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SWP REGIONAL 2017/18 COMPETITION CALENDAR

2018 Regional Figure Skating Championships

North Atlantic

Hackensack, New Jersey

Oct. 4 -2017

Upper Great Lakes

Blaine, Minnesota

Oct. 4 -2017

Northwest Pacific

Eugene, Oregon

Oct. 4 -2017

South Atlantic

Aston, Pennsylvania

Oct. 11-15, 2017

Southwestern

Fort Collins, Colorado

Oct. 11-15, 2017

Southwest Pacific

Ontario, California

Oct. 11-15, 2017

New England

Westborough, Massachusetts

Oct. 18-22, 2017

Eastern Great Lakes

Antioch, Tennessee

Oct. 18-22, 2017

Central Pacific

Salt Lake City, Utah

Oct. 18-22, 2017

2018 Sectional Figure Skating Championships

Eastern

Boxborough, Massachusetts

Nov. 15-19, 2017

Midwestern

Bloomington, Minnesota

Nov. 15-19, 2017

Pacific Coast

Spokane, Washington

Nov. 15-19, 2017

2018 Eastern Sectional Championships
2018 Midwestern Sectional Championships
2018 Pacific Coast Sectional Championships

2018 Adult Sectional Figure Skating Championships

Eastern

Ardmore, PA

March 9-11, 2018

Midwestern

Rochester, MI

March 9-11, 2018

Pacific Coast

Pasadena, CA

March 9-11, 2018

U.S. Adult Championships

Marlborough, MA

April 10-14, 2018


2018 U.S. Adult Championships
2018 Eastern Adult Sectional Championships
2018 Midwestern Adult Sectional Championships
2018 Pacific Coast Adult Sectional Championships



  In the News:

2018 U.S. National Championships

29 December - 7 January 2018
San Jose, CA

Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen named to 2018 Olympic team, and 2018 World Team.

Nathan Chen, Adam RIppon and Vincent Zhou named to 2018 Olympic team, and 2018 World Team.

Alexa Scimeca-Knierem & Alex Knierem named to 2018 Olympic team, and 2018 World Team.

Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue, Maia & Alex Shibutani and Madison Chock & Evan Bates named to 2018 Olympic team, and 2018 World Team.

2017 ISU Grand Prix Final

After being held in Southern Europe for three years, the Grand Prix Final 2017 takes place in Nagoya, a city of around three million people (including the suburbs) in central Japan and about 150 miles southwest of Tokyo. The city-owned rink, several miles southeast of downtown, is called Nippon Gaishi Hall and has a maximum capacity of 10,000 people, but is configured for 6000 spectators for this competition. Nagoya is the home of Toyota cars. In the skating world, the city is known for the single skating school of Machiko Yamada whose most prominent skaters were Midori Ito, the triple Axel jumper of the years around 1990, and Mao Asada, the triple Axel jumper of the years between 2006 and 2014. Both of them were also World Champions.

Day 1 (Thursday)

Pairs Short Program

Men's Short Program

Ice Dance Short Dance

Day 2 (Friday)

Ladies Short Program

Men's Free Skate

Day 3 (Saturday)

Pairs Free Skate

Ice Dance Free Dance

Ladies Free Skate

Junior Grand Prix Final

Estimated Attendance

PSP: 5400
MSP: 5400
DSD: 5100

LSP:  5400
MFS: 5600

PFS: 5400
DFD:5400
LFS: 5700

Exhibition: 5900

Russian Athletes to Compete Under IOC Banner at PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games

2017 Skate America

The last spots for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final are on the line at Bridgestone Skate America this week in Lake Placid, NY. Among those competing for a spot are two-time World Champions Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (CAN), two-time World medalists Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (USA), Four Continents Champion Nathan Chen (USA), and U.S. Champions Ashley Wagner and Karen Chen.

Skate America is the sixth and last event in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series that culminates in the Final in Nagoya, Japan next month. A total of 57 skaters/couples from 9 ISU members compete in Lake Placid.  Lake Placid is a scenic, but remote, town in the Adirondack mountains of New York and was the site of the 1932 and 1980  Olympic Winter Games.

Though the last competition of the series, several slots for the final are in play in each event.

LADIES

A win by Polina Tsurskaya (RUS) or Ashley Wagner (USA) gets them to the final.  A second place will rely on tie breakers to make it to the final.  Karen Chen (USA) and Gabreille Dalelman (CAN) are not in contention to make the final, but have the potential to be spoilers for Tsurskaya or Wagner.

MEN

Nathan Chen (USA), Sergei Varonov (RUS), Boyang Jin (CHN) and Adam Rippon (USA) all have the potential to make the final, even with placements as low as fourth.  Javier Fernandez (ESP), Misha Ge (UZB) and Alexander Samarin (RUS) are all at risk of dropping out of the top six finishers in the series.

