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.
During its online meeting of August 28, 2020, the ISU Council received a report from the appointed Working Group elaborating on the ongoing negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sporting events and the feedback received from the organizing ISU Members of ISU Speed Skating and Short Track Speed Skating Events.
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.
The International Skating Union (ISU) has published the International Single & Pair Skating, Ice Dance and Synchonized Skating Competitions for the season 2020/21.
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?
The International Skating Union (ISU) has published the International Speed Skating & Short Track Speed Skating Competitions for the season 2020/21.
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.
Australia’s Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, 20, who tragically died on July 17, 2020, was a talented Pair Skater who, together with her partner Harley Windsor, wrote Figure Skating history for her adopted country.
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.
It is with profound sadness that the ISU learned of the sudden and unexpected passing of pair skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya (AUS).