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27 Oct 2016
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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.
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
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