World Skating News

ISU World Figure Skating Championships - Boston, MA, USA - March 28-April 3

The "Worlds" are set to begin and excitement is building. It appears that Boston's TD Garden will be quite full for most of the events.

The updated time schedule for practices and the competition has been posted. The latest lists of entries (and official substitutes) in each discipline can be found here. Closer to the competition a link to the schedule/entries/results page will also be found on the same page.

CBC will be providing live streaming and TV coverage in Canada - check the respective tabs on their schedule page. NBC and NBCSN will be providing coverage in the USA, with only the former available to viewers in the Canada.

 

ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships - Debrecen, Hungary - March 14-20, 2016

Canadian skaters are among those from around the world competing in the final event of the international junior skating season. The schedule/entries results are available from the official ISU site.

CBC has been providing live streaming of the free skates in each discipline and there will be TV coverage on the CBC Road to the Olympics series on Saturday, March 19th and Saturday, March 26th (check local schedules).

After failing to qualify for the free skate at the 2015 Junior Worlds, Nicholas Nadeau, Canada's only representative in the 2016 men's event, had an excellent free skate and moved up from 9th after the short program to take the silver medal. His success has earned Canada three spots for the 2017 Junior Worlds! Skate Canada has posted an article about this.

In the pairs event one of Canada's 3 teams, McLean & Michaud, had to withdraw before the free skate after Hope suffered an injury in practice. The other two teams finished 7th and 8th as reported by Skate Canada.

ISU Four Continents Championships - Taipei City, TPE - Feb. 16-21, 2016

The skaters have arrived and practices have begun for this year's 4CC. The schedule/entries results are available here.

Canada is represented by: Patrick Chan; Liam Firus; Kevin Reynolds; Alaine Chartrand; Kaetlyn Osmond; Véronik Maillet; Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford; Lubov Ilyushechkina/Dylan Moscovitch; Vanessa Grenier/ Maxime Deschamps; Kaitlyn Weaver/ Andrew Poje; Piper Gilles/ Paul Poirier and Élisabeth Paradis/ François-Xavier Ouellette. Skate Canada has posted an article about the Canadian team.

Gabrielle Daleman and Julianne Seguin/Charlie Bilodeau, originally named to the CDN team, had to bow out as described in this Skate Canada article.

The CBC coverage of the 4 Continents will be part of their "Road to the Olympics" series on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. EST (TV and live stream). The focus is supposed to be on pairs and ice dance.

NBC-TV has coverage scheduled at the same time.

PJ Kwong has posted a CBC article (with videos) about previous Canadian medal winners at Four Continents.

2016 ISU European Championships

This event is currently underway in Bratislava, Slovakia (Jan. 25-31, 2016).

The schedule, entries & results can be found here.

The competition includes the long-awaited championship debut of the newly-eligible German pairs team of Savchenko & Massot, following Bruno's release by France. The Russian pairs team of Stolbova & Klimov withdrew at the last moment when he suffered a shoulder injury in practice. They were replaced by Astakhova & Rogonov. The Russian pairs team of Kavaguti & Smirmov had to withdraw earlier from both Europeans and Worlds when she suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and required surgery.

An article on the first day of competition has been posted by the International Figure Skating magazine. Additional articles are expected to be posted as the competition proceeds.

There is no TV coverage scheduled for Canada but NBC will provide some TV coverage on January 30th. Check local listings.

It's time for the Grand Prix Final - the junior and senior skaters who qualified will be skating December 10-13, 2015

The event is once again taking place in Barcelona, Spain, location of last year's GPF. In addition to the skaters who qualified through the junior and senior Grand Prix (GP) events in the four disciplines, for the first time there will be five synchronized skating teams participating, including Canada's Nexxice.

The schedule for the event can be found here.

The qualifiers and official alternates can be found at the following links:

  • men - including Canada's Patrick Chan
  • ladies
  • pairs - including Canada's Duhamel & Radford as well as Seguin & Bilodeau who are the 7th pair, qualifying on the basis of their finish at the shortened Trophée Eric Bompard. Last year Meagan & Eric won the GPF gold and Julianne & Charlie won the junior GPF gold.
  • ice dance - including Canada's Weaver & Poje
  • junior men - including Canada's Roman Sadovsky, returning for a 2nd year
  • junior ladies
  • junior pairs
  • junior ice dance

The ISU has published a preview of the competition including information about the prize money.

CBC will be providing TV coverage on Saturday (Dec. 12) and Sunday (Dec. 13) with the gala being broadcast on the following Sunday (Dec. 20). To see their scheduled including TV and live stream go here.

 

The 6th and final ISU Grand Prix, the NHK Trophy, will determine the final qualifiers for the GP Final in Barcelona in December

The NHK Trophy in Nagano, Japan from November 26th through 29th is the final opportunity for skaters to earn qualifying points to the Grand Prix Final (GPF) in Barcelona, Spain from December 10th through 13th.

The Canadian participants are Elladj Baldé, Kaetlyn Osmond, Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford and Lubov Iliuschechkina & Dylan Moscovitch.

