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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.

Skate Canada International 2013 begins

Skate Canada International is the second event in the ISU Grand Prix series. All the competitors took to the ice on Thursday, Oct. 24th for the official practices.

The competition begins on Oct. 25th - follow the event online via the schedule/entries/results page. 

For those watching on TV, check out the schedule posted in this message

In late breaking news, Johnny Weir announced his retirement from competitive skating earlier this week. He has joined the NBC broadcast team as a skating analyst and will make his debut on the NBC broadcast this weekend. Read more in the NBC press release.

Watching Skate Canada International

The second event of the 2013 Grand Prix series will take place in Saint John, New Brunswick from Oct. 24-27. The competition and practice schedule is here - the times are local, i.e. Atlantic time which is 1 hour ahead of Eastern.

Skate Canada (the organization) has announced that the practices on Thursday will be live streamed on-line. Check the link from the news column on the Skate Canada website.

For those watching the event on TV, here are the details as currently available:

CANADA
  • Friday, October 25 - Ladies Short Program and Pairs Short Program - 2pm ET/11am PT on TSN
  • Friday, October 25 - Men's Short Program and Ice Dance Short Dance - 7pm/4pm on TSN
  • Saturday, October 26 - Pairs Free Program and Ladies Free Program - 2pm/11am on CTV
  • Saturday, October 26 - Ice Dance Free Dance - 4pm/1pm on CTV
  • Saturday, October 26 - Men's Free Program - 7pm/4pm on CTV

Source: http://www.tsn.ca/figure_skating/feature/?id=51109


U.S.A.

  • Sun. Oct. 27 - 4-6pm on NBC

ISU 2013 Grand Prix begins with Skate America

The first event of this season's Grand Prix is the Hilton HHonours Skate America in Detroit, Michigan.

The ISU has prepared a preview article for the full Grand Prix series and included a preview for this event. This article includes the criteria for assignment at any GP event, information about prize money, and other background information.

The original men's field of 10 skaters at Skate America was reduced this week to 8 with the withdrawals of Brian Joubert (FRA) and Denis Ten (KAZ).

The only Canadian entries in Skate America 2013 are in pairs - read more here.

Here's the link for the schedule/entries/results.

Television coverage of Skate America in Canada will be available on CBC (Oct. 19, 20 & 26) and on NBC (Oct. 20) - check your local listings.

Last Junior Grand Prix event of season

The seventh and last ISU Jr. GP is taking place in Tallinn, Estonia this weekend. Canada's team is composed of eight athletes who will compete in Ladies, Pairs and Ice Dance.

The schedule/entries/results page is here.

This is the last opportunity to try to earn a spot in the Junior Grand Prix Final which will be held in conjunction with the Final of the senior GP in December in Fukuoka, Japan. To check the standings in each of the four disciplines, click on the links here.

Another busy weekend in international skating

The weekend of October 3-6-2013 is a busy one for junior and senior skaters on the international scene.

The 6th of 7 events in the Junior Grand Prix series is taking place in Ostrava, Czech Republic with competition in all four disciplines. Canada is well represented as described in the article on the Skate Canada website. Follow the competition via the schedule/entries/results page.

Two senior B events are taking place - the Ondrej Nepela Trophy in Bratislava, Slovakia and the Finlandia Trophy in Helsinki, Finland. There are no Canadians participating in the first but Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are unveiling their 2013/14 competitive programs internationally at the latter. The schedule/entries/results page for the Finlandia Trophia is here.

Although not an ISU event, the Japan Open 2013 is also taking place this weekend (Oct. 5). It is a team event with a mix of eligible and no-longer eligible skaters in two disciplines - men and ladies. Japan will compete against Europe and North America with the latter team comprised of Ashley Wagner, Joannie Rochette, Jeffrey Buttle and Jeremy Abbott.

