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Oct. 30 - Rachael Flatt announces she will not compete for the remainder of the 2012/13 season in order to recover from her right leg/ankle injury and to pursue her academic goals.
Oct. 20 - Japanese Men sweep Men's event at Skate America.
Oct. 19 - 2012-13 ISU Grand Prix series begins with Skate America in Kent, Washington.
Oct. 12 - Anna Pogorilaya and Leah Keiser qualify for Junior Grand Prix Final in last event of series. Courtney Hicks drops out of top six in series standings; is second alternate for final.
Oct. 10 - Even Lysacek withdraws from 2012 Skate America with groin injury. Replaced by Armin Mahbanoozadeh.
Photo courtesy U.S. Figure Skating
Oct. 9 - Miki Ando withdraws from Grand Prix assignments. Cites lack of coach. Says 2013-14 season will be her last.
Nov. 30 - Christina Gao will compete at the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final next week in Sochi, Russia. As first alternate, Gao was invited to the Grand Prix Final after Russia's Julia Lipnitskaia withdrew due to injury.
Nov. 29 - U.S. Figure Skating announces that the 2015 National Figure Skating Championships will be held Jan. 18-25, 2015, at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC and the 2016 Championships will be held in St. Paul, MN Jan. 16-24, 2016, at Xcel Energy Center.
Nov. 22 - Evan Lysacek had successful surgery Tuesday (Nov. 21) to repair a torn muscle in his lower abdomen, commonly referred to as a sports hernia. The surgery was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Craig Smith. The sports hernia was diagnosed during a recent assessment of a groin injury Lysacek has sought treatment for since the summer.
Lysacek is expected to be off the ice for approximately six weeks. Upon returning to the ice, he will be evaluated on a weekly basis. Lysacek’s goal continues to be to compete at the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Omaha, Neb., Jan. 20-27, 2013. As the current Olympic Champion, Lysacek has a bye to the U.S. Championships.
Should Lysacek compete and make the U.S. World Team, he currently lacks the minimum TES needed to compete in an ISU Championship this season.
Nov. 14 - We learned today that Gérard Chataigneau, photographer and publisher of the annual Canadian figure skating calendar died from a massive heart attack on Monday. In addition to the calendar, Gérard provided photography for several books on figure skating and other publications. Gérard had a great love for figure skating and a joy for capturing the beauty of figure skating with his photography. He was the source of many photographs that fans have enjoyed of their favorite skaters over the years. Private services will be held for Gérard on Friday in Mississauga. He was born in Limoges, France on December 2nd, 1944.
Nov. 12 - Mirai Nagasu replaces Polina Shelepen at NHK trophy.
Nov. 10 - Johnny Weir withdraws from Rostelcom Cup after placing 10th in Short Program, the ISU originally citing a hip injury. Later reports from Russian media identify aggravating an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury.
Dec. 18 - The Japanese pair team of Narumi Takahashi & Marvin Tran, who won the bronze medal at the 2012 World Championships announced their breakup. Takahashi has been injured which prevented the team from competing thus far this season. Both skaters will be seeking new partners.
Dec. 18 - Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje will miss the upcoming 2013 Canadian Figure Skating Championships.
Weaver broke her left fibula near the ankle in training on Dec. 14 at their Bloomfield Hills, MI training site, the Detroit Skating Club. She will undergo surgery in Toronto, Ont. later today.
“We really appreciate all of the support of our followers and fans. We wanted to wait until we were sure of the situation, and all the implications before we confirmed what had happened,” said Kaitlyn Weaver. “Andrew and I will definitely keep you posted on the results of the surgery and the progress as the weeks unfold.”
Dec. 17 - Three-time U.S. Champion Rudy Galindo and choreographer Lori Nichol have been elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. The induction will be held in conjunction with the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships Jan. 20-27 in Omaha, Neb. Galindo also won U.S. pairs titles with Kristi Yamaguchi in 1989 and 1990.
Nichol is renowned for crafting artistic and technically difficult programs. She choreographed 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek’s programs. Nichol’s choreography credits include eight Olympic medals and 30 World medals. She also will be inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame.
“Rudy Galindo and Lori Nichol’s contributions to the sport of figure skating are deserving of inclusion to the U.S. Hall of Fame,” said Larry Mondschein, chair of the hall’s nominating committee. “In addition, both continue to contribute to our sport. As a coach, Rudy is training a new generation of athletes, while Lori remains one of the most recognizable and respected choreographers in the world.”
- 2010 Olympic figure skating champion Yu-na Kim made a return to competition after
a 20-month absence, competing at the NRW Trophy in Dortmund, Germany.
Kim earned 72.27 points in the short program and 129.34 points in the free
program, winning her event with a total score of 201.61 points. She
secured the minimum technical scores (28 for the short
Dec. 8. - U.S. Champion Ashley Wagner has withdraw from Sunday’s Exhibition program at the Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia, after sustaining an injury to her left hip and right knee when falling badly on the second jump in a sequence of triple loop to double Axel, which was her eighth of 12 moves. She went down hard but bravely continued her Free routine. She had been second going into the long but dropped to fourth overall.
Dec 7. - Johnny Weir, a two-time Olympian and three-time U.S. champion, announced today he will end his season after deciding not to compete at the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Omaha, Neb.
Weir did not compete for two seasons after the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Last January, he announced his intention to return to competitive figure skating. He received two ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series assignments this fall, but withdrew due to a hip injury after the short program Nov. 10 at Rostelecom Cup in Moscow. He also withdrew from Trophée Eric Bompard in Paris the following week. Weir began the season with a fourth-place finish at 2012 Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland.
“It is with deep regret that I announce my withdrawal from the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships,” Weir said. “Since my return to competition this fall, I have worked very hard to compete this season with many obstacles and detours, but I made good on my promise to return to competition and I am very proud of that. My performances so far have not been to my satisfaction and, combined with the stress of competing, I feel that I need to take a step back, prepare more and be ready for the Olympic season beginning next fall.”
Dec 5. - John Coughlin, the 2012 U.S. pairs champion with partner Caydee Denney, is recovering after having successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The surgery was performed in Vail, Colo., by Dr. Marc Philippon.
Coughlin’s rehabilitation will take place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. No exact timetable has been set for his return to practice.
The acetabular labrum is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the socket of the hip joint. Its function is to deepen the hip socket, making it more difficult for the head of the femur to slip out of place.
