Tuesday, July 20

Hochstein, Kelemen Earn Grand Prix Berths

American Grant Hochstein has been assigned to Skate Canada while Romanian Zoltan Kelemen has been assigned to Trophee Eric Bompard. Both skaters are replacing withdrawn Johnny Weir who has decided to take the season off. The ISU also lists Belorussian Alexandr Kazakov as being withdrawn from Bompard.

Update 7/21: Anton Kovalevski of Ukraine has earned his second event, replacing Kazakov at Bompard. He also competes at the Rostelecom Cup the week prior.

Yu-Na Kim has not officially withdrawn herself from the series yet, so her name remains on the Cup of China and Rostelecom Cup rosters.

Yue Zhang/Lei Wang of China have also received their second event, replacing McLaughlin/Brubaker at Skate Canada. Unfortunately for this team, they also skate at NHK Trophy just a week before coming to Canada. The new Grand Prix schedule definitely sets up horrible traveling situations for skaters receiving back-to-back events. McLaughlin/Brubaker's other event, Skate America, has not yet been replaced, but another American pair will take their spot.

In ice dance, Italians Lorenza Alessandrini/Simone Vaturi have received Skate America as their second event, replacing the now-retired Zaretiskis. The Italians will also compete at Skate Canada two weeks prior. Czech team Lucie Mysliveckova/Matej Novak have received their first assignment at Rostelecom Cup, replacing the split Ukrainian team of Zadorozhniuk/Verbillo.

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