2008–09 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating

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2008–09 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating
Type: Grand Prix
Date: October 23 – December 14, 2008
Season: 2008–09
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The 2008–09 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating was a series of six international invitational competitions in the 2008–09 season. Skaters competed in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies singles, pair skating, and ice dancing on the senior level. At each event, skaters earned points based on their placements and the top six scoring skaters or teams at the end of the series qualified for the 2008–09 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, held in Goyang, South Korea.

The Grand Prix series set the stage for the 2009 European Figure Skating Championships, the 2009 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, the 2009 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, and the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships, as well as each country's national championships. The Grand Prix series began on October 23, 2008 and ended on December 14, 2008.

The Grand Prix was organized by the International Skating Union. Skaters competed for prize money and for a chance to compete in the Grand Prix Final. The corresponding series for Junior-level skaters was the 2008–09 ISU Junior Grand Prix.

Qualifying[edit]

Skaters who reached the age of 14 by July 1, 2008 were eligible to compete on the senior Grand Prix circuit. The top six skaters from the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships were seeded and were guaranteed two events. Skaters who placed 7th through 12th were also given two events, though they were not considered seeded.

Skaters/teams who medaled at the 2007–08 Junior Grand Prix Final or the 2008 World Junior Figure Skating Championships were guaranteed one event. Skaters who medaled at both the Junior Grand Prix Final and the World Junior Championships were guaranteed only one event.

The host country was allowed to send three skaters/teams of their choosing in each discipline.

The spots remaining were filled from the top 75 skaters/teams in the 2007–08 Season's Best list.

Schedule[edit]

Event Location Date Begin Date End
2008 Skate America United States Everett, Washington October 23, 2008 October 26, 2008
2008 Skate Canada International Canada Ottawa, Canada October 31, 2008 November 2, 2008
2008 Cup of China China Beijing, China November 6, 2008 November 9, 2008
2008 Trophée Eric Bompard France Paris, France November 13, 2008 November 16, 2008
2008 Cup of Russia Russia Moscow, Russia November 20, 2008 November 23, 2008
2008 NHK Trophy Japan Tokyo, Japan November 27, 2008 November 30, 2008
2008–09 Grand Prix Final South Korea Goyang, South Korea December 10, 2008 December 14, 2008

Medal summary[edit]

