if the spot went to another Canadian skater.
Have to agree on both points.

The only Canadian woman who I could see getting that spot would be Ruiter, since she hasn't appeared on the JGP yet. Pereira would be the other option, but she's had a JGP assignment, so she's not eligible for the GP.

Pairs is pretty dire for Canada right now, but at least the four teams on the GP each have two assignments.

Selfishly, I'd love to see either Plazas/Fernandez or Mokhova/Mokhov get the open SCI spot, but I'd also be thrilled for Efimova/Blommaert. There are some good teams for Skate Canada to choose from.
 

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Schumacher's spot assigned today. Kate Wang of USA got it.
Interesting... I don't know what to make of the alternates list because Wang shouldn't have been available for assignment - the only Japanese woman on the alternates list is Yokoi who is already assigned to SCI, which would have bumped Zhu up to the Top 10 alternates along with Serna since Brezinova is already at SCI too, but that would have left Wang sitting at #11. The only logical reason would be if Ziegler wasn't put on the USFS' selection list when the GP hosts met in July, but that would be surprising since she's clearly still skating and at the senior level this season given her Challenger assignment.

As it is, I'm very happy for Wang - and the USA is now maxed out with 3 women at 4 of the GPs.

Oh, and eventually, the Canadian, French, British & Finnish feds are going to run out of eligible women to invite who aren't Korean and they're going to have to pony up the airfare from Seoul to Toronto, Paris, Manchester or Helsinki. :rofl:

Women - current Alternates should another spot open up (note JPN maxed out at SCI, GPdF, NHK & Espoo; KOR maxed out at SkAm & NHK; USA maxed out at SkAm, SCI, MKJW & NHK)
Yun (SkAm)
Wi (NHK)
Park (SkAm)
Yokoi (SCI)
Kitromilis (SkAm)
Paganini (MKJW)
Izzo (MKJW)
Ziegler (none)
Brezinova (SCI)
Ji (NHK)

Next to be added:
Zhu (SkAm)
Serna (GPdF)
Wang (SCI)
Sauter (MKJW)
Peltonen (Espoo)
Saarinen (Espoo)
Schumacher (SCI)
Watanabe (none)
 

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Hope some of the Koreans get a second assignment if more become available!
Doubtful. I expect the host feds are going to go through every single North American, European and Japanese woman on the alternates list before they select any of the Korean women, especially if they are considering additional airfare from Seoul to their location.
 

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Korea really needs its own GP!
It's not as if they didn't have the opportunity to host one this year... I have to admit, I've wondered if part of why their women are being passed over for assignments is some sub-conscious "screw you" from the other hosts, feeling somewhat put out that assignments were delayed in part because Korea wasn't willing to step up and host another Asian GP, which you know would have been the ISU's preference.
 

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Alisa EFIMOVA / Ruben BLOMMAERT added to Skate Canada
YESSSS! I'm really glad Skate Canada went there with the strongest team on the alternates list. It would have been so easy to add one of the weaker teams that have earned the total score minimum at US Classic or Nebelhorn, but the field at SCI was already really thin and Efimova/Blommaert are a quality team who will contend for the podium here. Plus, we still don't know if Miura/Kihara are really going to be ready for SCI since she's recovering from her own injury.

This also confirms what we thought after Laurin/Ethier were added to SkAm, which is that any teams who meet the total score minimum at a Challenger are being added to the Pairs Alternates List.

Pairs - 1 potential TBD @ NHK (Chernyshova/Windsor probably out due to his ankle injury)
Holichenko/Darenskiy UKR (55) (Espoo)
Chernyshova/Windsor AUS (60) (NHK)
Crafoord/Crafoord SWE (63) (SkAm)
Osipova/Epstein NED (69) (none)
Efimova Blommaert GER 186.17 (SCI)
Plazas/Fernandez USA 166.25 (SkAm)
Mokhova/Mokhov USA 161.29 (none)
Valesi/Piazza ITA 150.96 (none)
Yunoki/Ichihashi JPN 140.46 (none)
Piegad/Strekalin FRA 138.36 (GPdF)

Next to be added:
Wessenberg/Eisenach 138.22 USA (none)

Teams that do not have the Total Score Minimum for GP assignments but are scheduled to compete at Finlandia:
Vaipan-Law/Digby GBR (64) 132.56 (MKJW host spot)
Gamez/Korovin PHI
 

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Chernyshova/Windsor have withdrawn from NHK Trophy :(
Hmmmm... It's not reflected on the ISU grid yet. I do see it reflected on the Australian fed's international assignments page though. :-(

I'll update the pairs alternates list once Finlandia is complete since there are two teams competing there who are trying to earn the total score minimum, which would expand the list a bit more, though I think it's most likely that the JSF will add their own pairs team of Yunoki/Ichihashi, especially since they train in Japan.
 
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