The ladies Preliminary Round will lead off the 2011 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at noon today at the Taipei Arena to jumpstart the four-day competition that features some of the best and brightest figure skating stars in the world.
More than 30 contestants are expected to take to the ice in this segment, with the showdown between Japan’s Miki Ando and Mao Asada taking center stage as Ando looks to outdo her compatriot for the second straight time in the 2010-2011 season following her narrow triumph in December’s All-Japan Figure Skating Championships in Nagano, Japan.
The scale could tip slightly in favor of Asada as the silver medalist at last year’s Winter Olympics seeks revenge against her fellow countrywoman in the highly anticipated battle.
Also making a serious run for the title is US standout Mirai Nagasu, who finished fourth overall in last year’s Winter Olympics and cannot wait to take the ice this afternoon.
Following the Preliminary Round will be the Short Dance segment in the Ice Dance Short Dance Category, scheduled to start at 4pm where Canadian duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, gold medalists in last year’s Winter Olympics, will take on their US counterparts and last year’s Winter Olympics runners-up Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
The opening ceremony will promptly follow the Short Dance segment at 6:45pm before the Pairs Short Program wraps up Day 1.
“It will be an exciting day for the local fans as they get a chance to watch some of the world’s best figure skaters up close,” the event’s news and media coordinator Peter Huang told the Taipei Times yesterday afternoon.
“This is the first time that a skating event of this magnitude is taking place in Taiwan,” Huang added.