The full list of entries, by discipline, the start orders and results can be found here.

Due to the cancellation of the free skates at the 4th of the six GP events, the Trophée Eric Bompard, the International Skating Union, had to made some special provisions regarding GPF qualifying for this year. These may mean an extra qualifying competitor/team in one or more disciplines, depending upon the results at the NHK. To see the current unofficial standings, by discipline, go to this ISU page and click on the links.

CBC TV will be providing coverage of the NHK Trophy on Saturday and Sunday, November 28th & 29th. There will also be live streaming of the free skates on Saturday. The full schedule for both is here.

ISU Grand Prix event #5 - the Rostelecom Cup takes place in Moscow

Skate Canada has published an article about the Canadian team participating in the event which runs from Nov. 19th to 22nd.

The schedule/entries/results can be found on the ISU website.

CBC will be providing TV coverage on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and plans a live stream of the free skates on Saturday morning, beginning at 5:50 a.m. EST. The schedule can be found on the two tabs here.

The world standings points gained by placements after the short program at the Trophée Eric Bompard (TEB) have apparently been used to determine start order for any TEB competitors also competing at the Rostelecom Cup.

The standings for qualifying for the Grand Prix Final (GPF) have not yet been updated with the TEB short program (SP) results, however, nor has the ISU made an announcement about how this is to be handled. The initial suggestion was to consider the standings after the SP to be final and used as if the full competition had been completed. The Russian Federation, with the support of some other federations, is said to have put forward an alternate suggestion - to use the SP results but to allow up to 2 additional spots per discipline at the GPF for any TEB participants who ended up in the 7th or 8th spots in the qualifying standings after all six events were complete. An ISU decision was expected before November 19th but has not yet been published, if it has been taken.

The remainder of the Trophée Eric Bompard has been cancelled due to the situation in France

Here's the official statement from the International Skating Union:

ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Event in Bordeaux France cancelled

14 Nov 2015- Bordeaux, France

 

"The Minister of Interior Affairs of France, Bernard Cazeneuve, and the Mayor of Bordeaux, Alain Juppe, have informed the French Figure Skating Federation (FFSG) that the competition at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event ”Trophee Eric Bompard 2015” in Bordeaux has to be cancelled due to the state of emergency and national mourning days in France.

The International Skating Union (ISU) has acknowledged the decision.

The International Skating Union and the French Figure Skating Federation express their deepest sympathy to the victims of the despicable terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13."

The short programs were completed in Bordeaux on Friday, hours before the attacks in Paris.

No decision has been taken yet by the ISU regarding how this situation will impact the standings for the Grand Prix Final, although the ISU official on site, Peter Krick, figure skating sports director, has made a recommendation:

"I have just informed (ISU) President [Ottavio] Cinquanta of the decision of the French government. We're sorry for it," Krick said. "I'll propose that the results of the short program provide the basis for the selection to the (Grand Prix) Final, so that the skaters present here are not penalized by having participated in only one Grand Prix. This, however, is only a proposal, as the ISU Council will have to make a formal decision. But I am confident the Council will follow it, so that no one will suffer to have only one Grand Prix event."

The results in each discipline after the short programs can be found here.

The fourth of six ISU Grand Prix events takes place in Bordeaux, France and qualifications to the Grand Prix Final are at stake

The Trophée Eric Bompard (TEB) event takes place Nov. 13th through 15th and the schedule, entries and results can be found on this ISU website.

Skate Canada has published an article on the Canadian team participating in TEB.

The French team will be without Florent Amodio in the men's competition (ankle injury) and world champion ice dancers Gabrielle Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron. She is still recovering from a concussion suffered in training some time ago and they have withdrawn from both of their GP events (TEB and the NHK Trophy) but plan to skate in the French Championships in mid-December. As the withdrawals were very recent, there will be no replacements for these skaters.

CBC will be providing TV coverage of the TEB as part of their "Road to the Olympics" series on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. They will also be providing live streaming of the free skates in all four disciplines on Saturday and of the Gala on Sunday. Their schedule (in EST) can be found here.

We are now past the half-way point in the GP series for this season and some skaters have already qualified for the GPF in December while other qualifiers may be determined this weekend as skaters take part in their second event. You can check the standings, by discipline, here.

ISU 2015-16 Grand Prix continues with the first event outside North America this season, the Cup of China

The annual ISU Grand Prix began in October with Skate America in Milwaukee, WI. That was followed by Skate Canada in Lethbridge, AB. The series continues with four more events leading up to the Grand Prix final in Barcelona, Spain in December. The standings, by discipline, can be found by clicking the links on the ISU website.

This week it's the third event - the Cup of China in Beijing. Follow the event from the results website.

Skate Canada published an article about the Canadian team participating in the Cup of China.

CBC TV will be broadcasting about this event as part of their "Road to the Olympics" series on Saturday, November 7th at 1 p.m. EST. In addition, there will be a live stream of the free programs via cbcsports.ca - check the schedule.

