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Championship Allotments for 2020/21

ISU European Figure Skating Championships

Jan 25 - Jan 31, 2021, Zagreb, CRO

ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Feb 08 - Feb 14, 2021, Sydney, AUS

ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships

Mar 01 - Mar 07, 2021, Harbin, CHN

ISU World Figure Skating Championships

Mar 22 - Mar 28, 2021, Stockholm, SWE

Junior Grand Prix Allotments for 2021/22

August 18-21, 2021, Courchevel, FRA

August 25-28, 2021, Edmonton, CAN (includes Pair Skating)

September 1-4, 2021, Kosice, SVK (includes Pair Skating)

September 15-18, 2021, Krasnoyarsk, RUS (includes Pair Skating)

September 22-25, 2021, Ljubljana, SLO

September 29 - October 2, 2021, Gdansk, POL

October 6-9, 2021, Linz, AUT (includes Pair Skating)

2021/22 ISU Grand Prix

Event Location Date
Skate America TBD October 22–24
Skate Canada Vancouver, BC, Canada October 29–31
Cup of China Chongqing, China November 4-7
NHK Trophy TBD November 11-14
Internationaux de France Grenoble, France November 18-21
Rostelecom Cup Moscow, Russia November 25-28
Grand Prix Final Osaka, Japan December 8-12

Championship Allotments for 2021/22 and Later

Season 2021/22 Figure Skating

  • 2022 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, Tianjin, China

  • 2022 ISU World Championships, Montpellier, France.

Season 2022/23 Figure Skating

  • 2023 ISU European Figure Skating Championships, Helsinki, Finland

  • 2023 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, Sydney, Australia

  • 2023 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, Calgary, Canada

  • 2023 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, Saitama, Japan

Synchronized Skating

  • 2023 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, Lake Placid, USA



  In the News:

Russian Junior Nationals Shows Depth of Russian Figure Skating

by Tatjana Flade

New "starlet" Sofia Akatieva

(12 February 2021) The new Russian Junior Ladies Champion is Sofia Akatieva, 13 years of age and, not guess what - a student of Eteri Tutberidze and her team. Akatieva has a triple Axel and quad toe, but not everything worked out in Krasnoyarsk. The triple Axel in the short program was slightly under-rotated, got a "q” and she landed forward and fell on that jump in the free. In her free to "Mulan” Sofia shone with a quad toe-double to and six triples, but the solo quad toe was not clean. This young skater cannot only jump, but she is also elegant and expressive. To put it short: tons of potential (220.00 points).

Said Akatieva, "Neither the short nor the free were ideal. I was able to skate my programs clean in practice and all elements were good. Maybe I didn’t do enough in practice, didn’t do as many jumps as I should have done and I was too nervous. But I am pleased that I did the first quad toe in combination and skated well in the second half of the program. I am very happy to have won. I was really nervous until the last moment.”

Adelia Petrosian, who is the same age as Akatieva and trains also under Tutberidze, does not yet have a triple Axel or quads, but she convinced with solid triples and beautiful performances. She especially interpreted her free to the famous Armenian piece "Artsakh” very well and later said that this program and music means a lot to her since her father is Armenian. Adelia did not expect to take silver in this deep field. (211.87). Petrosian and Akatieva will be internationally junior age-eligible next season.

The bronze went to Sofia Muraveva, who has been training in Evgeni Plushenko’s school since last spring. The 14-year-old did not go for the originally planned quad toe, but went for clean programs and this strategy paid off for her. She even led following the short program (208.13).

Sofia Samodelkina (the name Sofia seems to have been extremely popular in that generation!) was considered one of the top favorites, but she stumbled on the triple Axel in the short. At least she still added a triple toe for a combination. She missed the first quad Salchow in the free, but the second one (with her arms lifted over her head) in combination with a double toe was really nice. Samodelkina did not risk the quad loop as it was not consistent enough in practice (4th & 207.64). She and Muraveva would  have been eligible for the Junior Grand Prix this season and she was disappointed about the cancellation. "On the other hand, we had more time to work on everything,” she noted.

