Grand Prix Final qualifying picture
The Grand Prix Final field is nowhere near set going into the sixth and final qualifying event, the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow this week.
The Trophee Bompard winners last weekend -- Patrick Chan, Ashley Wagner, Pang Qing and Tong Jian and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir -- all clinched spots in the Fukuoka, Japan, event from Dec. 5-6.
The Grand Prix Final field -- six skaters in every discipline -- will be completed after the Rostelecom Cup. The U.S. is likely to have two automatic entrants -- Wagner and Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
Here are the standings pages, and here’s the outlook going into Moscow (likelihood of result in parentheses):
IN: Patrick Chan, Yuzuru Hanyu, Daisuke Takahashi, Yan Han
ON THE BUBBLE: Nobunari Oda, Adam Rippon
COMPETING IN MOSCOW (with a chance to get in): Tatsuki Machida, Maksim Kovtun
If Machida gets at least fourth place in Moscow, he’s in (very likely).
If Kovtun gets at least second in Moscow, he’s in (questionable). If Kovtun gets third, he must score at least 247.52 total points in Moscow to get in (8.87 more than he earned at the Cup of China).
IN: Mao Asada, Ashley Wagner, Anna Pogorilaya, Adelina Sotnikova
ON THE BUBBLE: Yelena Radyonova, Akiko Suzuki
COMPETING IN MOSCOW (with a chance to get in): Yulia Lipnitskaya, Carolina Kostner, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Kanako Murakami
If Lipnitskaya is fourth or better in Moscow, she’s in (likely).
If Kostner wins, she’s in (questionable). If she’s second, she’ll need to skate a personal-best points total and get some help.
Tuktamysheva and Murakami are in if either wins in Moscow (very unlikely).
IN: Tatyana Volosozhar/Maksim Trankov, Pang Qing/Tong Jian
ON THE BUBBLE: Meaghan Duhamel/Josh Radford, Peng Cheng/Zhang Hao, Sui Wenjing/Han Cong, Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek
COMPETING IN MOSCOW (with a chance to get in): Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy, Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch, Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov, Vera Bazarova/Yuri Laryonov
If Savchenko/Szolkowy are fourth or better in Moscow, they’re in (very likely).
If Moore-Towers/Moscovitch are second or better in Moscow, they’re in. If third, they’re in if their total score is 173.08 or better (likely).
If Stolbova/Klimov win in Moscow, they’re in (very unlikely). If second, they could get in depending on results and total scores.
If Bazarova/Laryonov win in Moscow, they’re in (very unlikely).
IN: Meryl Davis/Charlie White, Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir, Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat, Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte
ON THE BUBBLE: Yelena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov, Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani
COMPETING IN MOSCOW (with a chance to get in): Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje, Yekaterina Bobrova/Dmitry Soloviev, Madison Chock/Evan Bates, Yekaterina Riazanova/Ilia Tkachenko
If Weaver/Poje or Bobrova/Soloviev are second or better in Moscow, they’re in (likely). If either is third or fourth, they can still get in with help.
If Chock/Bates win in Moscow, they’re in. If they’re second, they’re in if Weaver/Poje, Bobrova/Soloviev and Riazanova/Tkachenko don’t win (very unlikely).
If Riazanova/Tkachenko win, they’re in (very unlikely).