Save the date: The ISU Skating Awards 2023

On February 5, 2023, the International Skating Union (ISU) will present a unique ISU Skating Awards event, which will be staged and filmed live during the renowned Art on Ice show taking place at the Hallenstadion Arena in Zurich (SUI). By way of this special format and venue, next year’s ISU Skating Awards Ceremony promises to deliver a spectacular experience: several of the world’s top Figure Skaters will offer exclusive interviews and performances within an entertaining show featuring international music superstars.

Reuniting their expertise and passion to celebrate Figure Skating, the ISU and Art on Ice are more than ever committed to presenting a new ISU Skating Awards event bringing together the thrill of a skating show with all the glamour of an Prize-giving ceremony. By contrast to the 2020 and 2021 editions that were exclusively live-streamed, the 2023 ISU Skating Awards will be for the first time produced in front of a live audience and simultaneously broadcasted on the Skating ISU YouTube channel

The 2023 edition of the Awards will honor the careers and performances of outstanding Figure Skaters and the work of Coaches and Choreographers for the 2022 calendar year which includes the ISU Championships (European, Four Continents and World Championships 2022), the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games and the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series 2022 (individual events and Final).

During the two coming months leading up to the event, the selection, voting and nomination processes will take place according to the following phases:

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Selection of Candidates (online public/media voting): December 15-31, 2022

As from December 15th, the ISU will invite the public and media to take part in the online selection process to decide over the candidates, who will be nominated for the final round of the 2023 Awards.

 The shortlisted  Skaters, Coaches, Choreographers will be competing across six Award Categories as described below:

  1. Most Valuable Skater: Single Skaters, Pairs or Ice Dance Couples who promoted Figure Skating – due to a successful competition season, creating (social) media attention and engagement in 2022 (GP 2021 accepted).
  1. Best Costume: Single Skaters, Pairs or Ice Dance Couples presenting a costume for the first time in 2022 (GP 2021 accepted) reflecting creativity, fashion, style and originality.
  1. Most Entertaining Program: Single Skaters, Pairs or Ice Dance Couples for the music selection, expression, creativity, contemporary implementation, originality and overall performance presented for the first time in 2022 (GP 2021 accepted).
  1. Best Newcomer: Young talented Single Skaters, Pairs or Ice Dance Couples competing very successfully for the first time in ISU Events on the Senior level in 2022 (GP 2021 accepted).
  1. Best Choreographer: The choreographic work of a Choreographer who successfully inspired one or several Single Skaters and/or Pairs and/or ice Dance Couples. Program must have been performed for the first time in 2022 (GP 2021 accepted).
  1. Best Coach: A Coach who delivered professional and efficient work and achieved outstanding results in 2022 (GP 2021 accepted) with one or several Single Skaters and/or Pairs and/or ice Dance Couples.

 

Online voting evaluation phase

Early January 2023, the ISU Skating Awards Selection Commission in cooperation with the voting agency will analyze the online voting results for a selection of three final Nominees per Award category. The list of Nominees will be revealed mid January 2023.

Additionally, the Selection Commission will select a recipient for the Lifetime Achievement Award which will be revealed during the ISU Skating Awards on February 5, 2023.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Honors a Figure Skating legend having achieved great success and popularity and is considered as a role model for the Figure Skating World.

  • Special Achievement Award: Honors a Single Skater or Pair or Ice Dance Couple who makes history by successfully performing a new / special / unique element or move or achieves something extraordinary at an ISU Event in 2022 (GP 2021 accepted) and pushes the boundaries of the sport.

Final Jury Voting

The ISU Skating Awards Jury – made up of 6 former Figure Skating Champions  – will vote on the winners in each category.

F.A.Q:

The third edition of the ISU Skating Awards will take place on February 5, 2023.

Benefitting from a revisited concept and format, the 2023 ISU Skating Awards edition will be hosted and filmed for the first time in front of a live audience. Equally unique is the fact that the ISU Skating Awards will be integrated into one special Art on Ice show giving rise to an entirely new set-up, atmosphere and experience. The 2023 ISU Skating Awards thus promise to deliver an exceptional show combining performances by musical acts, professional dancers and renowned Figure Skaters, as well as exclusive interviews, behind the scenes and of course the announcement of the Awards winners in each category that viewers will be able to follow on the Skating ISU YouTube channel.

After two editions which were exclusively live-streamed in 2020 and 2021, and the postponement of the 2022 edition, the 2023 ISU Skating Awards will be produced for the first time live in an arena full of spectators and will be simultaneously live-streamed.

