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News from the Southwest Pacific Region

Clubs of the SWP region are invited to send us news items for inclusion here.

(27 Jan 2015) The Escondido FSC has secured the Ice  Town Carlsbad rink as an official secondary rink for their club.  Escondido Ice-Plex will remain their primary rink.  Along with the addition of this rink, the club has changed its name to The North County Figure Skating Club. 


Feb. 14-15

Los Angeles FSC Adult Mid-Winter Open Championships

Artesia CA

Feb. 21 – 22


Feb. 28 – Mar. 1



Mar. 7 – 8


Mar.  15

Glacier Falls FSC Basic Skills and Showcase

Paramount CA

Mar. 20 – 22


Mar. 28 – 29



Apr. 3 – 4

OPEN (Easter Weekend)

Apr. 10 – 12

SC of Phoenix Fiesta Skate

Peoria AZ

Apr. 17 – 19


Apr. 24 – 26

La Jolla FSC Open Championships

La Jolla CA

Apr. 30 – 5/3

USFS Governing Council

Colorado Springs CO


May. 8 – 10

South Bay FSC Open Champs

Torrance CA

May. 15 – 17

Los Angeles FSC California Champs

Artesia CA

May 22 – 24


May. 29 – 31

All Year FSC Open Champs

Ontario CA


Jun. 6 – 7

Los Angeles FSC Showcase for Skaters

Burbank CA

Jun. 12 – 14


Jun. 19 – 21

So-Cal Interclub Open Championships

Paramount CA

Jun. 26 – 28

FSC of Southern California Open Championships

El Segundo CA


Jul. 3 – 5

OPEN (4th of July Weekend)

Jul. 10 – 12

Los Angeles FSC Open Champs

Burbank CA

Jul. 17 – 19

Coyotes SC of Arizona Cactus Classic

Scottsdale AZ

Jul. 24 – 26

Skate La Grande Championships

San Diego CA

Jul. 29 – Aug. 2

Glacier Falls FSC Summer Classic

Anaheim CA

Aug. 6 – 9



Aug. 14 -16

Desert FSC of Arizona Ice  Classic

Tempe AZ

Aug. 21 – 23

Orange County FSC Open Championships

Yorba Linda CA

Aug. 21 – 23

Flagstaff FSC Ice in the Pines

Flagstaff AZ

Aug. 28 – 30

North County FSC Hidden Valley Open Championships

Escondido CA


Sep. 3 – 6

All Year FSC Golden West Championships

Ontario CA

Sep. 11 – 13

Rim of the World FSC Open Championships

Paramount CA

Sep. 18 – 20

Pasadena FSC Open Championships

Pasadena CA

Sep. 25 – 27

So-Cal Inter-Club Invitational Series Final

Paramount CA


Oct. 2 – 4

Tri-Valley FSC West Coast Open Championships

Valencia CA

Oct. 10 – 13

2016 Southwest Pacific Regionals

Pasadena CA

Oct. 17 – 18


Oct. 24 – 25

Arrowhead FSC Open Championships

Ontario CA

Oct. 31 – Nov. 1



Nov. 7

SC of Phoenix Autumn Antics

Peoria AZ

Nov. 14 – 15


Nov. 18 – 22

2016 Pacific Coast Sectionals

Burbank CA

Nov. 28 – 29



Jan. 16 – 24, 2016

U.S. National Championships

St. Paul MN

Host cities for 2015/16 Qualifying Competition





North Atlantic

Lake Placid, N.Y.

Oct. 3-6, 2015


Independence, Mo.

Oct. 3-6, 2015

Central Pacific

San Jose, Calif.

Oct. 3-6, 2015

Northwest Pacific


Oct. 10-13, 2015

Upper Great Lakes

Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

Oct. 10-13, 2015

Southwest Pacific

Pasadena, Calif.

Oct. 10-13, 2015

South Atlantic

Aston, Pa.

Oct. 17-20, 2015

New England

Burlington, Vt.

Oct. 17-20. 2015

Eastern Great Lakes

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Oct. 17-20, 2015



Simsbury, Conn.

Nov. 18-22, 2015


Cleveland, Ohio

Nov. 18-22, 2015

Pacific Coast

Burbank, Calif.

