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Debut Grand Prix of Italy replaces Cup of China on figure skating schedule

Italy. Piedmont. Turin. The Mole Antonelliana

Italy. Piedmont. Turin. The Mole Antonelliana. (Photo by: Marc Chapeaux/AGF/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

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The International Skating Union announced on Friday that the third Grand Prix stop of the upcoming Olympic figure skating season will be held in Torino, Italy, replacing the longstanding Cup of China.

The Chinese figure skating association canceled the event, which would have been held in Chongqing, earlier this month due to the pandemic, specifically noting the limited number of inbound international flights to China.

After receiving applications from Debrecen, Hungary; Norwood, Massachusetts; and Torino, the ISU chose the 2006 Olympic host city to hold the first-ever Grand Prix of Italy. The competition will remain on the same dates as initially planned, Nov. 4-7.

The Grand Prix of Italy will feature reigning world medalists in each discipline – world champion Anna Shcherbakova of Russia and silver medalists Yuma Kagiyama (Japan), Sui Wenjing and Han Cong (China) in pairs and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue in ice dance – plus the Grand Prix return of four-time world champion ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France.

The 2021-22 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series schedule is as follows:

Oct. 22-24 | Skate America | Las Vegas

Oct. 29-31 | Skate Canada | Vancouver

Nov. 4-7 | Grand Prix of Italy | Torino

Nov. 12-14 | NHK Trophy | Tokyo

Nov. 19-21 | Internationaux de France | Grenoble

Nov. 26-28 | Rostelecom Cup | Sochi, Russia

Dec. 9-12 | Grand Prix Final | Osaka, Japan

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