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ISU World Team Trophy Preview


The ISU World Team Trophy format is based on a competition consisting of the six best national teams from ISU Members with a special provision for the host ISU Member to be included. Each team will be composed of two Men, two Ladies, one Pair Skating couple and one Ice Dance couple, i.e. a total of eight skaters per team.

The team event consists of two phases of competition, the Short Program/Short Dance and the Free Skating/Free Dance. Teams are awarded 12 to 1 team points (12 points for first place, 1 point for 12th place) for Men and Ladies and respectively 12 to 7 points for Pairs and Ice Dance couples in the Short and in the Free Program. The standings are calculated according to the sum of the team points achieved in each phase of the event. Several tie breakers are in place.

The schedule of the ISU World Team Trophy is as follows:

Thursday, April 20: Short Dance, Ladies and Men’s Short Programs
Friday, April 21: Pairs Short Program, Free Dance, Men’s Free Skating
Saturday, April 22: Pairs and Ladies Free Skating
Sunday, April 23: Exhibition Gala

Team Lineup

Team Canada
Three-time World Champion Patrick Chan leads team Canada and is joined by 2017 World bronze medalist Gabrielle Daleman, 2015 Ice Dance World bronze medalists Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje, Kevin Reynolds, Alaine Chartrand and Pair Skaters Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro. Weaver is the team captain.

Team Russia
Two-time and reigning World Champion Evgenia Medvedeva headlines team Russia. The team under captain Ekaterina Bobrova features 2017 Winter Universiade Champion Elena Radionova, 2017 World bronze Pairs medalists Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov, European medalists Mikhail Kolyada and Maxim Kovtun as well as Bobrova and her ice dance partner Dmitri Soloviev, who are multiple European ice dance medalists.

Team USA
Team USA counts on 2017 Four Continents Champion Nathan Chen, 2016 Ice Dance World bronze medalists Madison Chock/Evan Bates, Jason Brown, 2016 World silver medalist Ashley Wagner, U.S. Champion Karen Chen and pair skaters Ashley Cain/Timothy LeDuc. Wagner is the team captain.

Team Japan
2017 World and reigning Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu leads Team Japan. He is joined by 2017 World silver medalist Shoma Uno, 2017 Four Continents Champion Mai Mihara, two-time World Junior bronze medalist Wakaba Higuchi, Ice Dancers Kana Muramoto/Chris Reed and Pair Skaters Sumire Suto/Francis Boudreau Audet. Muramoto has taken the role as team captain.

Team China
Team China comes with 2017 World bronze medalist Boyang Jin, ISU Grand Prix finalists Cheng Peng/Yang Jin, Zijun Li, Xiangning Li, Tangxu Li and Ice Dancers Shiyue Wang/Xinyu Liu. Pair skater Yang Jin is the team captain.

Team France
2017 European bronze Pairs medalists Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres, Chafik Besseghier, Kevin Aymoz, Mae-Berenice Meite, Laurine Lecavelier and Ice Dancers Marie-Jade Lauriault/ Romain Le Gac will compete for Team France. The team captain is Cipres.


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We all adore Alexandra Paul, but in our excitement over her incredibleness sometimes Mitch is a little overlooked. So have some Mitch appreciation…

Those edges

That matching

The lines (and all while dancing with grace personified - Miss Alexandra Paul)

He makes everything look easy #chilling

The most underappreciated lifter in ice dance?

He supports his teammates

He cares about the environment

He’s a skilled dancer

He has puns

He’s generous

He’s always sweet and appreciative of his fans

He makes birthday dinners #he’sakeeper

He was an adorable child

He’s an adorable adult

Also adorkable

He gives good face (Worlds was a good time, he was looking well)

He keeps in shape

He isn’t going to deny his feelings 

He’s a supportive partner

and boyfriend - going the extra mile to help Alex in her academic endeavours

If my word isn’t enough, let Alex tell you… Not a bad dude.

In conclusion, Mitchell Islam is a beautiful cinnamon roll, too good for this world, too pure. The Mitch Islam Appreciation Squad is currently seeking new members, please join me in spreading the good news. 

Credits: Mitch Islam, Alexandra Paul, Kirsten Moore-Towers, Melanie Hoyt, Robin Ritoss, Jacque Tiegs, Stephen Potopnyk, the Toronto Star.


The Canadian Olympic figure skating team! The 17 skaters are:

Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Kaitlyn Weaver, Andrew Poje, Alexandra Paul, Mitchell Islam, Patrick Chan, Kevin Reynolds, Liam Firus, Kaetlyn Osmond, Gabrielle Daleman, Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford, Kirsten Moore-Towers, Dylan Moscovitch, Paige Lawrence & Rudi Swiegers