Elizaveta Berestovskaia came fifth. She trains with former Belorussian top skater Sergei Davydov at CSKA Moscow and has landed the quad to before, but since only one out of six attempts worked in practice before the competition, she did not try it. There were many more talented girls that placed behind her. Agneta Latushkina deserves a special mention. She trains in the Russian province Mari-El mostly by herself and with the help of videos, but she has all triples including the Lutz and finished a respectable 11th. Twelve-year-old Veronika Zhilina, another Plushenko student, landed two quad toes in the free but fell on the triple Axel in the short to come 12th.

Gold for Evgeni Semenenko

Evgeni Semenenko drew attention in the fall and winter and was considered a medal contender for senior Nationals, but he faltered and came only 11th. The 17-year-old came to Krasnoyarsk looking for redemption and succeeded. His short was clean and he reeled off a quad toe and seven triples in the long to "Notre Dame de Paris”. The only error came when he doubled the planned quad Salchow. However, Evgeni needs to improve the quality of his jump landings to get more points for the GOE. Nevertheless, he deservedly won the title with 11 points to spare (247.37). Coach Alexei Mishin now for the first time since 2010 holds the senior and the junior title in the same year. Back then his students Evgeni Plushenko and Artur Gachinski were the champions, now it is Mikhail Kolyada and Semenenko.

"I am happy with the result," Semenenk reemarked, "and partly happy with the free. It wasn’t my first time at Junior Nationals, but I didn’t do well in the previous years. It is very important to me that I was able to win this time. I got over my disappointment from Russian (senior) Nationals and continued to work hard.”

The unknown Alexander Golubov snatched silver ahead of Egor Rukhin, who wasn’t considered a top favorite either. Golubov comes out of Nizhnyi Novgorod  but has moved to Moscow for training four years ago and is coached by Ksenia Ivanova. He has the quad Salchow and triple Axel in his arsenal, other quads are on the way, but he needs to work on the presentation and the whole package

(236.58). Rukhin switched coaches from Eteri Tutberidze to Elena Buianova a year ago and healed his back injury. Although the Muscovite has grown very tall, he was able to become more consistent and add the quad Salchow and toe to his repertoire during the season. Due to an error the first quad Salchow in the free was input as a triple, but it was noticed quickly and corrected at the end (235.71).

Ilia Yablokov was second in the short, but after falling on a quad toe and a triple Salchow he slipped to fourth (234.24).

The very talented Nikolai Ugozhaev from St. Petersburg finished fifth in his debut at Junior Nationals. The 14-year-old did not try the quad Lutz that he has landed in practice, but all his triples are usually solid and he is very expressive. He stepped out of a triple Axel in the short.

Two-time and defending champion Daniil Samsonov didn’t compete all season yet at he was recovering from knee problems and made some errors (7th). Andrei Kutovoi, who trains with Ugozhaev under Veronika Daineko, is another very artistic young skater, but he struggled with the triple Axel and placed 10th.

Victory for Artemeva & Nazarychev

Russia can be also proud of their young and talented Pairs. Which ones will be successful at the senior level depends on many factors, but the potential is there. Iuliia Artemeva & Mikhail Nazarychev

from the Perm school celebrated a rather clear victory over the St. Petersburg team of Ksenia Akhanteva & Valeri Kolesov as they had a higher degree of difficulty in the free and earned higher GOEs for their elements. The 2020 World Junior bronze medalists Artemeva & Nazarychev had kept both programs to "Senza Parole" and "Bohemian Rhapsody". They skated clean and with power. Their free included a double Axel-Euler-triple Salchow, plus triple toe, throw triple flip and loop (204.50).

Nazarychev remarked, "This was the most important competition for us this season. If there was no Corona pandemic, this would have been the qualification event for Junior Worlds. Therefore, I was nervous, but while we skated the free the nerves went away and we did well. Points-wise, this was almost the maximum we could have achieved, but we still could have improved some details.”

World Junior silver medalists Akhanteva & Kolesov did not compete at senior Nationals like Artemeva &  Nazarychev, as he had a foot injury. Now he was recovered and the couple put out two clean performances to music from Cirque du Soleil in the short and "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" by Pink Floyd in the free (194.26). "I was almost for a month off the ice, but we were able to start training normally in the beginning of January and we prepared intensively for the championship," Kolesov commented.

