has confirmed on Twitter that the French team of Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat have withdrawn from the second stop of the Grand Prix, taking place this weekend in Mississauga, Ontario. Bourzat was visibly fighting off bronchitis at Skate America last weekend, where the team was able to win the silver medal. Their third event of the series is scheduled to be at home at Trophee Eric Bompard, three weeks from now.
Skate Canada also announced that there is no plan to replace them; that leaves seven couples scheduled to compete.
Wednesday, October 26
Today, the ISU has recognized that American skater Brandon Mroz became the first person to land a quadruple Lutz cleanly in sanctioned competition, doing so at the Colorado Springs Invitational a month ago.
Michael Weiss (USA) and Evgeny Plushenko (RUS) are among skaters who have unsuccessfully tried the jump in the past. Weiss came extremely close in his attempt at the 1998 US National Chamionships. Nearly four seasons later, Plushenko attempted the jump at the 2001 Cup of Russia-- something that he reportedly only started working on three days before the competition.
[Expand story for video clips of quad Lutz attempts and Mroz's successful attempt]
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