Event Date Discipline Gold Silver Bronze
United States Skate America October 25 Pairs Germany Aliona Savchenko
/ Robin Szolkowy
United States Keauna McLaughlin
/ Rockne Brubaker
Russia Maria Mukhortova
/ Maxim Trankov
Men Japan Takahiko Kozuka United States Johnny Weir United States Evan Lysacek
October 26 Ice dancing France Isabelle Delobel
/ Olivier Schoenfelder
United States Tanith Belbin
/ Benjamin Agosto
United Kingdom Sinead Kerr
/ John Kerr
Ladies South Korea Kim Yu-Na Japan Yukari Nakano Japan Miki Ando
Event Date Discipline Gold Silver Bronze
Canada Skate Canada November 1 Pairs Russia Yuko Kawaguchi
/ Alexander Smirnov
Canada Jessica Dubé
/ Bryce Davison
United States Keauna McLaughlin
/ Rockne Brubaker
Men Canada Patrick Chan United States Ryan Bradley United States Evan Lysacek
Ladies Canada Joannie Rochette Japan Fumie Suguri United States Alissa Czisny
November 2 Ice dancing United States Meryl Davis
/ Charlie White
Canada Vanessa Crone
/ Paul Poirier
France Nathalie Péchalat
/ Fabian Bourzat
Event Date Discipline Gold Silver Bronze
China Cup of China November 7 Pairs China Zhang Dan
/ Zhang Hao
Ukraine Tatiana Volosozhar
/ Stanislav Morozov
China Pang Qing
/ Tong Jian
November 8 Ladies South Korea Kim Yu-Na Japan Miki Ando Finland Laura Lepistö
Ice dancing Russia Oksana Domnina
/ Maxim Shabalin
United States Tanith Belbin
/ Benjamin Agosto
Russia Jana Khokhlova
/ Sergei Novitski
Men United States Jeremy Abbott United States Stephen Carriere Czech Republic Tomáš Verner
Event Date Discipline Gold Silver Bronze
France Trophée Eric Bompard November 15 Men Canada Patrick Chan Japan Takahiko Kozuka France Alban Préaubert
Pairs Germany Aliona Savchenko
/ Robin Szolkowy
Russia Maria Mukhortova
/ Maxim Trankov
Canada Meagan Duhamel
/ Craig Buntin
Ladies Canada Joannie Rochette Japan Mao Asada United States Caroline Zhang
Ice dancing France Isabelle Delobel
/ Olivier Schoenfelder
Italy Federica Faiella
/ Massimo Scali
United Kingdom Sinead Kerr
/ John Kerr
Event Date Discipline Gold Silver Bronze
Russia Cup of Russia November 22 Ladies Italy Carolina Kostner United States Rachael Flatt Japan Fumie Suguri
Pairs China Zhang Dan
/ Zhang Hao
Russia Yuko Kawaguchi
/ Alexander Smirnov
Ukraine Tatiana Volosozhar
/ Stanislav Morozov
Men France Brian Joubert Czech Republic Tomáš Verner France Alban Préaubert
November 23 Ice dancing Russia Jana Khokhlova
/ Sergei Novitski
Russia Oksana Domnina
/ Maxim Shabalin
United States Meryl Davis
/ Charlie White
Event Date Discipline Gold Silver Bronze
Japan NHK Trophy November 29 Pairs China Pang Qing
/ Tong Jian
United States Rena Inoue
/ John Baldwin
Canada Jessica Dubé
/ Bryce Davison
Ice dancing Italy Federica Faiella
/ Massimo Scali
France Nathalie Péchalat
/ Fabian Bourzat
United States Emily Samuelson
/ Evan Bates
Ladies Japan Mao Asada Japan Akiko Suzuki Japan Yukari Nakano
November 30 Men Japan Nobunari Oda United States Johnny Weir France Yannick Ponsero
Event Date Discipline Gold Silver Bronze
Grand Prix Final
(South Korea)
December 13 Ice dancing France Isabelle Delobel
/ Olivier Schoenfelder
Russia Oksana Domnina
/ Maxim Shabalin
United States Meryl Davis
/ Charlie White
Men United States Jeremy Abbott Japan Takahiko Kozuka United States Johnny Weir
Ladies Japan Mao Asada South Korea Kim Yu-Na Italy Carolina Kostner
Pairs China Pang Qing
/ Tong Jian
China Zhang Dan
/ Zhang Hao
Germany Aliona Savchenko
/ Robin Szolkowy

Points[edit]

After the final event, the 2008 NHK Trophy, the six skaters/teams with the most points advanced to the Grand Prix Final. The qualification point system is as follows:

Placement Points (Singles/Dance) Points (Pairs)
1st Place 15 Points 15 Points
2nd Place 13 Points 13 Points
3rd Place 11 Points 11 Points
4th Place 9 Points 9 Points
5th Place 7 Points 7 Points
6th Place 5 Points 5 Points
7th Place 4 Points
8th Place 3 Points

There were seven tie-breakers in cases of a tie in overall points:

  1. Highest placement at an event. If a skater placed 1st and 3rd, the tiebreaker is the 1st place, and that beats a skater who placed 2nd in both events.
  2. Highest combined total scores in both events. If a skater earned 200 points at one event and 250 at a second, that skater would win in the second tie-break over a skater who earned 200 points at one event and 150 at another.
  3. Participated in two events.
  4. Highest combined scores in the free skating/free dancing portion of both events.
  5. Highest individual score in the free skating/free dancing portion from one event.
  6. Highest combined scores in the short program/original dance of both events.
  7. Highest number of total participants at the events.

If a tie remained, it was considered unbreakable and the tied skaters all qualified for the Grand Prix Final.

Final points[edit]

