Skaters are invited to the 2017 Grand Prix Series based on the results of the 2017 World Championships. Skaters and/or teams that placed one to six in each of the four disciplines are seeded and assigned to two events.
Skaters and/or couples that placed seven to 12 at the 2017 World Championships are also eligible for two Grand Prix events. Skaters with a top 24 high season’s best score, as well as those that placed in the top 24 in the World Standings can also be invited. Medalists from the World Junior Championships and the gold medalists from the Junior Grand Prix Final are also eligible for selection.
In order for a skater and/or team to earn a spot at a Grand Prix event, the minimum total score or the minimum technical score must have been achieved in the previous or current season at an ISU event (Grand Prix, Junior Grand Prix, Championships, the World Team Trophy or at defined ISU international competitions). Exceptions apply to skaters from the host country, previously ranked skaters and/or teams and teams that split and returned with new partners.
Singles skaters are awarded points as follows (points are only awarded to pairs and ice dance teams up to 6th place):
1st place – 15
2nd place – 13
3rd place – 11
4th place – 9
5th place – 7
6th place – 5
7th place – 4
8th place – 3
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Moa Iwano, one of Japan’s top novice skaters the past two seasons, has been selected to participate in the upcoming Junior Grand Prix series, The Japan Times has learned.
A skating source confirmed that the 13-year-old Iwano was chosen from among a group of several young skaters who tested before Japan Skating Federation officials at Chukyo University in Nagoya recently.
In an exclusive interview last month, Iwano informed The Japan Times that she would be including a quadruple salchow in her free skate this coming season. The decision could be historic, because no female skater has landed a quadruple jump in international competition for nearly 15 years, since Miki Ando became the first to accomplish the feat at the 2002 JGP Final in The Hague.
Ando went on to become a two-time world champion and skate for Japan in two Olympics.
Iwano has not been given her assignments yet for the JGP season, which comprises seven events and kicks off in Brisbane, Australia, on Aug. 23. The Kobe native won her last competition as a novice in February when she led a Japanese sweep at the Bavarian Open in Oberstdorf, Germany.
The Junior GP Final, which will feature the top six women in the season standings, will be held in conjunction with the senior GP Final in December in Nagoya.
With talented juniors Marin Honda, Kaori Sakamoto and Yuna Shiraiwa moving up to the senior ranks this season, Iwano is one of several youngsters, including Rika Kihira and Mako Yamashita, expected to lead the next generation of Japanese stars on the junior circuit.
Iwano, who trains at the same Kansai University rink in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, as Honda, Shiraiwa and Kihira, finished second last season at Japan’s Advanced Novice Championships.
Honda, Shiraiwa and Kihira are coached by Mie Hamada, while Iwano is mentored by Utako Nagamitsu.
In an ironic twist, Iwano, who is friends with Honda, has posted identical results as the 2016 world junior champion in the novice ranks at the Japan championships in four seasons of competing.
Iwano and Honda both placed second in their first seasons in the Novice B classification, then were the champions the next season.
In the Novice A category, Iwano and Honda came in third in their first campaign, then took second place the following season.
Iwano’s plan to include the quad salchow in her free skate this season has generated considerable buzz in skating circles around the globe. Now the world will be watching as she embarks on her inaugural foray as a junior competitor.