Anastasia Mukhortova & Dmitri Evgeniev are a team coming out Nina Mozer’s school in Moscow. They stood in fifth place following the short as she stumbled on the double Axel. They delivered a clean and strong free to "Paganini – the Devil’s Violonist” soundtrack that featured a triple Salchow-Euler-double Salchow combination, triple toe as well as nice throws so that they moved up to capture the bronze medal at 188.77 points.

The silver and bronze medalists age out of juniors next season. Artemeva & Nazarychev still can stay junior and have not yet decided if they want to focus completely on the senior level next season. Most likely they’ll continue to skate on both levels, though and aim at the Junior World title.

Two-time World Junior medalist Polina Kostiukovich has been skating with new partner Alexei Briukhanov this season.  The team left a good impression and if she hadn’t missed the triple Salchow in the free, they would have been third (187.33). Ekaterina Petushkova & Evgeni Malikov form Tamara Moskvina’s club dropped from third to fifth after aborting a lift in the long program, but other elements were well done (179.85). Karina Safina & Sergei Bakhmat and Daria Boiarintseva & Maxim Shagalov in sixth and seventh are two more solid teams.

Ushakova & Nekrasov Win Ice Dance Duel

There were basically two competitions in the Ice Dance event: the top three fought for the medals and the rest for the ranking below. Arina Ushakova & Maxim Nekrasov were very convincing as in earlier competitions this season. They achieved high levels in their Rhythm Dance to "Chicago” – only the diagonal step sequence was rated a level three, everything else was a level four – and skated with speed and expression. The couple from Odintsovo was able to get almost the maximum from the levels in the dramatic free dance to "The Master and Margarita” again (187.55).

Ushakova said, "We finally claimed this title in our fifth try and that makes us very happy. I am looking forward now to the senior level, we’ve been long enough in juniors. We’re approaching our first senior season without expectations, but we want to present ourselves as a strong team straight away and we don’t want to wait in line.”

Elizaveta Shanaeva & Devid Naryzhnyy competed only in their first full event this season. They both had been ill with Covid-19 and he needed a long of time to recover. However, the 2020 World Junior bronze medalists managed to get into good shape for Junior Nationals and came close to the winners. They had kept their "Bonnie and Clyde” RD. Since their first pattern of the Tea Time Foxtrot was rated a level one, the Muscovites ranked third in this segment. They debuted a new free dance to music from "Amaluna” from Cirque du Soleil, in which he is visiting another planet and meets an extra-terrestian. Their levels were good, but the program overall wasn’t as captivating as Ushakova & Nekrasov’s (184.19). Shanaeva & Naryzhnyy will move up to the senior level as well next season.

Bronze medalists Irina Khavronina & Dario Chirizano that train like the champions under Alexei Gorshkov and Maxim Bolotin will stay junior. The 2020 Youth Olympic Games Champions have developed very well technically and artistically and have good chances to develop into the next top junior team in the world. They interpreted "Hipsters” to music from a Russian movie by the same name in the RD. In the free, the son of an Italian father and Russian mother took the role of a crazy pianist while his partner played his muse (181.60).

There was a significant gap to the next teams. Ekaterina Andreeva & Ivan Desiatov from Moscow ranked fourth with solid performances (167.92), followed by Margarita Svistunova & Dmitri Studenikin from Orenburg (163.52). Elizaveta Shichina & Gordei Khubulov from Alexander Zhulin’s school left a good impression (6th). Vasilisa Kaganovskaia & Valeri Angelopol, students of Anjelika Krylova and Oleg Ovsiannikov, were expected to do better, but came seventh after some low levels in the RD and a fall in the FD.

Looking at the Future of Figure Skating at Russian Junior Nationals

The ISU has cancelled the World Junior Championships due to the ongoing pandemic – the event should have taken place in Harbin, China, in March. However, the Russian Junior Championships that take place February 3 to 5 in Krasnoiarsk are not a bad replacement considering that Russian skaters had won eight out of 12 medals including three gold at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, last March. The Russian juniors have shown a high level of skating again this season and they had more opportunities to compete in live events than almost everyone else. So you can expect an interesting competition and will get a glimpse of the future not only in Russian, but in international figure skating when you follow the event.

