Once the Skater and his team have chosen the idea for the program and the music, the work with the choreographer starts. A Figure Skating program is more than just a sequence of elements such as jumps and spins. Who wants to be successful needs a high quality program and has to combine the technical and artistic aspects of the sport.
Figure Skating is one of the few sports where music is a very important part of the performance. Therefore, finding the right music, arranging and designing it in a way that suits the athlete and the program perfectly is not always an easy task. The music selection is usually the first step in the process of making a new program.
The ISU was informed by the Fédération Française des Sports de Glace (FFSG) of the cancellation of the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating event that was scheduled to take place from September 28 to October 1, 2022 in Grenoble (FRA). The Council decided to reallocate the event to Gdansk (POL) following a spontaneous application.
In summer, you can enjoy many photos of Figure Skaters relaxing on the beach or having fun in ice shows, but in fact they are working a lot and very hard. It is not a secret that the foundation for success during the season is laid during the summer. And so the Skaters are taking part in training camps in mountain areas, in special camps for working on jumps or on skating skills, visiting other coaches and trying to learn something new.
Top Figure Skaters of the world including reigning World Champions Shoma Uno (JPN), Kaori Sakamoto (JPN) and Alexa Knierim/Brandon Frazier (USA) as well as Olympic, World and European medalists are getting ready to compete in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series 2022/23 in the post-Olympic season when accomplished Skaters meet the up and coming next generation.
Further to the cancellation of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating – Cup of China event, the International Skating Union (ISU) is pleased to announce that the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - MK John Wilson Trophy has been allotted to Sheffield (GBR) and will be hosted as planned on November 11-13, 2022.
Two-time Olympic Champion and Figure Skating super star Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) has retired from competing. The 27-year-old announced at a press conference today in Tokyo (JPN) that while he plans not to compete anymore, he wants to continue to perform in ice shows and to pursue his goal of landing a quadruple Axel.
It is with deep sorrow and regret that the International Skating Union (ISU) learned of the death of ISU Honorary President, Mr. Ottavio Cinquanta who passed away on July 18 aged 83.
Today (July 12, 2022), the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) published a decision upholding the constitutional complaint of Ms. Claudia Pechstein challenging two decisions of the Federal Court of Justice which had been issued in 2016.
Figure Skating is going where it never has gone before. As the sport continues to grow worldwide, it now has arrived in Peru in the west of South America. Peru is the newest of the ISU Figure Skating members and it is the fourth South American country to become a full member after Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Additionally, Ecuador is a provisional member for Figure Skating.
The ISU has announced the dates and venues of the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating events and Final for the season 2022/23.
The dream to compete at the Olympic Winter Games came true for 214 Skaters from 32 countries in Beijing (CHN) last February. It takes a lot of effort and resources to become an Olympian and not all Skaters and their Federations have the possibility to invest enough into the sport. This is where the ISU Junior Skater Scholarship comes in and it has proven to be successful over the years. Among the Figure Skaters at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, 17 have benefitted from the ISU Scholarship in the past.
Hello everyone! Happy Pride! I’m Timothy LeDuc, my pronouns are They/Them, I am the 2019 and 2022 United States Pairs Champion and Beijing Olympian with Ashley Cain, and I’m very excited to be writing to you as part of the ISU’s effort to boost the voices of LGBTQ+ athletes during Pride Month.
Many Ukrainian athletes have fled to Europe while others have returned home although it is not safe. More than 100 Skaters have left the country and are currently spread out all over Europe – from Poland to Germany, Denmark, Latvia, Estonia to Romania and some even fled to Canada. Whether they are in Ukraine or in another country far from home, most of the Skaters want to continue to train and are preparing for the coming season.