Nov. 18-22, 2015

2014 Glacier Falls Summer Classic IJS Results

2014 Glacier Falls Summer Classic 6.0 Results

  In the News:

Press Conference Audio for 2015 World Team Trophy after Day 3 (10:07, in English, Japanese and Russian, with English translations)

Press Conference Audio for 2015 World Team Trophy after Day 2 (08:04, in English, Japanese and Russian, with English translations)

Press Conference Audio for 2015 World Team Trophy after Day 1  (11:11, in English, Japanese and Russian, with English translations)

Team captains from U.S., Japan and Russia talk about the first day of skating.

(Audio edited to remove dead time, translations to Japanese, moderator comments)

2015 World Figure Skating Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Inductees form largest class since 1993

Russian Olympic champions Artur Dmitriev and pairs partners Natalia Mishkutionok and Oksana Kazakova lead a class of eight new inductees to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Also elected was Italy’s Sonia Bianchetti Garbato, who joins "Legends" June Markham and Doreen Denny of Great Britain, Austria’s Eduard Engelmann Jr. and Great Britain’s Henry Eugene Vandervell, who both are honored posthumously.

Dmitriev, a three-time Olympic medalist, is the only man to win two Olympic gold medals in pairs with different partners. Dmitriev and Mishkutionok won the 1992 Olympic gold medal competing for the Unified Team and the 1994 Olympic silver medal competing for Russia. Dmitriev and Mishkutionok are two-time World champions (1991, 1992) and two-time European champions (1991, 1992). After Mishkutionok retired in 1994, Dmitriev paired with Kazakova, whose injured leg caused them to miss much of their first season. Dmitriev and Kazakova returned strong in the 1995-96 season, winning the 1996 European Championships, and were fifth at the World Championships.  They placed third at the 1997 World Championships and in 1998 won the Olympic gold medal competing for Russia.

Bianchetti Garbato will be inducted for her outstanding contributions in a nonathletic role. She served as a member and chairman of the International Skating Union’s Figure Skating Committee from 1967 to 1988 and was an ISU Council member from 1988 to 1992. Bianchetti Garbato was the first female referee at an ISU championship, the first woman elected to the ISU Figure Skating Technical Committee, the first female chair of the tech committee and the first woman to be elected to the ISU Council. Bianchetti Garbato was a judge at every Olympic Winter Games from 1964 to 1988.

The hall's Legends Committee, which considers contributions in 1960 and prior, selected British ice dancers Markham and Denny, Austria’s Engelmann Jr. (1864-1944), and Great Britain’s Vandervell (1824-1908).

Markham and Denny were partners of 1986 hall-of-famer Courtney Jones, Markham in 1956 through 1958, and Denny in 1959 through 1961.  Each won two World championships with Jones,  Markham in 1957 and 1958, and Denny in 1959 and 1960.  Markhan and Jones won the 1961 European Championships, but did not compete at the World Championships which were cancelled due to the crash of the U.S. World Team flight on the way to Prague that year.

Engelmann, a three-time European champion (1892-94), invented the outdoor artificial ice rink in Vienna in 1909, which forever changed the sport.

Engelmann studied engineering at the Vienna University of Technology, specializing in railway engineering. In 1909, he built the first outdoor artificial ice rink, which was established as an ice rink by his father Eduard Engelmann Sr. in Vienna. Prior to that time a few artificial rinks had been built indoors, often associated with ice manufacturing plants.  In 1912 he built what was at the time the largest artificial ice rink in Europe. The rink was improved on in later years and by 1932 the ice rink covered 3,000 square meters. (An Olympic size ice rink is about 1,800 square meters.)  He built another rink in Budapest in 1922.

 Engelmann had three children, all of whom became ice skaters, one of whom (Helene) was 1924 Olympic Pairs Champion, and another (Christine) married Austrian champion Karl Schaefer.  Schaefer began skating on the original Engelmann rink, and after WW II he participated in rebuilding the rink, which had been destroyed during the war.

