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Gabriella Izzo (USA) att he ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating (LAT) 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)

Many National Figure Skating Federations hold „test skates“ at the beginning of the season where their top skaters present their new programs to judges and technical specialists to receive valuable feedback. These test skates take place in August or September and they are generally closed to the public, sometimes allowing Media to attend.

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Nam Nguyen (CAN) and Andrew Wolfe (CAN) at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating 2018©International Skating Union (ISU)

USA and Canada invite their national team members to a camp that lasts a few days. Smaller Federations such as Germany might just gather their skaters for two days to show their programs. The Figure Skating Federation of Russia is the only Federation that has turned these test skates into a real event with ticket sales.

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Ria Schwendinger and Valentin Wunderlich (GER) at the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating (CRO)2017©International Skating Union (ISU)

This season‘s Russian test skates for senior-level athletes took place in the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow on September 7 and 8 with several thousand people in attendance. Russian TV broadcasted the event live for the first time.

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Alina Zagitova (RUS) at the Russian Test Skate 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)

The event was a great teaser for the season. ISU World Junior Figure Skating Champion Alexandra Trusova even landed three quadruple jumps – two toeloops and a Lutz.

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Alexandra Trusova (RUS) at the Russian Test Skate 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)