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ISU Championship Allotments for 2023/24 and Later

Season 2023/24 Figure Skating

    December 7 - 10, 2023 - ISU Grand Prix Final, TBD

    Jan 22 - Jan 28, 2024 - ISU European Figure Skating Championships, Budapest, HUN

    Jan 29 - Feb 04, 2024 - ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, Shanghai, CHN

    Feb 26 - Mar 03, 2024 - ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, Taipei City, TPE

    Mar 18 - Mar 24, 2024 - ISU World Figure Skating Championships, Montréal, CAN

Season 2024/25 Figure Skating

    January 20 - 26, 2025 - ISU European Figure Skating Championships, Zagreb, CRO

    February 24 - March 2, 2025 - ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, Debrecen, HUN

    March 24 - 30, 2025 - ISU World Figure Skating Championships, Boston, MA, USA

    April 4 - 5, 2025 - ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, Tampere, FIN

Season 2025/26 Figure Skating

    January 12 - 18, 2026 - ISU European Figure Skating Championships, Sheffield GBR

     ISU March 23 - 29, 2026 -World Figure Skating Championships, Prague, CZE 

U.S. Figure Skating 2023-24 Domestic Competitions



2024 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships

2024 Midwestern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships

2024 Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships

2024 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships


2023 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships

Apr 12 - Apr 15, 2023
Salt Lake City, Utah

2024 Eastern Adult Sectional Championships

2024 Midwestern Adult Sectional Championships

2024 Pacific Coast Adult Sectional Championships

2024 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships

  In the News

Interview with Sophia Baram and Daniel Tioumentsev, 2023 World Junior Pair Champions

Interview with Emily Chan and Spencer Howe


2023 World Junior Figure Skating Championships

Calgary, Canada

Text by Klaus-Reinhold Kany

The 2023 ISU World Junior Championships took place in the Winsport Arena in Calgary which has around 3,000 seats and is situated about eight miles west of downtown. Calgary is Alberta’s biggest and a fast growing city of almost 1.5 million people and is the center of the Canadian oil industry.

The Arena is situated in a huge multisport center which was built in 2011-2013 near the ski jump venue in the Olympic park which were used during the Calgary Olympic Games of 1988. The whole area is called Olympic Park.

There are four ice rinks in this building. Like during the whole season, skaters competing for Russia were banned, but a number of Russians or former Russians took part who competed for other countries.

The number of spectators was disappointing: During the week about 200 per day and on the weekend around 500, thought the women's final drew nearly 700.  There were also a large number of credentialed persons in the audience, for perhaps and additional 100 spectators, with athletes from many teams cheering on their conpatriots.

Japan won two gold medals, the USA and the Czech Republic one each.


The men’s event at Junior Worlds 2023 in Calgary had a good, but not outstanding level. 42 young men competed. 17-year-old Kao Miura from Japan trains in Yokohama near Tokyo and won the event with 264.74 points and a huge distance of 44 points to the rest of the field. He had been fifth at the Grand Prix Final in December and won the Four Continents Championship in February. In Calgary, he opened the short program to two tangos by Astor Piazzolla with an excellent triple loop, followed by an impressive triple Axel. In his combination, the triple toe loop after the triple flip was a bit shaky. Quads are not allowed in a junior’s short program. The three level 4 spins were good, the step sequence very good and the components around 8.1.  He commented: “All season long I've been skating the programs with the senior program requirements and because of the junior requirements being different, I was nervous for all the elements. But somehow I managed it and so I'm really happy about that.”

His free program to the soundtrack of “The Beauty and the Beast” got 38 more points than the second best free program. His first element was an outstanding combination of triple Axel, Euler and triple Salchow, followed by a deeply landed quad toe loop and a very good quad Salchow. The second triple Axel and the second quad toe loop (with a triple toe loop) were excellent, a triple flip as well, he only stepped out of the triple loop near the end.  His spins and step sequences were good and his components had an average of 8.4. He said: “Today I was able to get a pretty good performance. Especially in the second half of the program I was able to land the combination of the quad & triple. I would like to be able to participate next season in the Senior World Championships and really bring up the level of my performances. Having become the Four Continents champion added a lot of pressure for me coming into this competition.”