The 2015/16 ISU Grand Prix is fast approaching - competition begins next week

The first event is Skate America in Milwaukee, WI.

Here's the full list of events with dates and locations:
  • Progressive Skate America ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - 23 - 25 Oct 2015 - Milwaukee, WI, United States
  • Skate Canada International ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - 30 Oct - 1 Nov 2015 - Lethbridge, AB, Canada
  • Audi Cup of China 2015 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - 6 - 8 Nov 2015 - Beijing, China
  • Trophée Eric Bompard ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating -13 - 15 Nov 2015 - Bordeaux, France
  • Rostelecom Cup ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - 20 - 22 Nov 2015 - Moscow, Russia
  • NHK Trophy ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - 27 - 29 Nov 2015 - Nagano, Japan

The joint junior and senior finale will be in December:
  • ISU Junior & Senior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2015/2016 Final - 10 - 13 Dec 2015 - Barcelona, Spain
The current list of entries in all six events can be found here, by discipline.  [Note that there have been some recent changes in the lists.]

 

CBC's broadcast schedule (TV and internet) can be found here.

CTV/TSN will broadcast Skate Canada - schedule not yet posted

NBC will be providing US coverage, much of which will not be available to those of us "north of the border".

ISU Junior Grand Prix completed for another year - finalists & alternates for final plus standings by nation determined

The Grand Prix Final in Barcelona in December will, once again, include both the junior and senior skaters. One Canadian junior skater will be returning to Barcelona - Roman Sadovsky. Sadly, unless something changes in the meantime, he will be a team of one as he's the only Canadian qualified to compete in the final.

Here are the links to the qualifiers and official alternates in each of the junior disciplines:
In the overall standings by nation Canada placed fourth.

If you're interested in the results by discipline by nation, check them out via the links here.

Seventh and last Junior Grand Prix (with Minto participation) + Finlandia Trophy 2015 - another busy weekend

The Croatia Cup is taking place in Zagreb, CRO and Canada's Team includes Minto's own Jeff Hough with his dance partner Audrey Croteau-Villeneuve. They placed 6th at their previous Junior Grand Prix event this season in Bratislava. The ISU Live Stream channel for the Junior Grand Prix can be found here.

The Croatia Cup schedule/entries/results can be found here.

The Finlandia Trophy is another Challenger Series event taking place in Espoo, Finland. There are three Canadian entries. The schedule/entries/results can be found here. To find out about the live stream, check here.

Another weekend - the 6th Junior Grand Prix and another Challenger Series event

The next-to-last JGP event is taking place in Logrono, Spain until October 4th. There are no pairs competing and Canada's competitors are two teams competing in ice dance.

Check the schedule, entries and results on this ISU page. Watch the live stream or archived videos on the JGP YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, in Bratislava, SVK the 23rd Ondrej Nepela Trophy is taking place. Six skaters are competing on behalf of Canada according to this article.

Second Challenger Series event of the 2015/16 season, the Nebelhorn Trophy, is underway in Oberstdorf, Germany

Several Canadian skaters are participating as described in this Skate Canada article. The schedule/entries/results can be found here.

A live stream is available and the videos are being archived.

 

The ISU Junior Grand Prix resumes with event #5 in Torun, Poland from Sept. 23-27

After a one week respite, the JGP resumes this week with the fifth event. The entries in all categories can be seen by following the links here.

Here's the Skate Canada article about the Canadian team.

The schedule/entries/results are posted on this ISU site.

The live stream will again be provided by the ISU on their JGP YouTube channel.

The standings by disciplines for the series so far can be seen here.

The ISU has also introduced a new system of "standings by nation" - read more about this here.

The standings by nation can be seen by clicking on the relevant links here.

Linz, Austria hosts event #4 of the ISU Junior Grand Prix

The competition runs from September 10th through 12th and the schedule, entries and results can be found through the links here.

There is a Skate Canada article about the team and the officials who are participating.

The ISU is once again providing a live stream with archived individual skates on their JGP YouTube channel.

Colorado Springs welcomes JGP event #3 September 2-5, 2015

Canada is represented in all four disciplines in Colorado Springs. The competition commences on September 3rd with the men and pairs.

The full schedule, entries in each discipline, and the results can be found here.

The ISU continues to use their free JGP YouTube channel to live stream the competition.

The ISU 2015/16 Junior Grand Prix continues

The second event of this season took place from August 26th to 29th in Riga, Latvia and the results can be found here.

The Canadian team was described in this article from Skate Canada. A second pair team originally scheduled to participate apparently had a late injury which prevented them or a substitute team from competing.

Video of performances can be found on the ISU JGP YouTube channel.

Up next will be the third event in Colorado Springs, USA from September 2-6, 2015.

To check on the standings toward qualifying for the Junior Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, Spain in December, check on the links by discipline here.

The 2015/16 season begins this week with the ISU Junior Grand Prix

There are 7 JGP events again this season:

  • Bratislava, SVK
  • Riga, LAT
  • Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Linz, AUT
  • Torun, POL
  • Logrono, ESP
  • Zagreb, CRO

The final will take place in conjunction with the ISU Grand Prix final in Barcelona, ESP from 10-13 December.