2021 U.S. National Championships

Las Vegas, NV

Levito Claims U.S. Junior Title with Stunning Free Skate

Prober Takes Gold in U.S. Junior Men’s Competition

Smirnova & Siianystisa Clinch U.S. Junior Pairs Crown

Wolfkostin & Chen Strike Gold in U.S. Junior Dance

Chen Triumphs in Men’s Competition, Knocks Out Five Quads to Take Fifth Consecutive U.S. Title

Hubbell & Donahue Back on Top of the Podium

Scimeca-Knierim & Frazier Claim U.S. Pair Title, Dominate Field With Lead of 23 Points

Tennell Reclaims U.S. Ladies Title with Stellar Free Skate

Chen Tops Men’s Short With Six-point Lead

Madison Chock & Evan Bates First in Rhythm Dance

Bradie Tennell Victor in the Ladies Short Program

Alexa Knierim & Brandon Frazier Take Lead in Pairs Event

Nathan Chen Seeks Fifth Consecutive U.S. National Title

Russian Figure Skating Shows Its Force at National Championships

Third title for Shcherbakova, Kolyada, Tarasova & Morozov and first one for Stepanova& Bukin

How the Pandemic Affects Figure Skating in Europe

by Tatjana Flade

While Russia managed to hold all their major planned skating events this season so far such as the test skates, the national Russian Cup series, the Grand Prix and Nationals, skaters in the rest of Europe had much less opportunities to compete at high level.

In spring most countries in Europe went into the first lockdown and ice rinks closed for weeks. In Germany (and other countries) National team members were then slowly allowed to start on-ice training again, but training was limited and depending on the region, there were many restrictions. In Bavaria, for example, ice dancers and pair skaters at first were not allowed to train elements where they are touching each other, while couples in Berlin were able to practice together. On ice training resumed in May in most places.

Germany then was the first country worldwide to hold an international and “real” (not virtual) figure skating competition, the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, in September. That was encouraging and optimism grew. However, infection numbers started to rise all over Europe again in September and the situation is now dire in most countries. Germany and others are back to strict lockdowns.

Nevertheless, some European countries organized not only their National Championships, but even smaller international competitions. Hungary hosted two international events in the fall and the National Championships on December 18 and 19. Following the success of Nebelhorn Trophy, Germany held the NRW Autumn Trophy in November in order to provide domestic and international skaters with an opportunity to compete. Belarus, although shaken by political unrest, had the Ice Star Minsk end of October and then, with the blessing of the ISU, turned their National Championship into an open competition, Minsk Winter Star, with international competitors in December.

Germany moved its Nationals from Hamburg, which was unable to organize an event under the Corona conditions, to Dortmund on December 18 and 19. However, the fields were very small as some skaters were sick (Covid-19 and other illnesses) or injured. Plus, the Berlin Skating Federation withdrew all their skaters saying it was too dangerous to travel to Dortmund and to compete.

Italy organized a national “Grand Prix of Italy” series consisting of three events leading up to their Nationals in December.  Poland, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic have been holding their Nationals together in the past years and did so again in Poland this year. Usually Hungary is part of this event as well, but due to the circumstances they chose to stay home this time.

Austria cancelled the international events they had planned, but at least had Nationals in December. Sweden cancelled their Nationals that were scheduled for December 10-13 but is preparing for the World Championships in March. Estonia has moved their Championships from December to the end of January. Switzerland and Finland for now have postponed their National Championships and no new date has been announced yet. France has cancelled everything so far, first the Grand Prix, then Nationals. Great Britain opened their rinks very late after the first lockdown and closed them again in the fall. British Ice Skating was one of the first countries to cancel their Championships. Their problem is that in Great Britain, ice rinks have been classified not as sports venues but as entertainment venues. The English Ice Hockey Association, British Ice Skating and the Ice Rink Managers Association have written a letter to the Prime Minister in the beginning of December asking him to classify ice rinks as sports venues.

So we have seen not many European skaters in action this season. A few got the chance to compete at Rostelecom Cup – Eva-Lotta Kiibus from Estonia and the Lithuanian ice dancers Allison Reed/Saulius Ambruvelicius. Kiibus also used her chance and went to Oberstdorf and Budapest. A few French skaters including Kevin Aymoz competed at the Minsk Winter Star. Latvia’s Deniss Vasiljevs, who trains in Switzerland, and Swiss Champion Alexia Paganini as well as Matteo Rizzo of Italy were at Nebelhorn Trophy as were most of the top German skaters.

