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Grand Prix Final Qualifiers

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With two Grand Prix events left to finish, the following skaters have secured spots in the Grand Prix Final (and the others are possibilities for slots).  The competition will take place in Beijing in December.


Pang and Tong (China)

Moore-Towers and Moscovitch (Canada)

Likely additional qualifiers:  Savchenko and Szolkowy (Germany), Bazarova and Larionov (Russia), Sui and Han (China, already qualified for junior Grand Prix Final), Iliushechkina and Maisuradze (Russia)

Less likely but possible:  Takahashi and Tran (Japan), Lawrence and Sweigers (Canada)


Daisuke Takahashi (Japan)

Likely additional qualifiers:  Takahiko Kozuka (Japan), Patrick Chan (Canada), Nobunari Oda (Japan)

Other possibilities:  Jeremy Abbott (USA)*, Brandon Mroz (USA), Tomas Verner (Czech Republic), Florent Amodio (France), Brian Joubert (France)

*Jeremy Abbott is probably more likely than the others in that category, but he can be erratic that I didn't feel as confident putting him in the likely pile as someone like Patrick Chan, who could fall his way through a competition and still be assured of at least a silver medal.

Ice Dancing

Davis and White (USA)

Crone and Poirier (Canada)

Likely additional qualifiers:  Pechalat and Bourzat (France), Faiella and Scali (Italy)*, Bobrova and Soloviev (Russia)

Other possibilities:  Chock and Zuerlein (USA), Shibutani and Shibutani (USA)

*Only if they cut the dresses


Carolina Kostner (Italy)

Kanako Murakami (Japan)

Likely additional qualifiers:  Rachael Flatt (USA), Miki Ando (Japan)

Possible additional qualifiers:  Alissa Czisny (USA)*, Ksenia Makarova (Russia)**, Akiko Suzuki (Japan)**

Less likely but possible: Alena Leonova (Russia), Kiira Korpi (Finland)***, Cynthia Phaneuf (Canada)***, Mirai Nagasu (USA)***

*Czisny should really make this considering her competition in the upcoming Trophee Eric Bompard but never bet on Czisny

**Rostelecom Cup may see either Suzuki or Makarova bumping the other out of a spot.

***Um, this is the definition of reaching, folks.  But they do have a chance.