Up first, from August 19-23, is the event in Bratislava with participation by Audrey Croteau-Villeneuve & Jeff Hough.

The entries/start orders/results for this event can be found here. The ISU Junior Grand Prix channel should be providing live streaming here.

The culmination of the season - 2015 ISU World Championships begin in Shanghai

The World Championships take place March 23-29, 2015 at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China with events taking place 12 hours ahead of Ottawa's EDT.

The ISU has posted the official page of schedule/entries - the live results will become available as the competition proceeds. Full protocols will be available after each event is completed.

CBC will be providing delayed TV coverage of competition highlights with a live stream via CBCSports.ca - their full schedules for both can be found by clicking on the tabs here. With respect to the TV, it is always a good idea to check your local listings. It is anticipated, based on the experience from previous competitions this season, that the live streams will be archived and available for later online viewing - check this page (specifying full shows). If you want to check out the NBC TV coverage available in Canada, here's the link to their schedule.

Skate Canada has provided information on the Canadian team heading into the competition and the ISU has put up a preview article about the full competition, including information about the prize money.

Good luck to everyone!

2015 World Junior Championships begin in Tallinn, Estonia

The final event of the ISU season for junior skaters is taking place March 2-8. Canada is being represented by two men, two ladies, two ice dance teams, and three pairs.

The schedule/entries/results can be found here.

CBC will be providing TV coverage on Saturday, March 7th at 3 p.m. EST and Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m. local time. Livestreaming of the full free programs of the competition on CBC Sports will begin on Thursday, March 5th. To check the schedule, go here.

Reminder - Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on March 8th.

ISU 4 Continents Championship begins in Seoul, Korea with the short dance competition

Skaters representing countries in the Americas, Australia, Oceania and Asia have gathered for the first ISU 4 Continents to be held in South Korea's capital, Seoul. Practices began on February 10th with competition beginning on February 12th (Korean time).

The ISU previewed the competition in this article which mentions the return of the Chinese team of Pang and Tong for the pairs competition in Seoul and the upcoming World Championships in Shanghai, China. Skate Canada has provided details on the Canadian team members in this article.

The event schedule and the entries in each discipline can be found on the official results page. Converting times to the Eastern Time Zone in North America means that the first event, the short dance, will begin at 9:30 p.m. on February 11th. The pairs short will begin at 12:10 a.m. on the 12th, followed by the men short at 3:15 a.m. The free dance will begin at 11:30 p.m. on February 12th with the ladies short following at 3 a.m. on the 13th. The pairs free will begin at 12:30 a.m. on February 14th, followed by the men free at 3:30 a.m. The final event, the ladies free will begin at 10:30 p.m. on February 14th.

Highlights of the competition will be provided by both CBC TV and NBC TV on a delayed basis on February 21st.

2015 ISU European Championships are underway

The first of two "regional" championships before the 2015 World Championships has commenced in Stockholm, Sweden. The official practices for the European Championships have begun and the competition begins on January 28th. The full schedule, entries in each discipline, and eventually the results are available online. For some of the competitors this will be the last opportunity to earn the technical scores necessary to compete in the World Championships.

Up next will be the Four Continents Championship in Seoul, Korea from Feb. 9th-15th, another "qualifying event" for Worlds. Teams from Canada and the United States have been named for this competition following the recent national championships in each country.

The final event of the ISU 2014/15 season will be the World Championships in Shanghai, China which will take place March 23rd-29th, 2015.

Qualifying skaters identified for ISU Junior and Senior Grand Prix Final in Barcelona - Dec. 11-14, 2014

With the completion of the six senior Grand Prix events, all of the qualifiers and official substitutes have been identified.

To find out the six who have qualified in each of the senior disciplines and the three official substitutes, go to the following links:

Qualifying in the junior disciplines was completed some time ago. To find out the six who have qualified in each of the disciplines and the three official substitutes, go to the following links:

In Barcelona, preparations began on December 1st to turn the convention centre space into a rink for the competition. Photo albums, day by day, are being posted on Facebook, beginning with day 1.

CBC will be providing live streaming of the free programs of the senior competition on December 13th but has not yet posted a TV schedule. Check for information here. There is a tab for TV and one for live streaming.

NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan is 6th & final ISU Grand Prix event of the season

This is it - the final qualifiers for the Grand Prix Final (GPF) in Barcelona will be decided by the results of the November 27th-30th NHK Trophy.

The International Skating Union has provided a preview article that is focused on the very issue of qualifying for the GPF at this event. The schedule/entries/results page can be found here.

Skate Canada has provided an article on the Canadian team which was increased at the last minute by the addition of Elladj Baldé, invited to fill a spot created by a recent withdrawal from the competition. Another withdrawal, of Jorik Hendrickx, leaves the men's field at 11. The pairs field is only seven with the withdrawal due to illness of Cherniavskaia/Souza-Kordyeru of Russia.

