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The Big Picture

27 Oct 2016

News from the Southwest Pacific Region

Clubs of the SWP region are invited to send us news items for inclusion here.

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:

Rippon Injury Opens Door to the Men's Title for Chen - Nathan Chen, the 2016 U.S. men’s bronze medalist who stunned the skating world this past December at the 2016/17 International Skating Union Grand Prix Final in Marseille with a remarkable free skate that featured four quads which earned him a stalwart silver, along with Jason Brown, the electric 2015 U.S. champion and 2014 U.S. silver medalist and Max Aaron, the 2013 U.S. champion, 2014 U.S. bronze medalist and 2016 second-place finisher are three of the main headliners in this year’s exciting men’s event at U.S. Nationals.

Madison Nguyen, Juvenile Girls Champion

All Eyes on Juveniles and Intermediates Opening Weekend of 2017 U.S. Nationals - The best of U.S. Juvenile and Intermediate skaters displayed their talents the opening weekend of the 2017 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.

Kayne, O’Shea Geared up to Compete This Week in Kansas City - Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea, the reigning U.S. pair champions, seem strong and as determined as ever to defend their title this week at the U.S. Nationals in Kansas City.  The high-energy duo, who have been skating together since 2012 and are known for their huge throw jumps, beautifully extended lifts and powerful edges, seem confident and as ready as ever to deliver another championship  batch of performances at this main event.

Adam Rippon Withdraws from U.S. Nationals Due to Foot Fracture - Adam Rippon, the reigning U.S. champion and two-time U.S. silver medalist, announced his withdrawal from the 2017 U.S. Championships due to a fracture he suffered in his left foot when running through jumps during practice at Lakewood Ice in Southern California last Friday.

2016 Grand Prix Final

2016 Junior Grand Prix Final - Once again Russia dominated in the Junior Grand Prix Final. 13 out of 24 qualified skaters & couples came from Russia and seven of the twelve medals also went to this strong skating country. Japan this time was only strong in the Ladies and qualified three entries. The USA continue to be leading in Ice Dance with three couples in the Final, but had only one other entry in the Men’s category. Canada did not qualify a single entry in the juniors.

Thoughts on the 2016 Grand Prix Final

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


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Jan 9 - Polina Edmunds, the reigning U.S. silver medalist, has withdrawn from the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships as she continues to recover from a right foot bone bruise.   “I’m disappointed that I will miss the 2017 U.S. Championships and wish all the athletes good luck in Kansas City,” Edmunds said. “I will continue to focus on my health and look forward to a full return to ice.”  

Jan 9 - Adam Rippon, the reigning U.S. champion, has withdrawn from the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships due to injury. Rippon broke his left foot and sprained the same ankle during an off‐ice warm up on Friday, Jan. 6.   "I am heartbroken that I won't be able to defend my title at the 2017 U.S. Championships,” Rippon said.

 “Despite breaking my foot in a fluke accident off the ice, I am determined to grow from this and come back ever stronger.

 “I will use this as an opportunity to improve so that I can be fully prepared for next season and be at my very best to compete for a spot at the 2018 Olympic Games."

 Rippon is expected to be off the ice for eight to 12 weeks and will resume training with his medical team’s guidance.   

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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