PAIRS

Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (CAN), Aljona Savchenko & Bruno Massot (GER) and Xiaoyu Yu & Hao Zhang (CHN) all have good chances to make the final, with top three finishes at Skate America.  The teams currently fourth though sixth in the standings are all at risk of being pushed out of the final.

DANCE

Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (USA) and Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte (ITA)  can make the final with top two finishes here, and even with a third place finish the Italians will make the final.  Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Soloviev (RUS) and Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje (CAN) are both at risk of being pushed out of the final.

Unlike the other Grand Prixs,  Skate America is spread over three days of competition instead of two, allowing somewhat lighter days on Friday and Saturday, but a longer day on Sunday, with two final rounds during the day, and the exhibition in the evening.

Day 1

Pairs Short Program

Men's Short Program 

Day 2

Pairs Free Skate

Men's Free Skate 

Ice Dance Short Dance

Ladies Short Program

Day 3

Ladies Free Skate

Ice Dance Free Dance

2017 Skate America Gold Medalists

Estimated Attendance

PSP: 2600
MSP: 2800

PFS: 3500
MFS: 3500
DSD: 3000
LSP: 3400

LFS: 3000
DFD: 2800

Exhibition: 1500

Golden Moments at 2017 Bridgestone Skate America

2017 Internationaux de France de Patinage

This year, the Grand Prix in France was the fifth one of the six and did not take place in Paris. Instead it is held in the Winter Olympic City of Grenoble in the French Alps, where Peggy Fleming had won the Olympic gold medal in 1968. One reason fro the change in the order of the Grand Prix competitions this year was to avoid holding the French event on Armistice day weekend, which is a major national holiday in France.

Grenoble is a city of 160,000 people with a renowned university in  a larger metropolitan area of 660,000. The name of the competition is "Les Internationaux de France de Patinageď (The Internationals of French Figure Skating). The competition is not held in the former Olympic ice rink, because it is used for concerts and other non-ice events now. Instead it takes place in the Polesud ("South Poleď) rink, a few miles south of downtown, which was built about 20 years ago.

 

French National Team

Day 1

Ladies Short Program

Ice Dance Short Dance

Pairs Short Program

Men's Short Program 

Day 2

Ladies Free Skate

Ice Dance Free Dance

Pairs Free Skate

Men's Free Skate

2017 Skate France International Gold Medalists

Estimated Attendance

LSP: 1000
DSD: 1200
PSP: 1400
MSP: 1200

LFS: 1500
DFD: 1500
PFS: 1800
MFS: 2200

Exhibition: 2800

2017 Skate Canada International

Skate Canada is the second Grand Prix of this 2017-18 season and takes place from October 26 to 29 in Regina in the province of Saskatchewan. The venue is called Brandt Centre, named after the local Brandt company which produces agricultural equipment. The competition began Friday with the short programs and Short Dance.  The first of these was the Short Program of the 12 ladies, followed by the Dance, Men and Pairs events.

Ladies Short Program

Ice Dance Short Dance

Men's Short Program

Pairs Short Program

The competition resumed on Saturday with the same order of competition as Friday, Ladies and Ice Dance in the afternoon session and Men and Pairs in the evening session.  Attendance was modest in the 6000 seat Brandt Centre.  Canada took home three of the four gold  medals, while Japan's Shoma Uno took the gold in the Men's event.

Team USA took home three medals. Jason Brown, took silver in the menís event, while Ashley Wagner and Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue took bronze in the ladies and ice dance events.

Brown's second place finish offers him a reasonable chance to make the final if he medals at NHK Trophy, his second Grand Prix assignment. To make the final Wagner and Hubbell & Donohue will likely need at least second place results in their next Grand Prix assignments, as skaters who place third and third (or lower) in their two competitions rarely make the final.  Wagner next competes at Skate America, going up against Gabrielle Daleman, while Hubbell & Donohue complete at NHK Trophy going up Virtue & Moir again.

Ladies Free Skate

Ice Dance Free Dance

Men's Free Skate

Pairs Free Skate

Estimated Attendance

LSP: 1600
DSD: 1600
MSP: 2000
PSP: 2000

LFS: 2400
DFD: 2400
MFS: 3000
PFS: 3000

Exhibition: 2800

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News Nuggets

Past News Nuggets are in the Archive

5 Dec. - Injured Boyang Jin (CHN) is replaced in the Grand Prix Final by Jason Brown (USA).  This gives the U.S. three entries in the Men's final.

Injured Evgenia Medvedeva (RUS) is replaced in the Ladies Final by Sotoko Miahara (JPN).  This will give the home audience in Nagoya a second Japanese skater to root for, the first being Shomo Uno who qualified for the Men's Final.

1 Dec. - U.S. Figure Skating announced the 2018 inductees for the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.  Inductions to take place Jan. 5, 2018 at the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

  • Michael Weiss - Three times U.S. Champion and two times World bronze medalist, first American to land a quad toe loop in competition (at the 1999 World Championships).

