Following a first online selection phase (December 15th - 31st , 2022) during which the public and media could vote on their favorite candidates (see full list here), the 2023 ISU Skating Awards Selection Commission has subsequently analyzed the voting results to finally designate three Nominees for each of the six Award categories.
The ISU is delighted to officially announce the 2023 ISU Skating Awards Nominees as follows (discover the Nominees Book here):
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).
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.
Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES (USA) - Free Dance 2021/22 - Designed by: Madison Chock
Yuzuru HANYU (JPN) - Short Program 2021/22 - Designed by: Satomi Ito
Loena HENDRICKX (BEL) - Free Skating 2021/22 - Designed by: Natalia Koma
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).
Donovan CARRILLO (MEX) - Short Program 2021/22
Yuzuru HANYU (JPN) - Short Program 2021/22
Gabriella PAPADAKIS / Guillaume CIZERON (FRA) - Rhythm Dance 2021/22
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).
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).
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.
The recipients of the two following Award categories will be announced on February 5th, 2023 during the ISU Skating Awards ceremony:
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.
The winners in each category will be decided through a vote by the 2023 ISU Skating Awards star-studded Jury, made up of six former Figure Skating Champions, whose names will be unveiled soon.
The winners announcement and Awards-giving ceremony will take place on February 5th 2023 in Zurich during a special show held in collaboration with Art on Ice. For the first time ever, the ISU Skating Awards will be staged live in front of an audience and simultaneously broadcasted on the Skating ISU YouTube channel. The celebrities Johnny Weir – Figure Skater and Commentator – and Elma Smit – Sports Reporter and TV Presenter – (read here) will form a unique duo to host this year’s show, promising to provide viewers with exclusive insights interviews and backstage content of the 2023 ISU Skating Awards Nominees.
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: