The 2014 ISU European Figure Skating Championships will open in Budapest, Hungary, on January 15. The ISU European Figure Skating Championships return to Budapest for the seventh time in history. The event was held in the Hungarian capital as early as in 1895 and 1909 and then again in 1955, 1963, 1984 and in 2004.170 skaters from 33 ISU members have been entered for the Championships. Skaters/couples need to have obtained a minimum total technical score in Short Program and Free Skating in order to compete at the European Championships. Three reigning European Champions are back to defend their title and most of Europe’s top skaters have come to Budapest to face each other one more time before the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi (RUS).