  • Skaters in bold qualified for the Grand Prix Final.
Points Men Ladies Pairs Ice dance
30 Points Canada Patrick Chan South Korea Kim Yu-Na
Canada Joannie Rochette
Germany Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy
China Zhang Dan / Zhang Hao
France Isabelle Delobel / Olivier Schoenfelder
28 Points Japan Takahiko Kozuka Japan Mao Asada Russia Yuko Kawaguchi / Alexander Smirnov Russia Oksana Domnina / Maxim Shabalin
Italy Federica Faiella / Massimo Scali
26 Points United States Johnny Weir China Pang Qing / Tong Jian Russia Jana Khokhlova / Sergei Novitski
United States Meryl Davis / Charlie White
United States Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto
24 Points France Brian Joubert
United States Jeremy Abbott
Czech Republic Tomáš Verner
Italy Carolina Kostner
Japan Yukari Nakano
Japan Miki Ando
Japan Fumie Suguri
Ukraine Tatiana Volosozhar / Stanislav Morozov
Russia Maria Mukhortova / Maxim Trankov
United States Keauna McLaughlin / Rockne Brubaker
Canada Jessica Dubé / Bryce Davison
France Nathalie Péchalat / Fabian Bourzat
22 Points France Alban Préaubert
United States Evan Lysacek
United States Rachael Flatt Canada Vanessa Crone / Paul Poirier
United Kingdom Sinead Kerr / John Kerr
20 Points France Yannick Ponsero United States Alissa Czisny United States Rena Inoue / John Baldwin
Canada Meagan Duhamel / Craig Buntin
United States Emily Samuelson / Evan Bates
19 Points
18 Points United States Stephen Carriere
Canada Kevin Reynolds
Finland Laura Lepistö
United States Caroline Zhang
United States Ashley Wagner
Italy Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte
17 Points United States Ryan Bradley
16 Points Russia Kristina Gorshkova / Vitali Butikov
15 Points Japan Nobunari Oda
14 Points Canada Shawn Sawyer Canada Mylène Brodeur / John Mattatall
United States Tiffany Vise / Derek Trent
Russia Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev
France Pernelle Carron / Mathieu Jost
13 Points Japan Akiko Suzuki
12 Points Finland Susanna Pöykiö
United States Beatrisa Liang
United States Kimberly Navarro / Brent Bommentre
11 Points United States Brandon Mroz Russia Alena Leonova Israel Alexandra Zaretski / Roman Zaretski
10 Points United States Adam Rippon United States Mirai Nagasu Ukraine Anna Zadorozhniuk / Sergei Verbillo
9 Points Russia Artem Borodulin
Russia Sergei Voronov
France Candice Didier United States Amanda Evora / Mark Ladwig
China Dong Huibo / Wu Yiming
Russia Lubov Iliushechkina / Nodari Maisuradze
United Kingdom Stacey Kemp / David King
Russia Ekaterina Rubleva / Ivan Shefer
Canada Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje
8 Points China Wu Jialiang
Sweden Adrian Schultheiss
United States Katrina Hacker Lithuania Katherine Copely / Deividas Stagniūnas
7 Points Canada Vaughn Chipeur
Japan Takahito Mura
Canada Cynthia Phaneuf China Zhang Yue / Wang Lei
Russia Ksenia Ozerova / Alexander Enbert
Estonia Maria Sergejeva / Ilja Glebov
United States Jennifer Wester / Daniil Barantsev
6 Points Sweden Kristoffer Berntsson
Japan Yasuharu Nanri
United States Kimmie Meissner
5 Points Russia Alexander Uspenski
Germany Peter Liebers
Belgium Kevin van der Perren
Estonia Jelena Glebova
China Xu Binshu
Switzerland Sarah Meier
France Adeline Canac / Maximin Coia
Canada Monica Pisotta / Michael Stewart
United States Caitlin Yankowskas / John Coughlin
Canada Rachel Kirkland / Eric Radford
Italy Laura Magitteri / Ondřej Hotárek
Azerbaijan Kristin Fraser / Igor Lukanin
4 Points Canada Jeremy Ten Canada Mira Leung
United Kingdom Jenna McCorkell
Hungary Júlia Sebestyén
Georgia (country) Elene Gedevanishvili
United States Jane Summersett / Todd Gilles
Russia Anastasia Platonova / Alexander Grachev
3 Points Uzbekistan Anastasia Gimazetdinova China Yu Xiaoyang / Wang Chen
Canada Andrea Chong / Guillame Gfeller
Japan Cathy Reed / Chris Reed

Prize money[edit]

The total prize money is $180,000 per individual event in the series and $272,000 for the Final. All amounts are in U.S. dollars. Pairs and dance teams split the money. The breakdown is as follows:

Placement Prize Money (Series) Prize Money (Final)
1st $18,000 $25,000
2nd $13,000 $18,000
3rd $9,000 $12,000
4th $3,000 $6,000
5th $2,000 $4,000
6th - $3,000

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