There are 8 Award categories for Skaters, Coaches and Choreographers

  1. Most Valuable Skater: Honors the Single Skater or Pair or Ice Dance Couple who promoted Figure Skating – due to a successful competition season, creating (social) media attention and engagement in 2022 (GP 2021 accepted).
  2. Best Costume: Honors the Single Skater or Pair or Ice Dance Couple presenting a costume for the first time in 2022 (GP 2021 accepted) reflecting creativity, fashion, style and originality.
  3. Most Entertaining Program: Honors the Single Skater or Pair or Ice Dance Couple for the music selection, expression, creativity, contemporary implementation, originality and overall performance presented for the first time in 2022 (GP 2021 accepted)
  4. Best Newcomer: Honors a young talented Single Skater or Pair or Ice Dance Couple competing very successfully for the first time in ISU Events on the Senior level in 2022 (GP 2021 accepted)
  5. Best Choreographer: Honors the choreographic work of a Choreographer who successfully inspired one or several Single Skaters and/or Pairs and/or ice Dance Couples. Program must have been performed for the first time in 2022 (GP 2021 accepted)
  6. Best Coach: Honors a Coach who delivered professional and efficient work and achieved outstanding results in 2022 (GP 2021 accepted) with one or several Single Skaters and/or Pairs and/or ice Dance Couples
  7. Lifetime Achievement Award: Honors a Figure Skating legend having achieved great success and popularity and is considered as a role model for the Figure Skating World.
  8. Special Achievement Award: Honors a Single Skater or Pair or Ice Dance Couple who makes history by successfully performing a new / special / unique element or move or achieves something extraordinary at an ISU Event in 2022 (GP 2021 accepted) and pushes the boundaries of the sport.

A long list of Candidates, selected by an ISU Skating Awards Selection Commission, will be subject to public and media online voting.

Once the online voting is closed, the results will be taken into account and the ISU Skating Awards Selection Commission will draw up a list of 3 Nominees per category which will be subject for the final vote by a Jury.

The ISU Skating Awards Selection Commission is composed of:

  • Benoit Lavoie, ISU Vice President Figure Skating
  • Gyorgy Elek, ISU Figure Skating Council member, who subsequently will also act as Jury President (see para 3.C) below) for the final voting stage
  • Oliver Hoener (ISU Skating Awards Producer & Art on Ice CEO)
  • Ari Zakarian (ISU Skating Award Show initiator)
  • Fredi Schmid (ISU Director General) who subsequently will also act as Jury Administrator.

The ISU Skating Awards Selection Commission will select Candidates subject to online voting.

At the conclusion of the last event in 2022 (ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, December 11, 2022) the ISU Skating Awards Selection Commission, will select the Skaters subject to public and media online voting based on the results, performances and feedback from across the year 2022. The number of Candidates per category are the following:

  1. Most Valuable Skater: maximum 8 and ideally 2 Men – 2 Women – 2 Pairs – 2 Ice Dance Couples
  2. Best Costume: maximum 20 and ideally 5 Men – 5 Women – 5 Pairs – 5 Ice Dance Couples
  3. Most Entertaining Program: maximum 20 and ideally 5 Men – 5 Women – 5 Pairs – 5 Ice Dance Couples
  4. Best Newcomer: maximum 8 and ideally 2 Men – 2 Women – 2 Pairs – 2 Ice Dance Couples
  5. Best Choreographer: maximum 8 Choreographers among all 4 disciplines Single Skating Women, Single Skating Men, Pair Skating, Ice Dance.
  6. Best Coach: maximum 8 Coaches among all 4 disciplines Single Skating Women, Single Skating Men, Pair Skating, Ice Dance.
  7. Lifetime Achievement Award: 1 Candidate.
  8. Special Achievement Award: depending on the special achievements accomplished.

At the end of the online voting period, the ISU Skating Awards Selection Commission, will evaluate the results and will announce the three Nominees for each category, except the Lifetime Achievement Award and Special Achievement Award which are not subject to the public and media vote and the recipients of the awards will be announced live on February 5, 2023.

There will be three (3) final Nominees per award category, except for the Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Special Achievement Award for which there will be only one (1) Nominee (or more depending on the on historical moments that could take place during the year 2022).

Online voting for the public, and media will open on December 15, 2022 and will close on December 31, 2022.

  1. Most Valuable Skater
  2. Best Costume
  3. Most Entertaining Program
  4. Best Newcomer
  5. Best Choreographer
  6. Best Coach
  1. Most Valuable Skater
  2. Best Costume
  3. Most Entertaining Program
  4. Best Newcomer
  5. Best Choreographer
  6. Best Coach

Public voters will need to register on the online voting platform and will only be able to cast one vote per user and category.

Media will have their separate registration procedure and page. All registration requests will be vetted by the ISU Media Team which can take up to 36 hours and once approved the media will have the possibility to vote.

The experts composing the ISU Skating Awards Selection Commission will evaluate potential candidates who meet the criteria as mentioned above.