Elite athletes in other sports who have had this surgery have taken two to six months to recover. Singles skater Alissa Czisny is currently recovering from the same type surgery earlier this year.
Jan 31 - Evgeny Plushenko has artificial spinal disk replacement surgery in Israel, and will not compete at the 2013 World Championships.
Jan 25 - Alissa Czisny, a two-time U.S. champion, underwent successful surgery to repair damage in the joint capsule of her left hip caused by a hip dislocation. Czisny dislocated her hip on Jan. 12, while performing her free skate at the 2013 Fox Cities Invitational in Appleton, Wis.
The surgery was performed in Nashville by Dr. J.W. Thomas Byrd, who has served as a physician for the U.S. Olympic Team and the Tennessee Titans. Czisny will be off the ice for approximately six weeks.
Jan 24 - Evgeni Plushenko withdraws from the European Championships after sixth place finish in Short Program.
Jan 21 - Skate Canada announces partial World Team
Jan 20 - A leading Russian pair, Vera Bazarova & Yuri Larionov, who won silver last year in the European championships behind Russia's top pair, Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov, have withdrawn from this year's European Championships.
After finishing second to Volosozhar & Trankov in the Grand Prix Final in December, they withdrew from their recent national championship citing his broken skate blade. The reason given for them withdrawing from the Europeans is his hand injury which prevents them executing lifts.
They have been replaced by Ksenia Stolbova & Fedor Klimov, who took bronze in Russian nationals, and were third in last year's European championships.
Jan 20 - Isabelle Tobias and her ice dance partner, Devidas Stagnius, who train with Igor Shpilband in Novi, Michigan, have withdrawn from the European championships in Zagreb, which open with a day of practice on Monday, due to his back problem.
On their Facebook, they revealed they had just been snubbed by the Lithuanian government, who ruled that Tobias met none of the requirements for her to receive a Lithuanian passport, which was necessary for them to compete in next year's Olympics. They finished ninth in the European Championships last year.
They wrote that they are devastated. His previous partnership, with American born partner, Katherine Copely, ended after Copely refused to give up her American passport to apply for Lithuanian citizenship before the last Winter Olympics.
Jan 18 - Evan Lysacek
Lysacek had surgery in November to repair a sports hernia, and has been training in southern California with Frank Carroll and Karen Kwan-Oppegard.
“It’s disappointing because health-wise I’m fine,” Lysacek said. “Due to the long layoff from the surgery I still need about three more weeks to get back into competition form. The good news is I am finally healthy, back to a full training schedule and already working hard to be ready for next season to defend my Olympic title at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.”
Jan 17 - The French Association yesterday announced that Natalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat, who train at the Detroit Skating Club, will not defend their European Championship ice dance title they won the past two years, due to his injury incurred in the United States on January 9. The event begins on Wednesday.
In a Press release, the French Federation said that Pechalat will be in Zagreb as a team captain but that Bourzat would stay in the French city of Lyons having physio-therapy for a torn right leg adductor. The French Association believes he will be fit for Worlds in March.
Pechalat, 29, and Bourzat, 32, are ranked third in the world behind the current champion, Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, CAN, and Meryl Davis & Charlie White, USA.
Jan 14 - Alissa Czisny withdraws for the 2013 U.S. National Championships. Czisny, who had been recovering from surgery on her left hip last summer, dislocated her left hip in her first competition since the surgery, which was also her first competition since the 2012 World Championships.
Jan 10 - Genrikh Sretenski appeared in Essex County Court in Elizabethtown, NY and entered a guilty plea on the reduced charge of endangering the welfare of a child. He was sentenced to one year in jail, fined and ordered to pay a court-imposed surcharge. The prison sentence was conditionally discharged, so he will avoid prison time as long as he fulfills the conditions of his probation. A final order of protection was issued for the victim.
February - March 2013
Mar 26 - Skate Canada announces team members for their entry in World Team Trophy competition in April.
Mar 25 - Skate Canada announces Benoît Lavoie will not seek reelection as president of Skate Canada at the end of his current term in May.
Mar 25 - U.S. Figure Skating announces 2013 Skate America will be held in Detroit, MI.
Mar 23 - Russian skater Polina Shelepen announces she will compete for Israel next season. This will disqualify her from competing in the Grand Prix next season and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Mar 21 - ISU warns skaters and officials not to participate in unsanctioned competition in Dubai.
ISU Office Holders
Participation in International Competitions not sanctioned by the ISU
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Please be reminded that participation as a Competitor or Official in an International Skating Competition not sanctioned by the ISU will result in the loss of ISU eligibility. Please refer in particular but not limited to ISU General Regulations, Rule 102, paragraphs 1.b) & 2 and Rule 109, paragraph 1.
In this regard, please note that the 2013 Golden Cup of Dubai on April 26-27, 2013 is not organized by an ISU Member and therefore is not sanctioned by the ISU. ISU Members should therefore refrain from entering Competitors and Officials into this competition.
With kind regards
Mar 20 - U.S. Figure Skating announces members of team members for U.S. entry in World Team Trophy competition in April.
Feb 3 - Yesterday we were at the Lake Arrowhead training center wondering why Adam Rippon was not skating, preparing for the Four Continents Championships.
Today we learned the reason. Rippon injured his foot and will not be competing at 4C. Ricky Dornbush is his replacement and will be leaving for Osaka Monday. Dornbush placed sixth at the recent U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
About his selection for Four Continents Ricky told us, "I would just like to say that although my selection was not made in an ideal way, that I am very grateful for the opportunity to compete at the Four Continent Championships. I wish Adam the speediest of recoveries with his injury."
April - June 2013
Jun 25 - Ashley Wagner announces her coaching team this season will consist of Rafael Arutyunyan and John Nicks.
Jun 13 - Sean Rabbitt will be off the ice for the next 6 to 8 weeks.
Jun 10 - The following competitions are allocated by the ISU
May 3 - Frank Carroll has been offered a contract to return to the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, CA from his current location in Cathedral City, CA, beginning 1 June. He will be bringing with him Denis Ten and Evan Lysacek once the contract is signed.
Apr 28 - Tiffany Vise & Don Baldwin announce they are retiring from competitive skating, but will continue together as a team performing in ice shows and coaching in Scottsdale, AZ, their current home base for skating.
Apr 25 - Ashley Wagner announces that her principal coach, John Nicks, will no longer be travelling with her to competitions in the future, and she is seeking additional coaching support for that role.