The options for European skaters to compete were and are very limited. At least National team members can train in most areas as they are considered professional athletes and figure skating is an Olympic sport. However, in many places the younger skaters and children cannot train and in a worst case scenario many of them will quit the sport as a result. The danger is big that European figure skating except for Russia will feel the effects of the pandemic for many years to come.

The Strength of Russian Figure Skating in the Crazy Corona Season

Figure skating in Russia has been affected by the pandemic as sports have been worldwide. However, Russian skaters get more opportunities to compete at high level as national events are held and they might come out of the crisis even stronger than before. While many international and national competitions have been cancelled, Russia managed to conduct the traditional test skates in September as well as the five events of the national Cup of Russia series and the Grand Prix Rostelecom Cup. All this gives a good overview of Russian skating before the Russian Championships December 24-27 in Tcheliabinsk in the Ural mountains.  <more>

Building a Simple Backyard Ice Rink

The Autumn surge in Covid cases has recently resulted in the closure or severe cutback of hours for ice arenas.  Many skaters are without access to ice completely, or can book only very limited hours in those rinks that are still operating.  These conditions are likely to be in place throughout the winter.  One solution to the problem of skaters not being able to get to arena ice, is to bring ice to the skaters, by building a backyard ice rink. <more>

A Year of Challenges for French Figure Skating

Former French ice dancer Nathalie Pechalat, bronze medalist at Worlds in 2012 and 2014, gold medalists at Europeans 2011 and 2012 and fourth at the Olympic Games of 2014, all with dance partner Fabian Bourzat, was elected president of the French Ice Sport Federation in March 2020. This organization covers not only figure skating, ice dance and synchronized skating, but also speed skating, short track, sledding and bobsledding. She was elected the successor of Didier Gailhaguet who retired in February 2020 under pressure from different sources, including the French minister of sports, who accused him of knowing about but not stopping several scandals during his presidency, an accusation he denies.  <more>

2020 NHK Trophy

The NHK Trophy is named after the Japanese TV station which has sponsored and covered the event for many years. It takes place in different rinks in Japan every year. This year it was the fourth and last Grand Prix after the three in the USA, China and Russia, and was held at the Towayakuhin RACTAB Dome, in Japan’s second largest city of Osaka. <more>

2020 Rostelcom Cup

2020 Shiseido Cup of China

2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships Relocated to Las Vegas

San Jose to Play Host to 2023 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Nov. 9, 2020) - The 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships, originally scheduled to take place in San Jose, California, Jan. 11–17, 2021, will relocate to Las Vegas and the Orleans Arena Jan. 11–21, U.S. Figure Skating announced on Monday. U.S. Figure Skating also selected San Jose and SAP Center as host of the 2023 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Both of these decisions were made unanimously by the U.S. Figure Skating Board of Directors at its Nov. 7 meeting.

“This has been a season unlike any other, and we’re appreciative of our local organizers and the skating community in San Jose for their willingness to be flexible during these challenging times,” U.S. Figure Skating President Anne Cammett said. “We are also confident that the proven bubble concept we will implement at the Orleans Arena will ensure the 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships are a successful event for all competitors, coaches and officials.”

U.S. Figure Skating successfully staged 2020 Guaranteed Rate Skate America in a bubble-type environment at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas in October. For January’s U.S. Championships in Las Vegas, U.S. Figure Skating will be able to use Skate America’s operational plan, which had been approved by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, streamlining both the preparation and on-site execution of the competition. Championship-level competition will take place from Jan. 11–17, 2021, and junior-level competition from Jan. 19–21, 2021. As with Skate America, no spectators will be permitted, though fans will be able to watch extensive coverage on NBC, NBCSN and Peacock Premium.

“SAP Center at San Jose was prepared to safely and successfully host the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January 2021,” added Jonathan Becher, president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment and SAP Center at San Jose.  “While we are disappointed to wait, we are excited to host the Championship in 2023 and showcase the City of San Jose and SAP Center to a national audience."

