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(27 Jan 2015) The Escondido FSC has secured the Ice  Town Carlsbad rink as an official secondary rink for their club.  Escondido Ice-Plex will remain their primary rink.  Along with the addition of this rink, the club has changed its name to The North County Figure Skating Club. 


SWP REGIONAL 2015 COMPETITION CALENDAR

Feb. 14-15

Los Angeles FSC Adult Mid-Winter Open Championships

Artesia CA

Feb. 21 – 22

OPEN

Feb. 28 – Mar. 1

OPEN

     

Mar. 7 – 8

OPEN

Mar.  15

Glacier Falls FSC Basic Skills and Showcase

Paramount CA

Mar. 20 – 22

OPEN

Mar. 28 – 29

OPEN

     

Apr. 3 – 4

OPEN (Easter Weekend)

Apr. 10 – 12

SC of Phoenix Fiesta Skate

Peoria AZ

Apr. 17 – 19

OPEN

Apr. 24 – 26

La Jolla FSC Open Championships

La Jolla CA

Apr. 30 – 5/3

USFS Governing Council

Colorado Springs CO

     

May. 8 – 10

South Bay FSC Open Champs

Torrance CA

May. 15 – 17

Los Angeles FSC California Champs

Artesia CA

May 22 – 24

OPEN

May. 29 – 31

All Year FSC Open Champs

Ontario CA

     

Jun. 6 – 7

Los Angeles FSC Showcase for Skaters

Burbank CA

Jun. 12 – 14

OPEN

Jun. 19 – 21

So-Cal Interclub Open Championships

Paramount CA

Jun. 26 – 28

FSC of Southern California Open Championships

El Segundo CA

     

Jul. 3 – 5

OPEN (4th of July Weekend)

Jul. 10 – 12

Los Angeles FSC Open Champs

Burbank CA

Jul. 17 – 19

Coyotes SC of Arizona Cactus Classic

Scottsdale AZ

Jul. 24 – 26

Skate La Grande Championships

San Diego CA

Jul. 29 – Aug. 2

Glacier Falls FSC Summer Classic

Anaheim CA
     

Aug. 6 – 9

OPEN

 

Aug. 14 -16

Desert FSC of Arizona Ice Classic

Tempe AZ

Aug. 21 – 23

Orange County FSC Open Championships

Yorba Linda CA

Aug. 21 – 23

Flagstaff FSC Ice in the Pines

Flagstaff AZ

Aug. 28 – 30

Escondido FSC Hidden Valley Open Championships

Escondido CA

     

Sep. 3 – 6

All Year FSC Golden West Championships

Ontario CA

Sep. 11 – 13

Rim of the World FSC Open Championships

Paramount CA

Sep. 18 – 20

Pasadena FSC Open Championships

Pasadena CA

Sep. 25 – 27

So-Cal Inter-Club Invitational Series Final

Paramount CA

     

Oct. 2 – 4

Tri-Valley FSC West Coast Open Championships

Valencia CA

Oct. 10 – 13

2016 Southwest Pacific Regionals

Pasadena CA

Oct. 17 – 18

OPEN

Oct. 24 – 25

Arrowhead FSC Open Championships

Ontario CA

Oct. 31 – Nov. 1

OPEN

     

Nov. 7

SC of Phoenix Autumn Antics

Peoria AZ

Nov. 14 – 15

OPEN

Nov. 18 – 22

2016 Pacific Coast Sectionals

Burbank CA

Nov. 28 – 29

OPEN

     

Jan. 16 – 24, 2016

U.S. National Championships

St. Paul MN


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

Northwest Pacific

Seattle

Oct. 10-13, 2015

Upper Great Lakes

Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

Oct. 10-13, 2015

Southwest Pacific

Pasadena, Calif.

Oct. 10-13, 2015

South Atlantic

Aston, Pa.

