[Recap] NHK Trophy 2016: Pairs

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The final leg of the Grand Prix Series sealed two spots for two of the medalists, though perhaps not in the best way possible. The gold and silver medalists did not have perfect performances, despite some surprises in the short program. Overall, aside from one team, the rest of the field had had a rollercoaster of a competition.

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[Recap] NHK Trophy 2016: Ladies

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NHK Trophy marked the end of the Grand Prix series (before the Final, that is), and all six spots have finally been determined. Whether they had their GPF dreams on the line or not, almost all ladies tried to step up to the challenge of doing their best. Although there weren’t that many surprises in this event compared to the others, there were still several ladies who could have easily played the spoiler role had things gone their way. As a result, there are a total of four Russian ladies, one Japanese lady, and one Canadian.

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[Recap] NHK Trophy 2016: Men

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The Grand Prix series culminated in Sapporo, and the men’s event brought as much adrenaline rush as it did compared to the past five competitions. Here, we witnessed how some men stepped it up, whether or not they are in the running to be in the magic six spots of the Grand Prix Final. Others surprisingly didn’t well as expected of them. In NHK Trophy, we also witnessed history being made—two U.S. men qualifying for the Final; the last time several U.S. men have qualified for the Final was in the time of Evan Lysacek, Johnny Weir, and Jeremy Abbott. We can’t wait to see the finalists in Marseilles.

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[Preview] NHK Trophy 2016: Pairs

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This is one of three previews for the 2016 NHK Trophy. To read about the men’s event, click here. For the ladies’ event, click here.

With the Grand Prix series coming to a close, only two spots are left for the coveted spot to the Final. The headliners of the event are shoo-ins for Marseilles, and a newly debuted team have a chance following a podium finish last week. As usual, the third podium spot is open for anyone for the taking.

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[Preview] NHK Trophy 2016: Ladies

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This is one of three previews for the 2016 NHK Trophy. To read about the men’s event, click here. For the pairs event, click here.

Time flies fast, and we still can’t believe we have reached the end of the Grand Prix series. There are only a few spots left in the Final, and we have several ladies fighting tooth and nail to get them. It’s definitely anyone’s game at this point, as all these ladies will want to do their best.

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[Preview] NHK Trophy 2016: Men

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This is one of three previews for the 2016 NHK Trophy. To read about the ladies’ event, click here. For the pairs event, click here.

We have now reached the final leg of the Grand Prix series, and three more spots left for the Final, the skaters who have a chance for a trip to Marseilles are feeling the pressure. The heaviest of pressures will be in the defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu, but the U.S. men also bear some of that weight. But, like every other men’s event, we could be in for some surprises.

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[Recap] Cup of China 2016: Pairs

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This is one of three recaps for the 2016 Cup of China. To read about the men’s event, click here. For the ladies’ event, click here.

As expected, the Chinese pairs dominated the podium in Beijing, and deservingly so, with solid performances. Yet, the Canadian team prevented a Chinese sweep on the podium, with an equally solid performance. The rest of the field are a hit and miss, others redeeming themselves in the free skate, while others just can’t put together two solid skates.

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