Kurt Browning & PJ Kwong have done a preview video for CBC. The CBC-TV coverage will, once again, be spread over two days - Saturday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. EST and Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. local time. The live stream of the free programs will begin at 0000 h on the 29th. NBC will provide coverage from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday.

The 5th of 6 ISU Grand Prix events is underway in Bordeaux, France

This event, the Trophée Eric Bompard, takes place November 20-23, 2014. The schedule/entries/results can be found on the ISU website.

Skate Canada has published an article about those representing Canada at this event.

Kurt Browning and PJ Kwong have done a video preview of the event for CBC. The CBC TV coverage will be on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 22) and cbcsports.ca will be providing a live stream of the free skates beginning at 7:15 a.m. EST.

While the new team of Kirsten Moore-Towers & Michael Marinaro will be representing Canada at this event (their 2nd GP of the season), Kirsten's former partner, Dylan Moscovitch will be making his international debut at the Warsaw Cup on the same weekend with his new partner, Lubov Iliusheckina. Lubov received her release from the Russian Federation recently as described in this article.

The second half of the ISU Grand Prix begins with the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow (Nov. 13-16)

The fourth of six events begins with official practices. The full schedule/entries/results can be found on the ISU website.

Canada has a very small team participating but it includes Alaine Chartrand, the guest skater from this year's Minto Follies. Read more here.

Kurt Browning and PJ Kwong have prepared a video preview for CBC. The CBC TV coverage is spread over two days - Saturday, Nov. 15 from 3-5 p.m. EST and Sunday, Nov. 16 from 2-4 p.m. local time. There is also live streaming on cbcsports.ca on Saturday (all times EST):

6:00 AM CHAMPIONSHIP FIGURE SKATING ON CBC: Grand Prix Russia - Ladies Free
8:10 AM CHAMPIONSHIP FIGURE SKATING ON CBC: Grand Prix Russia - Pairs Free
9:55 AM CHAMPIONSHIP FIGURE SKATING ON CBC: Grand Prix Russia - Men's Free
12:10 PM CHAMPIONSHIP FIGURE SKATING ON CBC: Grand Prix Russia - Dance Free

In related news...
There were some startling ice dance team breakups following the Olympics. Last week, in the Cup of China competition we saw one of the "reformed" teams from Russia, Elena ILINYKH & Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN, who train in Moscow, and who placed fourth. [She won medals at the Sochi Olympics with her former partner.] This week we will see that team again, this time going "head to head" with another "reformed" team which includes Elena's former partner teamed up with Ruslan's former partner. Victoria SINITSINA & Nikita KATSALAPOV train in Michigan with Marina Zoueva who is very complimentary of their abilities.

In case you were wondering, Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN's sister, Nelli ZHIGANSHINA continues to represent Germany  in ice dance with Alexander GAZSI - they were 11th at the Olympics.

The Cup of China in Shanghai is the third event of the ISU Grand Prix series

This event takes place Nov. 6-9 at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Centre. The schedule/entries/results page is available from the ISU.

There is an article about the Canadian team on the Skate Canada website. There is a preview video from Kurt Browning and PJ Kwong on the CBC website.

CBC TV will be providing coverage in the afternoon on November 8th. NBC TV will be providing their coverage the following afternoon. Check local listings.

2nd ISU Grand Prix event - Skate Canada International in Kelowna, BC begins

This event takes place from Oct. 30th through Nov. 2nd.

Skate Canada published a preview article with a focus on the Canadian team - late changes included the withdrawal of Kevin Reynolds due to ongoing boot problems and his replacement by Andrei Rogozine and the last minute withdrawal of Eladj Balde with no replacement.

The schedule/entries/results can be found on the ISU website.

Here's what was planned for TV coverage from the CTV family of channels - you should check your local listings:

(All Times Eastern)
* Friday October 31 - 4pm TSN
* Friday October 31 - 8:30 pm TSN2
* Saturday November 1 - 2pm TSN
* Saturday November 1 - 4:30pm CTV
* Saturday November 1 - 8pm CTV
* Saturday November 1 - 10pm TSN

Practices on Thursday and on Friday and Saturday morning before the actual competition are being live streamed over the internet by Skate Canada.

2014 ISU Grand Prix begins with Skate America

The first of the six ISU Grand Prix events is Skate America and practices for this weekend's competition began today at Hoffman Estates, a Chicago suburb. The entries/start orders/results page is now available here.

For those in Canada not attending, CBC will be providing some TV coverage on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and NBC-TV will have coverage on Sunday afternoon. There will be livestreaming on CBCsports.ca beginning Friday evening. For more information on the CBC plans (TV & online), a preview about who to watch, etc., check the CBC website.

Here's a link to the Skate Canada preview article about the Canadians participating in Skate America.
 
Up next in the Grand Prix will be Skate Canada International in Kelowna, BC in one week's time.

 

Final ISU Jr. Grand Prix underway as is the Finlandia Trophy

Another weekend with both junior and senior competition underway internationally.

The Croatia Cup (Oct. 8-11) is the final event of the 2014 ISU Junior Grand Prix and a last opportunity to earn placement points that might bring with them a spot in the JGP Final in Barcelona, Spain in December.

Skate Canada's article describes the Canadian team which includes Minto's Jeff Hough and his partner Audrey Croteau-Villeneuve.

The schedule/entries/results can be found on this official site. The live stream will again be available.

The Finlandia Trophy (Oct. 10-12) in Espoo, Finland is another event in the Challenger Series for seniors. The entries in three disciplines (excluding pairs) can be found on the ISU event website. The official website indicates that live streaming will be available.

Next-to-last JGP event begins in Dresden, GER while senior challenger event begins in Bratislava, SVK.

This week's JGP event takes place in Dresden and is called the "Pokal der Blauen Schwerter".

Skate Canada has posted an article about the Canadian participants.

The full schedule/entries/results can be found here. Once again, the competition will be live streamed on the ISU JGP YouTube channel.

There is one more event remaining in the 2014 JGP series - it will take place in Zagreb, Croatia next week - and it will be the last opportunity for skaters to earn points toward participating in the JGP Final in Barcelona, Spain in December. To check the current standings, click on the links for each of the disciplines on the ISU website here.

Meanwhile, in the Senior B Challenger Series, this week's event is the Ondrej Nepela Memorial in Bratislava, Slovakia. There are no Canadian participants but the competitors, by discipline, can be found here.

Jr. & Sr. International competitions - one with a Minto connection

This week there are again two competitions happening internationally - a Junior Grand Prix event in Tallinn, Estonia and a ISU Challenger Series event in Oberstdorf, Germany, the Nebelhorn Trophy.

Here's a link to an article about the Canadian team in Tallinn (including Minto's own Jeff Hough) and an other article to the Canadian team in Oberstdorf.

The schedule/entries/results for Tallinn are here. There is a live stream on the ISU JPG channel.

The schedule/entries/results for Nebelhorn are here. There is a live stream available here.

4th Jr. Grand Prix event in Japan plus Sr. Challenger event in USA

The September 11-14, 2014 period brings two ISU competitions - one for juniors and one for seniors. The former is in Japan and the latter is in Salt Lake City, Utah. Canadian skaters are participating in each.

The 4th of seven Junior Grand Prix events, the Nagoya TV Cup, takes place in Aichi, Japan from September 11th through 14th. The schedule, entries and results can be found here. Skate Canada has published an article about the Canadian team on their news page. The ISU will attempt to provide a live video stream on their JGP YouTube channel. However, they are reporting that there are technical difficulties with the stream from Japan. They cannot use high definition (HD) and may experience some down time/outages even with SD. They promise that videos will be posted for viewing next week, after the event.

The standings in the 2014 JGP can be checked by clicking on the links for each discipline on this ISU page. The next three events, over the next three weekends, will take place in Estonia, Germany & Croatia.

For seniors, the ISU has introduced the "Challenger Series" - 11 events that provide an additional opportunity for skaters to earn world standing points and the minimum technical scores needed to enter other competitions. The first event of this year's series is the 2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic which also takes place September 11th through 14th. The schedule and results can be found on this IceNetwork page. Skate Canada has profiled the Canadian skaters participating in this event on their news page.

Good luck to all the skaters!

 

Team Canada very successful at JGP Czech Skate

The team finished this event with three gold medals - one each in men, pairs and ice dance. Congratulations to Roman Sadovsky Julianne Séguin & Charlie Bilodeau; and Mackenzie Bent & Garrett McKean!

Skate Canada has a "wrap-up" article on the competition here.

The next event will take place Sept. 10-14 in Aichi, Japan.

3rd JGP event in Czech Republic includes pairs

This week's event is taking place in Ostrava, Czech Republic and it is the first one this season to have pairs competing.

The entries, schedule and results can be found here. As with the previous event, the competition is being live-streamed on the ISU JGP YouTube channel.

Skate Canada has provided information on the Canadian team participating in this event. After the first two events of the series, Canada's entries have won two silver medals, each in ice dance.

ISU Jr. Grand Prix moves to Slovenia for 2nd event

The event in Ljubljana takes place through August 30th. Entries, start orders and results are here.

Read about the Canadian team on the Skate Canada website.

There will be live streaming of the competition plus videos on demand on the ISU Junior Grand Prix YouTube channel.

ISU Jr. Grand Prix 2014-15 begins - up first France

The first event takes place this week (August 20-24) in Courcheval, France - here's the information about the Canadian team from Skate Canada.

The ISU information page about the full series is here.

Buried at the bottom of the ISU page above is the information that the JGP events will be live streamed on YouTube. In the past, the events have been recorded for watching fairly quickly after each skate was completed. This is the first time that there will be a live stream.

Entries for Courcheval can currently be found here. There should soon be a link on that page for the schedule, skate order, results.

 

 

2014 Worlds begin in Saitama, Japan - will you be watching?

The post-Olympic ISU Worlds Figure Skating Championships run from March 24th through 30th with several changes in participants from those who competed in Sochi. The schedule, entries and results are available here. The times are local in Japan.

