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ISU Grand Prix 2011/2012

The ISU has officially announced the dates and locations of the six events in the Grand Prix for next season:

  • Oct. 21 - 23 - Skate America - Ontario, California
  • Oct 27 - 30 - Skate Canada International - Mississauga, Ontario
  • Nov. 4 - 6 - Cup of China - Shanghai, China
  • Nov. 11 - 13 - NHK Trophy - Sapporo, Japan
  • Nov. 18 - 20 - Trophée Eric Bompard - Paris, France
  • Nov. 25 - 27 - Cup of Russia - Moscow, Russia

The culmination of the series will be the Grand Prix Final which will take place in Quebec City on December 8 - 11th in conjunction with the final for the junior series.

ISU Junior Grand Prix - 2011/2012

The ISU has officially announced the dates and locations of the seven events in the Junior Grand Prix for next season:

  • Aug. 31 - Sept. 4, 2011 - Riga, Latvia
  • Sept. 7 - 11 - Brisbane, Australia (no pairs)
  • Sept. 14 - 18 - Gdansk, Poland
  • Sept. 21 - 25 - Brasov, Romania (no pairs)
  • Sept. 28 - Oct. 2 - Innsbruck, Austria
  • Oct. 5 - 9 - Milano, Italy (no pairs)
  • Oct. 12 - 16 - Tallinn, Estonia

The culmination of the junior series will be the Junior Grand Prix Final which will take place in Quebec City on Dec. 8-11th in conjunction with the final for the senior series.

ISU 2011 World Championships - Moscow, Russia

A little more than one month late, due to the disastrous series of events in Japan, the rescheduled and relocated 2011 World Figure Skating Championships took place in Moscow, Russia from April 24-May 1st. The competition schedule, entries & results, including full protocols, are available here. Canadian TV & live online coverage began on April 27th and concludes with the gala on May 1st. The preliminary (qualifying) rounds took place on April 25th & 26th and were not available for viewing. In these rounds for men and ladies, a free skate was performed and the top 12 moved into the main competition while in ice dance, after a free dance, the top 10 moved forward. There was no preliminary round required in pairs.

The Canadian team at the 2011 World Championships which brought home a gold medal (in the men's event) and a silver medal (in the dance event) was composed of:

Kirsten Moore-Towers, 18, St. Catharines, Ont. / Dylan Moscovitch, 26, Toronto, Ont.
Meagan Duhamel, 25, Lively, Ont. / Eric Radford, 25, Balmerton, Ont.
Cynthia Phaneuf, 23, Contrecoeur, Que.
Myriane Samson, 22, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. - replaced by Amelie Lacoste [participated in the preliminary round placing 5th & moving on to the short program]
Patrick Chan, 20, Toronto, Ont.
Shawn Sawyer, 26, Edmundston, N.B. - replaced by Kevin Reynolds
Joey Russell, 22, Labrador City, Nfld. [participated in the preliminary round placing 7th & moving on to the short program]
Ice Dance
Tessa Virtue, 21, London, Ont. / Scott Moir, 23, Ilderton, Ont.
Vanessa Crone, 20, North York, Ont. / Paul Poirier, 19, Unionville, Ont.
Kaitlyn Weaver, 21, Waterloo, Ont. – Houston, TX / Andrew Poje, 23, Waterloo, Ont. [participated in the preliminary round placing 1st and moving on to the short program]


Retirements & other announcements

As the 2010-2011 season was moving toward its culmination with the rescheduled and relocated World Championships, several important announcements were made:

  • Jessica Dubé & Bryce Davison announced the dissolution of their successful nine-year partnership with Jessica making plans to continue the singles career to which she returned at the 2011 Canadian championships. Bryce was continuing his rehabilitation following the injury and surgery that kept him out of competition this season. Both skaters expressed an interest in returning to pairs competition in the future, should the right partner be found. Jessica & Bryce paid special thanks to all those who had helped and supported them throughout their career together.
  • Mylène Brodeur & John Mattatall announced their retirement from amateur skating after a five-year partnership. Both skaters plan to return to full-time education with John continuing to coach.
  • Caydee Denney & Jeremy Barrett announced the dissolution of their three-year partnership which took them to the 2010 Olympic games. The team was forced to withdraw from the 2011 Four Continents competition due to an extensive cut to Jeremy's leg suffered in training. Caydee intends to continue competing in pairs while Jeremy plans to coach and appear in skatiing shows.
  • Federica Faiella & Massimo Scali announced their retirement after a successful career representing Italy in ice dance at three Olympic Games, finishing in fifth place at the 2010 Olympics. Federica is embarking on a career outside skating while Massimo will work as part of the Camerlengo-Krylova team in Detroit.
  • On March 29th, John Kerr posted on his Facebook page that he and his sister Sinead had withdrawn from the World Championships. He said that Sinead had reinjured her shoulder in a training accident earlier in the month and would undergo surgery on March 30th. Recovery is expected to take approximately 2 months. A similar message was added to the News on their website while a news article the following day announced their retirement from competition.
  • On the same day, Skate Canada announced some changes in the Canadian team heading to Moscow with Shawn Sawyer being replaced by Kevin Reynolds & Myriane Samson being replaced by Amelie Lacoste.

