World Skating News

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.

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:

  • Japan
  • Canada
  • Russia
  • USA
  • Italy
  • France

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).

Full details of the points earned by all competitors in each discipline of the GP series can be found on the ISU site as well as for those in all disciplines in the Junior GP series.

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.

Virtue & Moir 2011/2012 debut

Vantaa, Finland was the location where Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir debuted their new programs for this season at the 2011 Finlandia Trophy, a senior international event for men, ladies & ice dancers.  They were Canada's only entries in this event which took place October 7-9, 2011. As might be expected, Tessa & Scott won the gold medal by a significant margin, followed by two American couples who also train in Canton, MI - Maia & Alex Shibutani and the new team of Madison Chock & Evan Bates.  Detailed results.

Nebelhorn Trophy 2011

This annual international senior competition took place in Oberstdorf, Germany Sept. 21-24, 2011 - 31 nations were represented. Results from this competition can be used for qualifying to gain entry into ISU events. Skate Canada sent seven entries - 2 men, 1 lady, 2 pairs and 2 ice dance couples. One of our dance couples, Kharis Ralph & Asher Hill brought home a bronze medal. Detailed results.

New International Skating Union online resources

The ISU is now on Facebook & YouTube. The YouTube channel is for the 2011/12 Junior Grand Prix - check it out to see videos of individual competitive performances in each of the Junior Grand Prix events as they take place or after the events.

2011/12 ISU Junior Grand Prix

This season's Junior Grand Prix is now underway and the ISU has set up a YouTube channel to broadcast videos after each skating performance. It is not live but videos are uploaded very quickly.

There are seven events this season:

  • Riga, Latvia (31 August - 4 September). Canada was represented by a junior man, a pairs team, and a dance couple and they brought home a bronze medal in pairs. Detailed results (all four disciplines).
  • Brisbane, Australia (7 - 11 September). Canada's team was one junior man, one junior lady, and an ice dance couple and they brought home a bronze medal (men) and a gold medal (dance). Detailed results (men, ladies and ice dance).
  • Gdansk, Poland (14 - 18 September). Detailed results. Canada had representatives in all four disciplines and they brought home a silver medal in pairs with all of the other competitors finishing within the top 10 in their discipline.
  • Brasov, Romania (21 - 25 September). Detailed results. Canadian team included 2 men and 2 ice dance couples - one of the former, Nam Nguyen and one of the latter, Mackenzie Bent & Garrett MacKeen each came home with a bronze medal.
  • Innsbruck, Austria (18 September - 2 October). Detailed results.  Canada's team.
  • Milano, Italy (5 - 9 October). Detailed results for men, ladies and ice dance. The best finish for Canada's team was a fifth place in ice dance.
  • Tallinn, Estonia (12 - 16 October). Detailed results for the 4 disciplines. Canada's team competed in men's, pairs & ice dance and the team of Bobak & Beharry came home with a gold medal in pairs, qualifying them for the Grand Prix Final.

The Junior Grand Prix final will take place in Quebec City (in combination with the senior Grand Prix final) from December 6 - 9, 2011. The standings, by discipline, are available on the ISU site.

2011/12 program information from Canton teams

Information on the music choices for several dance teams training in Canton, MI, including Canada's Virtue and Moir, is revealed in this IceNetwork article.

Indy Challenge 2011

This annual event in Indianapolis features pair skating with senior, junior and novice participants from Canada and the USA. Kirstin Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch were scheduled to compete but withdrew due to his strained Achilles tendon. Ice Network articles detail the short and free results in the Senior event as well as the short and free results in the Junior event. Congratulations to the CDN team of Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers who placed 2nd in both parts of the senior event and to the new CDN team of Katherine Bobak & Ian Beharry who were 3rd in the junior short and first in the free. Another new team, Caydee Denny & John Coughlin of the USA, won both the senior short and free.

Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships 2011

The annual Lake Placid ice dance competition took place July 27-30, the same weekend as Minto Summer Skate 2011. Several Canadian teams actually participated in both events., including two senior teams from British Columbia. Results are available from the event site.

New CDN ice dance team

Paul Poirier, whose 10 year partnership with Vanessa Crone ended earlier in the off-season, has a new partner who has moved to Canada from the USA - Piper Gilles. The couple will be eligible to compete for Canada internationally in 2012 and will make their debut at the Canadian championships in Moncton, NB in January 2012.

Piper and Paul were spotted at Minto Summer Skate 2011 cheering on their training mates from the Scarboro Figure Skating Club.