The Canadian team in Saitama consists of 11 entries (17 skaters), the same number who participated in Sochi but with several skater changes. Read all about the team in this Skate Canada press release. Nam Nguyen will be competing in Saitama, fresh from his win at World Juniors in Sofia, Bulgaria.

There will be several options available in Canada for watching the competition - CBC will have TV highlights each afternoon and evening, beginning with a preview on Tuesday. Live TV coverage, with commentary by PJ Kwong, will be available overnight every night on Sportsnet1 (SN1), beginning Tuesday. CBC will also have a live stream available on cbcsports.ca. Information on the CBC afternoon schedule and live stream can be found on the two tabs here. CBC-TV evening coverage is not mentioned but was promoted during the broadcasts of World Juniors. Check your local schedules! The Sportsnet1 schedule should be quite similar to the live stream.

ISU World Junior Championships are taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria

The event officially began on March 10th with practices. The competition begins on March 12th.

The entries/start orders/results can be found here. Canada is being represented by two entries in each of the four disciplines - read about the team here.

CBC-TV will have delayed coverage of this competition on March 22nd and 23rd - check local schedules.

Post-Olympic Worlds in Saitama, Japan will see new champions in mens & ice dance

Skate Canada and USFS have posted details of the teams who will representing their respective countries in the upcoming ISU World Champinships (24-30 March). Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, former champions, will not be part of the Canadian team nor will the defending champion, Patrick Chan. Meryl Davis & Charlie White will not be part of the US team to defend their championship either.

Here's an article about the Skate Canada announcement

Here's the USFS announcement.

Details on other national teams should be coming out shortly.

The official English website for the event is here.

2014 Winter Olympics about to begin - are you ready?

Competition at the Sochi Olympics will actually begin the day before the opening ceremonies (Friday, 7 February) - first up for figure skating fans is the brand new team event which involves the 10 ten countries. The men and pairs will be skating their short programs on 6 February with Patrick Chan and Duhamel & Radford leading off for Canada.

The official page for the sport of Figure Skating can be found here. Links to schedules, skate orders, results, etc. for each event can be found there. During the events as each skater/couple is about to skate their planned elements are put up on the results site. After they skate their completed elements are shown, along with their score and standing in the event.

CBC and its partners TSN and Sportsnet (SN) will be providing TV and online (live streaming) coverage and there is a mobile app. Their day-by-day schedule can be found here. Much of the live skating coverage will be on TSN and SN with highlight packages on the main CBC network.

A sports fan has also put together a sport-by-sport schedule that covers the entire Olympic period. It can be found here.

Good luck to all the skaters!

When & where to watch Olympic skating

According to the published schedule, we will be able to watch the skating live via CBC and its partners, TSN and Sportsnet (SN). The synopsis is posted below.  Live streaming via CBCSports.ca is also promised and there is a special CBC Olympic app for mobile devices. The CBC Sochi Olympic site can be found here.

The Olympic site has a page set up for schedules and results of each skating event.

NBC is the USA broadcaster for the Olympics and some of their coverage will be available in Canada but not the live skating.

 

2014 SOCHI OLYMPICS – Schedule for FIGURE SKATING on Canadian TV


* Thursday, February 6, 10:30am-1:55pm – Team Competition (day 1) CBC
* Saturday, February 8, 9:30am-2:05pm – Team Competition (day 2) SN [Sportsnet]
* Sunday, February 9, 10:00am-1:10pm – Team Competition (day 3) CBC
* Tuesday, February 11, 10:00am-1:25pm – Pairs Short Program SN
* Wednesday, February 12, 10:45am-2:00pm – Pairs Free Skate TSN, RDS [French]
* Thursday, February 13, 10:00am-2:30pm – Men Short Program TSN, RDS
* Friday, February 14, 10:00am-2:25pm – Men Free Skate TSN, RDS
* Sunday, February 16, 10:00am-1:45pm – Short Dance TSN
* Monday, February 17, 10:00am-1:45pm – Free Dance TSN, RDS
* Wednesday, February 19, 10:00am-2:30pm – Ladies Short Program TSN
* Thursday, February 20, 10:00am-2:10pm – Ladies Free Skate TSN

 

All times are Eastern – be sure to check your local listings.

 

2014 European Championships over - up next Four Continents Championships

As the Olympics draw ever closer, there are other international championships taking place. The European Championships were completed in Budapest, Hungary from January 13-19. The results can be found here. News articles can be found on the ISU website.

The Four Continents Championship is next - it will take place in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei from Jan. 20-26. The schedule, entries and results (beginning on Jan. 22) can be found here. Both Canada and the USA have chosen to send non-Olympians to this competition.

For reference, the results of the 2014 US championships can be found here and an article on the US Olympic team members here.

(Inter)National skating championships & Olympic selections

As the time before the 2014 Sochi Olympics gets shorter, various national championships are taking place around the world with Olympic team members being named.

