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Current Grand Prix Standings
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Due to cancellation of TEB, standings use Short Program results at TEB; and second tie breaker is best score of two events, instead of best cumulative score of two events. Skaters who competed at TEB and ended up seventh in the standings would be invited to the final.
News from the Southwest Pacific Region
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SWP REGIONAL 2015 COMPETITION CALENDAR
2016 Sectional Figure Skating Championships
2017 Regional Figure Skating Championships
2016 Adult Sectional Figure Skating Championships
2017 Adult Sectional Figure Skating Championships
In the News:
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Nov 27 - Garrett Swasey, the 1992 Junior National Ice Dance Champion with partner Christine Fowler-Binder was killed in the line of duty in an attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, CO. Garrett, 44, was a police officer with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs police department for the past six years.
Contributions can be made to a memorial education fund for his two young children at www.youcaring.com/the-family-of-officer-swasey-rachel-swasey-and-children-477034
Nov 23 - Skate Canada announces that Mississauga, ON will be the site of the 2016 Skate Canada International competition.
Nov 22 - Tomorrow, it is expected that Skate Canada will announce that Mississauga, ON will be the site of the 2016 Skate Canada International competition.
Nov 21 - Reigning U.S. champion Jason Brown has withdrawn from the 2015 NHK Trophy due to a back strain incurred during training.
Brown, under the care of Olympic Training Center medical staff, is continuing to train with restrictions. Brown’s doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
Brown had an outside chance to make the Grand Prix Final, but now with only one Grand Prix result, that is now impossible. That leaves Adam Rippon the only remaining American with a chance to make the final.
Brown is next scheduled to defend his U.S. title at the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which are set for Jan. 15-24 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
“I absolutely love competing in Japan and will miss being around the most incredible fans. I look forward to returning to Japan very soon,” Brown said. “I’m so disappointed to withdraw from NHK Trophy but I know how important it is for me to get healthy for the rest of the season and this will give me time to rest and recover.”
Oct 21 - Gretchen Donlan & Nathan Bartholomay have withdrawn from Skate America as Donlan recovers from symptoms related to an acute viral illness including fever, exhaustion and dizziness. Jessica Pfund & Joshua Santillan, who train alongside Donlan & Bartholomay in Ellenton, Florida, will now compete at Skate America.
“We’re disappointed that we aren’t able to represent Team USA at our first Grand Prix together,” Bartholomay said. “We worked really hard to this point to get selected for this event and it’s disappointing that we are in this situation. Ultimately, of course, Gretchen’s safety is most important.”
Donlan & Bartholomay have competed twice this season, finishing fifth at the U.S. International Classic and sixth at Nepela Trophy.
Pfund & Santillan made their international debut last week at the 2015 Autumn Classic International, placing third.
Sep 25 – Joshua Farris, the 2015 U.S. bronze medalist, 2013 World Junior champion and 2015 Four Continents silver medalist, will not compete at his 2015 Grand Prix Series events, Skate Canada and NHK Trophy.
Farris is recovering from a concussion and will resume training when approved by his physicians, and his Colorado Springs coaching team, Damon Allen and Christy Krall.
“I couldn't be more disappointed to withdraw from my Grand Prix assignments,” Farris said. “I am steadily healing and hope to be back on the ice as soon as possible. I appreciate all of the support from my fans, family and friends.”
3 - 8 Nov - Crystal Skate, Brasov, Romania
4 - 8 Nov - 28th Volvo Open Cup, Riga, Latvia
6 - 8 Nov - Cup of China ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Beijing, China
6 - 8 Nov - NRW Trophy for Ice Dance, Dortmund, Germany
11 - 15 Nov - Skate Celje, Celje, Slovenia
12 - 15 Nov - 18. Merano Cup, Merano, Italy
13 - 15 Nov - Trophée Eric Bompard ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Bordeaux, France
18 - 22 Nov - Tallinn Trophy, Tallinn, Estonia
18 - 22 Nov - Open Andorra, Canillo, Andorra
18 - 21 Nov - Golden Bear, Zagreb, Croatia
20 - 22 Nov - Rostelecom Cup ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Moscow, Russia
20 - 22 Nov - 21st Pavel Roman Memorial, Olomouc, Czech Republic
20 - 22 Nov - 53rd Grand Prix SNP Banska Bystrica, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
25 - 29 Nov - NRW Trophy Figure Skating, Dortmund, Germany
26 - 29 Nov - Warsaw Cup, Warsaw, Poland
27 - 29 Nov - NHK Trophy ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Nagano, Japan
28 Nov - 4 Dec - 9th Santa Claus Cup, Budapest, Hungary
2 - 5 Dec - Golden Spin of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
10 - 13 Dec - ISU Junior & Senior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Barcelona, Spain
18 - 20 Dec - 57th Grand Prix of Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia