The ancient city of Angers hosts the Grand Prix de France, the third event of the 2022 Grand Prix Series, Nov. 4-6.
Japan′s Yuma Kagiyama, the 2022 Olympic silver medalist, withdrew from both his Grand Prix events on Oct. 15, due to stress fractures in his talus (lower ankle) and fibula. Kévin Aymoz sustained an ankle injury at French Masters in early October and has also withdrawn from this competition. Kazuki Tomono and Sota Yamamoto of Japan, Adam Siao Him Fa of France and South Korea′s Sihyeong Lee are the top names in the men′s line up.
Loena Hendrickx of Belgium leads the women′s field. She will go up against South Korea′s Yelim Kim, the victor at the U.S. International figure Skating Classic, Mana Kawabe of Japan, the bronze medalist at the Challenger Series event in Lake Placid, and Haein Lee of South Korea, who finished fourth at Skate America.
On Oct. 26, the Chinese pairs team of Cheng Peng and Yang Jin withdrew from both their Grand Prix events. That opens the door for Canada′s Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps to possibly win their first Grand Prix title after narrowly missing the top step of the podium at Skate America. Other contenders include the Italian duo of Rebecca Ghiliardi and Filippo Ambrosini, the gold medalists at the Challenger Series event in Lake Placid, and Georgia′s Karina Safina and Luka Berulava, who finished fourth at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Italy′s Charlène Guignard and Marco Fabbri, the 2022 Lombardia Trophy champions headline the ice dance line up. Coming off a win at 2022 Finlandia Trophy, Canada′s Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sørensen will be strong challengers for the top spot at this competition.
There is no live coverage on the main NBC network in the United States. A recap of the highlights will air on Nov. 12 from 2:30-4 p.m. Check your local listings for air dates and times on the speciality channels.
No Challenger Series event is scheduled for this week.