July - September 2013
Sep. 30 - Evan Lysacek reveals at USOC Media Summit he has a torn labrum and will not compete at Skate America.
Lysacek has not competed since his gold medal performance at the Vancouver Olympics, and like last season is running out of chances to earn the qualifying points needed to compete in ISU competition this season.
The Lysacek comeback train seems all but derailed at this point.
Sep. 25 - Gracie Gold announced she has officially commenced training with Frank Carroll at the Toyota Center in El Segundo, CA. With this announcement, three of the top four ladies in the U.S. now train in in Southern California.
Sep. 18 - After a dismal attempt at a comeback last season, it is confirmed that Johnny Weir did not enter U.S. Figure Skating Qualifying competition this season and will not be competing for a place on the Olympic Team at 2014 Nationals. Put a fork in him. He's done.
Sep. 14 - Gracie Gold announced she is in the process of making coaching changes with the following statement:
“I ended my professional relationship with coach Alex Ouriashev three weeks ago. Since then, I have continued my training with Oleg Epstein and Marina Zoueva in Canton, Mich. Scott Brown and Marina came with me to the 2013 U.S. International Classic.
"Next week I will work with Frank Carroll in Los Angeles. I plan to announce my full coaching team soon.”
Sep. 3 - Xue Shen, 34, & Hongbo Zhao, 40, the reigning Olympic champions, became the proud parents of a baby girl early today. Zhao is now the head coach for the Chinese pairs headed for Sochi.
Aug. 31 - The Ice Castle International Training Center in Blue Jay, CA closed its doors today. The training center, which has hosted skaters such as Michelle Kwan, Mao Asada, Jeffrey Buttle, Evan Lysacek, Denis Ten, and more recently Ashley Wagner, Adam Rippon and Nathan Chen, closed after giving coaches and skaters two weeks notice on August 15. Owner Anthony Liu will continue operating a second facility in Cathedral City, CA. Coach Rafael Arutyunyan and his students will be moving to the Kwan rink in Artesia, CA.
Aug. 12 - The U.S. Figure Skating Board of Directors met August 5th and derailed an attempt by Ron Pfenning to be reinstated at the ISU. Requests for reinstatement at the ISU must go through a member federation and the USFSA Board voted not to advance Pfenning's request for reinstatement to the ISU Council.
Goes to show how skating is long on memory and short on forgiveness. Hang a sign on skating's front door, "Prodigal Sons Not Welcome Here."
October - December 2013
Dec. 25 - Yevgeny Plushenko, after finishing second in the 2014 Russian Nationals in Sochi, still hopes to compete in the Olympic team event.
But that is contrary to the rules. If a country has earned only one competitor for a section of the team event, which is true for Russia in the Men's event, they may not substitute another person for the team event.
However, the skating great, who had lain first after a superior short program, but did not present the difficulty needed to win the Free, seems to believe that doesn’t apply to him. After being presented the silver medal in nationals, which were held in the Sochi Iceberg Skating Palace, Plushenko said he will not contest the individual competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
"I think that I will select the team event and cede my spot in the Men's competition to a young athlete," the R-Sport news agency quoted Plushenko as saying on the sidelines of the Russian championships in Sochi. The champion is Maxim Kovtun, 18.
Dec. 19 - After more than 25 years of waiting and speculation, Brian Boitano finally comes out of the closet. (Yawn)
Nov. 21 - Alisa Czisny withdraws from Midwestern Sectional Championships due to an incompletely healed hip injury. Czisny was undone by a torn labrum in her left hip, for which she had surgery in June 2012 and subsequently dislocated in January 2013. Withdrawing prevents her from qualifying to compete at the 2013 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships where the U.S. team will be selected for the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Nov. 13 - Plushenko out of Moscow Grand Prix. After easily winning the recent Volvo Cup in Riga, last weekend Evgeni Plushenko, the 31-year-old 2006 Olympic gold medalist who earned silver in 2002 & 2010, is injured yet again and has withdrawn from next week's Grand Prix next week.
The Volvo Cup was his first competition since pulling out of the European Championship in January due to injury. This time, the problem is pain in his left knee. His coach, Alexei Mishin, said, "Zhenya consulted with doctors and they said he had to reduce the load he puts on the knee. He is allowed to skate but no jumping, which will just exacerbate the pain. Pain is a warning to any athlete." It is not clear when he will be able to compete again.
Nov. 12 -Ross Miner, the reigning U.S. silver medalist, has withdrawn from 2013 Trophée Eric Bompard due to a right ankle sprain.
Oct. 12 - A Russian news source has reported pair skater Alexander Smirnov, who competes with Yuko Kawaguchi, has ruptured his patellar tendon and is out of the Olympics.
Their coach, Tamara Moskvina, explained that the pair were taking part in an event in St. Petersburg that was their first outing of the season. They were expecting to make the Olympic team but the recovery time from this injury is from two to six months or longer.
The pair was fourth in the last Olympics. Kawaguchi was born in Japan but gave up her citizenship to become Russian.
Oct. 9 - Agnes Zawadzki announced today she has commenced training with coach Tom Zakrajsek. She will continue to train at the World Arena Ice Hall in Colorado Springs.
Zawadzki has worked with Christy Krall for the last two seasons, during which she won a pair of U.S. bronze medals and finished in the top five at three Grand Prix Series events.
“I’m excited to be working with Tom again. I feel we have done great work together and that I was at my most consistent competitively when working with him,” Zawadzki said. “Christy helped me improve artistically as a skater and renewed my love of the sport. She is a great woman and coach, and I thank her for everything she has done for me.”
Oct. 2 - Today's Finnish papers all have stories on Kiira Korpi, the photogenic blonde beauty, who has been Finnish champion for four of the last five years. The very graceful skater, who turned 25 a few days ago, shed tears before journalists in Helsinki while announcing she was pulling out of the Finlandia Trophy, due to ongoing problems with her left Achilles Tendon. She won this event back in 2006, and had earned silver for the past two years. The event runs Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
Korpi was not able to compete last week in Germany in the Secondary Olympic Qualifying event in Oberstdorf. Her Finnish replacement, Juulia Turkkila, succumbed to nerves, finishing only 19th of 35 in the SP and 13th in the FS, which put her 14th overall. That meant Finland is second reserve for an Olympic women's entry. If two other qualified countries decline to send an entry to Sochi, the berth will go to Finland.
