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:
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:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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.
Final Jury Voting
The ISU Skating Awards Jury – made up of 6 former Figure Skating Champions – will vote on the winners in each category.
Check out the winners of the 2020 ISU Skating Awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award winners from 2021 here.
Stay tuned for further announcements on the 2023 ISU Skating Awards through the following channels: