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The event, featuring teams from Japan, the United States, Canada, France, Italy and the Figure Skating Federation of Russia (FSR), is scheduled to begin tomorrow and conclude on Sunday (April 18).
Organisers are due to allow spectators entry to the event, although exact numbers have not been announced.
It has been reported the socially-distanced Maruzen Intec Arena has been sold out for the competition, among the first truly international events to have been held in the Olympic and Paralympic Games host nation this year.
Osaka is one of the regions where stricter measures are in place to combat fears over a spike in coronavirus infections.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay has travelled through Osaka but it was not allowed to take place along the Japanese prefecture’s streets because of the pandemic.
The Olympic Flame was yesterday carried through a virtually empty Commemorative Park on the day Osaka reported a record 1,099 new cases.
Japanese star Yuzuru Hanyu and world champion Nathan Chen of the United States, who claimed his third consecutive World Championships gold medal in Stockholm last month, are set to go head-to-head during the men’s team event.
The Russian team, competing as FSR because of sanctions imposed on the country as punishment for the state-sponsored doping scandal, features recently-crowned women’s world champion Anna Shcherbakova.
China had qualified for the event but were replaced by France after deciding against sending a squad to Osaka.
Each skater or duo can earn a maximum of 12 points courtesy of their performances in the short programme or rhythm dance and free skating or free dance.
The standings are based on the total team points achieved in each phase of the event.
The last edition of the ISU World Team Trophy was held in Fukuoka in Japan in 2019 where the US were crowned champions.
Japan finished second with Russia claiming bronze.
Just three weeks after the world championships in Stockholm, some of the best figure skaters on the globe are set to converge again.
That would be for the World Team Trophy, held every other year, and this year set for Osaka, Japan, 15-17 April.
Two-time Olympic champion Hanyu Yuzuru and three-time worlds winner Nathan Chen will face off as teams from Japan, the U.S., Canada, France, Italy and the Figure Skating Federation of Russia (FSR) do battle.
In the unique team format, skaters earn points for their placement in both the short and long programs, with higher points awarded to the top finishers. The teams represent the best in skating from the past two seasons (2019-20 season and 2021 worlds), though China opted out of the event (replaced by France).
It’s the culmination of a stop-and-start year for skating, which saw the cancellation of two Grand Prix Series events, the Grand Prix Final, Four Continents and the European Championships, as well as a host of domestic and lower-level International Skating Union (ISU) events.
The ISU World Championships were held in late March in Stockholm, with Covid measures in place – and no fans. Chen won his third consecutive world title, while FSR skaters Anna Shcherbakova, Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov as well as Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov captured their respective firsts, too.
season, but this time it’s for their countries at World Team Trophy, live on Peacock Premium this week from Osaka, Japan.
Similar to the Olympic team event (but not the same), skaters’ placements in short and long programs in all four disciplines determine overall point totals for their countries. Each nation has two singles skaters per gender, one pairs’ team and one ice dance couple.
The U.S. won the last title in 2019, but Russia is the favorite, boasting reigning world champions in women’s singles, pairs and ice dance.
The U.S. is led by the three-time world champion Chen and fourth-place world championships finisher Karen Chen (no relation).
Its roster also includes 2014 Olympian Jason Brown, 2018 Olympian Bradie Tennell, pairs’ national champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier and Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, the U.S.’ No. 3 ice dance couple.