Korpi has competed in the past two Olympic Games finishing 16th in 2006 and 11th in 2010. However, she said, "I want to get the feeling that I've reached my maximum and that hasn't happened yet. I've had problems with my Tendon before and I had an infection in the spring. Three weeks ago, MRI scans revealed a partial tear. I don't need surgery, just rehabilitation. My dreams just crashed but the specialist said maybe I can go back to training in December."
She had been set to unveil her routines, "A Day in the Life" by the Beatles for the SP choreographed by Jeff Buttle, and "Once Upon a Time in America" choreographed by Shae Lynn Bourne for the FS.
January - March 2014
Mar. 25 - U.S. Figure Skating announced the selection of Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill. (suburban Chicago), as the host venue for 2014 Skate America Competition.
Mar. 20 - Caydee Denney & John Coughlin, the reigning U.S. pairs bronze medalists, withdraw from the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships due to an injury to Denney’s right ankle, sustained injury Wednesday in practice. She is expected to resume training in 8-12 weeks.
Felicia Zhang & Nathan Bartholomay, first alternates to the U.S. World Team, will compete in their place. The team most recently placed 12th at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games after winning the U.S. silver medal in January.
Mar 14 - World Figure Skating Hall of Fame (WFSHF)announces Canadian choreographer Lori Nichol and Switzerland’s Denise Biellmann as this year’s inductees to the Hall, based in Colorado Springs, CO.
In making the announcement, the WFSHF nominating chair, Lawrence Mondschein, said “I am thrilled to have two outstanding additions to the World Hall of Fame. Lori Nichol is a choreographic genius who for well over a decade has, and continues to be, an inspiration to all who have been touched by her work. Denise Biellmann, the first Swiss woman to be inducted into the hall, perfected one of the most admired spins in all of figure skating.”
Mar 4 The U.S. roster for the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan from March 24-30, 2014, has been updated to reflect the retirement of Ice Dancers Meryl Davis & Charlie White
The retirement of Davis & White after wining the Gold medal in the Dance event in Sochi was expected.
"Now that we've had some time at home to discuss our plan for the rest of the season, we've decided not to compete in the 2014 World Championships,” Davis said. “We're extremely pleased to have capped-off this Olympic cycle with our performances at the Olympic Games.”
“We feel that our incredibly positive Olympic experience is the culmination of and perfect ending to a wonderful four-year cycle,” White said. “We will leave our options open for the future and are excited to cheer on our American teammates as they compete in Japan."
Alexandra Aldridge & Daniel Eaton, the second alternates for the U.S. World Team, will represent The U.S. at the World Championships. Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue were the first alternates but will not compete due to a torn labrum in Hubbell’s left hip. She is expected to have it surgically repaired this week.
Mar. 3 - The Canadian roster for the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan from March 24-30, 2014:
The Canadian team for the 2014 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, March 10-16, 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria:
Jan. 27 - Evgeny Plushenko passes test skate, named to Russian Olympic team.
Jan. 10- Evgeny Plushenko has a change of heart and now says he wants to compete at Sochi, may be late entry at European Championships.
April - December 2014
Oct. 28 - Josua Farris (USA, withdraws from Cup of China. No substitute has yet been named to the competition.
Oct. 27 - Kevin Reynolds (CAN) withdraws from Skate Canada International. He will be replaced by Andrei Rogozine (CAN)
Aug. 22 - Two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time world champion, Patrick Chan plans to return to the competitive figure skating for the 2015-2016 season. After some down time over the summer, Chan has developed a new free program, although he doesn’t plan to unveil it in international competition until next year’s ISU Grand Prix season.
“My goal is to return to a full competitive schedule after this year,” said Chan. “I am proud of my accomplishments in Sochi and my world championship titles, but I do feel that there is still more that I can achieve. I will return to competition having learned new ways of training and preparing from this year off.”
Aug. 22 - U.S. Figure Skating has signed Frank Carroll to provide services and support for U.S. Figure Skating’s performance enhancement and tracking program.
“U.S. Figure Skating is excited to have this legendary coach mentor and share his wealth of knowledge with U.S. Figure Skating’s premier coaches and athletes,” said David Raith, executive director at U.S. Figure Skating. “Frank Carroll’s expertise and services will be available to our elite athletes and coaches as they embark on the next quadrennium.”
Carroll’s primary focus will be to mentor U.S. Figure Skating’s Team USA and International Selection Pool coaches within U.S. Figure Skating’s Athlete High Performance Department. Additionally, Carroll will work with Mitch Moyer, senior director of athlete high performance, on providing programming, including seminars, on- and off-ice demonstrations and educational materials, for these coaches and their athletes.
Aug. 13 - U.S. lineup for 2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic (subject to change)
Ladies: Polina Edmunds, Courtney Hicks, Mirai Nagasu, Ashley Shin
Men: Max Aaron, Ross Miner, Jordan Moeller, Douglas Razzano
Pairs: Madeline Aaron & Max Settlage, Jessica Noelle Calalang & Zack Sidhu, Alexa Scimeca & Chris Knierim
Ice dance: Alexandra Aldridge & Daniel Eaton, Anastasia Cannuscio & Colin McManus, Madison Chock & Evan Bates
Jul. 16 - Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay announced the end of their pairs partnership. Bartholomay has expressed interest in finding a new partner, while Zhang will attend the University of South Florida full time.
Zhang and Bartholomay, who trained in Ellenton, Fla., under coaches Jim Peterson, Lyndon Johnston and Amanda Evora, began their partnership three years ago. They finished 12th at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. They are the 2014 U.S. silver medalists and 2013 U.S. bronze medalists.
May. 7 - Two-time reigning U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir have ended their partnership. Both skaters have expressed interest in finding new partners.
Castelli and Shnapir, who trained in Boston under coaches Bobby Martin and Carrie Wall, began their partnership eight years ago. Castelli and Shnapir finished ninth at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and were team event bronze medalists at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. They are the 2013 Four Continents bronze medalists and 2009 World Junior bronze medalists.
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.
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.
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 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
World Junior Figure Skating Championships
World Figure Skating Championships
Mar 28. - At the Men's final press conference Javier Fernandez reveals the Grand Prix Final in 2015 will be returning to Barcelona.
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.
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.
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 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."
Sep 25 – Joshua Farris, the 2015 U.S. bronze medalist, 2013 World Junior champion and 2015 Four Continents silver medalist, will not compete at his 2015 Grand Prix Series events, Skate Canada and NHK Trophy.