ISU 2011 World Figure Skating Championships - relocated to Moscow & rescheduled

This year's championship event was scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan from March 21st-27th but it was announced by the ISU on March 14th that, in light of the current situation in Japan, the event would not take place on those dates. Postponement or cancellation were still being evaluated at the time of that announcement, awaiting further input from the Japanese federation. See also note below. On March 21st the ISU announced that the 2011 Worlds would not take place in Japan but that they would be evaluating alternate locations with a decision expected within a few days. Several national federations had apparently expressed willingness to host a postponed 2011 Worlds and formal bids were required to be submitted on March 22nd. Official bids were received from Austria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Russia and the United States.

On March 24th, the ISU announced that the 2011 World Championships would take place in Moscow, Russia from April 24-May 1st, 2011 at the Megasport Arena.  This ISU page has links to the entries in each of the disciplines. The practice and competition time schedule is available on the ISU site - Moscow will be 8 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Saving Time when the competition occurs.

The CDN team for Worlds was announced after our national championships, however, on March 30th Skate Canada announced that Shawn Sawyer would be replaced by the first alternate Kevin Reynolds and Myriane Samson would be replaced by the first alternate Amelie Lacoste. 

TV and online streaming coverage in Canada was to be through CBC Sports and BOLD and they will carry the coverage of the rescheduled and relocated event.

NOTE: An earthquake of historic proportions followed by a devastating tsunami hit northeastern Japan on March 11th with the quake and continuing aftershocks being felt in Tokyo. Totals of those killed, missing and injured increased exponentially with continuing nuclear threats due to damaged reactors causing evacuations in the surrounding area. There were rolling power blackouts and shortages of food and safe drinking water in parts of the country. Travel advisories against travel to the most impacted areas were issued by many countries. Foreign skaters already in Japan returned to their own countries awaiting further news. Sympathy is expressed to all of those impacted by this horrendous series of events.

Two international events in Canada in 2011-2012 season

Canada annually hosts Skate Canada International as one of the six events in the ISU Grand Prix series.  This season it will take place at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga from Oct. 27th-30th according to the announcement from Skate Canada. The announcement includes information about ticket sales which begin on March 10th.

The culmination of the ISU Grand Prix series, the Grand Prix Final, will also be hosted in Canada this year - in Quebec City. As has been the case for the past few years, the event will include the finals of both the junior and senior series and will run from December 8th through 11th at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse at ExpoCité. More information can be found in the announcement from Skate Canada.

ISU World Junior Championships 2011

This year's World Junior Championships took place in Gangneung City, Republic of Korea from February 28th through March 6th. The results, including full protocols, are here.

Canada's team included: Liam Firus; Andrei Rogozine; Vanessa Grenier; Alexandra Najarro; Brittany Jones & Kurtis Gaskell; Natasha Purich & Raymond Schultz; Kelly Oliveira & Jordan Hockley; and Nicole Orford & Thomas Williams

As the schedule indicates, there were preliminary (qualifying) rounds in all disciplines except pairs. The skaters shown in bold above did not have to compete in them but participated in the short program as they were considered "direct entries"; those not in bold had to take part in the preliminary round. Liam Firus placed 4th in that round and qualified for the short program. Vanessa Grenier placed 17th and did not qualify for the short program as only the top 12 moved forward. Alexandra Najarro failed to qualify to skate her free program, placing 25th in the short where the top 24 moved forward.

Canada's team came away with one medal, a gold for Andrei Rogozine who placed 3rd in the short program and 2nd in the free program. Congratulations to him on winning Canada's first gold medal in mens at Junior Worlds since 1978!

ISU Four Continents Championships 2011

The ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships took place in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei from 15 - 20 February 2011. It had been anticipated that, as at the European Championships, a preliminary round in one or more disciplines might be required to reduce the number of entries skating the short program. Due to the number of skaters able to meet the minimum points standard and/or some withdrawals, however, this did not actually occur.

Canada's team came away from the competition with a silver and bronze medal in pairs and a bronze medal in dance. The results page is available and includes full protocols. 

Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir were eager to get back into competition and make their season debut at the Four Continents competition according to this CBC article. They were, in fact, in first place after the short dance but had to withdraw from the competition during the free dance due to a problem with Tessa's thigh. In interviews afterward they indicated that this should not prevent them from participating in the World Championships in Tokyo in March.

25th Winter Universiade 2011

This event took place in Erzurum, Turkey from 30 January - 5 February 2011 and included skating competition for men, ladies, pairs and ice dance as well as for synchronized skating teams. The results are available online. There were no Canadian or US entries.

European Championships 2011

The European Figure Skating Championships took place in Bern, Switzerland from 24-30 January 2011. Like the upcoming World Championships, this event included "preliminary rounds" to qualify additional skaters to the championships. This process is explained in a preview article on the ISU website.

To see what happened at these championships, go to the results page which includes full protocols.

US Nationals - 23-30 January 2011

Just as the Canadian championships were finishing with the exciting final skates by Shawn Sawyer (formerly of Minto) and Patrick Chan, the US championships were getting underway in Greensboro, NC. As with Canadians, US Nationals began with the Novice and Junior events and culminated with the championship (senior) men's free skate on Sunday, January 30th.

To see the results, go to this page on IceNetwork. For news stories, photos, etc. try this link.

Japanese figure skating championships 2010

The natonal championships were held at the Big Hat in Nagano, Japan from Dec. 24-26, 2010.

In the mens event the gold medalist was Takahiko Kozuka with Nobunari Oda taking the silver and Daisuke Takahashi taking the bronze. All three are expected to participate in the World Championships in March 2011 in Tokyo. 

In the ladies event Miki Ando took the gold medal with Mao Asada taking silver and Kanako Murakami taking bronze. They are all expected to participate in the World Championships in March.

Narumi Takahashi & Mervin Tran were unopposed in the pairs event and Cathy & Chris Reed took the gold medal in ice dance.

The full results and protocols are here.

2010-2011 ISU Grand Prix Final

Dates - December 8th through 12th, 2010

Location - Beijing National Gymnasium, Beijing, China

When, who & how did they do? -  full protocols. The results included a gold medal and a bronze medal for Canadian skaters in the Senior event and a bronze medal in the Junior event.

Can I watch? - Check out the online live coverage now archived on SkateBuzz SkateTV; watch the highlights later on CBC [they are currently scheduled for Dec. 26th, 2010 & January 1st, 2011]

ISU Grand Prix Final participants determined

As both the junior and senior ISU Grand Prix events have now been completed, we know who the qualifiers and alternates will be for the Grand Prix Finals in Beijing, China from 9-12 December 2010.

The full results by discipline in the Senior GP are available on the ISU website with the entries and alternates for the GPF also available here. For the senior final the qualifiers and alternates by discipline are:

  • Men - Takahiko Kozuka of JPN; Daisuke Takahashi of JPN; Patrick Chan of CAN; Tomas Verner of CZE; Nobunari Oda of JPN; & Florent Amodio of FRA with alternates Jeremy Abbott, Brandon Mroz & Adam Rippon of USA [Kevin Reynolds of CAN came within 2 points of being an alternate.]
  • Ladies - Miki Ando of JPN; Alissa Czisny of USA; Carolina Kostner of ITA; Kanoko Murakami of JPN; Akiko Suzuki of JPN; & Rachael Flatt of USA with alternates Kiira Korpi of FIN; Mirai Nagasu & Ashley Wagner of USA [With the same GP points as Ashley Wagner, Amelie Lacoste & Cynthia Phaneuf of CAN missed out as alternates in a tie-breaker.]
  • Pairs - Savchenko & Szolkowy of GER; Pang & Tong of CHN; Bazarova & Larionov of RUS; Moore-Towers & Moscovitch of CAN; Iliushechkina & Maisuradze of RUS; and Sui & Han of CHN with alternates Takahashi & Tran of JPN; Yankowskas & Coughlin of USA; and Lawrence & Seigers of CAN
  • Ice Dance - Davis & White of USA; Pechalat & Bourzat of FRA; Crone & Poirier of CAN; Bobrova & Soloviev of Rus; Weaver & Poje of CAN; and Hoffmann & Zavozin of HUN with alternates Shibutani & Shibutani and Chock & Zuerlein of USA; and Riazanova & Tkachenko of RUS

The full results by discipline in the Junior GP are available on the ISU website. The qualifiers and alternates in each discipline are also here. Canada will be represented by Andrei Rogozine in the junior men and by Purich & Schultz, Steele & Schultz, and Jones & Gaskell in junior pairs. Jones & Gaskell were initially the first alternates but made it into the final with the withdrawal of the Chinese pair of Sui & Han who have chosen to skate only in the Senior GPF despite qualifying for both the Junior and Senior events.

Archival video of much of the GP series is available on the SkateBuzz SkateTV website.

ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2010-2011

The ISU Grand Prix consists of 6 events followed by a finale where the top qualifiers return to compete. The schedule for this season is:

  • NHK Trophy in Nagoya, Japan - 22-24 October - results and full protocols. Congratulations to Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje of Canada on their silver medal!
  • Skate Canada International in Kingston, ON, Canada - 29-31 October - results and full protocols. The Canadian team had a very successful competition, taking home 2 gold medals, a silver medal and 2 bronze medals. Skate Canada has posted photos and several articles from the event.
  • Cup of China in Beijing, China - 5-7 November - results and full protocols.
  • Skate America in Portland, OR, USA - 12-14 November - results and full protocols. As detailed in this Skate Canada article, the CDN team came away from Skate America with two silver medals - in pairs and in dance - and the couples concerned, Moore-Towers & Moscovith and Crone & Poirier, may have each earned themselves a spot in the Grand Prix Final when these results are combined with those from Skate Canada.
  • Cup of Russia (Rostelecom Cup) in Moscow, Russia - 19-21 November - results and full protocols. Patrick Chan, with a silver medal, assured himself a spot in the Grand Prix Final. With withdrawals before the event and three withdrawals between the short dance and free dance (including Canada's Paul & Islam), there were only 5 couples left to skate the free.
  • Trophée Eric Bompard Cachemire in Paris, France - 26-28 November - results and full protocols. As this was the final event in the ISU Grand Prix, the qualifiers and alternates for the GP Final have now been determined.
  • Grand Prix Final in Beijing, China (combined Juniors & Seniors) - 9-12 December - for more information on the qualifiers see the article above.

ISU Junior Grand Prix 2010-2011

The 2010-2011 ISU Junior Grand Prix consisted of 7 events with the top entries in each discipline moving to the Junior Grand Prix Final which will take place in Beijing, China in December in conjunction with the (senior) Grand Prix final. These were the events (with links to their results):

  • Courcheval, France - 25-28 August - results and protcols 
  • Brasov, Romania - 8-12 September - results and protocols
  • Graz, Austria - 15-19 September - results and protocols
  • Karuizawa, Japan - 22-26 September - results and protocols - Skate Canada has an article about the first part of this event and another about the last day
  • Sheffield, Great Britain - 29 September-3 October - results and protocols - CDN competitors came away with bronze medals in the mens, pairs & ice dance events. Skate Canada has an article about the pairs and another about the remainder of the results.
  • Dresden, Germany - 6-10 October - results and protocols - a CDN pair and a CDN dance team just missed the medals, finishing 4th. Skate Canada has an article about the results leading into the last day of this event and another about the last day.
  • Ostrava, Czech Republic - 13-17 October - results and protocols - a CDN pair won their 2nd bronze medal of the Junior Grand Prix series, earning themselves a spot at the Grand Prix Final. Skate Canada has an article about this.

Canada's Andrei Rogozine, who won gold in his two events, is the top qualifier to the Junior Grand Prix Final among the men. Canada's Natasha Purich and Raymond Schultz, together only four months, qualifed for the final based on their two bronze medals. Also qualifying for the final were Canada's Taylor Steele and Raymond Schultz while Brittany Jones and Kurtis Gaskell are the first alternates. In ice dance, 6 of the 8 teams who qualified for the final are from Russia while in junior men and in junior ladies 4 of the 8 who qualified are from the United States.

Other information about this series, including the results of qualifying for December's Grand Prix Final, may be found here. Follow the links for each event and/or each discipline.

iheartmom and Joannie Rochette at Minto Summer Skate

Joannie Rochette at Minto Summer Skate 2010 with VolunteersThis year the Minto Skating Club has joined up with Olympic figure skating bronze medalist Joannie Rochette and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute to support the newly launched iheartmom campaign. Read more in the Skate Canada press release.

The sale of iheartmom T-shirts at Minto Summer Skate helped raise funds for the Ottawa Heart Institute. Joannie's visit to the competition on Saturday afternoon to sign autographs and greet her fans gave a boost to the fundraising effort and added an extra bit of excitement for the skaters and volunteers at the competition.

iheartmom t-shirts will be available for $20 from Colleen at the front office while quantities last.   All proceeds to the iheartmom foundation.

2013 ISU World Championships - London, Ontario

The provisional assignment of 2013 Worlds to London, Ontario from 10-17 March 2013 is included in the lists of event locations assigned by the ISU Council at their meetings in Barcelona, Spain.

Read the full list of events & locations here.

Skate Canada has issued a press release about this event which will be held at the John Labatt Centre with practices taking place at Western Fair Sports Centre (the locations of the 2010 CDN championships). Ticket and additional information is expected to be available in Spril 2010 according to this release.

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