(11/28/16) – Eight American athletes have qualified for the 2016 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final as the Grand Prix Series concluded over the weekend at NHK Trophy in Japan. The Grand Prix Final and JGP Final is set for Dec. 8-11 in Marseille, France.
Nathan Chen, who won his first Grand Prix medal in Japan, secured his spot at the Grand Prix Final with a silver medal finish. He also finished fourth at Trophee de France and will enter the Final as the fifth-seed. Reigning U.S. champion Adam Rippon earned the final qualifying spot by virtue of bronze medal finishes at Progressive Skate America and Trophee de France.
For the second consecutive season, Team USA qualified three dance teams to the Grand Prix Final. Maia and Alex Shibutani, U.S. champions and World silver medalists in 2016, won a pair of gold medals at Skate America and Cup of China to secure the second seed. Two-time World and Grand Prix Final medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates won silver medals at Skate Canada and Rostelecom Cup to take the fifth seed, while Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue also won a pair of silvers at Skate America and Trophee de France to qualify in the sixth spot.
The senior athletes will be joined by seven junior athletes who previously qualified for the JGP Final. Alexei Krasnozhon will make his JGP Final debut after winning the JGP Slovenia title and JGP Czech Repbublic silver medal. Three junior ice dance teams will also compete in France. Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter are reigning U.S. and World junior and JGP Final champions. Rachel and Michael Parsons are 2016 World Junior and U.S. junior silver medalists. They won bronze at the 2015 JGP Final. Like Krasnozhon, Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko will make their JGP Final debut.