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27 Oct 2016

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2015 Glacier Falls Summer Classic Protocol

2015 Glacier Falls Summer Classic 6.0 Events


Sat, Nov 5 - 6 Autumn Antics Phoenix AZ
Nov 13 -14 OPEN  
Nov 16 - 20 2017 Pacific Coast Championships Salt Lake City UT

2017 Regional Figure Skating Championships

North Atlantic

Williamsville, New York

Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2016

Eastern Great Lakes

Lansing, Michigan

Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2016

Southwest Pacific

Scottsdale, Arizona

Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2016

Central Pacific

Ogden, Utah

Oct. 5-9, 2016

South Atlantic

Ashburn, Virginia

Oct. 5-9, 2016


Plano, Texas

Oct. 5-9, 2016

New England

Burlington, Vermont

Oct. 19-23, 2016

Northwest Pacific

Wenatchee, Washington

Oct. 19-23, 2016

Upper Great Lakes

Rochester, Minnesota

Oct. 19-23, 2016

2017 Sectional Figure Skating Championships


Indian Trail, North Carolina

Nov. 16-20, 2016


Colorado Springs, Colorado

Nov. 16-20, 2016

Pacific Coast

Salt Lake City

Nov. 16-20, 2016

2017 Adult Sectional Figure Skating Championships


Wayne, New Jersey

March 10-12, 2017


Cincinnati, Ohio


Pacific Coast

Burbank, California

March 10-12, 2017

U.S. Adult Championships

Wake Forest, North Carolina

April 18-22, 2017

  In the News:

2016 NHK - NHK Trophy, as most of the time the sixth and last event of the ISU Grand Prix Series, returned to Sapporo on the northern island Hokkaido for the first time since 2011. The week before, Sapporo also hosted the Japan Junior National Championships which were, like NHK Trophy, a test event for the upcoming Asian Winter Games next February.

2016 Cup of China - In the end, most of the top favorites prevailed at the Audi Cup of China in Beijing, the fifth and penultimate event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series in Beijing, but there were also a few upsets, most notably Ashley Wagner’s failure to make the podium. Overall there were quite a few excellent performances, but also some disappointments.

Grand Prix Moves on to Trophée de France - The Trophée de France is the fourth of the six Grand Prix of this season.  For many years this competition had been held in the Palais Omnisport, a huge arena for multiple events (not only sports) in downtown Paris, in the part of the city called Bercy. But in the fall of 2014 and also 2015 the 30-year-old arena underwent a complete renovation and was closed.  Therefore the French federation decided to go to Bordeaux twice which is about 300 miles south of Paris.

2016 Rostelecom Cup - Rostelecom Cup in Moscow was the third event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series for 2016 & 17 and thus some of the medalists qualified for the Final or at least have a very good chance. Russian skaters were not as dominant as in some previous years, however the host country still got five out of twelve medals: gold and silver in the Ladies, gold in Ice Dance, silver and bronze in the Pairs event. But the competition showed also that the Ladies are still Russia’s top discipline and the only one that almost guarantees medals and victories.

2016 Skate Canada

2016 Skate America

European Commission Ruling Has Potential to Upend ISU Eligibility Rules
Gracie Brings Golden Glow to Westchester Skating Academy - Gracie Gold, the two-time U.S. champion, showed what a force she in the sport when she made a visit to the Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford, New York last month (July).

2016 ISU Congress Elects New Leadership


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Oct 27 - The 2017 edition of Skate Canada will beheld in Regina, Saskatchewan from October 26-29, 2017 at the Brandt Centre located at Evraz Place.

Oct 13 - The 2017 edition of Skate America will beheld in Lake Placid, NY at the end of November 2017. As a part of the 2017 & 18 Olympic seasons, US Figure Skating had asked that Skate America be the last of the six Grand Prix events. The Final next season will be in Nagoya, Japan.

Sep 26 - Hall of Fame pair skater Frances Dafoe passed away at age 86 on Friday evening.

Dafoe, a native of Toronto, was a pioneer in pair skating with her partner Norris Bowden. During their career they captured four Canadian titles from 1952-1955, two World titles in 1954 and 1955 and an Olympic silver medal in 1956. They became the first Canadian pair team ever to win a World title in 1954. They were also the Canadian Ice Dance Champions in 1952.

Dafoe has a long list of honors, including becoming a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1955, entering the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1958, receiving the Order of Canada in 1991 and being inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 1993.

After her competitive career Dafoe remained actively involved in skating. She was an Olympic judge and a successful costume designer. She was a graduate of the famed Parsons School of Design in New York City and went on to design thousands of costumes. She worked for CBC for close to 40 years designing costumes for various shows. She also designed the costumes for the closing ceremonies at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games.

Sep 23 - Patrick Chan will be working with a new coaching team this season. Marina Zoueva, Oleg Epstein and Johnny Johns will make up Chan’s coaching team. He will train in Canton, Michigan at the Arctic Edge Arena.

“I am excited to be working with Marina, Oleg and Johnny. They each bring so much to the table and have such a rich history of coaching world and Olympic competitors in all the disciplines. I am looking forward to the season ahead and my first event the Finlandia Trophy in just a couple weeks,” said Patrick Chan.

In August, Chan and his previous coach Kathy Johnson ended their skater-coach partnership after four years working together.

Chan’s first grand prix of the season will be Skate Canada International. The event takes place from October 27-30, 2016 in Mississauga at the Hershey Centre.

ISU congress agrees to eliminate anonymous judging.ISU congress agrees to eliminate anonymous judging.

November Competitions

14 - 18 Nov - ErzurumTrophy, Erzurum Turkey

16 - 20 Nov - Open D'Andorra, Canillo Andorra

17 - 20 Nov - Warsaw Cup, Warsaw Poland

18 - 20 Nov - ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Audi Cup of China 2016 & 2017, Beijing China

18 - 20 Nov - Minsk-Arena Ice Star, Minsk Belarus

18 - 19 Nov - Pavel Roman Memorial, Olomouc Czech Republic

20 - 27 Nov - Tallinn Trophy 2016, Tallinn Estonia

23 - 27 Nov - Skate Celje, Celje Slovenia

25 - 27 Nov - ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating NHK Trophy 2016 & 2017, Sapporo Japan

30 Nov - 4 Dec - NRW Trophy S&P, Dortmund Germany

December Competitions

6 - 11 Dec - 10th Santa Claus Cup, Budapest Hungary

7 - 10 Dec - Golden Spin of Zagreb, Zagreb Croatia

8 - 11 Dec - ISU Junior & Senior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2016 & 17 Final, Marseille France

16 - 18 Dec - 58th Grand Prix of Bratislava, Bratislava Slovak Republic

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