World Skating News
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.
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.
(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:
- 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
- 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Rochette ponders return to Olympics
Joannie Rochette has not yet "shut the door" on returning to competition in time for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She has some plans for assessing that possibility over the coming months.
Read more in the Winnipeg Free Press article.
Watch the World Team Trophy video online
Check it out on the ISU Skating Channel for free. For those who didn't get up in the middle of the night to watch the competition live, the video is now all archived, including the gala.
Here's the link for the full list of entries per discipline, schedule, results, detailed protocols, and team standings.
World Team Trophy (WTT) 2012
This event took place in Tokyo, Japan from April 19-22. Teams representing the top six countries, based on ISU rankings (post 2012 Worlds), participated. The countries, in order of their qualifying points for the competition, were:
Each team had eight members - a dance couple, a pair team, two men, and two ladies. Team Japan, the "home team" and winners of the gold medal, consisted of Kathy & Chris Reed; Narumi Takahashi & Mervin Tran; Daisuke Takahashi & Takahiko Kozuka; Akiko Suzuki & Kanako Murikami. Team Canada, winners of the bronze medal, consisted of Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir; Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford; Patrick Chan & Kevin Reynolds; Amelie Lacoste & Cynthia Phaneuf. The silver medal was won by Team USA.
This event, the second to take place, had significant prize money as detailed in the downloadable ISU competition announcement. It served as a precursor for the newly announced team event which will be part of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The same IceNetwork article describing Team Canada (above) has additional details.
ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2012
This year's World Championships took place in Nice, France - the competition ran from March 26th through 31st with the Gala on April 1st. Visit the official website or the site for the schedule/entries/results - the latter has links for the detailed judging protocols in each portion of the competition, including the preliminaries where those who were not direct entries had to compete for the right to perform their short program.
The Canadian team included 13 skaters with three entries in ice dance, two in mens and pairs, and one in ladies. Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir were successful in regaining their World Champion status, winning the gold medal over their training mates from the USA who were the 2011 champions. Patrick Chan successfully defended his 2011 championship title, winning the gold medal over former World Champion, Daisuke Takahashi of Japan.
TV and live streaming coverage in Canada was provided by CBC beginning on March 27th with a show about the preliminary rounds and concluding with the gala on April 1st - check their schedule for the main network, for CBCsports.ca, and for Bold here.
International Challenge Cup 2012
In the Hague, Netherlands from March 8-11, skaters competed in "Ladies, Men, Pairs, Senior, Junior, Novice, Debs" with those in Junior and Senior acquiring world ranking points. There were several prominent senior skaters participating in a warm-up to the World Championships coming up in Nice, France at the end of the month. All participants are listed here. Canada was represented by a junior lady, Gabrielle Daleman, and a novice man, Roman Sadovsky.
The schedule and results link is where detailed protocols are posted.
Congratulations to the two Canadian medallists: Gabrielle Daleman who placed third in the short program, second in the free program, and brought home a silver medal in juniors; Roman Sadovsky who placed first in both the short and free programs to bring home a gold medal in novice.
A YouTube channel was set up and videos of senior short programs and all free skates was to be uploaded.
ISU World Junior Championships 2012
This competition took place in Minsk, Belarus from February 27th through March 4th. The results and detailed protocols are available online beginning with the preliminary rounds. Canada had entries in all four disciplines - read all about our team here.
CBC has posted articles about the pairs and ice dance results with a focus on the Canadian couples. A Canadian Press article about this event with quotes from several Canadian competitors was printed by the Winnipeg Free Press.
CBC provided coverage of the free programs on the main network on March 3rd & 4th with streaming on cbcsports.ca and delayed coverage on Bold and Vision. The schedule is available here.
ISU Four Continents Championships 2012
From Feb. 7th to 12th this event took place in Colorado Springs, USA. There was competition in all four disciplines with participants in at least one discipline from the following ISU member countries: Australia; Brazil; Canada; China; Chinese Taipei; Hong Kong; Japan; Kazakhstan; Mexico; the Philippines; Puerto Rico; the Republic of Korea; the Republic of South Africa; Singapore; Thailand; the United States of America; and Uzbekistan.
The Canadian team brought home three medals - a gold for Patrick Chan; a gold for Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir; and a bronze for Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje. After the ladies competition, Skate Canada announced that Amelie Lacoste would represent Canada at the 2012 World Championships in Nice, France.
The full results and detailed protocols are now available.
Delayed TV and internet coverage in Canada was scheduled on CBC and CBCSports.ca with repeat broadcasts on Bold & Vision TV. Unexpectedly, Radio-Canada Sports provided live streaming of the full competition.
Skate Canada names teams for ISU Championships
After completion of the 2012 Canadian Championships in Moncton, NB, the teams for the ISU Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs, USA (February 6-12); the ISU World Championships in Nice, France (March 26 - April 1); and the ISU Junior World Championships in Minsk, Belarus (Feb. 27 - March 4) have been named.
The single exception was the identification of the woman to represent Canada in Nice - that decision was made after the Four Continents Championship when Amelie Lacoste was named to the team for Worlds.
2012 ISU European Championships - 23-29 January
This year's event took place in Sheffield, England and saw the return to ISU competition of Evgeni Plushenko who was successful in winning a historic seventh European championship. All the placements, scores, and detailed protocols for the competitors at Europeans are available on the results page.
