Wednesday Update from the Grand Prix Final

10 Dec

Hola from Barcelona, Spain! The first practice day just wrapped up with all Americans taking the ice Wednesday. While Barcelona is a city of impressive architecture, great food and lots to do, the focus for now is on the competition which will feature the best athletes from the Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix series. Team USA is represented by Ashley Wagner (ladies), Madison Chock and Evan Bates (ice dance), Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani (ice dance) and Chelsea Liu and Brian Johnson (junior pairs).

To join the conversation with @USFigureSkating, use #GPF14. Be sure to follow @AshWagner2010, @chockolate02, @MaiaShibutani, @ChelseaLiu2018, @Evan_Bates, @AlexShibutani and @ShibSibs on Twitter!

Visit icenetwork for complete event coverage and a live competition feed (for SeasonPass subscribers)

Official start orders and results
Facebook photo gallery

What They’re Saying

“This is pretty amazing. This is our first time in the finals in our first season together and that’s an awesome accomplishment right there. We are here to do the best we can.” – Chelsea Liu

“Our first practice was really strong. We are really excited to be back at the Grand Prix Final. We’ve practiced hard since our grand prix events and our senior Bs. Our goal this week is to show how strong we’ve become.” – Maia Shibutani

“We are going to stay an extra day in Barcelona which is rare for us after a competition. We will be able to do a little sight seeing and relax for a day before we get back to work for nationals.” – Alex Shibutani

“The ice feels really good. We are so excited to be here. We are ready to skate and perform!” – Madison Chock

“The Grand Prix Final is an opportunity for me to go out and experience new jumping passes in competition. I put in a triple loop-half loop-triple Salchow in the second of the program. It’s a very difficult jumping pass so this is a chance for me to try out the new elements and the adjusted jumping layout to get prepared for nationals.” – Ashley Wagner

Team USA’s Schedule (ET)

Thursday, Dec. 11
11:25 a.m. – Junior pairs short
Liu & Johnson (skating 1st) – 11:32 a.m.

3:30 p.m. – Ladies short program
Wagner (skating 2nd) – 3:44 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 12
12:15 p.m. – Junior pairs free

1:45 p.m. – Short dance
Shibutani & Shibutani (skating 3rd) – 2:04 p.m.
Chock & Bates (skating 6th) – 2:31 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 13
11:25 a.m. – Ladies free
1:25 p.m. – Free dance


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