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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:

2015 World Figure Skating Championships

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

Jan 25.  - Ashley Wagner declines her selection to the Four Continents Championships in order to focus on training for the World Championships.  She was replaced by Samantha Cesario.  “After further consideration, my coaches and I have decided to focus on my training for the World Championships,” Wagner said. “The U.S. Championships were a great event for me but were also physically and mentally taxing and I feel that the extra training time will benefit me going into Worlds.”

Jan. 25 - Skate Canada team assignments announced.

Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Nam Nguyen
Jeremy Ten
Liam Firus

Gabrielle Daleman
Alaine Chartrand
Véronik Mallet

Ice Dance
Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje
Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier
Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam

Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford
Lubov Ilyushechkina & Dylan Moscovitch
Kirsten Moore-Towers & Michael Marinaro

World Junior Figure Skating Championships

Roman Sadovsky
Nicolas Nadeau

Selena Zhao
Kim DeGuise-Léveillée

Ice Dance
Mackenzie Bent & Garrett MacKeen
Madeline Edwards & ZhaoKai Pang

Julianne Séguin & Charlie Bilodeau
Mary Orr & Phelan Simpson
Shalena Rau & Sébastien Arcieri

World Figure Skating Championships

Nam Nguyen
Jeremy Ten

Gabrielle Daleman
Alaine Chartrand

Ice Dance
Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje
Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier
Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam

Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford
Lubov Ilyushechkina & Dylan Moscovitch
Julianne Séguin & Charlie Bilodeau

Jan. 24 - Toller Cranston, six-time Canadian champion from 1971 to 1975 and Olympic bonze medalist, passed away at 65 years of age in San Miguel, Mexico where he had lived for many years.  He was also 1974 World bronze medalst , and silver medalist at the 1971 North American Championships, the last year that competition was held.

Cranston was a modern pioneer of artistic skating and in his later years earned renown as a painter.

Jan. 16 - Italian figure skater, and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Carolina Kostner has been banned for 16-months after Italian officials found her guilty of assisting ex-boyfriend Alex Schwazer in covering up his doping.

Kostner admitted she lied to officials when they arrived at her home looking for Schwazer so that he could provide a sample for a drug test.  She told them he was not around but claims that she did not know he was using performance-enhancing drugs.

Kostner is appealing the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and was quoted in the press saying "I lied on his request. But I never, never covered for him, because I had no idea what he was doing."

Ah, the things we do for love.

Dec. 4 - Gracie Gold (USA), withdraws from Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, due to a stress fracture in her left foot.  She will be replaced by Rika Hongo (JPN) who finished seventh in the Grand Prix standings.

Dec. 2 - Don Laws, distinguished American figure skating coach died of heart failure at age 85.  Laws was Junior champion in singles and dance, and was coach to notable skaters Scott Hamilton, Tiffany Chin, Michael Weiss and Patrick Chan.

Dec. 1 - Two-time Olympian David Santee, U.S. Figure Skating official and management  organizer and Anne Gerly and choreographer Ricky Harris are elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Their inductions will be held during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships held Jan. 17-25, 2015 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

March Competitions

11 - 15 Mar - Sportland Trophy, Budapest, Hungary

13 - 15 Mar - Coupe Printemps, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

22 - 24 Mar - 25th Gardena Spring Trophy, Selva Vai Gardena, Italy

23 - 29 Mar - World Championships - Shangahi, China

27 - 29 Mar - 10th Avas Cup, Miskolc, Hungary 

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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