The silver medal for 16-year-old Naoki Rossi from Switzerland, winning 220.68 points, was a big surprise. He has Japanese and Swiss parents and trains now in Egna, Northern Italy, in the school of Lorenzo Magri. Several Swiss skaters have improved much this season because they could take profit from the pandemy. All Swiss rinks had been closed for the public and for hobby skaters for months. But skaters of the national team were allowed to train and had much more training time than before. Rossi performed his short program to three flamenco-style music pieces by Ikuko Kawai. After a good triple Axel, his triple loop was O.K. and his combination of triple Lutz and triple toe loop a bit wobbly. His spins and his step sequence were excellent, his components were around 7.3. He explained: “I'm really glad with my program. Never ever in a million years have I ever thought that I was going to be third. Last year I missed a (jump) combo and lost lots of points and I was really devastated after the short program. I especially worked on condition training.”

He opened his free program to three pieces of “Eternal Eclipse” with a good combination of triple Axel and double toe loop, followed by a second triple Axel. Four other clean triples came later and the loop was double. He only got an edge call on the triple flip. Two of the three spins were excellent and he really interpreted the music very well and had components of 7.6. Later he stated: “I'm actually really speechless right now. I never expected to be on the podium. I'm very glad about my performance today. Well I could have maybe done it a little better since I popped a loop today, but I still focused on the next jump and never gave up until the end of the program. When I realized I was on the podium in the kiss and cry I got a bit emotional.”

The second Japanese Nozomu Yoshioka won bronze with 217.79 points after being seventh in a clean short program with excellent triple Axel, good triple loop, very good combination of triple Lutz and triple toe loop, but less convincing spins and not much interpretation. In his free program to “Pirates of the Caribbean”, his combination of quad toe loop and triple toe loop was almost clean, but he stepped out of the second quad toe loop. Four other triples were clean and the flip got an edge call. He explained: “Today in my performance I was able to get very tight rotations on all of my jumps until the end. But I did make many small and costly mistakes so that was a little bit disappointing. But this result at such a very big competition is very satisfying to me.”

Italian skater Nikolaj Memola finished on fourth position with 216.44 points. His triple Axel and his triple loop in the Rakhmaninov short program were very good, but in his combination he almost fell on the triple toe loop after performing the triple Lutz. In his free program, four triples were good, but he doubled the first Axel which was planned triple, fell on the second triple Axel and the last three triples were technically not perfect. He is Italian alternate for Senior Worlds and the World Team Trophy, therefore he has to stay in shape.

Wesley Chiu from Canada came fifth with 213.88 points. His triple loop, triple Axel and spins in the short program were excellent, but he touched down on the triple Lutz in his combination. In the free program, he dropped from second to fifth place because he popped the two planned quad toe loops and stepped out of the triple Axel. Hyungyeom Kim from South Korea placed sixth with 213.56 points. In the short program, the triple Axel and the combination of triple Lutz and triple toe loop were good, but the loop got a q. In the free program, only three triples were good, but four other either had a q or were stepped out.

U.S. skater Lucas Broussard of Seattle finished seventh with 209.47 points. In the short program to a piano version of the Tango Adios Nonino, he stepped out of the triple Axel and touched down, the other elements were very good. In the free program, he went down on the quad toe loop and the triple Axel. His camel spin got no points, but five triples were good, the choreo steps even outstanding. Yudong Chen from China is eighth with 205.12 points. His triple Axel in the short program was good, but he fell on the triple Lutz and therefore had no combination. He began his free program with a very good quad Salchow, but missed the quad toe loop and the triple Salchow of his combination with a triple flip and an Euler.

Arlet Levandi from Estonia came ninth with 204.73 points. He has no triple Axel, but his double Axel in the short program was excellent. He stepped out of the triple loop, but because of his excellent choreography he had the third highest components and in the free even the second highest components of around 7.7. The second American Daniel Martynov of Coral Springs, Florida, came tenth with 204.67 points. His short program was faultless with a good triple Axel and he had also two good triple Axels in his free program, but the other triples were not as good. The third U.S. skater Michael Xie of Oakland, California did not reach the final. Instead, he ended up only 34th with 53.46 points after falling on the triple Axel, again on the triple loop and stepping out of the triple Lutz in his combination.


