The stars that impress us at the World and Olympic stage today all have started out at the junior level and began their journey with the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. One of them is Vincent Zhou (USA), who claimed the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships title in 2017. The next season, he made the Olympic team and finished a respectable 6th in PyeongChang. In 2019, Zhou claimed the bronze medal at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships and the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.
Although the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series 2020/21 was cancelled, Junior Skaters take centre stage in the spirit of the #UpAgain campaign. Today, we take a trip down memory lane with Junhwan Cha (KOR) and Christina Carreira/Anthony Ponomarenko (USA) during their exclusive interview with Ted Barton, as they look back on their time as juniors and walk us through their performance at the 2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii were both Single Skaters when they teamed up end of 2015. It took them less than a year to get assigned to their first ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating event in Saransk (RUS) in fall 2016. The Pair from St. Petersburg that is coached by Artur Minchuk and the legendary Tamara Moskvina claimed the silver medal at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in 2017.
The ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series 2020/21 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Nevertheless, in the spirit of the #UpAgain campaign, Junior Skaters will take centre stage over the course of the next few weeks. The ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2017, 2018 and 2019 will be streamed on the Skating ISU YouTube Channel, starting on September 5, 2020 at 12:00 noon (CEST). Ted Barton will also be conducting exclusive interviews with some of the athletes who competed during the Championships and will be reviewing the programs of the top three contestants of each event.
Do you know who finished last in their first appearance at the ISU European Championships and then first in their last ISU European Figure Skating Championships?
Figure Skating is an individual sport, but at the same time, skaters usually start travelling to international competitions at a young age and make friends all over the world. Friendship is always important, but especially in challenging times like now with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting everybody’s life. Skaters are relying on their friends from all over the world to overcome these challenges together.
Have a look back at the best pictures of the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2020. Nothing like capturing a moment.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone to try new and different things. Skaters trained online and at home, choreographers were building programs using video conference techniques. 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) and her choreographer Juri Smekalov, a dancer and choreographer from the world famous Mariinski Theater in St. Petersburg, took it a step further and built a new program live on Instagram in several sessions for everyone to watch, follow and participate.
The International Skating Union (ISU) and Art on Ice are proud to announce that the ISU Skating Awards 2020 will be held virtually on July 11, 2020 and will be Live Streamed on the ISU Skating Awards page from 16:00 CEST.
While training on ice was put on hold everywhere in the world, it doesn’t mean that the skaters were sitting back and taking a break. Training continued, but just in a different way and the ”Keep Training!” series for Figure Skating and Synchronized Skating launched by the ISU in collaboration with the ISU Centers of Excellence in April turned out to be a huge success. Thousands of viewers followed the live training sessions with well-known skaters such as Stéphane Lambiel (SUI), Aljona Savchenko (GER), Ondrej Hotarek (ITA), Jeremy Abbott (USA) and other experts, or watched the videos later. Speed Skating and Short Track Speed Skating also offer online training sessions.
Consideration that some ice rinks are re-opening and Skaters are hitting the ice again, with lockdown measures slowly easing down, the ISU CoEKeep Training Series presents an online training weekend on June 5 and June 7, 2020, which will be the last Keep Training! Figure Skating Series for the foreseeable future. Don't miss them!
There is nothing like capturing the moment. Take a look at the beautiful compilation of the moments that were captured during the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2020.
The Corona pandemic stopped the Figure Skating world in mid-stride: less than a week before the ISU World Figure Skating Championships were scheduled to kick off in Montréal (CAN), the event was cancelled. The crisis has affected not only skaters, coaches and fans but millions of people all over the world. However, the difficult situation also set energy free to react and to help. The “Open Ice” live show on April 25 brought the skating community together to raise money for the U.N. Foundation’s Covid-19 response fund.
At age 18 and 20, Aleksandra Boikova/Dmitrii Kozlovskii (RUS) are so young that they are actually still junior age eligible, but they already belong to the best Pair Skating couples in the world and proved that this season and especially at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Graz (AUT).
Following the success of the 2018 and 2019 ISU World Championships streams on the Skating ISU YouTube Channel, the International Skating Union (ISU) asked fans and followers what they wanted to see next and selected the 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships which will begin as of May 10, 2020.