Countries to skate & judge at 2014 Olympics now identified

Following completion of the 2014 Olympic qualifying event in Oberstdorf, Germany at which the final country spots for the Olympics were allocated, a draw was held for the judging spots for all the events at the Olympics. This includes the judging spots for the new team events.  The names of the judges identified by the involved countries must be submitted to the ISU by October 8, 2013.

There is a link on the ISU site to download the full document - ISU Communication #1821. It includes the lists of countries now qualified to compete in Sochi and the number of spots for each discipline as well as the judging information.

At the Games there will be a draw from the available pool to fill the judging panel for each event, as explained in the communication.  Canada will be able to name a judge for the pool in Ladies, Pairs, and Ice Dance but not in Mens. Canada will also have a judge in two of the team events - men and pairs.

Olympic qualifying & Jr. Grand Prix events close out September

Another busy weekend in the 2013-14 season is underway Sept. 25-29.

The Nebelhorn Trophy is taking place in Oberstdorf, Germany - this is the event designated by the ISU for determining the remainder of the countries who will get to send competitors to the 2014 Olympics. The following spots are available (one per country): 6 ladies; 6 men; 4 pairs; 5 ice dance couples.

The Nebelhorn Trophy is also an event for athletes to gain points required to qualify them to compete in ISU championship events and/or to move them forward on the ISU top skaters list. The latter is important in relation to being invited to future events, e.g. Grand Prix competitions.

An article on the ISU website provides a preview of this event. Canada has skaters entered in each of the disciplines, not to qualify us for positions at the Olympics (we already have those) but to gain the athletes points.

The schedule/entries/results page is here.

Meanwhile, in Minsk, Belarus the fifth event of the Junior Grand Prix is taking place. Canada has entries in all four disciplines. Schedule/entries/results can be found here.

International group in return of Battle of the Blades

After a year away, the Battle of the Blades has returned to CBC for a 4th season, beginning Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 with a retrospective show. Live competition begins on September 29th.

The pairings of figure skaters and hockey players and figure skaters who will be competing for charity this season, in the order they were announced on the Sept. 22nd show, will be:

  • Oksana Kazakova & Vladimir Malakhov
  • Marie-France Dubreuil & Mathieu Dandenault
  • Jessica Dube & Brian Savage
  • Sinead Kerr & Grant Marshall
  • Marcy Hinzmann & Mike Krushelnyski
  • Amana Evora & Scott Thornton
  • Violetta Afanasieva & Jason Strudwick
  • Shae-Lynn Bourne & Anson Carter

Several of the ladies are returning competitors but there are some newcomers and there is a mixture of Canadian and International competitors, many of whom have Olympic experience.

Kurt Browning will again be an MC, along with Ron MacLean, but he is pulling double-duty as he will also serve as a judge. The other two judges will be Jamie Sale & PJ Stock, both of whom have competed in the past. Kurt provides more details in this TV Guide article.

To find out more, visit the website for the show and/or their Facebook page.

Junior Grand Prix visits Gdansk, Poland

The 4th event of the ISU JGP season, the Baltic Cup, is taking place in Gdansk, Poland. Canada has entries in all three disciplines - ladies, men, and ice dance. Check the schedule, entries & results here.

One senior & one junior ISU event this week

September 12th through 15th, 2013 - a busy time in international skating competition for junior and senior skaters.

The third event of the ISU Junior Grand Prix is taking place in Kosice, Slovakia (SVK). The schedule, entries and results can be seen here. As usual, videos will be posted on the ISU JGP YouTube channel after each skate. Canada has entries in all four disciplines - read more about our team here.

The US International Figure Skating Classic is taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah. This event provides an opportunity for senior skaters to earn points that could qualify them to compete in ISU championship events. It is also an opportunity to "test drive" their Olympic-year programs before international judges. Read more and follow the event here. Canada has entries in all four disciplines here too - read more here. The much anticipated return to international competition of Evan Lysacek was supposed to take place in SLC but he withdrew earlier this week due to a slight abdominal tear.

