Most Valuable Skater
ISU Skating Awards 2020 - Most Valuable Skater
Honors the Single Skater or Pair or Ice Dance Couple who best managed to increase the level of popularity of Figure Skating with their fan base, media attention and sponsor appreciation.Yuzuru HANYU (JPN)
Yuzuru Hanyu is the first Japanese male skater to win Olympic gold and the first man since 1948 and 1952 Olympic Champion Dick Button (USA) to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals. He is the first skater to perform a clean quadruple Loop in competition and surpass a total score of 300 points. He is a two-time Olympic Champion, two-time ISU World Figure Skating Champion, ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Champion, four-time ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Champion and four-time Japanese national Champion. He even won ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships and ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final titles, making him one of the most decorated skaters in the world. Biography
Nathan CHEN (USA)
Nathan Chen (USA) was the first skater to perform four, and only one year later, five quads, in a Free Skating program. At age twenty, he has an Olympic bronze Team Event medal and is two-times ISU World Figure Skating Champion, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Champion, ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Champion and four-times National Champion. Chen sets an example by combining high-level studies and skating. He contributes to the popularization of men’s skating in the USA and worldwide.
Gabriella PAPADAKIS / Guillaume CIZERON (FRA)
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron are the first Ice Dancers to break 200 points; they hold the highest Rhythm Dance, Free Dance and total score. At only 25, the couple are Olympic silver medalists, four-times ISU World Figure Skating Champions, five-times ISU European Figure Skating Champion and six times National Champions. They push the boundaries of Ice Dance with their innovative, ballet style programs often inspired by modern dance.