The ISU Skating Awards Selection Commission will take into account the on-line voting results of each of the 2 voting groups with the following weight, i.e. Public 2/3 and Media 1/3 .

 

For the determination of the result of the Public vote and Media vote, the ISU Skating Award Selection Commission will take into account for each Award category:

  1. a) the absolute number of votes per candidate including votes from all countries
  2. b) the absolute number of votes per candidate including votes from all countries but not including the votes from the Candidates country of origin.
  3. c) the number of votes per candidate broken down by votes from each country
  4. d) the ISU Skating Award Selection Commission will weigh the above-mentioned on-line results details. The objective is to determine the final Nominees reflecting a balanced world-wide opinion.

On January 19, 2023 all Nominees will be publicly announced.

The Jury is composed of 6 former Figure Skating Champions from six different nations namely, Canada, Finland, France, Great Britain, Japan and USA who were also organizers of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series 2022.

Mr. Gyorgy Elek is appointed as the Jury President as his nationality is not among the above-mentioned countries.

ISU Director General Fredi Schmid is appointed as Administrator to assist the Jury President to follow and comply with the applicable procedures and time-lines and to record and communicate the Jury decisions. The Administrator does not have a vote.

The full list of Juries will be announced in due course.

The Jury members are selected by the ISU Skating Awards Selection Commission.

The Jury, will take the final decision for the Award Winners among the Nominees.

A Jury meeting will be held for final decision of the Award Winners with the following voting rules:

  1. The Jury President votes only in case of need for a tie-breaking vote
  2. Jury members cannot vote for a Nominee of their nationality. This provision does not apply for the Jury President in case of need for a tie breaking vote
  3. The vote within the Jury is open (not secret) but Jury members are bound by strict confidentiality on the entire voting process
  4. The Nominee with the highest number of votes is the Award Winner of the respective category
  5. In case of a tie, the Nominee with the lowest number of votes received shall be eliminated and the vote shall be repeated
  6. In case of a tie between the two last remaining Nominees, the Jury President shall cast the tie breaking vote.
  7. The list with the Award winners will remain secret until the respective announcement during the ISU Skating Awards Show on Sunday, February 5, 2023. The Jury Administrator will prepare the envelopes containing the decision for each Award which will be submitted to the chosen Presenter(s) of the 8 Awards.

ISU Skating Awards 2021

Tamara Moskvina (RUS)

Moskvina’s Pairs have won a total of 69 medals at Olympic Games, ISU World and European Championships, which makes her the most successful Pair Skating coach in the World. She coached four couples to Olympic gold: Elena Valova/Oleg Vasiliev (1984), Natalia Mishkutenok/Artur Dmitriev (1992), Oksana Kazakova/Artur Dmitriev (1998) and Elena Berezhnaia/Anton Sihkarulidze (2002). Most recently, her students Mishina/Galliamov and Boikova/Kozlovskii claimed gold and bronze at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2021.

Alexei Mishin (RUS)

Mishin’s students such as Alexei Urmanov, Evgeni Plushenko and Lisa Tuktamysheva have won Olympic, World and European titles and medals. The professor of the Lesgaft University in St. Petersburg has developed many training tools and methods that are used worldwide today.

 

Most recently, his student Lisa Tuktamysheva earned the silver medal at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2021.

Jayne Torvill / Christopher Dean (GBR)

British Ice Dancers Torvill and Dean revolutionized the sport with their immortal “Bolero” that won them Olympic gold in 1984. But there is so much more to them than the “Bolero”. Torvill and Dean brought Ice Dance to another level. Their passionate Rhumba Original Set Pattern Dance from 1994 has been developed into a Compulsory Dance, for example. They continued to create unique programs in shows and tours and as choreographers.

Guest star: James Morisson

Morrison was influenced by the music his parents listened to at a young age. His mother was a soul enthusiast, while his father enjoyed folk and country music. In 2006, he achieved worldwide success with his “Undiscovered” album, that included “You Give Me Something”. It was top of the UK album Charts as of the first week of its release and made Morrison the best-selling Male Solo Artist of 2006 in the UK. In 2007 he received Best British Male Solo Artist at the BRIT Awards.

ISU Skating Awards 2020

A long process lead to the final vote. The first long list of candidates were based on the results and experiences at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating individual events and Final, ISU European Figure Skating Championships and ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships of the 2019/20 season. That list was then submitted to votes by the public, media and ISU Members between December 1, 2019 and February 10, 2020, which determined the three nominees in each category, that were announced on June 26, 2020.

The Jury had the responsibility of choosing the winner of each category among the nominees, who were revealed live on the ISU Skating Awards.

The winners of the premier ISU Skating Awards 2020 were revealed during the online ceremony hosted by Tanith and Charlie White on July 11, 2020. Re-watch the show on demand to relive the excitement. And if you just want to know who won…. well… The winners are….