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INTERNATIONAL SKATING UNION OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER

NO 58 JANUARY 2016

INSIDE • ISU NEWS • GRAND PRIX • WORLD CUP REPORTS • RESULTS


The input I am about to propose concerns all those who are in a position to organize an exhibition or a gala after the conclusion of a sport competition. In Figure Skating it is exactly the case i.e. at the end of a major event when the champion/s have been identified, then there is the so-called exhibition where the champions participate but are not necessarily considered as the main protagonists by the spectators.

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Although it is a simple initiative to have the champions and best participants in the major event to participate in the exhibition and they are encouraged to give an exciting performance for the audience. However some athletes consider this additional performance as a burden, even if it is mandatory for the champions and for those athletes who have been selected. Prizes are an important stimulation for the athletes to perform their respective best during the exhibition, but can anything else further motivate the athletes? If the spectators on site and the TV viewers in front of a television could express their opinion through a poll on the most attractive athletes having presented the exhibition, this being another incentive for the athletes. Due to the fact that we are proposing this idea to all organizers we cannot impede of course that an individual athlete (he or she) is replaced by a pair, a couple or by a team with many more athletes participating but always presenting an exhibition performance. Now we have to explain how the spectator on site plus the live TV viewers are both entitled to express their opinion. In case we limit the expression of opinion to the spectator on site it is obvious that the athletes of the country where the event takes place will obtain from the local spectators on site a wider consensus, that is why we added the live TV viewers. Any spectator on site and live TV viewer with a smart phone, can express their preference through a new mobile Application. The mobile Application, which is used at no cost, can be available to express one preference only. The reason is self-explanatory. I do not intend to offend those reading this input but the mentioned approach would be of high importance for the television companies, since the sport and the competition are indeed followed. The television companies may obtain what they are looking for i.e. an increasing interest in the sport and a larger number of spectators. So allow us to summarize the positive aspects of this idea: the exhibition. When performed in this way, it would attract high interest from the athletes, they will consider the exhibition as an event and they would perform at their best and the television companies, normally providing money to the organizers, could obtain what they wish for i.e. a high number of TV viewers. Certainly it is not a performance that any International Sport Federation or organizer might have interest for, but in a period when money is difficult to be found, any idea might serve to improve the final product and that is why an exhibition performed as we mentioned could be of true interest for everyone. Ottavio Cinquanta President, International Skating Union

YUZURU HANYU (JPN)

2014 Olympic and World Champion, 2015 World silver medalist and 2012 World bronze medalist. Hanyu won the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final three consecutive times and is the first man to achieve a total score over 300 points.

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ISU COUNCIL The ISU Council met on October 16 -18, 2015 in Lausanne (SUI). Greece (Figure Skating Branch) and Colombia (Speed Skating Branch) were granted provisional ISU Membership and the Association of Moroccan Ice Sports was accepted as a full Figure Skating Member while the Grenada Figure Skating Association is suspended. The ISU Council decided upon the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2016/17 Calendar and alloted the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final (senior & junior) season 2016/17 to the Fédération Française des Sports de Glace (FFSG) to be held in Marseille (FRA) on December 8 -11, 2016. The ISU World Development Trophies season 2015/16 has also been scheduled; all events are published on the website. Specific procedures relating to the authorization of Open International Competitions as outlined in detail in ISU Communication 1974 have been adopted. The Council agreed to add staff to the Secretariat, one to reinforce the ISU Internal Control System the other to join the ISU Media Team. The Council confirmed its strong support towards the continuously expanding media/PR/marketing activities and also approved the corresponding budget. The Race Reporting System (RRS) and Officials Database (ODB) for Short Track Speed Skating has been reviewed and as it was agreed that the systems enhance the quality and speed of the decision making of the Referees and allows better monitoring of the Short Track officiating, the funding was approved. Besides the annual Adult Figure Skating Competition supported by the ISU held in Oberstdorf (GER), the Council agreed to establish a “partner event” in North America. The first edition is scheduled in Vancouver (CAN) August 28 - September 2, 2016. The Council agreed to hold the 2016 Congress on June 6 -10, 2016 in the Hotel Sheraton in Dubrovnik (CRO). The formal invitation to ISU Members and Office Holders has been distributed through ISU Circular Letter 614 on October 22, 2015. The Council reviewed the summary prepared by a Working Group for Council proposals to be


ISU NEWS included on the Agenda for the 2016 Congress with the main objective to improve consistency of the Rules among ISU disciplines and to comply with the basic principles of good governance. The Council furthermore requested the Skaters sitting on the ISU Technical Committees to provide a basic proposal for the creation of an ISU Athletes Commission as basis for a Council proposal to be included on the 2016 Congress Agenda. The detailed ISU Council proposals will be included in the first edition of the Congress Agenda to be published by January 31, 2016. The Council also discussed the basic principles for the preparation of the ISU Budget 2016 -2018 to be submitted to the 2016 Congress. The details will be sent to Members during the spring of 2016. The Council agreed to meet again on April 9 -11, 2016 in Budapest (HUN) and on June 5, 11 & 12, 2016 in Dubrovnik (CRO). For more information on the decisions of the Council see ISU Communication 1975.

