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ISU European Figure Skating Championships

Jan 20 - Jan 26, 2020, Graz, AUT

ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Feb 03 - Feb 09, 2020, Seoul, KOR

ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships

Mar 02 - Mar 08, 2020, Tallinn, EST

ISU World Figure Skating Championships

Mar 16 - Mar 22, 2020,Montrιal, CAN


ISU European Figure Skating Championships

Jan 25 - Jan 31, 2021, Zagreb, CRO

ISU World Figure Skating Championships

Mar 22 - Mar 28, 2021, Stockholm, SWE

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World Junior Championships 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia


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Dance Event

Alysa Liu Stuns With Remarkable Technical Skill - In January, the skating world and the American public was stunned by Alysa Liu, the tiny 13 year-old California jumping jack who clinched the 2019 U.S. Senior Ladies title with her remarkable array of jumps (which included three triple Axels combined in the short and long programs), making 2019 a memorable Nationals on many fronts.

2019 Four Continents Championships

7-10 February 2019, Anaheim, CA, USA

2019 European Championships

Ladies Event

Men's Event

Pairs Event

Dance Event

Minsk Preview

2019 U.S. National Championships

18 - 27 January 2019, Detroit, MI

Detroit Wrap-up - Detroit Wows as Dynamic and Memorable U.S. Championships Host


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6 Feb. - Past U.S. Figure Skating president Franklin Nelson (6/2/1933 - 2/6/2019), died yesterday after along illness.

Nelson started his skating career in his home town of Tulsa, OK and continued it at the Skating Club of Boston, during college at Harvard.

He was President of U.S. Figure Skating from 1989-1992 and was the last president to also be a National Champion - Junior Dance 1955 with Sidney Foster. They were bronze medalists in senior in 1956 and went on to compete in the World Championships in 1956, where they placed seventh.

HHe served on the board of directors of U.S. Figure Skating for 10 years, Midewest Vice president 1980-1983, Dance Committee Chair 1975-1078, the first Chair of the USFS Sports Medicine Committee, and an original and long time member of the ISU Sports Medicine Committee, as well as an Honorary Member of USFS Board of Directors.

He was an ISU World Judge, judging International and World competitions, the Olympics Games in Sarajevo in 1984, team leader for the World Championships in 1973 and 1974, and team leader for the Olympics Games at Innsbruck 1976.

Nelson joined the U.S. Navy in 1956, studied at medical school and became a surgeon. He received his M.D. and A.B. from Harvard University.

He served on active duty for two intervals in the Navy, reaching the rank of Captain.  While president of U.S. Figure skating he served on active duty during the first Gulf War.

5 Feb. - U.S. Figure Skating announced the selection of the Ladies and Men's World Junior Team members.

Ting Cui
Hanna Harrell

Alternate 1 – Starr Andrews
Alternate 2 – Gabriella Izzo
Alternate 3 – Audrey Shin

Tomoki Hiwatashi
Alex Krasnozhon
Camden Pulkinen

Alternate 1 – Ryan Dunk
Alternate 2 – Andrew Torgashev
Alternate 3 – Dinh Tran

24 Jan. - U.S. Figure Skating announced the selection of Orleans Arena in Las Vegas as the host for 2019 Skate America, Oct. 18-20, 2019. The international event will be the first of six stops on the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series for 2019/20.

19 Jan. - Yesterday, John Coughlin, two-time U.S. Figure Skating pairs champion (2011, 2012) committed suicide.  Coughlin was under investigation by Safesport since March 2018 and suspended from involvement in  Figure Skating on17 Dec. 2018, rumored to be due to an accusation of a sexual violation with an underage female skater.

4 Jan. - The ISU Council has provisionally allotted the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2019 to the Federazione Italiana Sport del Ghiaccio (FISG). The Event is to be held on December 5-8, 2019 in the Palavela arena in Torino (ITA).

This will be the second time the Grand Prix Final has been held at the Palavela arena, site of the figure skating competition for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

March Competitions

Mar 02 - Mar 12, 2019, 29th Winter Universiade, Krasnoyarsk, RUS

Mar 04 - Mar 07, 2019, Triglav Trophy & Narcisa Cup, Jesenice, SLO

Mar 04 - Mar 10, 2019, ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, Zagreb, CRO

Mar 15 - Mar 17, 2019, Coupe de Printemps, Kockelscheuer, LUX

Mar 18 - Mar 24, 2019, ISU World Figure Skating Championships, Saitama City, JPN

Mar 28 - Mar 31, 2019, Egna Spring Trophy, Egna, ITA

April Competitions

Apr 01 - Apr 07, 2019, Inclusive Skating International Event, Glasgow, GBR

Apr 04 - Apr 06, 2019, Belgrade Trophy, Belgrade, SRB

Apr 11 - Apr 14, 2019, World Team Trophy, Fukuoka, JPN

Apr 19 - Apr 21, 2019, Rooster Cup, Courbevoie, FRA

May Competitions

May 15 - May 19, 2019, Oceania International Novice Figure Skating Competition, Melbourne, AUS

May 19 - May 25, 2019, ISU Adult Competition, Oberstdorf, GER

2019-2020 ISU Grand Prix

Event Location Date
Skate America Las Vegas, Nevada, United States October 18–20
Skate Canada Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada October 25–27
Internationaux de France Grenoble, France November 1–3
Cup of China Chongqing, China November 8–10
Rostelecom Cup ???, Russia November 15–17
NHK Trophy Sapporo, Japan November 22–24
Grand Prix Final Turin, Italy December 5–8
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