Breaking Down the 2017-18 Grand Prix Draft: Ice Dance

With today’s surprise reveal of 2017-18’s Grand Prix assignments, Two for the Ice has compiled the hows, whys — and possible huhs — of who and how many assignments the dance and pair teams in question received. We’ll look first at dance, the larger and, thus, more unwieldy field.

Couples who placed in the top 10 at the 2017 World Championships automatically earned two assignments, while medalists at the World Junior Championships have in some past years been guaranteed one apiece, or otherwise been included among considered candidates (bronze medalists Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko will continue to compete at the junior level). Next up for consideration are those ranked in the top 24 in World Standings (WS) and Season’s Best (SB) lists. While teams who meet both criteria often pick up two spots, other considerations clearly may factor into how important these rankings are considered to be.

Some teams also picked up a single or second spot courtesy of their host country, as indicated with an *. Worlds placements and WS and SB rankings meeting Grand Prix requirements are highlighted in green; those WS and SB rankings falling out of the top 24 are highlighted in pink. First-time Grand Prix competitors are indicated with a ‡.

Also included in this list, for the sake of greater context, are a few notable teams who ranked higher than selected teams in one or more categories, but did not receive an assignment. Those teams are italicized.

Complete Entries, Ice Dance

Team Assignment(s) Worlds/Junior Worlds Place World Standings Season’s Best
Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir (CAN) Skate Canada International; NHK Trophy 1st #9 #1
Gabriella Papadakis / Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) Cup of China; Internationaux de France 2nd #7 #2
Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani (USA) Rostelecom Cup; Skate America 3rd #2 #3
Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje (CAN) Skate Canada International; Internationaux de France 4th #6 #4
Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitry Soloviev (RUS) Rostelecom Cup; Cup of China 5th #3 #6
Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte (ITA) NHK Trophy; Skate America 6th #4 #7
Madison Chock / Evan Bates (USA) Cup of China; Internationaux de France 7th #1 #5
Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier (CAN) Rostelecom Cup; Skate America 8th #10 #9
Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue (USA) Skate Canada International; NHK Trophy 9th #5 #10
Alexandra Stepanova / Ivan Bukin (RUS) Rostelecom Cup; Internationaux de France 10th #13 #13
Rachel Parsons / Michael Parsons (USA)‡ Rostelecom Cup 1st (WJC) #15 #18
Alla Loboda / Pavel Drozd (RUS)‡ Skate Canada International; Internationaux de France 2nd (WJC) #17 #19
Charlene Guignard / Marco Fabbri (ITA) Rostelecom Cup; Internationaux de France 11th #8 #11
Laurence Fournier Beaudry / Nikolaj Sorensen (DEN) NHK Trophy 13th #11 #21
Isabella Tobias / Ilia Tkachenko (ISR) NHK Trophy; Skate America 12th #12 #12
Natalia Kaliszek / Maksym Spodyriev (POL) Skate Canada International; Internationaux de France 14th #14 #25
Victoria Sinitsina / Nikita Katsalapov (RUS) NHK Trophy; Skate America #16 #16
Marie-Jade Lauriault / Romain Le Gac (FRA) Rostelecom Cup; NHK Trophy 21st #18 #30
Alisa Agafanova / Alper Ucar (TUR) Rostelecom Cup; Skate Canada International 17th #19 #20
Kana Muramoto / Chris Reed (JPN)* NHK Trophy; Skate America 23rd #20 #26
Kaitlin Hawayek / Jean-Luc Baker (USA) Skate Canada International; Skate America #21 #14
Alexandra Nazarova / Maxim Nikitin (UKR) NHK Trophy 15th #22 #27
Lorraine McNamara / Quinn Carpenter (USA)‡ Cup of China 7th (WJC) #23 #22
Tiffany Zahorski / Jonathan Guerreiro (RUS) Cup of China; Skate America #37 #15
Elliana Pogrebinsky / Alex Benoit (USA) Cup of China; Internationaux de France #25 #17
Shiyue Wang / Xinyu Liu (CHN)* Cup of China; Skate America 16th #27 #23
Yura Min / Alexander Gamelin (KOR) 20th #26 #34
Penny Coomes / Nicholas Buckland (GBR) #28
Angelique Abachkina / Louis Thauron (FRA)‡* Cup of China; Internationaux de France 8th (WJC) #29 #33
Kavita Lorenz / Joti Polizoakis (GER)‡ Skate Canada International 19th #32 #28
Cecilia Torn / Jussiville Partanen (FIN)

24th #34 #46
Cortney Mansour / Michal Ceska (CZE)

#36 #36
Nicole Kuzmichova / Alexandr Sinicyn (CZE)‡ Rostelecom Cup 26th #38 #45
Sara Hurtado / Kirill Khaliavin (ESP)

#45 #48
Olivia Smart / Adria Diaz (ESP)‡ Skate Canada International 18th #49 #38
Linshu Song / Zhuoming Sun (CHN)* Cup of China #63 #64
Hong Chen / Yan Zhao (CHN)* Cup of China #84 #68
Carolane Soucisse / Shane Firus (CAN)‡* Skate Canada International #66