In the past few days the Japanese championships took place - there was a wealth of talent in the singles disciplines but only 3 men and 3 ladies could be selected. To check out the nationals results go here. Using these results plus results from earlier in the year, such as the Grand Prix circuit, the Japanese Skating Federation named the following to their Olympic team: Ladies - Mao Asada, Akiko Suzuki and Kanako Murakami; Men - Yuzuru Hanyu, Tatsuki Machida and Daisuke Takahashi. They will be joined, for the new Olympic team event, by Takahashi & Kihara (Pairs) and Reed & Reed (Ice Dance).  Following the championships both Miki Ando and Nobunari Oda announced their retirement from competitive skating.

Earlier in December several other countries announced their Olympic selections including:

  • Australia - Brooklee Han (Ladies); Brendan Kerry (Men); Danielle O'Brien & Greg Merriman (ice dance)
  • Czech Republic - Michal Brezina, Tomas Verner (Men); Elizaveta Ukolova (Ladies)
  • Great Britain - Jenna McCorkell (Ladies); Nick Buckland & Penny Coomes (Ice Dance); David King & Stacey Kemp (Pairs); s representative)
  • Israel - Alexei Bychenko (Men); Yevgeny Krasnopolski & Andrea Davidovich (Pairs)
  • Sweden - Viktoria Helgeson (Ladies); Alexander Majorov (Men)

Some countries who have qualified for the new team event, such as Japan and Great Britain, will name skaters for that event who will not participate in the regular Olympic competition.

The Russian national championships began on Dec. 24th and they are normally considered as the Russian Olympic qualifying event. Certain results, however, have caused the federation to await the completion of the European Championships (Jan. 13-19) to name their team. One issue is the health status of Evgeni Plushenko who underwent spinal surgery earlier in the year and finished 2nd in the national championships to Maxim Kovtun.

Expect more announcements in the coming weeks.

Grand Prix Final 2013/14 - an Olympic precursor?

The ISU Grand Prix Final (GPF) is taking place in Fukuoka, Japan on Dec. 5-8 with the top competitors from the junior and senior GP series. An injury caused Daisuke Takahashi to withdraw from the event and he was replaced by the first alternate, Nobunari Oda.

In the senior event Canada has 5 entries - 1 in Mens and 2 each in Pairs and Ice Dance. There are no Canadian entries in the junior disciplines.

The schedule, entries and results can be found here.

CBC will be providing several hours of TV and on-line coverage on Saturday, December 7th - check your local listings or the CBC website.

Rostelecom Cup - 6th & final ISU GP event begins

The 2013 Rostelecom Cup takes place in Moscow from November 22-24. The ISU has posted a preview article.

After the recent withdrawal of Kaetlyn Osmond, who is recovering from a hamstring injury which caused to her withdraw from Skate Canada before her free skate, Canada is being represented in Moscow by one pair team and two ice dance teams. 

The schedule/entries/results site is here.

Canadian TV and online coverage will be via CBC on Saturday, November 23rd in two segments. Check local listings.

Trophée Eric Bompard - 5th Grand Prix event

The Trophée Eric Bompard (TEB) takes place in Paris, France from Nov. 15-17 and there will be significant Canadian participation, including Patrick Chan who will be competing with a rising Chinese skater, Yan Han as described in the linked CBC article. The ISU has also posted a preview article.

The schedule/entries/results can be found here.

CBC will be providing TV and online coverage on Saturday, Nov. 16th.

Looking ahead to the final event of the series, the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow next week, there have been two withdrawals of interest. Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada withdrew due to a hamstring injury, the same problem which caused her to withdraw during Skate Canada International. Evgeni Plushenko of Russia, having achieved the minimum score necessary (if selected by Russia) to participate in the Olympics at the recent Volvo Cup in Riga, Latvia withdrew due to a "micro-injury" of his knee suffered in practice.

Participants in the Grand Prix series continue to compete for points to qualify for the finale to take place in Japan in early December. To check the current standings, in each discipline, click on the links here.

NHK Trophy 2013 - 4th GP event

This event will take place in the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo from Nov. 8th through 10th.

Canada is being represented by a pairs team (Lawrence & Swiegers) and a dance team (Gilles & Poirier).

The full schedule, list of entries in each discipline, and results can be found here.

TV coverage is being provided by CBC - here's the schedule based on their website:

  • Nov 9 - 3:00 PM EST - Championship Figure Skating on CBC: Grand Prix Japan - Pair's and Men's Free Programs
  • Nov 10 - 1:00 PM EST - Championship Figure Skating on CBC: Grand Prix Japan-Women's and Dance Free Programs

Canada's team will be supported by an on-site physiotherapist familiar to those at Minto - Siobhan Karam.

Cup of China - 3rd Grand Prix event

The Cup of China takes place in Beijing, China from November 1st through 3rd. The schedule/entries/results can be found here.

Kevin Reynolds was the only Canadian competitor on the original list of entries but Skate Canada has announced his withdrawal, due to skate problems and loss of training time.

Canadian TV coverage will be on CBC on their late-night sports program on Sunday, November 3rd. Check your local schedules. NBC TV has coverage scheduled for the afternoon of the same day.

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