Good luck to all the competitors!

2nd Jr. Grand Prix event begins

The second event of this season's ISU Junior Grand Prix is taking place in Mexico City from Sept. 4-9th. Canada is being represented by 5 entries (7 skaters) as described in this Skate Canada press release.

The schedule/entries/results page is here.

As performances are completed, the ISU will be posting videos here as quickly as their internet connection allows.

2013/14 - an Olympic season begins

The international skating season begins with the first Junior Grand Prix event in Riga, Latvia (27 Aug. - 1 Sept.). Information about this series is available on the ISU site. Once again the ISU is providing video of the JGP events on its YouTube channel.

Canada will be represented at the first JGP event in all disciplines with a team of 4 entries (8 skaters). Read more in their news item.

To follow this first JGP event, check the schedule/results page.

ISU World Team Trophy - 11-14 April 2013

Skaters from the six countries competing in the ISU World Team Trophy (WTT) event are gathering in Japan - the event will take place in the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo. Based on the results from the 2012/13 season, teams (in order of qualification) representing Canada, USA, Japan, Russia, France, and China will participate.

Each team will have two men, two ladies, one pair, and one ice dance couple. Each competitor will perform a short and free program. "In each discipline, the top ranked skater(s) earns 12 points, the second ranked skater/couple receives 11 points and so on. The last ranked single skater gets one point, the last pair/ice dance couple gets 7 points. These points are added together to determine the winning team."

Canada will be represented by Patrick Chan, Kevin Reynolds, Kaetlyn Osmond, Gabrielle Daleman, Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford, and Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje. Members of the other national teams are identified through the links here.
 
Once the event is underway, results will be available here.
 
Since there is only limited television coverage, the ISU is making livestreaming available for free in other countries (like Canada) on their channel.

2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships

Worlds took place March 11th through 17th at Budweiser Gardens with skaters representing 41 countries. Full results can be found here.

Canada's team took home medals in all three colours - gold for Patrick Chan; silver for Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir; & bronze for Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford. The overall team results means that Canada will have 3 men; 2 ladies; 3 pairs and 3 ice dance couples at the 2014 Olympics since the results of this championship helped determine the number of national competitors who will participate in Sochi, Russia.

Articles in the London newspaper can be found through links here.

2013 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships

The "World Juniors" are taking place in Milan, Italy from February 25th through March 3rd, 2013.   The schedule, entries and results are available here.  Canada is being represented by a team of nine entries (14 skaters). Read all about the team here.

CBC will be providing TV and streaming coverage on March 2nd and 3rd - check their schedule.

2013 ISU Four Continents Championships

The second of the two annual "regional" championships that occur each year before the World Championships has begun in Osaka, Japan. The skaters represent ISU member countries on four continents outside of Europe - the Americas, Asia and Australia. Occasionally they are also joined by skaters from Africa and this year that means the Republic of South Africa. 

The competition takes place from February 8th through 11th and the schedule, entries, and results can be found here.

Canada is being represented by a full team of 3 entries in each discipline: Elladj Balde; Kevin Reynolds; Andrei Rogozine; Amelie Lacoste; Kaetlyn Osmond; Julianne Seguin; Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford; Paige Lawrence & Rudy Swiegers; Kristen Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch; Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier; Nicole Orford & Thomas Williams; and Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir.

Television coverage on CBC is delayed for a couple of weeks (until Feb. 23/24) - check your local listings.

ISU European Championships 2013

This season's Europeans are taking place in Zagreb, Croatia from January 23rd through 27th.  The entries, schedule and results can be found here.

Injuries/illnesses caused several high profile withdrawals leading up to the championships and weather conditions in Europe delayed the arrival of a number of participants &/or their luggage. 

2012/13 ISU Grand Prix Final

The top six qualifiers in each of the disciplines from the Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix were in Sochi, Russia to compete in the finale of this year's series. The event was held in the "Iceberg Skating Palace" which will be the site for the skating events in the 2014 Winter Olympics. The competition ran from December 5th through 9th, beginning with the junior short programs. 