Vandervell authored the influential book A System of Figure-Skating in 1869 with co-author T. Maxwell Witham, who were members of the London Skating Club, and is credited with establishing proficiency tests which marked the first step toward the test structures still employed today.  Covering the early history of skating as known at the time, this book describes the English Style and practices of skating, and the early development of figures.  Ultimately, these figures were to form the basis for the British figure tests that were later adopted by the ISU after its formation in 1892.  The English style of skating was ultimately replaced by the International style developed by Jackson Haines in the 1870s.

2015 World Figure Skating Championships

Three World Titles go to Europe in Shanghai

It was somewhat surprising, but three of the four 2015 World titles went to Europe. A lot has been said about the shift in attention to Asia, but actually the Asians were not the top favorites in Ladies, Pairs and Dance – only in the Men, but in the end a Spaniard triumphed. China hosted a World Figure Skating Championship for the first time and had chosen an excellent facility with the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai. There were a few glitches in the organization and hassles such as complicated visa applications, unreliable internet connections, a little exaggerated security measures and some single-handed actions of the local organizing committee, but this didn’t affect the overall positive impression of the event plus the level was very high at least at the top in all four categories. It was a big plus that the Oriental Sports Center was full every day, even for the morning sessions, and overall 125,000 spectators attended the events.



Protocol Supplement (Only on ISIO.  Music selections, time lists, planned program content, exhibition schedule and music)

2015 World Junior Championships

Glimpse of the future at Junior Worlds in Tallinn

The ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships are always an interesting glimpse into the future of the sport. However, success in juniors doesn’t necessarily lead to success at the senior level – and vice versa. Kazakhstan’s Denis Ten for example, the 2013 World silver and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, never even made the podium at Junior Worlds. On the other hand, many World Junior Champions never made it to the Olympic Games.

So it will be interesting in a few years to look back at the World Junior Championships 2015 in Tallinn and to see what became of the champions.

The cozy Estonian capital hosted Junior Worlds for the first time, but after the European Championships in 2010 and several Junior Grand Prix events, the Federation is very experienced and the competition run smoothly. The Tondibara ice rink has opened only last summer is an excellent facility that has a main rink and practice rink as well as two ice sheets for curling (practice and competition) under one roof. The World Junior Curling Championships took place at the same time – a great idea actually and the young athletes had the chance to get to know another sport. So figure skaters cheered for curlers and curlers came to cheer for figure skaters.

A total of 163 skaters from 42 countries competed in Tallinn, a little less than one year ago. The level in the Ladies, Men’s and Ice Dance was very good, but something has to be done to support pair skating more. Lowering the minimum score as some officials suggest doesn’t solve the problem. Pair skating needs to be developed in more countries. 

Russia and Asia Dominate Junior Ladies
Shoma Uno Takes Men’s Gold
China’s Yu/Jin Win Predictable Pairs Event
Yanovskaya & Mozgov Crown Junior Career with Gold

2015 Four Continents Championships

North Americans Dominate Dance Event
Canadians Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford Again Golden
Historic Victory for Denis Ten
Polina Edmunds Upsets Favorites, Takes Gold

2015 European Championships

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron from France are the New European Ice Dance Champions - After their success in the last few months, it was no big surprise that Gabriella Papadakis (18) and Guillaume Cizeron (20) from France are the new European ice dance champions with 179.97 points. At European championships, the points are given in the same level as at Worlds and not as inflated as at many national competitions. Therefore the points of the winners cannot be compared with the points for Chock & Bates or Weaver & Poje at their national championships. The meteoric rise of this season’s French shooting stars continued. They are only in their second senior season. At their first Junior Grand Prix five years ago they were last and at their first Junior Worlds in 2010 only 22nd.  At last season’s European championships they were 15th and at the World championships in Japan they took the 13th place.
Fernandez Wins Third European Title - For the third time in a row, Javier Fernandez from Spain took the title of a European champion, this time with 262.49 points. The bronze medal winner of the last two World championships had had a small injury on his left foot a week before the championships during an off-ice training session, but he said it did prevent him from training only for a few days.
Russian Ladies Sweep Europeans Podium - Eliziveta Tuktamysheva confirmed her comeback this season with a brilliant performance at the European championship in Stockholm and won with 210.40 points, the highest number of points she has ever gotten.
Russia Sweeps Pairs Podium, Kavaguti & Smirnov Take Gold - Like in the ladies competition there was a Russian sweep, but nevertheless there was a surprise. Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, the favorites, did not win. Instead, European champions in 2015 are Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov from St. Petersburg, long time students of legendary Tamara Moskvina, with 207.67 points, five years after their last victory at European championships.