More on the 2011/2012 ISU Grand Prix

The dates and locations of the six Grand Prix events were announced earlier and appear in an item lower down on this page. The ISU has now released more information including some changes in the series for this year. The changes include a reduction in the number of competitors per event to 10 ladies, 10 men, 8 pairs and 8 ice dance couples. At the end of the series, the top 6 qualifiers in each discipline will proceed to the Grand Prix Final in Quebec City in December.

Seeded skaters (those who placed in the top six at Worlds 2011) are assigned to two GP events. They also have the opportunity to compete in a third event, where they will be eligible to win prize money and earn a bonus of US$10,000. For the seeded entries, the skater/couple’s best two out of three events will collect points towards the qualification for the GPF. Skaters/couples who placed 7-12 at Worlds 2011 are selected for two GP events, and skaters with a high seasons best score as well as those placed in the top of the World Standings can also be invited. This season, in order for a skater/couple to be eligible to compete at a Grand Prix event, a minimum score must be achieved.

The current list of entries in each discipline has been posted on the ISU site. There are still some places "to be announced", generally these are places to be filled by the host country. For the Skate Canada International event, Skate Canada has announced the remaining members of the team.

ISU International Adult Figure Skating Competition 2011

This event took place in Oberstdorf, Germany from June 8 - 11, 2011 and the schedule is available. Skate Canada posted a list of the Canadian entries - the full list of entries included 1989 World Champion & 1992 Olympic silver medalist Midori Ito of Japan. She was defeated by Jan Calnan in the Masters Elite II Free Skate. All the competition results are now available.

Congratulations to all the participants, but especially those who skate/have skated at Minto!

2012 Canadian Canadian Figure Skating Championships

It has been announced by Skate Canada that the 2012 national championships will take place in Moncton, New Brunswick from January 16-22, 2012. The event will be held in the Moncton Coliseum Complex and will include novice, junior and senior category events.

All event ticket packages will go on sale in September 2011.

Some "off season" skating news

On June 2nd, 2011 Vanessa Crone & Paul Poirier surprised many with the announcement via Skate Canada of the end of their 10 year ice dance partnership. They were part of Canada's team at 2010 Olympics and, as national champions, represented Canada at the 2011 World Championships. The latest news is that they are each hoping to continue competing, just with different partners.

Joey Russell, who represented Canada at the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships, announced his retirement from competitive skating. A thank you message from Joey was posted on the Skate Canada Newfoundland and Labrador section website. According to the CBC News, Joey will be spending several months performing on cruise ships with his first gig on the Freedom of the Seas according to an Ice Network article.

Two Japanese skating champions are recovering from recent knee surgery but both Daisuke Takahashi and Nobunari Oda are planning to compete next season according to a Universal Sports article.

In the USA there have been some developments in pairs:

  • Caitlin Yankowskas & John Coughlin announced the end of their partnership shortly after their best-ever international placement - finishing 6th at the 2011 World Championships
  • Caydee Denney and John Coughlin announced their partnership; Caydee's partnership with with Jeremy Barrett ended before the 2011 World Championships.
  • Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig committed to skate for another season

Also in the USA, Ryan Bradley, the 2011 champion, announced his retirement from competitive skating and ice dancers Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein announced the end of their partnership as did Emily Samuelson & Evan Bates. Chock and Bates have formed a new ice dance team according to a sidebar to this article about Adam Rippon's move from Toronto to Detroit. Earlier the US's Hubbell brother and sister ice dance team also announced an end to their competitive partnership and Madison Hubbell has reteamed with Zach Donohue, making a debut at the Lake Placid dance event. In late August the latest new US dance partnership was announced - Emily Samuelson and Todd Gilles. At the time of their announcement their arrangements for coaching had not yet been determined.

ISU competition schedule 2011/2012

An official announcement from the ISU details the full schedule of its recognized international skating competitions for the 2011/2012 season. The details of the two grand prix series have been reproduced in separate articles below.

The four championship events this season will be:

  • ISU European Figure Skating Championships - Jan. 23 - 29, 2012 - Sheffield, England
  • ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships - Feb. 7 - 12, 2012 - Colorado Springs, USA
  • ISU Junior World Figure Skating Championships - Feb. 27 - March 4, 2012 - Minsk, Belarus
  • ISU World Figure Skating Championships - March 26 - April 1, 2012 - Nice, France

Of note in the early announcement of the schedule was the addition of Summer Skate in Thornhill, Ontario as an international qualifying event in both juniors and seniors. However, on June 30th Skate Canada announced that the Thornhill senior international event had been cancelled.

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