“While certainly disappointed, we understand the difficult but necessary decision made by U.S. Figure Skating to move the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose to 2023,” said John Poch, executive director of the San Jose Sports Authority.  “As always, the care and safety of the athletes, staff and fans is our top priority.  I would like to thank the San Jose Local Organizing Committee for the tremendous amount of work that they’ve already put in to make the 2021 event a success and look forward to working with them over the next two years to ensure that the 2023 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose will be a safe, successful and memorable event for everybody involved.”

San Jose will play host to the country’s most prestigious figure skating competition for the fourth time in 2023 (1996, 2012, 2018).

For fans who had planned on attending the 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, refunds will be issued to all existing ticket holders. Refunds are only issued to the original form of payment; those who did not pay via credit card or debit card will be sent a check to the address on file. Please note that customers should expect to receive their refund in as soon as 30 days. If a customer’s credit card or debit card number has changed, or expired, they should contact SAP Center at and a member of its team will be in touch.

2020 Skate America

A Not So Grand Prix - Details are finally emerging for the organization of the 2020/21 ISU Grand Prix Competitions.  About all that can be said of this year's series is, It's better than nothing, but not much better.

2020 Nebelhorn Trophy

A Quad Salchow, Nearly as Good as It Gets

The anatomy of a fully rotated quad Salchow, executed by Yuzuru Hanyu.

The Next Olympic Ladies Champion Revealed - The next Olympic Winter Games are about two years away, but already the writing is on the wall for who will be the next Olympic Ladies Champion.

The Axel is the Only Jump that Takes Off Backwards

In Search of the Quad Axel - What will it take to complete a quad Axel?

The Perfect Air Position - What is it?  What does it look like?  Why does it matter?

Current Replay Systems Not Up To Task of Insuring Accurate Calls


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12 January 2021 - Skate Canada announces the cancellation of the 2021 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and the 2021 Skate Canada Cup.  The championships were to occur from February 8-14, 2021 in Vancouver, B.C., at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre while the 2021 Skate Canada Cup was planned to be a virtual event in replacement of the pre-novice and novice competitions at the 2021 Skate Canada Challenge.

“We are deeply saddened for all athletes, coaches, and supporting individuals who are impacted by this decision and appreciate the incredible efforts to overcome ever-evolving training and access challenges to best prepare athletes for these events,” said Leanna Caron, President, Skate Canada.

25 Dec 2020 - Morry Stillwell, past president of U.S. Figure skating passed away today, at age 93, from cardiac arrest after battling pneumonia for several months.  Morry was born in Everett, Washington, on November 17, 1927.

Morry was U.S. Figure Skating president from 1995 to 1998 when skating was at the peak of it's popularity in the United States.  While president, he led the negotiations for the TV contract with ABC that put U.S. Figure Skating on the road to financial security.

He was a key participant in the creation of the ISU Champion Series in 1995 along with representatives from Canada, France, Germany and Japan.  This series later became the current ISU Grand Prix of Figure skating.  Morry served for five years as chairman of the management committee of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

Morry was a National U.S. Figure Skating judge and referee in singles, pairs and showcase  He also held an appointment as a dance judge and technical controller.  Together with Jack Curtis he created the discipline of Showcase skating.  He originally began his involvement in amateur sports in roller skating.

Originally from the Seattle area, Morry, who was named after Maurice Chevalier,  spent most of his adult life in Southern California.  Following his term as U.S. Figure Skating president he remained active in local skating, promoting skating at the grass roots, in which he took great joy.  He was president of the Escondido (now North County) figure skating club for many years. Prior to that he was active in the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club and for a time its president.  Before that he was a member of the  All Year Figure Skating Club and president of that club.

Morry began as a roller skater and competed in three roller skating national championships in dance.  Later he switched to ice skating, winning a bronze medal in Bronze dance at Pacific Coast sectionals.

After passing the silver dance tests, Morry was drafted into the army and served at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama working as a technician for Werner von Braun.  While in Huntsville, he started an artistic roller figure skating club called the Rocket City Roller Club.

Morry was the devoted husband of Elda Stillwell.  They were married for 65 years.  Elda is a U.S. Figure skating National Accountant.  Together they were fixtures at Southern California competitions for many decades.  He is survived by wife Elda and daughter Lisa.

