Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier are currently in first place after the short program at the Grand Prix England. This puts them one step closer to becoming the first pair’s figure skating team from the United States to win multiple Grand Prix events in a single season.
On Friday in Sheffield, Knierim and Frazier racked up a total of 75.88 points in a faultless short, which helped them win Skate America three weeks ago. A 7.19-point advantage over Sara Conti and Niccolo Macii of Italy gives them the lead going into Saturday’s free skate, which will be broadcast live on Peacock.
In the most recent Olympic competition, Knierim and Frazier finished in sixth place
Which is the best result for a U.S. pair in the last twenty years. In the following month, they made history by becoming the first American pair to win a world title since 1979. The competition they faced didn’t include any of the top five teams from the Olympic competition.
The top five pairs from both Russia and China will not be participating in the Grand Prix Series that will take place in the fall. Because of their invasion of Ukraine, Russians are not allowed to compete, and China does not have any pairs competing in any of the six competitions that are needed to qualify for the Grand Prix Final in December.
Knierim and Frazier made history by becoming the first American pair to win a fully international Skate America competition since 2006. They also became only the third American pair to win any full-fledged Grand Prix event since the series began in 1995. Their victory came earlier this month.
They are now in a position to become the first pair from the United States to qualify for the Grand Prix Final since it expanded to six pairs in 2015. The Grand Prix Series consists of six different events, and each pair’s ranking is determined by their two best finishes. In order for Knierim and Frazier to qualify for next week’s tournament, they will need to finish in third place or higher this week.
After the completion of the men’s short program, the unexpected leader was Canadian Roman Sadovsky with 89.49 points. He edged out Italian Daniel Grassl by 2.64 points. Headliner Morisi Kvitelashvili of Georgia, who competed in the world championships in March and finished in fourth place there, finished 12th in the field of 12 competitors in the short program on Friday.
On Saturday, the women’s competition and the ice dance competition will get underway. This will be the first competition in the past 18 months for Bradie Tennell, who has won the U.S. title twice.
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