Farris is recovering from a concussion and will resume training when approved by his physicians, and his Colorado Springs coaching team, Damon Allen and Christy Krall.
“I couldn't be more disappointed to withdraw from my Grand Prix assignments,” Farris said. “I am steadily healing and hope to be back on the ice as soon as possible. I appreciate all of the support from my fans, family and friends.”
Oct 21 - Gretchen Donlan & Nathan Bartholomay have withdrawn from Skate America as Donlan recovers from symptoms related to an acute viral illness including fever, exhaustion and dizziness. Jessica Pfund & Joshua Santillan, who train alongside Donlan & Bartholomay in Ellenton, Florida, will now compete at Skate America.
“We’re disappointed that we aren’t able to represent Team USA at our first Grand Prix together,” Bartholomay said. “We worked really hard to this point to get selected for this event and it’s disappointing that we are in this situation. Ultimately, of course, Gretchen’s safety is most important.”
Donlan & Bartholomay have competed twice this season, finishing fifth at the U.S. International Classic and sixth at Nepela Trophy.
Pfund & Santillan made their international debut last week at the 2015 Autumn Classic International, placing third.
Nov 21 - Reigning U.S. champion Jason Brown has withdrawn from the 2015 NHK Trophy due to a back strain incurred during training.
Brown, under the care of Olympic Training Center medical staff, is continuing to train with restrictions. Brown’s doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
Brown had an outside chance to make the Grand Prix Final, but now with only one Grand Prix result, that is now impossible. That leaves Adam Rippon the only remaining American with a chance to make the final.
Brown is next scheduled to defend his U.S. title at the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which are set for Jan. 15-24 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
“I absolutely love competing in Japan and will miss being around the most incredible fans. I look forward to returning to Japan very soon,” Brown said. “I’m so disappointed to withdraw from NHK Trophy but I know how important it is for me to get healthy for the rest of the season and this will give me time to rest and recover.”
Nov 22 - Tomorrow, it is expected that Skate Canada will announce that Mississauga, ON will be the site of the 2016 Skate Canada International competition.
Dec. 16 - U.S. Figure Skating announced today the selection of Kansas City, Missouri, as host city for the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The 2017 U.S. Championships are scheduled for January 14-22, 2017, with all junior and championship level events being held at Sprint Center and all juvenile, intermediate and novice events being conducted at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Missouri. All-event tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. CT on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.
Nov 27 - Garrett Swasey, the 1992 Junior National Ice Dance Champion with partner Christine Fowler-Binder was killed in the line of duty in an attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, CO. Garrett, 44, was a police officer with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs police department for the past six years.
Contributions can be made to a memorial education fund for his two young children at www.youcaring.com/the-family-of-officer-swasey-rachel-swasey-and-children-477034
Nov 23 - Skate Canada announces that Mississauga, ON will be the site of the 2016 Skate Canada International competition.
Mar 26 - Nathan Chen Update: Nathan Chen, who required surgery following a hamstring injury at the 2016 U.S. National Championships exhibition continues his recovery at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. He recently has been on the ice briefly, but will be in off-ice physical therapy for at least one more month, before he begins his on-ice recovery.
Apr 8 - David Dore, 1st Vice President of Figure Skating for the International Skating Union, passed away this morning in Ottawa, at age 75.
Dore was the youngest President of the Canadian Figure Skating Association, now known as Skate Canada, serving from 1980 to 1984. Subsequently he was Director General of Skate Canada until 2002. Most recently, and up until his passing, he served as the 1st Vice President of Figure Skating for the ISU.
“The skating community in Canada and around the world are extremely saddened by the passing of David. He brought figure skating to a whole new level with his innovative and forward-thinking ideas; many practices that he implemented are still in use today,” said Dan Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dore family during this trying time. The sport has lost a true champion.”
Dore was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2002, he received the International Olympic Committee’s highest honor, the Olympic Order, for his contribution to sport in the global community. In 2008 he was inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame as a builder.
Dore was a Canadian national champion in Fours in 1964, a world and Olympic level judge, and was involved locally at the club and section level.
Apr 11 - Jan Dijkema, ISU Vice President for Speed Skating announced he was running for president of the ISU, bringing the total number of announced candidates to four.
In his statement announcing his candidacy he wrote, "Herewith I would like to announce my candidacy for the position of ISU President. The ISU has been my home and passion for many years. My love of skating has motivated me to work hard for the ISU family and stakeholders to promote and develop the sport worldwide. I am excited for the future of figure skating, short track speed skating and speed skating on all its levels. I hope that I may continue showing my leadership."
"As ISU President, the key themes of Inspiration & Innovation would be central throughout my tenure. I hope to inspire the skating community, helping to innovate and evolve the ISU and Member Federations, while never forgetting the solid foundation that has already been laid. Guided by these principles, I will focus on three strategic pillars:
Dijkema was in Boston during the recent World Figure Skating Championships meeting with ISU figure skating officials to gauge potential support for his candidacy. In announcing his run he released a seven page slickly produced manifesto promoting his candidacy.
The political buzz in Boston was that some in the figrue skating community are supportive of Dijkema to prevent the election of Didier Gailhaguet, and to allow other figure skating officials time to build support for a run for the presidency in future years. Dijkema is age eligible to run for ISU office in 2016 and again in 2018, and potentially could serve for no more than six years.
May 17 - Patrick Chan announces he is relocating to train in Vancouver at the Champs International Skating Center in Burnaby, BC. He and coach Kathy Johnson will be moving from Detroit in July.
May 29 - Rafael Arutyunyan and co. will be moving from East West Ice arena in Artesia, CA to Lakewood Ice in Lakewood, CA at the end of this summer.
Jun 4 - Rafael Arutyunyan is named Coach of the Year by PAS for second consecutive year.
Jun 8 - ISU congress agrees to eliminate anonymous judging.
Sep 23 - Patrick Chan will be working with a new coaching team this season. Marina Zoueva, Oleg Epstein and Johnny Johns will make up Chan’s coaching team. He will train in Canton, Michigan at the Arctic Edge Arena.
“I am excited to be working with Marina, Oleg and Johnny. They each bring so much to the table and have such a rich history of coaching world and Olympic competitors in all the disciplines. I am looking forward to the season ahead and my first event the Finlandia Trophy in just a couple weeks,” said Patrick Chan.