2015 U.S. National Championships

Grand Prix Final a Great Success - The Grand Prix Final took place in Barcelona, Spain from December 10 to 14. I had never attended a Grand Prix Final before, nor I had been in Barcelona. I must say it was definitely a great week. Barcelona is a wonderful city and the Spanish people very friendly and full of life.  By Sonia Bianchetti.
Russia Dominates 2014 Grand Prix, Sends Nine Entries to Final
Gymnastics Questions Code of Points, Laments Loss of Artistry - When IJS was first being forced down everyone's throat ... no, no, "introduced" ... it was repeatedly pointed out that gymnastics was going down the same road adopting a "code of points' scoring system, to show just what a good mainstream idea IJS was.
Since then, gymnastics has experienced the same problems that have befallen skating due to using a code of points scoring system.  But while the ISU remains steadfast in embracing a system that has done more harm than good, gymnastics appears to be wising up and willing to admit it made some mistakes and make changes.
Numbers Tell All, Skating is Back in the Center Spotlight

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Apr 22 - Report from a coach contact - "Just got word this morning from a coach's prayer group that Paul Wylie has suffered a serious heart attack and is in a drug induced coma. Please send any good thoughts and prayers right now for Paul and his young family."

Later today Kate Wylie released the statement "Paul experienced an unexpected heart abnormality while exercising with friends early Tuesday morning. He is currently being cared for by Charlotte’s best cardiac physicians. He is resting comfortably as we wait for the outcome of the tests and a treatment plan is put in place."

Apr 2. - U.S. Figure Skating announced the eight athletes who will represent Team USA at the 2015 ISU World Team Trophy April 16-19 in Tokyo.

 World Team Trophy features the six best figure skating teams of the 2014-15 season, consisting of Canada, China, France, Japan, Russia and the United States.

Gracie Gold
Ashley Wagner

Max Aaron
Jason Brown

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim

Madison Chock and Evan Bates

Each team consists of two ladies, two men, one pairs team and one ice dance team. Each skater will receive points based on placements in the short program/dance and free skate/dance. The points will be combined across the four disciplines and the team with the highest point total will win.

Apr 1. -  Team Russia is the top qualifier for the 2015 ISU World Team Trophy followed by the USA, Japan, Canada, France and China. The teams ranked 1 to 6 in the ISU World Team Standings qualified for the event.

Team Russia qualified with 8517 points. Team USA collected 7641 points while Japan earned 6543 points. Canada has 6400 points, France got 4993 points and China qualified with 4368 points.  The names of the competitors of each team will be announced by each country.

The ISU World Team Trophy format is based on a competition consisting of the six best national teams from ISU Members with a special provision for the host ISU Member to be included. Each team will be composed of two Men, two Ladies, one Pair Skating couple and one Ice Dance couple, i.e. a total of eight skaters per team.

The teams qualify based on a scoring scale used for the ISU World Standing points scored by its best two Ladies and best two Men as well as its best Pairs Skating couple and best Ice Dance couple primarily at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events and Final of the 2014/15 season and the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2015 plus possibly the ISU European Figure Skating Championships/ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2015, the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2015 and ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in the 2014/15 season.

The teams will compete for a total prize money of 1,000,000 US$, made available by the organizing ISU Member, Japan Skating Federation.

Mar 28.  - At the Men's final press conference Javier Fernandez reveals the Grand Prix Final in 2015 will be returning to Barcelona.

April Competitions

3 - 5 Apr - FBMA Trophy, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emerites

4 - 6 Apr - Rostelcom Crystal Skate, Saransk City, Russia

10 - 12 Apr - Hmar Trophy, Hamar, Norway

16 - 19 Apr - ISU World Team Trophy, Tokyo, Japan

16 - 19 Apr - Triglav Trophy & Narcisa Cup, Jesenice, Slovenia

23 - 26 Apr - Rooster Cup, Courbevoie, France

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