The Grand Prix of Figure Skating premieres with the Skate America in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena. It comes as no surprise that no fans will be allowed in attendance because of the pandemic. The other protocols to protect athletes safety is to have only one Grand Prix when in a normal year there usually is two. Maybe the most unfortunate thing about this event is that it is limited to mainly American performers. Because of travel concerns, 48 of the 56 skaters competing are American and the rest have training bases in the U.S.
On the men's side, the skater to watch is Nathan Chen. Just in the Grand Prix alone he has won the last three titles and this year he is going for a record tying fourth title this year. The last man to accomplish this feat is Todd Eldredge from 1994-97. Chen hasn't lost a Grand Prix event since 2016. At only 21 years old, he is a two time World Champion in 2018 and 2019, a 2018 Winter Olympics Bronze medalist and is the first skater to land five types of quadruple jumps. Watch his fantastic performance at last year's 2019 World Championship to see what the competition is up against.
For the women, look out for Mariah Bell and Bradie Tennell who will be competing for America to gain a third spot in the World Championships in March 2021. While Bell placed second last year, this will be the best shot for the Americans to win the competition since Ashley Wagner won in 2016 when the event was held in Chicago.
Grand Prix is cancelled next week in Skate Canada. The Prix will continue next month on November 6-8 for the Cup of China. For more information about Skate America and the ISU Grand Prix 2020, click here.
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2020 ISU GRAND PRIX of FIGURE SKATING - SKATE AMERICA Schedule
DATE EVENT TIME (ET) TV
Friday 10/23 Short Programs 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. NBCSN
Saturday 10/24 Free Skates 3 - 6 p.m. NBC
Free Skates 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. NBCSN