In August, Chan and his previous coach Kathy Johnson ended their skater-coach partnership after four years working together.
Chan’s first grand prix of the season will be Skate Canada International. The event takes place from October 27-30, 2016 in Mississauga at the Hershey Centre.
Sep 26 - Hall of Fame pair skater Frances Dafoe passed away at age 86 on Friday evening.
Dafoe, a native of Toronto, was a pioneer in pair skating with her partner Norris Bowden. During their career they captured four Canadian titles from 1952-1955, two World titles in 1954 and 1955 and an Olympic silver medal in 1956. They became the first Canadian pair team ever to win a World title in 1954. They were also the Canadian Ice Dance Champions in 1952.
Dafoe has a long list of honors, including becoming a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1955, entering the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1958, receiving the Order of Canada in 1991 and being inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 1993.
After her competitive career Dafoe remained actively involved in skating. She was an Olympic judge and a successful costume designer. She was a graduate of the famed Parsons School of Design in New York City and went on to design thousands of costumes. She worked for CBC for close to 40 years designing costumes for various shows. She also designed the costumes for the closing ceremonies at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games.
Oct 13 - The 2017 edition of Skate America will beheld in Lake Placid, NY at the end of November 2017. As a part of the 2017 & 18 Olympic seasons, US Figure Skating had asked that Skate America be the last of the six Grand Prix events. The Final next season will be in Nagoya, Japan.
Oct 27 - The 2017 edition of Skate Canada will beheld in Regina, Saskatchewan from October 26-29, 2017 at the Brandt Centre located at Evraz Place.
20 Oct. - The ISU announced that "based on information received from US Figure Skating, suggesting a different venue, the Council decided to move the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2019. Accordingly, the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships will be held in Anaheim, CA, USA on February 4-10, 2019."
26 Oct. - Skate Canada announces that 2018 Skate Canada International will be held in Laval, Canada, October 25 - 28, 2018. The IUS Grand Prix Final will also be held in Canada, December 5-8, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.
28 Oct. - Brian Orser underwent emergency Gall Bladder surgery this morning in Regina, SK while attending the Skate Canada International Grand Prix. A full recovery from the surgery is expected.
3 Nov. - Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan has withdrawn from the NHK Trophy Grand Prix event, Skate Canada announced today.
Chan's withdrawal comes less than a week after his fourth-place finish at the Skate Canada competition in Regina.
The fourth place finish in his first Grand Prix assignments offers Chan virtually no change of making the final.
Rather than being distracted by training for his now superfluous second Grand Prix assignment Chan can now focus his full attention on training for the Canadian National Championships in January and the Olympics in February.
16 Nov. - 2018 Skate America to be held in Everett, Washington, 19-21 Oct. 2018, back to being the first competition of the ISU Grand Prix. Skate Canada International will be the following weekend in Laval, Ontario, followed by Cup of China, NHK Trophy, Rostelcom, and ending with the International of France, 23-25 November 2018.
17 Nov. - U.S. Figure Skating announced that Gracie Gold has withdrawn from the 2018 National Figure Skating Championships. Gold has not competed this season as she seeks treatment for personal issues, including anxiety, depression and an eating disorder.
23 Nov. - The German skating federation today received a message from the immigration office in Sonthofen (capital town of the small county to which Oberstdorf belongs) saying that French pair skater Bruno Massot, who was second at the World Championships 2017 with Aljona Savchenko, will receive German citizenship immediately. This means that he passed the German language and grammar test which he did on November 10 for the third time after having failed two times in spring and summer 2017.
This test may be taken only every three months and it was his last chance before the Olympic Games. He needs German citizenships for participation at the 2018 Games in South Korea. After returning from Skate America he will get his passport and the other documents next week in Sonthofen which is about 10 miles from Oberstdorf.
1 Dec. - U.S. Figure Skating announced the 2018 inductees for the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Inductions to take place Jan. 5, 2018 at the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
5 Dec. - Injured Boyang Jin (CHN) is replaced in the Grand Prix Final by Jason Brown (USA). This gives the U.S. three entries in the Men's final.
Injured Evgenia Medvedeva (RUS) is replaced in the Ladies Final by Sotoko Miahara (JPN). This will give the home audience in Nagoya a second Japanese skater to root for, the first being Shomo Uno who qualified for the Men's Final.
Jan 9 - Adam Rippon, the reigning U.S. champion, has withdrawn from the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships due to injury. Rippon broke his left foot and sprained the same ankle during an off‐ice warm up on Friday, Jan. 6. "I am heartbroken that I won't be able to defend my title at the 2017 U.S. Championships,” Rippon said.
“Despite breaking my foot in a fluke accident off the ice, I am determined to grow from this and come back ever stronger.
“I will use this as an opportunity to improve so that I can be fully prepared for next season and be at my very best to compete for a spot at the 2018 Olympic Games."
Rippon is expected to be off the ice for eight to 12 weeks and will resume training with his medical team’s guidance.
Jan 9 - Polina Edmunds, the reigning U.S. silver medalist, has withdrawn from the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships as she continues to recover from a right foot bone bruise. “I’m disappointed that I will miss the 2017 U.S. Championships and wish all the athletes good luck in Kansas City,” Edmunds said. “I will continue to focus on my health and look forward to a full return to ice.”
12 Jan. - Ross Minor and Ashley Wagner withdraw from their Four Continents assignments. Star Andrews withdraws from her World Junior assignment.
16 Jan. - Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir are named the flag bearers for the Canadian Olympic Team at the PyeongChang opening ceremonies.
Jan 21 - Tarah Kayne & Daniel O’Shea, the reigning U.S. pairs champions, and Alexandria Shaughnessy and James Morgan have withdrawn from the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships due injury/illness.
Kayne sustained a concussion in a fall from a throw element in the pairs short program Thursday afternoon and is under the care of event medical provided by the University of Kansas Hospital. After examination and follow up, it was the advice of the chief medical officer that Kayne should not compete for her own health and safety due to symptoms of concussion.
Shaughnessy is being treated for a stomach virus, the symptoms of which increased overnight.
9 Feb. - The Court of Arbitration for Sports ruled today that 45 Russian athletes banned by the IOC from participating in the current Winter Games would not be allowed to compete and confirmed the IOC's right to decide who can compete.
"That's it — the story is over," said Russian delegation spokesman Konstantin Vybornov, as quoted by the AP.