Canada had four entries in the Grand Prix final - Patrick Chan (who took the bronze medal in the Men's competition); Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (who brought home the silver in Ice Dance); Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford; and Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch (who were 4th & 5th respectively in Pairs). In the junior event, Canada had two entries, both in pairs - Brittany Jones & Ian Beharry; Margaret Purdy & Michael Marinaro who placed 6th and 4th respectively. Full results and detailed protocols can be found here.

Television and online coverage in Canada was provided by CBC and some videos may be archived on their website. As was the case during the earlier Junior Grand Prix events, the International Skating Union posted videos of individual competitors in the Junior Grand Prix final on their YouTube channel. There are playlists for each discipline.

ISU Grand Prix 2012/13

The annual series of GP events for this year included:

  • 19 - 21 Oct 2012 -  Hilton HHonors Skate America -  Kent/Seattle, WA, USA - Results (including detailed protocols). Canada was represented by Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje who won a bronze medal in ice dance.
  • 26 - 28 Oct 2012 - Skate Canada International -  Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The results (including detailed protocols) are here. There were many more Canadian skaters than competed at the first event and they won two gold medals and two silver medals. Congratulations!
  • 2 - 4 Nov 2012 - Cup of China -  Shanghai, China. Results and detailed protocols. Canada was represented in all four disciplines with Weaver & Poje earning their second bronze medal of the series.
  • 9 - 11 Nov 2012 - Rostelecom Cup 2012 -  Moscow, Russia. Results & detailed protocols are here. Canada's team of seven skaters competed in mens (Chan), pairs (Lawrence & Swiegers) and ice dance (Virtue & Moir; Orford & Williams). Patrick Chan and Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir won gold medals, the first for Canadian skaters at this event, and earned spots in the Grand Prix Final.
  • 16 - 18 Nov 2012 - Trophée Eric Bompard -  Paris, France. Results & detailed protocols are now available. Canada was represented in pairs (Duhamel & Radford) and ice dance (Gilles & Poirier) with Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford bringing home a silver medal and qualifying for the Grand Prix Final.
  • 23 - 25 Nov  2012 - NHK Trophy -  Miyagi, Japan. Results (including detailed protocols) produced the final entries for the Grand Prix Final. The Canadian team included six skaters in three disciplines - men (Reynolds & Rogozine); pairs (Moore-Towers/Moscovitch) and ice dance (Orford/Williams). Moore-Towers & Moscovitch brought home a silver medal and qualified for the Grand Prix Final.
  • 6 - 9 Dec 2012 - Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final (Combined Juniors and Seniors) -  Sochi, Russia. Those officially qualified, the alternates, and the remainder of final standings in each of the four disciplines can be viewed by clicking on the links here.

Check the ISU press release about the GP series for this season for information about the prize money, points, etc.

One weekend - Two International Senior Competitions; Two Open Competitions

In addition to a Junior Grand Prix event taking place in Zagreb, Croatia, the weekend of October 3-7, 2012 had two senior events taking place in which Canadian participation was planned.

The Finlandia Trophy 2012 was to have had defending champions Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir take to the ice for their first competition of the season.  It was announced on October 4th, however, that they had withdrawn as Scott had an injury. They were the only Canadian entries. The results (included detailed protocols) are here.

The participants in the 20th Ondrej Nepala Memorial in Bratislava included Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje plus Kevin Reynolds. Kaitlyn & Andrew brought home a gold medal.  The full results are here.

In addition to these competitions, there were two "open" competitions which took place in Japan involving currently eligible skaters plus those who are currently skating professionally. The first was the inaugural Medal Winners Open event with six single skaters representing Japan, North American and Europe. Jeffrey Buttle from Canada placed first among the men followed by Kurt Browning and Ilia Kulik. Kurt performed an updated version of "Singing in the rain". In the ladies event the top three were Shizuka Arikawa, Joannie Rochette and Irena Slutskaya. The full results are here. Judging was done by a version of the current ISU Code of Points. On the following day the Japan Open 2012 event took place. Jeffrey Buttle competed again and placed third. The full results are here.

