Top skaters invited for ISU Shanghai Trophy
The 2019 ISU Shanghai Trophy, featuring short track speedskating, figure skating and synchronized skating, will be held at Pudong’s Oriental Sports Center from October 3 to 5, according to the organizers.
First held in 2016, the Shanghai Trophy is the first tournament that the International Skating Union has named after a city. It’s also an event where both Winter Olympic Games and non-Winter Olympics competitions are held at the same time.
The short track speedskating disciplines set for this year’s tournament are the men’s and women’s 1,000 meters, men’s 5,000, women’s 3,000 and 2,000 mixed relay. The figure skating events will see men’s and women’s singles, pairs and ice dance, as well as synchronized skating.
This year’s Shanghai Trophy has been scheduled at the beginning of a new skating season, which means that figure skaters and teams will bring brand new programs which they will keep practicing and performing for the rest of the season.
Short track speedskaters will also be in their best condition in terms of stamina when they take part in competitions in Shanghai.
According to the organizers, star figure skaters like Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, Nathan Chen from the United States and 2018 Winter Games gold and silver medalists Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia have been invited.
Chinese pair Sui Wenjing and Han Cong have confirmed their participation for the Shanghai event. China’s first synchronized skating team will also make its debut at the world-class competitions in the city.
Ticket sales for the 2019 ISU Shanghai Trophy will kick off later in July.