CAS held two days of hearings and ruled that the IOC did not act in a "discriminatory, arbitrary or unfair manner."
CAS described the IOC process as a permissible eligibility decision rather than a sanction against the skaters.
14 Feb. - First Day on the Ice: Tips from a Professional Skating Coach (and Mom) by Jocelyn Jane Cox is intended for parents who are thinking about taking their children skating for the first time or for parents who have already gotten their kids out on the ice, but need a bit more information.
Currently a number one Amazon Best Seller, this book was released just in time to catch the wave of interest stirred up by the Winter Olympics. Additionally, it’s helpful for coaches who are just getting started in the business or coaches who want a refresher.
Cox is a freelance writer, humorist, figure skating coach and mother of a five-year-old son. She formerly competed in ice dance and pair skating with her brother, Brad Cox, and they made the national team four times together at the junior level. She has now been coaching skating for over 25 years. In that time, she estimates that she has probably taught hundreds of skaters through both group and private lessons. She focuses mostly on ice dance and moves in the field.
This clear, often humorous guide helps the parents of beginners figure out what to wear, what to talk about beforehand, how to lace the skates, and even give parents insider techniques to try with their children both on and off the ice. The goal is for the first day in skates to be a positive one and to lead to more fun in the future.
Cox got the idea to write the book when her friends were asking her questions about taking their toddlers and pre-schoolers to the rink for the first time.
"Even though I have been coaching for a long time, I only started seeing it from the other side, in other words, the parent’s perspective recently, when I started taking my son (now five) out on the ice.”
Cox realized that there’s a lot you can do to prepare your child for a fun day of skating before they even step on the ice.
"What I’ve written in this short book may seem really obvious to skating insiders, but isn’t obvious to people who have no experience with skating, and that’s who I’m hoping to help.” For example, she says that even small details like the right length of socks can make a big difference on that first day.
3 Mar. - Adam Rippon and Maia & Alex Shibutani have withdrawn from the upcoming World Championships. They will be replaced by Max Aaron and Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker. Men's alternates Jason Brown and Ross Minor declined invitations to the event.
9 Oct. - Six-time Canadian National Champion and 2010 Olympic bronze medalist will serve as the official athlete ambassador during the 2018 Skate Canada International which will take place in Laval, Que, Canada. "I am extremely excited to be named Athlete Ambassador of Skate Canada International," she says. "Although I have moved on to a new chapter of my life, I hold cherished memories of my figure skating career and am honored to represent Skate Canada, an all athletes participating at this prestigious event.
Rochette competed at Skate Canada International six times during her career, medalling five times and winning gold three times.
12 Oct. - Larkyn Austman and Gabrielle Daleman withdraw from Skate Canada International. Austman has withdrawn due to injury. She is recovering from a left foot sprain that she sustained in September. Austman is the 2018 Canadian National Bronze medalist and was a member of the 2018 Canadian Olympic team.
Daleman has taken a break raining to focus on her mental health. She was a member of the Canadian Gold Medal Team at the 2018 Olympics and is the reigning Canadian Champion.
Veronik Mallet and Alicia Pineault have been added to the Ladies event at Skate Canada International, in Laval Canada.
15 Oct. - Karen Chen has withdrawn from the ISU Grand Pirx in Helsinki. Chen is recovering from a foot injury. She is still currently schedule to compete at the ISU Grand Prix in Russia, Rostelcom Cup.
25 Oct. - Skate Canada announced today that Kelowna, British Columbia will host the 2019 Skate Canada International. The event will take place at Prospera Place, a 6,886-seat multi-purpose arena, from October 25-27, 2019.
Kelowna will host the 46th installment of Skate Canada International. This is their second time hosting the event, they previously hosted in 2014.
25 Oct. - Veronik Mallet (CAN) has withdrawn from Skate Canada International 2018 on Thursday before the draw for medical reasons. According to the medical bulletin, Mallet aggravated a previous foot injury.
7 Nov. - Todd Sand was at the boards putting on Alexa and Chris Kneirim during practice at NHK. Sand said he has been working with the team in California for the past few weeks. Whether this will lead to a long term relation, he said, is yet to be decided.
Mariah Bell skated her program at the afternoon practice at NHK, but later, midway through the practice, left the ice and did not finish the session.
7 Nov - Changes to NHK Trophy entries. Dance: Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) out due to his having a back injury. Ladies: Gabrielle Daleman (CAN) out due to mental health issues, replaced by Kailani Crane (AUS); Elena Radionova (RUS) out, replaced by Alena Leonova (RUS). Pairs: Annika Hocke & Ruben Blommaert (GER) out with Hocke having an unspecified viral infection, replaced by Laura Barquero & Aritz Maestu (ESP).
27 Nov. - The U.S. National Championships will return to Greensboro, NC in 2020. Greensboro was previously the site of the Championships in 2011 and 2015. In a departure from the past, the 2020 Championships will only include Senior and Junior events.
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).
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.
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.
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.
5 Feb. - U.S. Figure Skating announced the selection of the Ladies and Men's World Junior Team members.
Alternate 1 – Starr Andrews
Alternate 1 – Ryan Dunk
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.
28 Mar. - U.S. Figure Skating announces the athletes chosen to represent the United States at ISU World Team Trophy 2019. The event is set for April 11-14 in Fukuoka, Japan.
The event features the six best figure skating teams of the 2018-19 season, which includes Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States.
22 Oct. 2019 - Vincent Zhou, the bronze medal at the 2019 World Figure Skating, has withdrawn from both his Grand Prix assignments, Cup of China and Rostelecom Cup.
“It’s really difficult to balance classes and training at the same time,” said Zhou, who is in the middle of his freshman year at Brown University. “I want to perform at the highest level on the ice and in the classroom, and I have not been able to dedicate the necessary time to my skating with my rigorous class schedule. Unfortunately, the timing of my midterms has fallen right in the middle of an important training period for me this fall. This was a tough decision because I love to perform in front of the fans, but this is the best decision for me right now.”
9 Dec. 2019 - The World Anti-Doping Agency’s Executive Committee have unanimously endorsed the recommendation of the independent Compliance Review Committee that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency be declared non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code for a period of four years.
The 12-member committee supported the recommendation, which includes a series of strong consequences and conditions for reinstatement.
In remarks when the announcement was made, WADA President Sir Craig Reedie said: “For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport. The blatant breach by the Russian authorities of RUSADA’s reinstatement conditions, approved by the ExCo in September 2018, demanded a robust response. That is exactly what has been delivered today.
Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and re-join the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial."
As a result, the WADA ExCo has responded in the strongest possible terms, while protecting the rights of Russian athletes that can prove that they were not involved and did not benefit from these fraudulent acts."
This ban covers both the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. Despite another doping ban, some Russian athletes will still be able to compete at these Games.
The sanctions handed down, however, mean there won't be a Russian flag or national anthem at the Olympics. But it is expected athletes who can be proven to be clean can compete under the Olympic banner.
Similar restrictions were imposed for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, where there was no “Russia” but there were 168 “Olympic Athletes from Russia," two of whom later failed doping tests.
Russia rejects the WADA ruling, and is expected to challenge it before the international Court of Arbitration for Sport.
2 Jan. 2020 - World bronze medalist Vincent Zhou announced today that he will begin training with Lee Barkell and Lori Nichol in Toronto, Canada. Zhou will also continue to train with Mie Hamada. Zhou had previously been coached by Tammy Gambill, Christy Krall and Tom Zakrajsek in Colorado Springs.
“I can’t thank Tammy, Christy and Tom enough for all they have done for me and my career,” Zhou said. “I’m excited to begin training with Lee, and also work more regularly with Lori, in Toronto, and continue to work with Mie.”
Zhou withdrew from both of his Grand Prix assignments this season to focus on school this fall. He has since decided to begin a gap year at Brown University to focus on figure skating. He is scheduled to next compete at the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
6 Jan. 2020 - U.S. Figure Skating has selected the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas as the host for 2020 Skate America, Oct. 23-25, 2020, and the host for the 2021 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, Feb. 24-27, 2021.
Skate America, which will return to Las Vegas after a successful 2019 event, will be the first competition of the International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.
Tickets for Skate America will go on sale later this spring.
“We received an overwhelmingly positive response from skaters and fans
in regard to their experience at 2019 Skate America,” U.S. Figure
Skating president Anne Cammett said. “The convenience of having the host
hotel within a short walk of the Orleans Arena was heavily considered in
the decision to return. We also heard good things from the skaters and
coaches about the arena, the ice and the professional staff at the
8 Feb. 2020 - The president of France's ice sport federation, Didier Gailhaguet, resigned over a damaging sex abuse scandal engulfing his sport. Four members of the federation board have also resigned.
In his resignation announcement Gailhaguet said, "In the spirit of conciliation I took the sensible decision to resign with philosophy, dignity but no bitterness."
In an autobiography published on January 30, former world championship bronze medalist Sarah Abitbol accused coach Gilles Beyer of raping her several times from 1990 to 1992 when she was between the ages of 15 and 17. Other accusations have since followed including another skater, the parent of a skater, and another coach.
Gailhaguet's had led the French ice sport federation since 1998, except for a three-year international ban following the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics scandal, and from 2004 to 2007 following a critical auditor's report.
The French Sports Ministry, led by Roxana Maracineanu, has promised a thorough investigation of the accusations, most of which, if not all, predate Gailhaguet's tenure as federation chief.
The key question concerning federation officials is what did they know, when did they know it, and what action did they take to protect their athletes. Beyer is described as having an executive position with the federation until 2018, and was also a national team coach for several years.
29 Feb. 2020 - The ISU confirmed the 2020 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating
Championships 2020 will not be staged as originally scheduled on March
13-15, 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak in South Korea.
Authorities of the city of Seoul have closed the Mokdong Ice Rink and
ordered the cancellation of all planned competitions.
The ISU advises that anyone with any symptoms of acute illness should NOT be traveling to ISU Events. Anyone seeking accreditation for ISU Events will be required to complete an ISU questionnaire and a temperature check.
Anyone with an acute illness or temperature will not be granted an accreditation. Instead they will be provided with a mask, isolated and will follow the protocol of the host country for testing and quarantine.
The ISU has implemented the following precautions at ISU Events aimed at all accredited persons for the prevention of contracting the Coronavirus:
Local Organizing Committees will be responsible to implement any necessary measures for the general public.
28 May - The 2020 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Canada Cancelled
With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Skate Canada has cancelled the 2020 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Canada. The event was scheduled to take place from August 26-29, 2020 in Richmond, British Columbia.
22 June 2020 - Two-time and reigning U.S. champion Alysa Liu announced today that she will begin training under a new team of coaches, including Lee Barkell, Lori Nichol and Massimo Scali. She has worked with all the coaches except Barkell in the past.
Liu, who became the youngest lady to win a U.S. title at age 13 in 2019, will continue to be based in Oakland, California.
“I am very excited to announce that I will be training under the guidance of a new team of coaches including Lee Barkell, Lori Nichol and Massimo Scali," Liu said. "I look forward to working with all my coaches even though some of them are located in different parts of the world.”
Liu was previously coached by Laura Lipetsky.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank my former coach Laura Lipetsky for everything she has done for me since the beginning of my career,” Liu said. “We’ve worked so closely together, and she has helped me get to where I am today.”
Liu will compete as a junior internationally and senior domestically during the 2020-21 season.
20 Jul. 2020 - The ISU announces the Junior Grand Prix Series for 2020/21 is cancelled. ISU Statement follows.
Since the last ISU Council meeting on July 6, the ISU has been informed of increased travel and entry restrictions which would seriously complicate the travel of Junior Skaters with the consequence that some ISU Members simply cannot or do not feel comfortable to send Junior teams to the remaining ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating countries. Furthermore, the potential extensive sanitary/ medical care measures (including possible quarantine) would put an unsustainable burden on the organizers.
Based on the advice of the Medical Commission and the Council appointed Working Group, the ISU Council has therefore concluded that the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating events of the season 2020/21 cannot be maintained and that all events of the series must be cancelled.
If later during the season the pandemic developments and situation change and allow for the safe organization of international junior indoor events and some ISU Members wish to host an International Competition for Juniors, the ISU would consider financially assisting interested ISU Members, subject to receiving a detailed proposal. Preference will be given to ISU Members that had previously been allotted an ISU Junior Grand Prix event for the 2020/21 season.
The ISU regrets the cancellation of this popular junior series even though it is in line with the ISU policy to put the safety and health of event participants as the number one priority.
The ISU Council will meet again online on August 3 to evaluate the pandemic developments and related situation and to update the season planning for the ISU senior Events.
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