After his win, Evgeni confirmed that he would not compete at the 2012 ISU World Championships because of the need to have surgery for an injured leg. He intends to return to international competition in 2013.
2012 US Nationals - 22-29 January
The event in San Jose, California included novice, junior and championship (senior) skaters in all four disciplines. Check all the results online. In the senior events, only the 2011 ice dance champions, Meryl Davis & Charlie White, were able to defend their title; Jeremy Abbott regained the title he failed to defend in 2011; Ashley Wagner won her first title; and John Coughlin returned as pairs champion but with a new partner, Caydee Denny.
Following the competition the USFS named its teams for upcoming 2012 ISU competions including the Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs, Worlds in Nice, France, and Junior Worlds in Minsk, Belarus.
News from Japanese & Russian nationals
The annual national competitions in Japan and Russia have now been completed - results have posted and articles have appeared in the press.
The Japanese teams for Worlds and Four Continents have been announced and each will include this year's gold medalists Mao Asada (Ladies), Daisuke Takahashi (Men), and Narumi Takahashi & Mevin Tran (Pairs) as well as Cathy & Chris Reed (Ice Dance) who did not compete.
Evgeni Plushenko claimed his 9th Russian championship but may not be part of the Russian team at Worlds. The gold medalist in ladies, Adeline Sotnikov, is not yet age eligible for senior Worlds, having turned 15 on July 1, 2011 rather than before that date. The Russian team for 2012 Worlds in Nice has not yet been announced.
ISU 2011/2012 Grand Prix Final completed
Once this season's Grand Prix series (both senior and junior) were completed, the competitors and alternates for the Grand Prix Final in Quebec City (Dec. 8-11) were determined. Those who competed in the senior event were:
- Men - Patrick Chan (CAN); Daisuke Takahashi (JPN); Jeremy Abbott (USA); Michal Brezina (CZE); Javier Fernandez (ESP); & Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN).
- Ladies - Elizaveta Tuktamisheva (RUS); Carolina Kostner (ITA); Akiko Suzuki (JPN); Alissa Czisny (USA); & Alena Leonova (RUS). Unfortunately, Mao Asada (JPN) withdrew before the short program to return to Japan because of her mother's fatal illness.
- Pairs - Volosozhar & Trankov (RUS); Savchenko & Szolkowy (GER); Kavaguti & Smirnov (RUS); Zhang & Zhang (CHN); Takahashi & Tran (JPN); & Duhamel & Radford (CAN).
- Ice Dance - Davis & White (USA); Virtue & Moir (CAN); Shibutani & Shibutani (USA); Bobrova & Soloviev (RUS); Pechalat & Bourzat (FRA); Weaver & Poje (CAN).
Detailed results and protocols for both the Junior and Senior events.
Congratulations to Canadian medalists Patrick Chan (gold); Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (silver); and Katherine Bobak & Ian Beharry (bronze in junior pairs).
ISU 2011 Grand Prix
This series of 6 events determined the qualifiers to participate in the Grand Prix Final in Quebec City (8-11 December 2011):
- 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America, Ontario, CA, USA (21 - 23 Oct.) - Detailed results. Canada's team competed in pairs and ice dance. Kristin Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch brought home a bronze medal after finishing 2nd in the pairs free skate.
- Skate Canada International, Mississauga, ON (28 - 30 Oct.) - Detailed results. Preview article with focus on the CDN team. Congratulations to the CDN team members who received 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.
- Cup of China, Shanghai, China (4 - 6 Nov.) - Detailed results. Canada's team consisted of 2 pairs and 1 man. Brian Joubert (FRA) & Jinlin Guan (CHN) were late withdrawals, leaving a field of only 8 men. Congratulations to Kristin Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch for their second bronze medal of the GP series.
- NHK Trophy, Sapporo, Japan (11 - 13 Nov.) - Detailed results. Canada's team competed in ladies, pairs & ice dance. In the latter, Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje won their 2nd silver medal of the series, missing out on gold by less than a 1/4 of a point. Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam were forced to withdraw before the free dance when she cut her posterior thigh after a collision during practice.
- Trophée Eric Bompard, Paris, France (18 - 20 Nov.) - Detailed results. Canada's team consisted of 2 men, 2 pairs, and an ice dance couple and brought home 2 gold & 1 bronze medal. Brian Joubert (FRA) was a late withdrawal from the event and was replaced by his countryman, Romain Ponsart. Kevin Reynolds withdrew during the event, after the warmup for the free skate.
- Rostelecom Cup, Moscow, Russia (25 - 27 Nov.) - Detailed results. Canada's team competed in all four disciplines in this final event and Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje brought home a silver medal in ice dance.
Those qualifying for the Grand Prix Final and the alternates in each discipline can be found on the ISU site.
2011/12 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final - Qualifiers Determined
All of the events in this season have now been completed and the qualifiers (and alternates) for the JGP final in Quebec City have been identified. Canada has only one entry, the pair team of Bobak & Beharry who won a silver and a gold medal in their first season competing together. Skate Canada has posted an article about the competition.
All the qualifiers and alternates are identified in the links below along with the full results of the season in each discipline.