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27 Oct 2016

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2015 Glacier Falls Summer Classic Protocol

2015 Glacier Falls Summer Classic 6.0 Events


Oct 22 - 23 OPEN  
Oct 30 53rd Annual Arrowhead Open Ontario CA
Sat, Nov 5 - 6 Autumn Antics Phoenix AZ
Nov 13 -14 OPEN  
Nov 16 - 20 2017 Pacific Coast Championships Salt Lake City UT

2017 Regional Figure Skating Championships

North Atlantic

Williamsville, New York

Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2016

Eastern Great Lakes

Lansing, Michigan

Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2016

Southwest Pacific

Scottsdale, Arizona

Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2016

Central Pacific

Ogden, Utah

Oct. 5-9, 2016

South Atlantic

Ashburn, Virginia

Oct. 5-9, 2016


Plano, Texas

Oct. 5-9, 2016

New England

Burlington, Vermont

Oct. 19-23, 2016

Northwest Pacific

Wenatchee, Washington

Oct. 19-23, 2016

Upper Great Lakes

Rochester, Minnesota

Oct. 19-23, 2016

2017 Sectional Figure Skating Championships


Indian Trail, North Carolina

Nov. 16-20, 2016


Colorado Springs, Colorado

Nov. 16-20, 2016

Pacific Coast

Salt Lake City

Nov. 16-20, 2016

2017 Adult Sectional Figure Skating Championships


Wayne, New Jersey

March 10-12, 2017


Cincinnati, Ohio


Pacific Coast

Burbank, California

March 10-12, 2017

U.S. Adult Championships

Wake Forest, North Carolina

April 18-22, 2017

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2016 Skate Canada

Skate Canada International is the second Grand Prix in this and most other seasons, and this year is held in the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, near the airport of Toronto. It is one of the favorite rinks of Skate Canada, many events including several Grand Prix having been organized there.

The ladies competition promises a very high level. The Russian World champion Evgenia Medvedeva - after winning Japan Open in early October (where there was only a free program) - will do her first complete international competition. She certainly is the favorite, but several very strong other ladies will challenge her.

 Satoko Miyahara, fifth at the World Championships in Boston, is the most renowned one and won the U.S. Classic in Salt Lake City in September. Kaetlyn Osmond from Canada was first at the Finlandia Trophy three weeks ago and also has a chance to be on top. In Finland, she had beaten the 2015 World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva who tries to get in the same shape as two years ago and certainly still is a medal candidate.

 Mirai Nagasu from the USA had won the Autumn Classic on Montreal four weeks ago with excellent 189 points and also has aspirations for the podium. The second Canadian lady Alaine Chartrand from Toronto should not be neglected for a good position.

Other good skaters are Rika Hongo (fourth at Autumn Classic) and Yuka Nagai (third at last year’s Skate Canada), both from Japan, Da Bin Choi and Na Hyun Kim, both from South Korea and Joshi Helgesson from Sweden who trains with Brian Orser in Toronto. Veronik Mallet from the Quebec school of Annie Barabé withdrew three days before the event.

The men’s field is also very strong and interesting. Super star and Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu plans to do his second competition of this season after easily winning the Autumn Classic a month ago. Patrick Chan, fifth in Boston, will try to beat him and also is a hot medal candidate although he was only second at the Finlandia Trophy behind Nathan Chen (who does not compete at Skate Canada).

Another man who has an eye on the podium of Skate Canada International is Grant Hochstein from Artesia in California. He was fifth at the Lombardia Trophy in Italy in September and tenth at the World Championships in Boston.

Misha Ge from Uzbekistan was second behind Hanyu in Montreal and is also a strong skater. The second Canadian Kevin Reynolds tries to continue his comeback after being second at the Ondrej Nepela Memorial four weeks ago. Alexander Petrov from Russia won the Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany in September, but is not really a top skater.

Skaters with smaller medal chances are: Liam Firus from Canada, Han Yan from China, Michal Brezina from the Czech Republic who trains with Rafael Arutunian in Lakewood, California since this summer, Junior World champion Daniel Samohin from Israel, who was not in good shape at the Finlandia Trophy (13th), Takahito Mura from Japan (who was second in Salt Lake City in September) and Ross Miner of Boston.

The main point of interest in ice dancing is the comeback of the 2010 Olympic Champions Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir who won their first competition of the season in Montreal a month ago with 189 points (which is absolute world class).  It will be interesting to see if they can beat the World bronze medalists Madison Chock & Evan Bates. The Americans were second at their first two competitions in Germany (behind Cappellini & Lanotte) and Slovakia (behind Bobrova & Soloviev).

