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2018 NHK Trophy

by Klaus-Reinhold Kany

The NHK Trophy is a traditional annual international skating competition which has been taking place for 40 years (starting in 1979) and moves around Japan. Since the beginning of the series in the 1995, it has been part of the ISU Grand Prix Series.

This year, it is the fourth Grand Prix and takes place in Hiroshima, a harbor city on the Seto Inland Sea in the southwest of Japan, on Honshu, the largest island of Japan, with 1.2 million people. The city is worldwide known as the site of the explosion of the first atomic bomb in the history of mankind, on August 6, 1945. Nearly the whole city was destroyed. After the war the city was rebuilt quickly, and is a modern industrial city today.

The competition takes place in the Hiroshima Prefectural Sports Center on Friday November 9, Saturday, November 10 and the ice dance free program and the exhibition on Sunday, November 11.  Also known as the "Green Arena," due to the color of its dome,  it is located near the Peace Park and the city art museum, and holds about 6,000 people for the competition.  At the center of the Peace Park is the Peace Bell which reminds of the catastrophe.  Nearby is also the Atomic Dome (one of the few building near ground zero to survive the atomic blast) which can be seen from the arena, and the rebuilt Hiroshima Castle.  The Castle, built in the 1590s was destroyed in the bomb blast when its foundation collapsed. The rebuilt castle is now a museum for the history of Hiroshima prior to WWII.

In the men’s competition, the favorite is Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno. Japan’s even bigger star Yuzuru Hanyu decided not to compete in his home country because he is always more nervous there than anywhere else. Other podium candidates are the two Russian skaters Sergei Voronov and Dmitri Aliev, the second Japanese skater Sota Yamamoto and Vincent Zhou from the USA.

In the ladies competition, Skate America winner Satoko Miyahara from Japan is one of two favorites and tries to win a second time. The same is true for Elizaveta Tuktamysheva from Russia after her victory at Skate Canada. Maria Bell from USA, Maria Sotskova from Russia and Eunsoo Lim from South Korea also hope for a spot on the podium.

The pairs medal might go to the Helsinki Grand Prix gold medalists Natalia Zabiiako & Alexander Enbert, the Canadians Kirsten-Moore-Towers & Michael Marinaro, the Chinese team of Cheng Peng & Yang Jin. Outsiders are the two U.S. teams of Alexa Scimeca Knierim & Chris Knierim as well as Tarah Kayne & Danny O’Shea.

In ice dancing, the big favorites Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron from France withdrew three days before the competition because Cizeron suffers from heavy back pain. The Gold medal favorite now seems to be Tiffani Zagorski & Jonathan Guerreiro from Russia, followed by four candidates for the other two medals: Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker from the USA, Lilah Fear & Lewis Gibson from Britain, Shiyue Wang & Xinyi Liu from China, all three from the Montreal ice dance school, plus U.S. dancers Rachel & Michael Parsons.

2018 Skate Canada International

2018 Skate America

2018 Skate America Gold Medalists 

(Men's Gold Medalist Nathan Chen had a plane to catch!)


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7 Nov. - Todd Sand was at the boards putting on Alexa and Chris Kneirim during practice at NHK.  Sand said he has been working with the team in California for the past few weeks.  Whether this will lead to a long term relation, he said, is yet to be decided.

Mariah Bell skated her program at the afternoon practice at NHK, but later, midway through the practice, left the ice and did not finish the session.

7 Nov - Changes to NHK Trophy entries.  Dance: Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) out due to his having a back injury.  Ladies:  Gabrielle Daleman (CAN) out due to mental health issues, replaced by Kailani Crane (AUS); Elena Radionova (RUS) out, replaced by Alena Leonova (RUS).  Pairs: Annika Hocke & Ruben Blommaert (GER) out with Hocke having an unspecified viral infection, replaced by Laura Barquero & Aritz Maestu (ESP).

25 Oct. - Veronik Mallet (CAN) has withdrawn from Skate Canada International 2018 on Thursday before the draw for medical reasons. According to the medical bulletin, Mallet aggravated a previous foot injury.

25 Oct. - Skate Canada announced today that Kelowna, British Columbia will host the 2019 Skate Canada International. The event will take place at Prospera Place, a 6,886-seat multi-purpose arena, from October 25-27, 2019.

Kelowna will host the 46th installment of Skate Canada International. This is their second time hosting the event, they previously hosted in 2014.

15 Oct. - Karen Chen has withdrawn from the ISU Grand Pirx in Helsinki.  Chen is recovering from a foot injury.  She is still currently schedule to compete at the ISU Grand Prix in Russia, Rostelcom Cup.

12 Oct. - Larkyn Austman and Gabrielle Daleman withdraw from Skate Canada International.  Austman has withdrawn due to injury.  She is recovering from a left foot sprain that she sustained in September.  Austman is the 2018 Canadian National Bronze medalist and was a member of the 2018 Canadian Olympic team.

Daleman has taken a break raining to focus on her mental health.  She was a member of the Canadian Gold Medal Team at the 2018 Olympics and is the reigning Canadian Champion.

Veronik Mallet and Alicia Pineault have been added to the Ladies event at Skate Canada International, in Laval Canada.