  • Kyoko Ina & John ZImmerman - three time(consecutive) U.S. Champions,  World bronze medalists.

  • Claire Ferguson - first female president of U.S. Figure Skating, first American woman elected to the ISU council.

  • Sarah Kawahara - choreographer of television specials, films and touring shows, two-time Emmy award winner, choreographer of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

23 Nov. - The German skating federation today received a message from the immigration office in Sonthofen (capital town of the small county to which Oberstdorf belongs) saying that French pair skater Bruno Massot, who was second at the World Championships 2017 with Aljona Savchenko, will receive German citizenship immediately. This means that he passed the German language and grammar test which he did on November 10 for the third time after having failed two times in spring and summer 2017.

This test may be taken only every three months and it was his last chance before the Olympic Games. He needs German citizenships for participation at the 2018 Games in South Korea. After returning from Skate America he will get his passport and the other documents next week in Sonthofen which is about 10 miles from Oberstdorf.

17 Nov. - U.S. Figure Skating announced that Gracie Gold has withdrawn from the 2018 National Figure Skating Championships.  Gold has not competed this season as she seeks treatment for personal issues, including anxiety, depression and an eating disorder.

16 Nov. - 2018 Skate America to be held in Everett, Washington, 19-21 Oct. 2018, back to being the first competition of the ISU Grand Prix.  Skate Canada International will be the following weekend in Laval, Ontario, followed by Cup of China, NHK Trophy, Rostelcom, and ending with the International of France, 23-25 November 2018.

3 Nov. - Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan has withdrawn from the NHK Trophy Grand Prix event, Skate Canada announced today.

Chan's withdrawal comes less than a week after his fourth-place finish at the Skate Canada competition in Regina.

The fourth place finish in his first Grand Prix assignments offers Chan virtually no change of making the final.

Rather than being distracted by training for his now superfluous second Grand Prix assignment Chan can now focus his full attention on training for the Canadian National Championships in January and the Olympics in February.

28 Oct. - Brian Orser underwent emergency Gall Bladder surgery this morning in Regina, SK while attending the Skate Canada International Grand Prix.  A full recovery from the surgery is expected.

26 Oct. - Skate Canada announces that 2018 Skate Canada International will be held in Laval, Canada, October 25 - 28, 2018.  The IUS Grand Prix Final will also be held in Canada, December 5-8, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.

20 Oct.  - The ISU announced that "based on information received from US Figure Skating, suggesting a different venue, the Council decided to move the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2019. Accordingly, the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships will be held in Anaheim, CA, USA on February 4-10, 2019."

January Competitions

Jan 04 - Jan 07, 2018, EduSport Trophy, Bucharest, Otopeni, ROU

Jan 04 - Jan 07, 2018, FBMA Trophy, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Jan 15 - Jan 21, 2018, ISU European Figure Skating Championships, Moscow, RUS

Jan 22 - Jan 27, 2018, ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, Taipei City, TPE

Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2018, Europa Cup Skate Helena, Belgrade, SRB

Jan 26 - Jan 28, 2018, Reykjavik International Games, Reykjavik, ISL

Jan 26 - Jan 31, 2018Updated, Bavarian Open, Oberstdorf, GER

Jan 30 - Feb 04, 2018, Mentor Torun Cup, Torun, POL

Jan 31 - Feb 02, 2018, Open Ice Mall 2018, Eilat, ISR

February Competitions

Feb 01 - Feb 04, 2018, Sarajevo Open 2018, Sarajevo, BIH

Feb 01 - Feb 04, 2018, The Nordics, Nordics Open, Rovaniemi, FIN

Feb 02 - Feb 04, 2018, Egna Dance Trophy, Egna, ITA

Feb 06 - Feb 11, 2018, Sofia Trophy 2018, Sofia, BUL

Feb 08 - Feb 11, 2018, Dragon Trophy & Tivoli Cup, Ljubljana, SLO

Feb 09 - Feb 25, 2018, Olympic Winter Games 2018, PyeongChang, KOR

Feb 15 - Feb 18, 2018, Olympic Hopes, ROU

Feb 16 - Feb 18, 2018, Jegvirag Cup 2018, Miskolc, HUN

Feb 22 - Feb 25, 2018, Challenge Cup, Den Haag, NED

March Competitions

Mar 05 - Mar 11, 2018, ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, Sofia, BUL

Mar 16 - Mar 18, 2018, Coupe de Printemps, Luxembourg, LUX

Mar 19 - Mar 25, 2018, ISU World Figure Skating Championships, Milano, ITA

April Competitions

Apr 04 - Apr 08, 2018, Triglav Trophy & Narcisa Cup, Jesenice, SLO

Apr 05 - Apr 08, 2018, Egna Spring Trophy, Egna, ITA

Apr 09 - Apr 14, 2018, Ephesus Cup, Izmir, TUR

 
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