17 Dec 2020 - Today the ISU released the following statement.

The ISU welcomes the annulment by the General Court judgment on 16 December 2020 (Case T-93/18) of the provisions of the European Commission of 8 December 2017 requiring the ISU to amend its Eligibility Rules with respect to the CAS arbitration system. The General Court has confirmed that the CAS arbitration system is fully consistent with EU law.

The ISU also notes with satisfaction that the General Court has recognized the legitimacy of the ISU’s pre-authorization system intended to ensure that any organizer of sporting competitions “comply with common standards, seeking in particular to ensure that competitions take place fairly and the physical and ethical integrity of sportspeople is protected”. The ISU also notes that the General Court has expressly recognized that it was legitimate for the ISU “to establish rules seeking to prevent sports betting from creating risks of manipulation of competitions and athletes”.

The ISU maintains that its Eligibility Rules have never been enforced with a view to preventing the organization of third-party skating events and regrets that the judgment does not address the substantial evidence put forward by the ISU confirming this. Following the adoption of the 2017 Commission decision, the ISU amended its Eligibility Rules in 2018 pursuant to implementation discussions with the European Commission. The Court judgment relates to a version of the Eligibility Rules which is no longer in force and therefore has no impact on the ISU’s current operations.

The ISU is currently further evaluating the judgment and reserves an appeal to the European Court of Justice.

This is the culmination of a complaint that was brought before the European Commission in 2017.  The original case brief states:

The complaint was lodged by two professional speed skaters domiciled in the Netherlands, Mr Mark Tuitert and Mr Niels Kerstholt ("the Complainants"). Both of the Complainants are members of the Royal Netherlands Skating Federation ("KNSB") and, in the past, regularly participated in the activities and competitions of the ISU at the highest level. As individual members of the KNSB, which is itself an ISU Member, the Complainants are subject to the ISU Statutes and General Regulations, including the Eligibility rules and to decisions taken by the ISU Congress and the ISU Council.

The Complainants alleged in their complaint that the 2014 Eligibility rules establishing a lifetime ban for athletes and officials taking part in competitions not authorised by the ISU were in breach of Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty. In particular, the Complainants stressed that such rules prevented them from participating in an international speed skating event to be organised by Icederby International co., Ltd ("Icederby"), offering athletes an opportunity to make a better living out of their profession, thanks to the significant prize money and other sources of revenues (for instance, sponsoring).

The European Commission ruled against the ISU in 2017 and 2018 finding that the ISU eligibility rules breached EU competition law.  The ISU appealed to the EU General Court which on 16 December, 2020, ruled in favor of the ISU.

17 Dec 2020 - Today the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced the Russia’s previous four-year suspension for systematic doping violations to two years.  Russia’s name, flag and anthem are banned from the next two Olympics and any world championships through December 16, 2022.

Only Russian athletes who are not implicated in doping or covering up positive tests can compete as individual athletes at major sporting events.  For figure Skating this includes the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games, and ISU world championships in all disciplines.  Russian Government representatives are also barred from attending such events unless they are invited by the Prime Minister or head of state of the host country.

The ruling also prevents Russia from hosting or bidding to host major sporting events during its ban during the suspension.  Any events already awarded must be rescinded and re-assigned to another country, with the wiggle room that events can be hosted if "it is legally or practically impossible" to do so.

This case arises out of a ruling in December 2019 by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) which declared the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) non-compliant and imposed four years of sanctions on Russia for falsifying results at the Moscow Laboratory.

RUSADA appealed these sanctions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport which upheld WADA’s finding that RUSADA was non-complaint but halved the duration of the ban.

The case will cost RUSADA a pretty penny, being ordered to pay a fine of either 10% of its 2019 income or $100,000, whichever is less, to WADA. They must also pay $1,270,000 for the costs incurred by WADA, will also have to pay 80 per cent of the costs of the case, and to pay WADA 400,000 Swiss francs (about $452,000) for its legal and other expenses incurred in the case.

10 Dec 2020 -  The ISU today announced the cancellation of the 2021 European championships, which had been scheduled for 21-31 January, 2021 in Zagreb Croatia.  The rink to be used for the competition is currently be used as a Covid-19 hospital ward and will be unavailable for the competition.  There is no other facility in Zagreb to hold the competition, the former arena being condemned due to earthquake damage.

