Championship figure skating makes its way to Sapporo, Japan this weekend for the NHK Trophy, with Canadians vying for the remaining spots in the Grand Prix Final. 

Japan is best known for its sushi, aesthetic tradition and most of all, anime: animation often characterized by colourful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes. There is even a new anime series airing on Japanese TV, Yuri on Ice that focuses on men's figure skating.

The series seems to be a hit. Filipino skater Michael Martinez and world champion Evgenia Medvedeva tweet constantly about their love for the show. Medvedeva even dressed up in cosplay as Yuri.

In honour of the Grand Prix Japan, we've reimagined the Canadian figure skaters who will be competing in Sapporo as anime characters. Would you watch this series?

Alaine Chartrand


Elladj Balde


Nam Nguyen


Eric Radford & Meagan Duhamel


Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir


You can catch all the NHK Trophy action on Road to the Olympic Games with hosts Scott Russell and Andi Petrillo.


It's been quite the skating season so far with twists, turns and comebacks. Take our quiz to test your knowledge and brush up on all things figure skating in preparation for the Grand Prix Final.

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