Countries set for first ISU World Team Trophy
The U.S., Canada, Japan, Russia, France and China qualify for team event
|The men's world medalists -- Patrick Chan (left), Evan Lysacek (middle) and Brian Joubert (right) -- could meet again at the World Team Trophy. (Getty Images)|
The six, top-ranked teams are the U.S., Canada, Japan, Russia, France and China. They qualified according to the results of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating, ISU European, ISU Four Continents, ISU World Junior and ISU World Figure Skating Championships.
The U.S. is the top team in the standings, with 7,659 points, followed by Canada with 6,755 points and Japan with 6,660 points. Russia accumulated 6,370 points and came in fourth, while France is ranked fifth at 4,938 points. China was the last qualifier, with 4,150 points.
The ISU World Team Trophy is a competition between six national figure skating teams and will be held for the first time in 2009. Each team consists of two men, two ladies, one pair and one ice dance couple. The competition will be held in Tokyo, from April 16-19, in Yoyogi National Stadium.
For further information please refer also to ISU Communication 1490 (ISU World Team Trophy Announcement) at www.isu.org.