The ice dance competition of Junior Worlds in Calgary, Alberta, had a good level although nobody was outstanding. 30 couples competed, 20 of whom reached the free dance. There were only two falls in the Rhythm Dance and one in the free dance.

The gold medal winners Katerina Mrazkova (16) & Daniel Mrazek (19) made history because they were the first Czech ice dance team ever to win a medal at an ISU championships. They collected 177.36 points and had taken a narrow lead in their dynamic Rhythm Dance to the Tango “A Evaristo Carriego” and to the Paso Doble “Espana Cani”. They were the only team to meet all eight key points in the two Tango sections. The rotational lift was excellent and had a level 4 and in their good twizzle sequence she had level 3 and he level 4. In their midline step sequence, she had level 3 and he level 2. Their components were around 7.9. Mrazek commented, “There were some mistakes but it was still great performance so we're happy.”

In their free dance to the soundtrack of “The Man In the Iron Mask”, the brother-and-sister team excelled again by their high speed and expansive steps. All eight elements of the students of young Italian coach Matteo Zanni, who works with them mainly in Bolzano in Northern Italy, were excellent and had mainly GOEs of +3 and +4. Three level elements had a 4 for both dancers, the three others a 3 for both and their components were around 8.3, with one first 9.0 in their career for skating skills. They are ice dancers only for two and a half years and rose very quickly to a top team.

Mrazek had competed at two Junior Grand Prix in singles in 2018 and commented, “The rhythm dance for us was not so great because we were nervous, we scared to do a mistake. So we tried to be more chill in the free dance and I think we did it better today. We started single skating when we were young - our coach was our mom. We were no really good jumpers, but our mother taught us how to skate very well. I had an injury and realized that I would not be the best in single skating anymore. So I decided to start an ice dance career. I asked my sister if she wanted to skate with me and she said yes.” When he said that everybody in the press conference room around laughed because it sounded as if he had asked her to marry him. Mrazkova added, “We always wanted to have a gold medal from Junior Worlds -- it was one of our goals. We plan to move up to seniors.”

Canadians Hannah Lim & Ye Quan, skating for South Korea, the former home country of their parents, won silver with 174.39 points and are the first South Korean ice dancers to win a medal at an ISU championships. They train in the Ice Academy in Montreal. In their Rhythm Dance to the Milonga “Primavera Portena”, they had a level 4 for four elements and a level 2 for the first tango section. Their components were around 7.8. Lim explained, “We were able to achieve our goals that we set. We connected really well and we performed to the audience, which is really fun for a tango program.”

In their free dance to the classical “Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saens, most elements were excellent and had GOEs of mainly +3. The one foot turn sequence was good and their components around 8.0. Lim said, “I'm really proud that we were able to work super hard the whole season and at the end, when we were able to get a medal, it was just a celebration. I'm really glad that we were able to get our first medal for Korea. My parents are both Korean and when they first asked me if I wanted to represent Korea I wanted to as a thank you present for them because of all the support that they put into skating and it was not easy. We're a bit nervous to go to seniors because we have a lot of amazing senior skaters in our school, but we have to move. We can look up to them - they're always pushing us.”

Nadiia Bashynska & Peter Beaumont from the school of Carol Lane in Scarborough near Toronto, Canada, took bronze with 169.13 points. In the Rhythm Dance to the Spanish Waltz “Espana” and the “Tango Grande” from the film “The Great Gatsby”, three elements had a level 4 and the two Argentine Tango sections levels 1 and 2. The twizzles and the rotational lift were excellent, the other elements good and the components had an average of 7.8. In their free dance to “The Red Violin” and to “Oh Sweet Springtime From Long Ago” by Jules Massenet, they moved up from fourth to third place with very good elements and components of around 7.8. A highlight was their outstanding combination lift for which they earnt 13.78 points. They will age out of Juniors and Beaumont said, “I am getting old, but I'm looking forward to a bit of Samba and '80s music next year.”