9 Oct. - Six-time Canadian National Champion and 2010 Olympic bronze medalist will serve as the official athlete ambassador during the 2018 Skate Canada International which will take place in Laval, Que, Canada. "I am extremely excited to be named Athlete Ambassador of Skate Canada International," she says.  "Although I have moved on to a new chapter of my life, I hold cherished memories of my figure skating career and am honored to represent Skate Canada, an all athletes participating at this prestigious event.

Rochette competed at Skate Canada International six times during her career, medalling five times and winning gold three times.

November Competitions

Nov 01 - Nov 04, 2018, Tirnavia Ice Cup, Tirnava, SVK

Nov 02 - Nov 04, 2018, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Helsinki, FIN

Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2018, Ice Challenge (Cancelled), Graz, AUT

Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2018, Volvo Open Cup, Riga, LAT

Nov 09 - Nov 11, 2018, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - NHK Trophy, Hiroshima, JPN

Nov 09 - Nov 11, 2018, Pavel Roman Memorial, Olomouc, CZE

Nov 09 - Nov 11, 2018, Prague Riedell Ice Cup, Prague, CZE

Nov 11 - Nov 18, 2018, Inge Solar Memorial,  Alpen Trophy, Innsbruck, AUT

Nov 16 - Nov 18, 2018, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Rostelecom Cup, Moscow, RUS

Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2018, Skate Celje, Celje, SLO

Nov 22 - Nov 25, 2018, Warsaw Cup & Mazovia Trophy 2018, Warsaw, POL

Nov 23 - Nov 25, 2018, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Internationaux de France, Grenoble, FRA

Nov 26 - Dec 02, 2018, Tallinn Trophy, Tallinn, EST

Nov 27 - Dec 02, 2018, Bosphorus Cup, Istanbul, TUR

Nov 27 - Dec 02, 2018, Denkova-Staviski Cup, Sofia, BUL

Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2018, Open d'Andorra, Canillo, AND

Nov 29 - Dec 02, 2018, Christmas Cup, Budapest, HUN

December Competitions

Dec 02 - Dec 07, 2018, Santa Claus Cup, Budapest, HUN

Dec 05 - Dec 08, 2018, Golden Spin of Zagreb, Zagreb, CRO 

Dec 06 - Dec 09, 2018, ISU Junior & Senior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Vancouver, BC, CAN

Dec 14 - Dec 16, 2018, Grand Prix of Bratislava, Bratislava, SVK

January Competitions

Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2019, Mentor Torun Cup, Torun, POL

Jan 09 - Jan 12, 2019, EduSport Trophy, Targu Secuiesc, ROU

Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2019, Europa Cup Skate Helena, Belgrade, SRB

Jan 21 - Jan 27, 2019, ISU European Figure Skating Championships, Minsk, BLR

Jan 31 - Feb 03, 2019, Reykjavik International Games, Reykjavik, ISL

February Competitions

Feb 01 - Feb 03, 2019, Egna Dance Trophy, Egna, ITA

Feb 04 - Feb 10, 2019, ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, Anaheim, CA, USA

Feb 05 - Feb 10, 2019, Bavarian Open, Oberstdorf, GER

Feb 05 - Feb 10, 2019, Sofia Trophy, Sofia, BUL

Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2019, The Nordics Open, The Nordics, Linköping, SWE

Feb 06 - Feb 12, 2019, Olympic Hopes (Cancelled), Targu Secuiesc, ROU

Feb 07 - Feb 10, 2019, Dragon Trophy & Tivoli Cup, Ljubljana, SLO

Feb 15 - Feb 17, 2019, Jegvirag Cup, Miskolc, HUN

Feb 20 - Feb 23, 2019, Ice Mall Cup, Eilat, ISR

Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2019, TallinK Hotels Cup, Tallinn, EST

Feb 21 - Feb 24, 2019, Challenge Cup, Den Haag, NED

Feb 25 - Mar 03, 2019, Cup of Tyrol, Innsbruck, AUT

March Competitions

Mar 02 - Mar 12, 2019, 29th Winter Universiade, Krasnoyarsk, RUS

Mar 04 - Mar 07, 2019, Triglav Trophy & Narcisa Cup, Jesenice, SLO

Mar 04 - Mar 10, 2019, ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, Zagreb, CRO

Mar 15 - Mar 17, 2019, Coupe de Printemps, Kockelscheuer, LUX

Mar 18 - Mar 24, 2019, ISU World Figure Skating Championships, Saitama City, JPN

Mar 28 - Mar 31, 2019, Egna Spring Trophy, Egna, ITA

April Competitions

Apr 01 - Apr 07, 2019, Inclusive Skating International Event, Glasgow, GBR

Apr 04 - Apr 06, 2019, Belgrade Trophy, Belgrade, SRB

Apr 11 - Apr 14, 2019, World Team Trophy, Fukuoka, JPN

Apr 19 - Apr 21, 2019, Rooster Cup, Courbevoie, FRA

May Competitions

May 15 - May 19, 2019, Oceania International Novice Figure Skating Competition, Melbourne, AUS

May 19 - May 25, 2019, ISU Adult Competition, Oberstdorf, GER 

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