Cynthia Phaneuf Retires

Two-time Canadian Champion and 2010 Olympian Cynthia Phaneuf announced her retirement from competitive skating at a press conference in Montreal on Sept. 26, 2012.  Her contributions to the sport were acknowledged by Skate Canada President Benoit Lavoie and Skate Canada High Performance Director Michael Slipchuk. To read more, go to this article on the Skate Canada website.

Nebelhorn Trophy 2012

This annual senior competition took place in Oberstdorf, Germany from Sept. 26-29, 2012.  As a "senior B" event recognized by the ISU, it provided an opportunity for the competitors to earn scores that could qualify them for entry into ISU championship events such as Four Continents, Europeans and Worlds.  Several Canadian skaters competed: Kaetyln Osmond, Elladj Balde; Andrei Rogozine; Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam; and Kharis Ralph & Asher Hill.

Congratulations to Kaetlyn who brought home a gold medal, Canada's only medal at this event. The full results and detailed protocols are available at this link.

2012 US International Figure Skating Classic

This inaugural event was held in Salt Lake City, Utah from Sept. 13th through 16th. As an ISU-sanctioned "B" event, it provided an opportunity for competitors to achieve the necessary minimum scores for entry in this season's ISU championships, including Worlds, Europeans and Four Continents.

Skate Canada sent a team consisting of two men, one lady, two pairs, and two ice dance couples. The results for the Canadian team included two gold medals, two silver medals, and a bronze medal. Read more about the results in the news section on the Skate Canada website.

ISU Junior Grand Prix 2012/13

The seven events of this season's Junior Grand Prix run from August through October with the final (championship) taking place in conjunction with that of the senior Grand Prix in December. A full announcement of the rules, procedures, prize structure, etc. is available on the ISU website as a .pdf document.

Video of the events will be available on the ISU JGP YouTube channel. When no events are taking place, archived videos are available for viewing.

Here are the dates & locations with links to the ISU site where entries in each event are/will be posted as well as to start orders/results as they become available:

  • Courcheval, France - 22 - 26 August - results (including detailed protocols)
  • Lake Placid, USA - 29 August - 2 September - results (including detailed protocols). Congratulations to the Canadian team members on their three medals at this event.
  • Linz, Austria - 12 - 16 September - results (including detailed protocols). One of the Canadian pairs brought home a gold medal while the ice dance couple brought home a bronze.
  • Istanbul, Turkey - 19 - 23 September - results (including detailed protocols; there were no pairs). Canada was represented by a man and an ice dance team and they each won bronze medals.
  • Bled, Slovenia - 26 - 30 September - results (including detailed protocols; there were no pairs). Canada was being represented by 1 lady; 1 man; and 2 ice dance couples. One of the dance couples brought home a bronze medal.
  • Zagreb, Croatia - 3 - 7 October - results (including detailed protocols). Canada's team included 1 man, 1 lady, 3 pairs, and 2 ice dance couples. One of the Canadian pairs won their second gold medal of the series, qualifying for the JGP Final in Russia in December.
  • Chemnitz, Germany - 10 - 14 October - results (including detailed protocols). There were 12 Canadian skaters entered - 1 man; 1 lady; 3 pairs and 2 dance couples. One pair brought home a bronze medal and qualification to the Grand Prix Final.
  • Junior Grand Prix Final - Sochi, Russia - 6 - 9 December - the qualified entries, determined by the results of the JGP events, include two Canadian pairs [For those who have qualified and the official substitutes, follow the standings in each of the four disciplines by clicking on the relevant links on the ISU website.]

Note: As mentioned above, the ISU has made video of the JGP events available online as they did last season.

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