Phebe Bekker & James Hernandez from Britain train with Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland in Aston, Pennsylvania. They finished fourth with 169.07 points, just .06 points behind the bronze medal. In the Rhythm Dance to two Flamencos and one Tango, they had high levels and met seven of the eight key points of the two Tango sections. Their components were around 7.6. In their free dance to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”, they had good levels again. But the excellent lift combination was more than 12 seconds long and cost them bronze because one point has to be deducted for an extended lift. Their luggage with their skates had not arrived with them. Therefore they missed some practice. They will also move up to seniors.

Leah Neset & Artem Markelov of Colorado Springs are the best U.S. team placing fifth with 162.59 points. The students of Elena Dostatni had mixed levels and performed five good elements in the Rhythm Dance to Flamenco, Tango and Paso Doble. In their free dance to the soundtrack of “Pirates of the Caribbean”, they moved up from seventh to fifth place, performing very good elements. Their highlights were the choreo sliding movement and the choreo character step sequence. Celine Fradji & Jean-Hans Fourneaux from France came sixth with 156.92 points. Their Rhythm Dance had outstanding twizzles, but in the free dance, their levels were lower.

Sandrine Gauthier & Quentin Thieren from Canada and the academy of Montreal placed seventh with 156.65 points after performing eight good elements in the free dance. Canada may send three teams to next year’s Junior Worlds again.

The second U.S. team of Jenna Hauer & Benjamin Starr of Simsbury, Connecticut, came eighth with 154.12 points and helped to allow the USA to send three dance teams to Junior Worlds 2024 in Taipeh. The third U.S. team of Helena Carhart & Volodymyr Horovyi of Marina Zueva’s school in Estero, Florida, finished on ninth position with 149.87 points, ahead of Angelina Kudriavtseva & Ilia Karankevich who skate for Cyprus, left Russia in December and now train in Italy.

Darya Grimm & Michail Savitskiy from Germany performed a very good Rhythm  Dance and finished there on sixth place. But the next day Grimm had a stomach virus with fever and they had to withdraw.

Sofiia Beznosikova & Max Archadi Brunovitch Leleu, who compete for Belgium, had big travel problems because Beznosikova is Russian and got a visa for Canada only in the last minute. She arrived from Israel in Calgary after four flights and just three hours before the Rhythm Dance. But they did not qualify for the free dance.


(4 March 2023) The women’s event of the 2023 Junior Worlds had a high level, even without Russian competitors. All six top skaters come from East Asia, the best European woman was seventh and the best North America eighth. 47 skaters competed.

14-year-old Mao Shimada from the school of Mie Hamada in Kyoto, Japan, celebrated a run-away victory with 224.54 points, 18 years after her idol Mao Asada, whom her parents named her after, had won Junior Worlds also in Canada, in Kitchener, Ontario. In a close decision with a distance to .59 points to the second placed South Korean skater Jia Shin, Shimada won the short program. She skated to the soundtrack of “Lion King” and fought like a lioness. Triple Axels and quads are not allowed in junior ladies short programs. Therefore Shimada’s and all top skaters’ most difficult element was a combination of triple Lutz and triple toe loop, in Shimada’s case very good, like her required triple loop and the double Axel. The layback spin was outstanding (eight GOEs of +4) and the stellar change foot combination spins had even six GOEs of +5. The remaining two elements were excellent and her components 7.8.

She commented, “In practice my jumps were not going well, but today during the warm up I felt my body was moving well. I really worked hard on the elements, other than the jumps, to be able to do them more beautifully. I’m trying hard, so people can see the lioness in me. I’ve worked on my expression and to maximize each element. As this is my last time performing this SP I wanted to give it my all and I think I did that! My favorite scene of the “Lion King” is when Rafiki holds up Simba. I hope people see me as a lioness as I try to represent it in my program.”

