Figure Skating

Hanyu, Uno, Chen all confirmed for 2021 World Team Trophy

The line ups are now complete for the season-ending figure skating competition, April 15-18, in Osaka, Japan. We could see all 3 men's singles medallists from the 2021 World Championships again.

By Andrew Binner and ZK Goh ·

Hanyu Yuzuru has been named in a strong Japanese team for the 2021 World Team Trophy, according to the ISU.

The double Olympic champion headlines a strong men's quartet for the hosts in Osaka, which also includes Uno Shoma, Kagiyama Yuma, and Tanaka Keiji, the latter two as substitutes.

With recently-crowned three-time world champion Nathan Chen also set to compete, expect fireworks in the men's singles competition. The other American entry in the men's segment is Jason Brown.

Canada will be represented in the men's by Nam Nguyen and Roman Sadovsky, with their sole Worlds contestant Keegan Messing sitting out.

It comes after the Russian Figure Skating Federation (FSR) named a strong squad for the season-ending event, containing no less than five world champions.

Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov, fresh from their shock victory in Stockholm, will look to finish their season on a high in the Pairs discipline.

Fellow world champion duo in Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov will compete in their favoured Ice Dance competition.

Meanwhile, in the ladies' segment, Kihira Rika and Sakamoto Kaori will lead Japan's charge against the FSR's world championship gold and silver medallists Anna Shcherbakova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva.

The USA will also rely on their two Worlds representatives, Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell.

In pairs, with Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro opting to sit out, Canada will be the one team not represented by a World Championships pairs representative. In addition to FSR's Mishina and Galliamov, USA's Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier and Italian pair Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise are the stand-outs.

There is a similar story in the ice dance, with world medallists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Canada as well as USA's Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue both not selected. However, the U.S. will still be represented by a team that participated at Worlds, through Kaitlyn Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker.

A full list of entries can be viewed here.