The 2017 Four Continents Championships is the test event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. This competition will be held in the Olympic venue in the host city of PyeongChang, South Korea.
Satoko Miyahara has withdrawn – she is suffering from a fatigue fracture of the left hip. Rika Hongo is her replacement.
Gangneung hosted Four Continents Championships in 2005 and the World Junior Championships in 2011. A total of 111 skaters from 14 ISU Members have been entered for the Championships. Skaters/teams need to have obtained the minimum total technical scores in both the short and long programs in order to compete at these Championships. Three reigning Four Continents champions are back looking to defend their titles.
In the Men’s event three-time and reigning Four Continents Champion Patrick Chan (CAN) is aiming for a fourth title, but has to expect strong competition. Chan (seasons best 279.72 points) will face current Olympic and ISU Grand Prix Final Champion Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN/seasons best 301.47 points), ISU Grand Prix Final silver medalist Nathan Chen (USA/seasons best 282.85 points) as well as ISU Grand Prix Final bronze medalist Shoma Uno (JPN/seasons best 285.07 points) and 2016 World bronze medalist Boyang Jin (CHN/seasons best 278.54 points). Other contenders include two-time Four Continents bronze medalist Han Yan (CHN), 2017 Universiade silver medalist Keiji Tanaka (JPN) and Jason Brown (USA).
There will be definitely a new champion in the Ladies event with several contenders in the mix. ISU Grand Prix Finalist Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN) has a seasons best 212.42 points and looks like the favorite, but competition should come from 2016 Four Continents silver medalist Mirai Nagasu (USA/seasons best 189.11 points), Wakaba Higuchi (JPN/seasons best 194.48 points) and Gabrielle Daleman (CAN/seasons best 192.10 points). 2015 and 2016 Four Continents bronze medalist Rika Hongo (JPN), 2014 Four Continents bronze medalist Zijun Li (CHN), 2016 Skate America silver medalist Mariah Bell (USA) and 2016 Skate America bronze medalist Mai Mihara (JPN). 2016 Four Continents Champion Satoko Miyahara (JPN) has withdrawn due to injury.
In the Pairs event, two-time and reigning World Champions Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford (CAN/seasons best 218.30 points) will meet two-time and reigning World silver medalists Wenjing Sui/Cong Han (CHN). Sui/Han will compete in their first event this season as she recovered from foot surgery. Other podium contenders include ISU Grand Prix Finalists Xiaoyu Yu/Hao Zhang (CHN/seasons best 206.71 points), Cheng Peng/Yang Jin (CHN/seasons best 197.96 points) and 2016 Skate America silver medalists Haven Denney/Brandon Frazier (USA/seasons best 192.65 points). 2016 Four Continents silver medalists Alexa Scimeca/Chris Knierim (USA) are entering their first event this season as she recovered from surgery. Other teams to watch out for include Lubov Iliushechkina/Dylan Moscovitch (CAN) and Ashley Cain/Timothy Leduc (USA).
The Ice Dance event is headlined by reigning ISU Grand Prix Final Champions Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN/seasons best 197.22 points), who returned to competition after sitting out two seasons. The challenge should come from 2016 Four Continents Champions and World silver medalists Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA/seasons best 189.60 points) and 2016 World bronze medalists Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA/seasons best 188.24 points). Other podium contenders include two-time Four Continents Champions Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje (CAN), 2014 Four Continents Champions Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue (USA) and 2014 Four Continents silver medalists Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier (CAN).
Please note that for the seasonal best total scores only the ISU Grand Prix competitions (senior and junior) and ISU Challenger Series events have been taken into consideration, not other international competitions or National Championships.
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