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[ICE TIME] World Champions Shoma Uno, Kaori Sakamoto Headline Grand Prix Series

The release of the Grand Prix assignments on Friday, July 22 signaled the start of the new season. It also marks the beginning of the new four-year cycle concluding with the 2026 Olympics.

With the retirement of Yuzuru Hanyu, the absence of Olympic champion Nathan Chen and the Russian skaters suspended, this campaign’s list looks much different than in years past.

Chen is taking the Grand Prix season off to concentrate on his studies at Yale, while world bronze medalist Vincent Zhou of the United States will do the same at Brown. 

Beijing Olympic champion Anna Shcherbakova and silver medalist Alexandra Trusova, along with fourth-place finisher Kamila Valieva, were all prevented from entering the GP series due to the ongoing ISU ban of Russian athletes in the wake of the war in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Olympic pairs gold medalists Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China and Olympic ice dance champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume…

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