Performing to “Passepied” by Jean-Michel Blais and to “Wild Swans Suite” by Daniel Hope, she opened her spectacular free program with an excellent triple Axel, followed by the only quad toe loop of the day which got a q for being nearly under-rotated. Seven other very good triples and outstanding spins followed, plus an impressive choreographic step sequence. Her components were around 8.5. She said, “This medal is full of emotions, I felt a lot of happiness after landing the triple Axel and quad toe, but I told myself there was a lot of difficulties still to come and I had to concentrate. There were many competitions where I couldn’t land these jumps in the past and that scared me. But it was never an option for me not to do it.” Because of the new age rules, she is not allowed to move to seniors until after the next Olympic Games.

Jia Shin from South Korea won the silver medal with 201.90 points. Her short program to “The Giving” by Michael Smith with the same excellent elements as Shimada was flawless as well. Her GOEs were just a little bit lower, but her components even a bit higher. She explained, “I was nervous today, but I tried to pull out my confidence and to do my best so I feel very happy it went well. After Nationals I had a small ankle injury and I was off the ice for a week. What I most like are the jumps because the feeling of achievement when I succeed each jump makes me very happy.” In her free routine to the “Trees of Life” suite by Roberto Cacciapaglia, she had seven triples, mostly very good, but no triple Axel and no quad. Her only mistakes was a small fall on a step right after the choreographic sequence. Her components were around 7.7. She said, “I’m happy to win another medal at Junior Worlds. I felt David Wilson's choreography style fits my skating and my choreography ability, therefore I worked with him. My most memorable competition was the Junior Grand Prix Final -- I was able to deliver two clean programs. For next season I want to conquer my weaknesses.”

Ami Nakai from Chiba in Japan won the bronze medal with 197.40 points. Skating the same short program elements as the top two skaters, her GOEs were mainly +2 and +3 and she made no mistake either. She interpreted “I Got Rhythm” by George Gershwin. She said, “I did a clean short program, and so I’m very happy with my performance. I worked to get my jumps consistent and to have more flow in my skating. What I really enjoy the most is performing freely in front of a lot of people. My strength would be giving a lot of expression in my steps.” In her free program to “Miss Saigon” by Claude-Michel Schoenberg, she fell on the triple Axel, but all seven other triple jumps were impressive, her spins and chore step sequence as well. She commented, “I was happy to get a medal on this big stage. When I was attempting my triple Axel I was able to tighten my arms and I thought I was doing it exactly the same as usual, but somehow I missed the landing.”

Yujae Kim from South Korea placed fourth with 193.62 points. In her short program, she performed the same elements as the top three skaters, but a bit less strong. Her triple loop got a q and her components were around 7.0. She opened her free program to a strange soundtrack of “Aida” by Elton John with an excellent triple Axel, followed by five good other triples and a triple loop which was a bit under-rotated. The spins were good, the choreo steps excellent. Minsol Kwon, also from South Korea, finished on fifth position with 191.06 points. Her triple flip in the short program got a q, everything else was very good. In her free program, six triples were good, only the triple Lutz got an edge call. Xianhyi An from China is sixth with 183.94 points. Her short program with a combination of two triple toe loops was faultless, but in her free program four triples were not clean. She said that her initial goal was to reach to top 24, so this result is beyond her imagination. She also practices gymnastics.

Kimmy Repond from Switzerland, who had been third at Europeans in January, is seventh with 180.32 points after being tenth in the short program. There, three jumps were more or less under-rotated, because she had been a bit sick before. But in the free program, six of her triple jumps were at least good, only the triple Lutz got an edge call. She rotates extremely quickly.

The best U.S. skater was Clare Seo of Colorado Springs who came eighth with 172.62 points. The student of Tammy Gambill skated a double Lutz instead of a planned triple one as first part of her combination and almost fell on the triple toe loop. The other elements were good. Four triple jumps in her free program were good, but both triple flips were not and she explained, “I have a few regrets about the program, but I am happy I didn’t fall.” Inga Gurgenidze from Georgia is ninth with 172.50 points after landing two triple Axels in the free and moving up from 19th place. Kaya Ruiter from Canada finished tenth with 169.65 points.

The two other U.S. skaters did not have good days. Soho Lee of Anaheim, California is 15th with 149.16 points after falling on the loop in the short program and under-rotating two more jumps. In her free program she made five mistakes. Josephine Lee of Lakewood, California, ended up 19th with 138.22 points. In her short program she fell on the triple flip and therefore had no combination. In her free, six of the seven jump elements went wrong.