 Other medal candidates are the 2014 world champions Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte from Italy who won the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany and Canadians Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier who were third at the same competition. Russians Alexandra Stepanova & Ivan Bukin were the surprise winners of the Finlandia Trophy and beat there Hubbell & Donohue (who are not at Skate Canada). All of them might win medals.

No big medal chances can be expected for Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam from Canada, Shiyue Wang & Xinyu Liu from China, Laurence Fournier Beaudry & Nikolaj Sorenson from Denmark (who train in Montreal), Cecilia Torn & Jussiville Partanen from Finland and the U.S. team of Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker. But all of them are strong couples.

Favorites in the pairs competition are the two time world champions Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford. They easily won the Finlandia Trophy in spite of some mistakes. Their countrymen Lubov Iliushechkina & Dylan Moscovitch also have hot medal chances, as well as Yuka Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov from Russia who were second in Bratislava. Kavaguti has recovered well from her Achilles tendon rupture almost a year ago.

 Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier who won the silver medal at Skate America last week certainly want to get a second medal in Canada and may be the first skaters to qualify for the Grand Prix Final in Marseille, France in December. They are the only skaters this year who compete at both North American Grand Prix.

The three other pairs at Skate Canada are Xiaoyu Yu & Hao Zhang from China, Nicole della Monica & Matteo Guarise from Italy and the third Canadian pair of Brittany Jones & Joshua Reagan.

 Vera Bazarova & Andrei Deputat withdrew three days before the competition. There were rumors that the pair split, but coach Oleg Vasilliev told Russian media that this is wrong. He said an ankle injury of Deputat prevents them from competing in Canada. Too late for an alternate pair to replace them at the competition.

2016 Skate America

European Commission Ruling Has Potential to Upend ISU Eligibility Rules
Gracie Brings Golden Glow to Westchester Skating Academy - Gracie Gold, the two-time U.S. champion, showed what a force she in the sport when she made a visit to the Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford, New York last month (July).

2016 ISU Congress Elects New Leadership


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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.

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.

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.

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.

ISU congress agrees to eliminate anonymous judging.ISU congress agrees to eliminate anonymous judging.

October Competitions

1 Oct - Japan Open, Saitama Japan

5 - 8 Oct - ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Dresden Germany

6 - 10 Oct - Finlandia Trophy, Espoo Finland

18 - 23 Oct - 5th Denkova-Staviski Cup, Sofia Bulgaria

19 - 23 Oct - Coupe de Nice, Nice France

19 - 23 Oct - Crystal Skate Of Romania, Miercurea Ciuc Romania

21 - 23 Oct - ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2016 - Progressive Skate America, Chicago United States

27 - 30 Oct - Golden Bear, Zagreb Croatia

28 - 30 Oct - Grand Prix of Figure Skating Skate Canada International 2016/2017, Mississauga Canada

November Competitions

3 - 6 Nov - Tirnavia Edea Ice Cup, Trnava Slovak Republic

4 - 6 Nov - ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup 2016/2017, Moscow Russia

4 - 6 Nov - NRW Trophy Ice Dance, Dortmund Germany

9 - 13 Nov - Volvo Open Cup 31st and Youngsters, Riga Latvia

10 - 13 Nov - 19. Merano Cup, Merano Italy

11 - 13 Nov - ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Trophée de France 2016/2017, Paris France

14 - 18 Nov - ErzurumTrophy, Erzurum Turkey

16 - 20 Nov - Open D'Andorra, Canillo Andorra

17 - 20 Nov - Warsaw Cup, Warsaw Poland

18 - 20 Nov - ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Audi Cup of China 2016/2017, Beijing China

18 - 20 Nov - Minsk-Arena Ice Star, Minsk Belarus

18 - 19 Nov - Pavel Roman Memorial, Olomouc Czech Republic

20 - 27 Nov - Tallinn Trophy 2016, Tallinn Estonia

23 - 27 Nov - Skate Celje, Celje Slovenia

25 - 27 Nov - ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating NHK Trophy 2016/2017, Sapporo Japan

30 Nov - 4 Dec - NRW Trophy S&P, Dortmund Germany

December Competitions

6 - 11 Dec - 10th Santa Claus Cup, Budapest Hungary

7 - 10 Dec - Golden Spin of Zagreb, Zagreb Croatia

8 - 11 Dec - ISU Junior & Senior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2016/17 Final, Marseille France

16 - 18 Dec - 58th Grand Prix of Bratislava, Bratislava Slovak Republic

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