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2014 Olympic Winter Games

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Host cities for 2015/16 Qualifying Competition

Regionals

 

HOST CITY

DATES

North Atlantic

Lake Placid, N.Y.

Oct. 3-6, 2015

Southwestern

Independence, Mo.

Oct. 3-6, 2015

Central Pacific

San Jose, Calif.

Oct. 3-6, 2015

South Atlantic

Aston, Pa.

Oct. 10-13, 2015

Northwest Pacific

Seattle

Oct. 10-13, 2015

Upper Great Lakes

Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

Oct. 10-13, 2015

Southwest Pacific

Pasadena, Calif.

Oct. 17-20, 2015

New England

Burlington, Vt.

Oct. 17-20. 2015

Eastern Great Lakes

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Oct. 17-20, 2015

Sectionals

Eastern

Simsbury, Conn.

Nov. 18-22, 2015

Midwestern

Cleveland, Ohio

Nov. 18-22, 2015

Pacific Coast

Burbank, Calif.

Nov. 18-22, 2015


  In the News:

Skaters Flock to Toronto, Montreal for Summer Training - The vast number of fine rinks and good coaches in Toronto and Montreal make the two areas hotspots for skaters from all over the world.
Summer Training in the Detroit Area - More than half of the sports’ leading ice dance teams practice in one of three large schools, all clustered in the Detroit area.

ISU Congress to Retain Secret Judging in Competition

The U.S. Figure Skating effort at the ISU Congress  to eliminate secret judging has failed in a vote of 30 in favor of eliminating secret judging, 24 against elimination and 2 abstentions. To be accepted, the proposal  needed a 2/3 majority (38 votes).  The proposal was opposed by ISU president Cinquanta.

Against elimination of secret judging were some western European countries (AUT, SWE, FIN, GER), both Koreas, all south-east Asia members, and some eastern European countries (LAT, EST, LTU, BLR, GEO, POL, SVK).

It is hard to understand how countries like Austria, Finland, and Sweden could vote against this proposal, not to speak of South Korea.  In Sochi, the South Korean's seemed on a mission to determine how each judge scored the ladies event, and filed a protest over the results (that has since been dismissed).  Now just four months later they fall in line with President Cinquanta and oppose a rule change that would have helped them make their case had it been in effect in Sochi.

2014 PSA Conference a Golden Moment for U.S. Figure Skating - Palm Springs, the famous southern California golf and vacation destination that has been, over the decades, home to dozens of Hollywood icons, political leaders and industry titans, including the late Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Ginger Rogers and former President Dwight Eisenhower, provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s Professional Skaters Association conference and trade show.
Seattle Smack Down Offers Little Drama - The 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Governing Council was queued up with several pieces of controversial business, but most of those fell by the wayside by the time the meeting was convened Friday, May 2nd.  When I arrived the day before I only half-jokingly remarked about the rearranging of the deck chairs on the Titanic beginning at noon, but in fact that largely turned out to be the case.
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Aug. 22 - U.S. Figure Skating has signed Frank Carroll to provide services and support for U.S. Figure Skating’s performance enhancement and tracking program.

“U.S. Figure Skating is excited to have this legendary coach mentor and share his wealth of knowledge with U.S. Figure Skating’s premier coaches and athletes,” said David Raith, executive director at U.S. Figure Skating. “Frank Carroll’s expertise and services will be available to our elite athletes and coaches as they embark on the next quadrennium.”

Carroll’s primary focus will be to mentor U.S. Figure Skating’s Team USA and International Selection Pool coaches within U.S. Figure Skating’s Athlete High Performance Department. Additionally, Carroll will work with Mitch Moyer, senior director of athlete high performance, on providing programming, including seminars, on- and off-ice demonstrations and educational materials, for these coaches and their athletes.

Aug. 13 - U.S. lineup for 2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic (subject to change)

Ladies: Polina Edmunds, Courtney Hicks, Mirai Nagasu, Ashley Shin

Men: Max Aaron, Ross Miner, Jordan Moeller, Douglas Razzano

Pairs: Madeline Aaron & Max Settlage, Jessica Noelle Calalang & Zack Sidhu, Alexa Scimeca & Chris Knierim

Ice dance: Alexandra Aldridge & Daniel Eaton, Anastasia Cannuscio & Colin McManus, Madison Chock & Evan Bates

Jul. 16 - Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay announced the end of their pairs partnership. Bartholomay has expressed interest in finding a new partner, while Zhang will attend the University of South Florida full time.

Zhang and Bartholomay, who trained in Ellenton, Fla., under coaches Jim Peterson, Lyndon Johnston and Amanda Evora, began their partnership three years ago. They finished 12th at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. They are the 2014 U.S. silver medalists and 2013 U.S. bronze medalists.

May. 7 - Two-time reigning U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir have ended their partnership. Both skaters have expressed interest in finding new partners.

Castelli and Shnapir, who trained in Boston under coaches Bobby Martin and Carrie Wall, began their partnership eight years ago. Castelli and Shnapir finished ninth at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and were team event bronze medalists at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. They are the 2013 Four Continents bronze medalists and 2009 World Junior bronze medalists

August Competitions

6 - 10 Aug - Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy - Taipei City, Chinese Taipei

20 - 24 Aug - ISU Junior Grand Prix - Courchevel, France

27 - 31 Aug - ISU Junior Grand Prix - Ljubliana,  Slovenia

September Competitions

3 - 7 Sep - ISU Junior Grand Prix - Ostrava, Czech Republic

10 - 14 Sep - ISU Junior Grand Prix - Aichi, Japan

10 - 14 Sep - U.S International Figure Skating - Salt Lake City, United States

18 - 21 Sep - Lombardia Trophy - Sesto San Giovanni/ Milano,Italy

24 - 28 Sep -ISU Junior Grand Prix - Tallinn, Estonia

25 - 27 Sep - Nebelhorn Trophy - Oberstdorf, Germany


 
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