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ISU announces star-studded lineup for Skate Canada

Gold medalists Virtue and Moir slated for 2010 Skate Canada

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir return to competition at Four Continents.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir return to competition at Four Continents. (Getty Images)

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(06/15/2010) - OTTAWA, ON -- A talented field of competitors has been announced for the 2010 Skate Canada International. The event will take place in Kingston, Ontario at the K-Rock Centre from October 28-31, 2010.

"Obviously we are very pleased with the lineup for this event. Fans are going to see Canadian favorites as well as international stars. For many of these skaters this will be the first time competing in Canada since the Olympics," said William Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. "It's going to be an action-packed three days with strong skating in every discipline."

Canadians in the field include Olympic and world champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, two-time world medalist Patrick Chan, 2008 world medalists Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison, and Canadian medalist Cynthia Phaneuf. The international field includes reigning world medalists Laura Lepistö of Finland in ladies and Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov from Russia in pair. A number of top world and Olympic athletes round out the competitors in all four disciplines, men's, ladies, pair and ice dance.

2010 Skate Canada International is the second of six stops on the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. Entries for all six events were announced by the ISU over the weekend.

Entries at the 2010 Skate Canada International:

Men's
Patrick Chan - Canada
Kevin Reynolds - Canada
TBD - Canada
Alban Preaubert - France
Paolo Bacchini - Italy
Yasuharu Nanri - Japan
Nobunari Oda - Japan
Artur Gachinsky - Russia
Javier Fernandez - Spain
Kristoffer Berntsson - Sweden
Adam Rippon - USA
Johnny Weir - USA

Ladies
Cynthia Phaneuf - Canada
TBD - Canada
TBD - Canada
Laura Lepistö - Finland
Sarah Hecken - Germany
Haruka Imai - Japan
Fumie Suguri - Japan
Ksenia Makarova - Russia
Sarah Meier - Switzerland
Alissa Czisny - USA
Alexe Gilles - USA
Agnes Zawadzki - USA

Pair
Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison - Canada
Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers - Canada
TBD - Canada
Huibo Dong and Yiming Wu - China
Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov - Russia
Anastasia Martiusheva and Alexei Rogonov - Russia
Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir - USA
Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker - USA

Ice Dance
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir - Canada
Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier - Canada
Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam - Canada
Pernelle Carron and Lloyd Jones - France
Christina Beier and William Beier - Germany
Sinead Kerr and John Kerr - Great Britain
Lorenza Alessandrini and Simone Vaturi - Italy
Kristina Gorshkova and Vitali Butikov - Russia
Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein - USA
Rachel Tibbetts and Collin Brubaker - USA

All-event ticket packages are on-sale now for the 2010 Skate Canada International! All-event tickets are $155 plus applicable surcharges (taxes included). Tickets can be purchased online at www.K-Rockcentre.com, by phone at 1.877.KLIVE99, or in person at The K-Rock Centre Box Office.

Entries for all six ISU Grand Prix events can be found on www.isu.org