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


2014 Glacier Falls Summer Classic IJS Results

2014 Glacier Falls Summer Classic 6.0 Results

  In the News:

2015 U.S. National Championships

Grand Prix Final a Great Success - The Grand Prix Final took place in Barcelona, Spain from December 10 to 14. I had never attended a Grand Prix Final before, nor I had been in Barcelona. I must say it was definitely a great week. Barcelona is a wonderful city and the Spanish people very friendly and full of life.  By Sonia Bianchetti.
Russia Dominates 2014 Grand Prix, Sends Nine Entries to Final
Gymnastics Questions Code of Points, Laments Loss of Artistry - When IJS was first being forced down everyone's throat ... no, no, "introduced" ... it was repeatedly pointed out that gymnastics was going down the same road adopting a "code of points' scoring system, to show just what a good mainstream idea IJS was.
Since then, gymnastics has experienced the same problems that have befallen skating due to using a code of points scoring system.  But while the ISU remains steadfast in embracing a system that has done more harm than good, gymnastics appears to be wising up and willing to admit it made some mistakes and make changes.
Numbers Tell All, Skating is Back in the Center Spotlight
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News Nuggets

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Jan 25.  - Ashley Wagner declines her selection to the Four Continents Championships in order to focus on training for the World Championships.  She was replaced by Samantha Cesario.  “After further consideration, my coaches and I have decided to focus on my training for the World Championships,” Wagner said. “The U.S. Championships were a great event for me but were also physically and mentally taxing and I feel that the extra training time will benefit me going into Worlds.”

Jan. 25 - Skate Canada team assignments announced.

Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Men
Nam Nguyen
Jeremy Ten
Liam Firus

Ladies
Gabrielle Daleman
Alaine Chartrand
V้ronik Mallet

Ice Dance
Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje
Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier
Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam

Pairs
Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford
Lubov Ilyushechkina & Dylan Moscovitch
Kirsten Moore-Towers & Michael Marinaro

World Junior Figure Skating Championships

Men
Roman Sadovsky
Nicolas Nadeau

Ladies
Selena Zhao
Kim DeGuise-L้veill้e

Ice Dance
Mackenzie Bent & Garrett MacKeen
Madeline Edwards & ZhaoKai Pang

Pairs
Julianne S้guin & Charlie Bilodeau
Mary Orr & Phelan Simpson
Shalena Rau & S้bastien Arcieri

World Figure Skating Championships

Men
Nam Nguyen
Jeremy Ten

Ladies
Gabrielle Daleman
Alaine Chartrand

Ice Dance
Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje
Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier
Alexandra Paul & Mitchell Islam

Pairs
Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford
Lubov Ilyushechkina & Dylan Moscovitch
Julianne S้guin & Charlie Bilodeau

Jan. 24 - Toller Cranston, six-time Canadian champion from 1971 to 1975 and Olympic bonze medalist, passed away at 65 years of age in San Miguel, Mexico where he had lived for many years.  He was also 1974 World bronze medalst , and silver medalist at the 1971 North American Championships, the last year that competition was held.

Cranston was a modern pioneer of artistic skating and in his later years earned renown as a painter.

Jan. 16 - Italian figure skater, and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Carolina Kostner has been banned for 16-months after Italian officials found her guilty of assisting ex-boyfriend Alex Schwazer in covering up his doping.

Kostner admitted she lied to officials when they arrived at her home looking for Schwazer so that he could provide a sample for a drug test.  She told them he was not around but claims that she did not know he was using performance-enhancing drugs.

Kostner is appealing the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and was quoted in the press saying "I lied on his request. But I never, never covered for him, because I had no idea what he was doing."

Ah, the things we do for love.

Dec. 4 - Gracie Gold (USA), withdraws from Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, due to a stress fracture in her left foot.  She will be replaced by Rika Hongo (JPN) who finished seventh in the Grand Prix standings.

Dec. 2 - Don Laws, distinguished American figure skating coach died of heart failure at age 85.  Laws was Junior champion in singles and dance, and was coach to notable skaters Scott Hamilton, Tiffany Chin, Michael Weiss and Patrick Chan.

Dec. 1 - Two-time Olympian David Santee, U.S. Figure Skating official and management  organizer and Anne Gerly and choreographer Ricky Harris are elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Their inductions will be held during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships held Jan. 17-25, 2015 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

January Competitions

7 - 10 Jan - Mentor Nestle Torun Cup, Torun, Poland

20 - 24 Jan - 8th Europa Cup Skate Helena, Belgrade, Serbia

25 - 30 Jan - 12th Winter European Youth Olympic Festival, Dornbirn, Austria

26 Jan - 1 Feb - European Championships - Stockholm, Sweden

 
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