The ISU also announced the cancellation of the Synchronized Junior World Championships which were supposed to take place in Lyon, France in March 2021, and the final cancellation of the 2020 Grand Prix Final, which to this point was only described as postponed.

The future of the test event for the Beijing Olympic Winter Games remains undecided.  The 2021 World Figure Skating Championships currently remains on the schedule, as an event that will be held without spectators.

24 Nov 2020 -  The ISU today announced the cancelation of the World Junior Figure Skating Championships which had been schedule to be held In Harbin, China on March 1-7, 2021.

The ISU also announced that the rescheduling of the Beijing Winter Olympics test event (which was to have been the now cancelled Grand Prix Final) remain under discussion.

19 Oct. 2020 -  The ISU today announced the cancelation of the Internationaux of France, what would have otherwise been the fourth stop of the 2020 Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

Currently, China, Japan and Russia remain on the Grand Prix schedule.

16 Oct. 2020 -  The ISU today announced the cancelation of the Four Continents Championships in Figure Skating and Speed skating.  This follows on the heels of the announcement of the cancellation of Skate Canada International, the second previously planned stop for the 2020 Grand Prix, earlier this week.

The 2021 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships were to have been held in Sydney, Australia.  Sydney now has the provisional allotment for the 2023 Four Continents Championship.

2020 Skate America remains on track to be held next week using a stringent "bubble" approach; while cancellation of Skate France and Rostelcom Cup in the near future is a strong possibility.

 Russia is undergoing a recent surge in Covid cases in a second wave, with outbreaks among athletes in several sports reported. Cases are also on the rise in Europe, with localized lockdowns being reimposed, and more expansive lockdowns under consideration.

6 Oct. 2020 - U.S. Figure Skating announced today two-time U.S. National Champions Madison Chock and Evan Bates have withdrawn from 2020 Skate America.

“After much consideration, we have decided to withdraw from Skate America,” Chock and Bates said. “Our training and preparation have been affected by the pandemic and at this time we are 100% focused on our preparation for the 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships. We will be staying at our training base in Montreal, but will certainly miss the thrill of competition and seeing our U.S. Figure Skating family. We wish everyone good health and good luck!”

30 Sep. 2020 - The ISU announced today the cancellation of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, originally scheduled for Beijing/China - December 10-13, 2020

Regarding the test event, the ISU said, "Concerning the Olympic Test Events in Beijing there were also a number of logistical points raised by potentially participating teams that meant that hosting the competitions on the scheduled dates (close to the end of year holidays and National Championships) would have impacted on the number of participants, given the potential need to quarantine on returning to their home country."

In it's announcement the ISU also stated, "The ISU, in consultation with all stakeholders and considering the pandemic developments, is evaluating the continuation of the 2020/21 season, in particular the re-scheduling possibilities for the important Olympic Test Events. The ISU will communicate the conclusions at a later date."

29 Sep. 2020 - French pairs figure skater Morgan Cipres and his partner, Vanessa James, retired from the sport on Tuesday amid allegations that Cipres sent lewd photos to a 13-year-old American figure skater on Instagram. Cipres is under investigation by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Florida for allegedly direct messaging two photos of his penis to a 13-year-old American figure skater in 2017.

2020 / 2021 Season

November Competitions

Nov 06 - Nov 08, 2020, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Cup of China, Chongqing, CHN

Nov 13 - Nov 15, 2020, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Internationaux de France, Grenoble FRA

Nov 20 - Nov 22, 2020, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Rostelcom Cup, Moscow, RUS

Nov 27 - Nov 29, 2020, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, NHK Trophy, Osaka, JPN

December Competitions

Dec 10 - Dec 13, 2020, ISU Grand Prix of figure Skating Final, Beijing, CHN

2020-2021 ISU Grand Prix

Event Location Date
Skate America Las Vegas, Nevada, United States October 23–25
Skate Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Oct 30– Nov 1
Cup of China Chongqing, China November 6–8
Internationaux de France Grenoble, France November 13–15
Rostelecom Cup Moscow, Russia November 20–22
NHK Trophy Osaka, Japan November 27–29
Grand Prix Final Beijing, China December 10–13
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