(3 March 2023) 14 pairs competed at Junior Worlds 2023 in Calgary. The general level was mixed.  Only two pairs had more than 170 points and five more than 150.

During the championships the ISU organized a small pair coach meeting to discuss the age problem which three pairs at Junior Worlds (the winners from the USA, the Japanese and one German pair)  will have next season, and potentially a few others.

This problem occurred becausethe ISU raised the required minimum age of girls for seniors at the ISU congress 2022, decided mainly because of the Valieva case. This new rule said that from the 2023/24 season on girls may skate in seniors only if they have their 16th birthday before July 1, 2023 and in the season 2024/25 only if they have their 17th birthday before July 1 2024. But the maximum age for junior men in pairs is 21 at these dates. If the men are older, they are no longer allowed to skate in juniors and the girls are too young to skate in seniors This would mean the pairs with conflicting dates cannot skate internationally at all.

But the ISU needs more pairs. Therefore some federations  could ask the ISU council, which meets almost every month, to allow those pairs who have done international junior competitions this season to continue provisionally in juniors next season even if the man is too old, and the next congress in 2024 could be asked to decide to raise the age limit for junior men in pairs from 21 to 23 years and for women in pairs from 19 to 21 years.

In the meantime, the resolution for the affected teams is yet to be decided.

New Junior World Champions with 184.47 points is the U.S. team of Sofia Baram & Daniel Tioumentsov from the school of Jenni Meno and Todd Sand in Irvine, California. They had been second in the Junior Final in December and fourth at U.S. senior Nationals. They had to skate their free program under difficult circumstances because in the night between the short and the free program coach Todd Sand had a heart attack in his hotel room and had to be transported to a hospital in Calgary around 5 a.m. Sofia Baram’s mother had traveled with the pair. She and the U.S. team leader cared about the pair in the morning practice and the free program.

In their faultless short program to “Bla Bla Bla, Cha Cha Cha” by the Japanese women duo Petty and Booka (which is often used in ice dance), their triple twist, their reverse lasso loop lift and their step sequence (all with level 4) were excellent. The double Axel and the triple throw toe loop were very good, the required backward inside death spiral and the side by side spin good. Their components were around 7.0 and they had 66.95 points, six more than the French pair on second place. “We're so proud we've accomplished the throw triple toe loop in our program for the first time, especially in competition,” Tioumentsev said.

In their free program to “Pilgrims On a Long Journey” by Coeur de Pirate and to “Primavera“ by Ludovico Einaudi, their best element was the twist again which had six GOEs of +3 and three of +2. Lifts and step sequence were very good, but Baram stepped out of the triple throw loop and her triple toe loop was a bit shaky. Her difficult jump combination of triple Salchow, double Axel and another double Axel as well as a double throw Lutz were good and their components around 7.2.

Tioumentsov said, “We found out this morning (about Todd Sand being hospitalized). It was a definite down-turn for me and Sophia. We skated for Todd and for everyone that has helped us through the season. It was very hard and we tried to remember what Todd told us – to stay in the moment. And we tried to remember what kind of corrections he gave us. We've been skating together for just over two years now and definitely the gold medal is a huge achievement for us. Even if the age rules don’t change, we plan to stay together and compete nationally.” Baram added, “It is such a good feeling to win. We are sending a lot of prayers to Todd. We love you, Todd.”

Anastasia Golubeva & Hector Giotopoulos Moore from Australia won the silver medal with 170.36 points after winning the Junior Final in December. In their short program to “Architect of the Mind” by Kerry Muzzey, the triple throw toe loop was excellent, five other elements at least good, but they missed the death spiral after he could not skate a correct entrance. He explained, “I feel my heel hit an edge and I slipped off my the edge and couldn't hold it.” In their free program to “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Louis Prima and to “Summertime” by Ella Fitzgerald, the two triple throws and the lifts were excellent, five other elements, including a triple Salchow, good and their twist a bit shaky. But Giotopoulos Moore fell on the third part of their jump combination which was planned a triple toe loop, another triple toe loop (which he singled) and a double toe loop. Giotopoulos Moore said, “This is amazing, we couldn’t be happier. I’m still shocked a bit. This is a huge achievement for us and we are very happy. Our next goal is going to Senior Worlds. I think we belong there.”

