ISU Grand Prix Series Heads to France

(11/20/18)Eleven U.S. athletes will compete at 2018 Internationaux de France, the sixth event of the 2018 International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, Nov. 23-24, in Grenoble, France. Multiple Americans, including reigning World champion Nathan Chen, look to secure their spot in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Dec. 6-9 in Vancouver.

The Figure Skating Pass on NBC Sports Gold will stream the competition live to subscribers over two days with the short programs and rhythm dance airing on Friday, Nov. 23, and the conclusion of each discipline on Saturday, Nov. 24. Coverage will begin at 9 a.m. ET on Friday. NBC will air a recap of the competition at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 25. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will present encore coverage this Grand Prix season, Monday-Thursday following the event’s conclusion.

In the ladies competition, reigning U.S. champion Bradie Tennell will make her first Internationaux de France appearance. Tennell will return to Grand Prix ice after finishing just off the podium at 2018 Skate America.

Olympians Jason Brown and Nathan Chen will represent the United States in the men’s field, each making their second appearance at the event. Reigning World and U.S. champion Chen claimed his second straight Skate America title to start the Grand Prix season and looks to punch his ticket to the Final in Vancouver. Brown finished sixth at Skate Canada International earlier this season. The Toronto-based skater earned the bronze medal in France in 2013.

Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea, and Audrey Lu and Misha Mitrofanov will make their second Grand Prix appearances of the season after competing at NHK Trophy. Kayne and O’Shea, who this season relocated to Colorado Springs to train, finished fifth in Japan. Reigning U.S. junior champions Lu and Mitrofanov made their Grand Prix debut in Japan, where they finished seventh.

The U.S. will send two ice dance teams to NHK Trophy. Coming off a gold-medal performance at NHK Trophy, Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker look for their second Grand Prix medal of the season. The win in Japan marked the couple’s first Grand Prix title. Rachel and Michael Parsons round out the U.S. contingent in France. The sibling duo has medaled at every international event this season, recently winning bronze at NHK Trophy, their first Grand Prix medal.

The Grand Prix Series, now in its 24th season, consists of six international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Approximately 300 athletes from 30 countries are expected to participate in the series. Each athlete is eligible to score points in up to two of the six scheduled events. The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the 2018 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, set for Dec. 6-9, in Vancouver.

 

U.S. ENTRIES AT 2018 INTERNATIONAUX DE FRANCE

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Bradie Tennell

Carpentersville, Illinois

Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Men

Jason Brown

Highland Park, Illinois

Toronto

Nathan Chen

Salt Lake City

New Haven, Connecticut

Pairs

Tarah Kayne
Danny O’Shea

Bradenton, Florida
Gurnee, Illinois

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Audrey Lu
Misha Mitrofanov

Frisco, Texas
Dallas

Plano, Texas

Ice Dance

Kaitlin Hawayek
Jean-Luc Baker

East Aurora, New York
Edmonds, Washington

Montreal

Rachel Parsons
Michael Parsons

Rockville, Maryland
Derwood, Maryland

Rockville, Maryland


2018 INTERNATIONAUX DE FRANCE NBC SPORTS GOLD STREAMING SCHEDULE
(Eastern time, subject to change)

BROADCAST DATE

EVENT

TIME

Friday, Nov. 23

Men’s Short Program

9 a.m.

Rhythm Dance

10:55 a.m.

Ladies Short Program

12:35 p.m.

Pairs Short Program

2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 24

Men’s Free Skate

7:50 a.m.

Free Dance

10:05 a.m.

Ladies Free Skate

1 p.m.

Pairs Free Skate

3:10 p.m.