Canada sends 5 figure skaters to Cup of China

Five Canadian skaters will face off against some of the world's top skaters at the Cup of China in Beijing this weekend.
From left, pairs skaters Dylan Moscovitch and Lubov Ilyushechkina, Elladj Balde, and Vanessa Grenier and Maxime Deschamps will all represent Canada at Cup of China. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images, Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images, Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press))

Five Canadian skaters will compete this weekend at the Cup of China, the third of six stops on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

They include:

  • Elladj Balde, 24.
  • Lubov Ilyushechkina, 24, and Dylan Moscovitch, 31.
  • Vanessa Grenier, 23, and Maxime Deschamps, 23.

Balde is Canada's only entry in the men's category. It is his first time competing at this event, and his first Grand Prix event of the 2015-16 season.

Cup of China is Ilyuschechkina and Moscovitch's first Grand Prix event of the season. They finished 13th at last year's world championships and second at nationals. Teammates Grenier and Deschamps competed last weekend at Skate Canada, where they finished seventh.

The complete schedule of competition is as follows:

FRIDAY (all times ET):

2:30 a.m. — Dance short

4 a.m. —  Ladies' short

6 a.m. — Men's short

8 a.m. — Pairs short

SATURDAY (all times ET):

2 a.m. — Dance free

3:35 a.m. —  Ladies' free

5:45 a.m. — Men's free

8 a.m. — Pairs free

Live streaming begins at 1:50 a.m. on Saturday.