The Ukrainians Violetta Sierova & Ivan Khobta, who had been ninth at the European (senior) Championships in January, won bronze with 159.39 points. Lift and triple twist were excellent, the other elements good, including the double loop and the double throw Lutz. In their free program, the twist was excellent, most other elements good, only in their jump combination they were a bit out of sync. Khobta commented, “We are excited to represent Ukraine. We feel all the support of the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada and that gave us strength.” Sierova added, “I am so happy we did two clean programs.” After the beginning of the war last year they had fled with their coach from their country to Germany and will train for Senior Worlds there. In the last two weeks they had prepared for Junior Worlds with Bruno Marcotte in Oakville, Ontario.

Haruna Murakami & Sumitada Moriguchi from Japan mainly train with Bruno Marcotte in Canada and finished fourth with 154.71 points. Their spin and steps in the short program were outstanding, four other elements good and the death spiral only got the basic level. In their free program they made several small mistakes. Olympic Champion Bruno Massot’s French pair of Oxana Vouillamoz & Flavien Giniaux were second after a very good short program with a triple throw flip and an excellent reverse lasso lift. For the first time they had more than 60 points. But in the free they dropped to fifth place with 153.59 points after making three big mistakes on the triple throw and the jump combination. But they nevertheless made huge progress since last year when they had finished last at Junior Worlds with 103.92 points. 

Ava Kemp & Yonathan Elizarov from Canada placed sixth with 149.03 points. They made no real mistake in the short program, but Kemp fell on the triple throw Salchow in the free and the individual jumps were a bit shaky. The second U.S. pair of Naomi Williams & Lachlan Lewer of Colorado Springs, coached by Drew Meekins and Natalia Mishkutienok, is on seventh position with 145.05 points. They got the necessary minimum points for Junior Worlds at their very first international competition, the Bavarian Open in early February, where they won the junior event. In Calgary, their short program was without big mistakes, but Williams went down on the triple toe loop in the free and some other elements were a bit shaky. The second Canadian pair of Chloe Panetta & Kieran Thrasher finished eighth with 135.73 points, ahead of the Czech team of Barbora Kucianova & Lukas Vochozka (132.15 points) and the Chinese team of Yixi Yang & Shunyang Deng (131.97 points).

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12 October 2022 - The ISU announces that  the 2025 ISU World Figure Skating Championships will be held March 24-30, 2025, in Boston, MA.  As this will be the Championships that will in large part determine how many entries countries will be allowed at the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, interest in this event will be enhanced.

Worlds was last held in the United States in Boston in 2016, nine years earlier.  Prior to this Worlds were allocated to the U.S. every 6-7 year.

22 March 2022 - It was announced today that the 2022 Internationaux de France will be held in Angers, France.  Separately, there are rumors that Cup of China and Rostelcom Cup will not be a part of the 2022 Grand Prix, and competitions will instead beheld in Italy and Finland in their places.

Future Competitions

Feb 27 - Mar 05, 2023 - ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, Calgary, CAN

Mar 20 - 26, 2023 - ISU World Figure Skating Championships, Saitama, JPN

Apr 12 - 16, 2023 - World Team Trophy, Tokyo, JPN

2023-24 ISU Grand Prix

Event Location Date
Skate America TBD October 20–22
Skate Canada Vancouver October 27–29
Internationaux de France TBD November 3-5
Cup of China TBD November 10-12
TBD TBD November 17-19
NHK Trophy TBD November 24-26
Grand Prix Final TBD December 7-10

2023-24 Junior Grand Prix

August 23-26, 2022, Bangkok, THA

August 30 - September 2, 2022, Linz, AUT

September 6-9, 2022, Istanbul, TUR

September 13-16, 2022, Osaka, JPN

September 20-23, 2022, Budapest, HUN

September 27 - October 1, 2022, Gdansk, POL

October 4-7, 2022, Yerevan, ARM

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