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2017 Grand Prix of Figure Skating - TV Schedule & Predictions

The 2017-18 Grand Prix of Figure Skating series is set for October 20 through December 10. Six events plus the GP Final are scheduled. Below are TV schedule and predictions for the 2017-18 Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

U.S. TV Schedule
*Subject to change, error

Rostelecom Cup - October 20 to 22
Winners: (M) Nathan Chen, (W) Evgenia Medvedeva, (P) Evgenia Tarasova / Vladimir Morozov, (D) Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani
TV: October 20 - Olympic Channel (7 AM ET & 11:30 AM ET) | October 21 - Olympic Channel (6:30 AM ET, 9 AM ET & 12:30 PM ET) *LIVE

Skate Canada - October 27 to 29
Winners: (M) Shoma Uno, (W) Kaetlyn Osmond, (P) Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford, (D) Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir
TV: October 27 - Olympic Channel (3 PM ET & 5 PM ET & 8 PM ET & 10 PM ET) | October 28 - Olympic Channel (1 PM ET & 7 PM ET)

Cup of China - November 3 to 5
Winners: (M) Mikhail Kolyada, (W) Alina Zagitova, (P) Sui Wenjing/Han Cong, (D) Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron
TV: November 3 - Olympic Channel (3:30 AM ET) | November 4 - Olympic Channel (2:30 AM ET & 9 AM ET)

NHK Trophy - November 10 to 12
Winners: (M) Sergei Voronov, (W) Evgenia Medvedeva, (P) Sui Wenjing/Han Cong, (D) Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir
TV: November 10 - Olympic Channel (12:30 AM ET & 2 AM ET & 5 AM ET) | November 11 - Olympic Channel (12:30 AM ET & 3 AM ET & 5:30 AM ET)

Internationaux de France - November 17 to 19
Winners: (M) Javier Fernandez, (W) Alina Zagitova, (P) Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov, (D) Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron
TV: November 17 - Olympic Channel (9 AM ET & 11 AM ET) | November 18 - Olympic Channel (7:30 AM ET & 1 PM ET & 3 PM ET)

Skate America - November 24 to 26
Winners: (M) Nathan Chen, (W) Satoko Miyahara, (P) Aljona Savchenko/Bruno Massot, (D) Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani
TV: November 24 - Olympic Channel (6:30 PM ET & 11:30 PM ET) | November 25 - NBC (4 PM ET) & Olympic Channel (2 PM ET) | November 26 - NBC (4 PM ET) & Olympic Channel (2 PM ET)

Grand Prix Final - December 7 to 10 
TV: December 7 - Olympic Channel (4:30 AM ET) | December 8 - Olympic Channel (5 AM ET & 6:30 AM ET) | December 9 - Olympic Channel (2:30 AM ET & 4 AM ET & 5:30 AM ET) *LIVE

Finalists

Men: Nathan Chen, Shoma Uno, Mikhail Kolyada, Sergei Voronov, Adam Rippon, Jason Brown
Ladies: Alina Zagitova, Kaetlyn Osmond, Carolina Kostner, Maria Sotskova, Wakaba Higuchi, Satoko Miyahara
Pairs: Sui Wenjing/Han Cong, Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov, Aliona Savchenko/Bruno Massot, Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford, Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov, Yu Xiaoyu/Zhang Hao
Ice Dance: Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron, Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir, Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani,  Madison Chock/Evan Bates, Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue, Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte

Trends / Predictions

✪ Japanese male skaters have won the last five editions of the Grand Prix Final. Although Yuzuru Hanyu was the main contributor, it is still a trend worth looking into especially with rising star Shoma Uno being one of the headliners at this year's event. Moreover, the Final will be contested in Japan which should give Uno a boost. With the top three stars -- Yuzuru Hanyu, Javier Fernandez and Patrick Chan -- in absence this week, the title will come down to Nathan Chen and Uno. The Japanese sensation has the highest total score and free program this season, but Chen soundly defeated him at Skate America. When skaters are in their top form, total score is a better predictor of success.

✪ The winner of the GP Final on the ladies' side is typically the one who dominates the grand prix season. But with Evgenia Medvedeva out due to injuries, there is an asterix on this trend. Her absence makes this event wide open. All eyes will be on Alina Zagitova, the next best Russian skater this season. The key for her will be the short program which she has struggled. Still, she won both assignments and registered the top free program (even higher than that of Evgenia Medvedev). The skater to watch is Satoko Miyahara, who produced a strong performance at Skate America. Japanese skaters are in fierce competition for a spot at the Olympics; this should motivate her to bring out her best here.

Top Score: Carolina Kostner (215.98) | Satoko Miyahara (214.03) | Alina Zagitova (213.88)
Top Short: Kaetlyn Osmond (76.06) | Carolina Kostner (74.62) | Satoko Miyahara (70.72)
Top Free: Alina Zagitova (151.34) | Satoko Miyahara (143.31) | Wakaba Higuchi (141.99)

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