SPORTS DIRECTORS & SPORT MANAGER FIGURE SKATING The Figure Skating season was marked by the cancellation of the Free Skating events at the Trophée Eric Bompard following the Paris attacks (See ISU Communication 1980). It was also marked by very high level performances and the 300 total score was broken for the first time in the Men’s event. Another historic moment was the inclusion of Synchronized Skating in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. The Figure Skating Sports Directors are preparing the 2016 ISU Congress with the respective Technical Committees. The Speed Skating and Short Track Speed Skating Sports Director is also working closely with the Technical Committees especially in regards to new Rule proposals for the Congress. The Short Track Speed Skating initiatives presented to the ISU Council including the fixed helmet numbers, Final A skaters area, top athletes video clips and photographs, standardization of events have started to be implemented with more to come. All the qualification procedures for the

Second Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) are concluded with the final details in preparation with the Organizing Committee.

ISU TECHNICAL COMMITTEES Single and Pair Skating The Single and Pair Skating Technical Committee (SPTC) is busy preparing proposals for the ISU 2016 Congress for changes in Special Regulations and Technical Rules with the goal of making them more logical and transparent. Members of the SPTC acted as Referees and Technical Controllers and conducted the Initial Judges Meetings at various events. A lot of time was devoted to studying the OAC Reports and preparing the necessary Letters of Observation. This season such Letters do not result in any official Assessments, but are informative so the level of judging is improved. The Committee sincerely believes that such information will help the Judges in their future work. For details refer to ISU Communication 1962.

Ice Dance The Ice Dance Technical Committee (IDTC) prepared and submitted proposals for the ISU Congress 2016. Proposals from various ISU Members were reviewed along with proposals for Rule changes for Ice Dance. In addition, the IDTC submitted joint proposals with the SPTC. Members of the IDTC participated as Officials in Junior and Senior Grand Prix competitions as well as many International competitions. Referee and Technical Controller Reports were reviewed and a Questions and Answers document was published on the ISU website for clarification. The ISU Communication for Season 2016/17 is being drafted in preparation for meetings with Coaches at the upcoming ISU Championships.

Synchronized Skating The Synchronized Skating Technical Committee (SySTC) conducted the annual Judges and Referees seminar in Lyon (FRA). With the support of the ISU Council the historic inclusion of Synchronized Skating in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Barcelona (ESP) was a great success. The SySTC is grateful for this opportunity to showcase Synchronized

Skating to a larger audience. Another innovation will also take place this season with the first ever Shanghai Trophy which will be held in Shanghai (CHN) on March 4 - 6, 2016. The event combines Synchronized Skating and Short Track Speed Skating. The SySTC is also working on proposals for the ISU Congress. The goal is to bring more freedom to the structure and content of programs.

Speed Skating The Speed Skating Technical Committee (SSTC) met in Calgary (CAN), on the occasion of the bi-annual ISU Starters’ Course. The Speed Skating season kicked off with a number of new World Records. Through the first four ISU World Cup Speed Skating events ISU Members earned quota places for the 2016 World Single Distances Championships. Two ISU Junior World Cup Competitions held in Groningen (NED) and Berlin (GER) were qualifying events for 28 quota places for each gender (maximum 2 quota places per country) for the 2016 Winter YOG. 20 countries qualified quota places. The next SSTC meeting will be held in Minsk (BLR) in conjunction with the European Speed Skating Championships where they will discuss the proposals to be submitted to the ISU Congress.

Short Track The Short Track Speed Skating Technical Committee (STSSTC) held the second seminar for Starters in Turin (ITA). For the first time the STSSTC organized and conducted the ISU Courses for Starters, during real competitions during the first Danubia series event and during the first event of the Star Class Series in Turin. More competitors at the starting line was introduced and new initiatives published in ISU Communication 1954 have proved to be a success so far. The STSSTC met in Toronto (CAN) and focused mainly on proposals for the upcoming ISU Congress. In the new year the STSSTC will be involved in conducting the ISU Championships, Winter YOG in Lillehammer (NOR), the remaining ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating events and the inaugural Shanghai Trophy.

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ISU SECRETARIAT INAUGURATION

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On October 15, 2015 the ISU officially inaugurated the new ISU offices. The event was attended by over 100 guests, including the ISU Council, ISU Office Holders, ISU Members, representatives from the IOC, the city of Lausanne, the Canton of Vaud, commercial and service providers. Guests of honor included the President of the IOC Dr. Thomas Bach, Conseiller d’Etat of the Canton of Vaud Mr. Philippe Leuba and the Conseiller Municipal of the city of Lausanne Mr. Marc Vuilleumier. The ISU President Mr. Ottavio Cinquanta welcomed the guests during a short speech followed by Dr. Bach and Mr. Leuba who wished the ISU a long and prosperous future in its new offices. The ISU Headquarters were first established in 1892 in Scheveningen (NED), then moved to Davos (SUI). In 1997 the Secretariat moved to Lausanne and in 2014 the oldest winter federation acquired a listed building at Avenue Juste-Olivier 17 in Lausanne. The staff took up residence in June 2015 following nine months of refurbishment.

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IOC President Thomas Bach, Philippe Leuba Chef du Département de l’économie et du sport Vaud, ISU Honorary Member Gerhardt Bubnik and retired Figure Skater Lysiane Lauret


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The ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating entered its 19th season in 2015. Overall 367 skaters/couples (164 Ladies, 109 Men, 23 Pairs, 71 Ice Dance couples) from 62 ISU Members participated in the seven events. The series started in August in Bratislava (SVK) and Riga (LAT) and continued in Colorado Springs (USA), Linz (AUT), Torun (POL), Logrono (ESP) and Zagreb (CRO). Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein and Moldova were represented

for the first time in ISU Figure Skating events. Viewers all over the world were able to follow the performances in the Junior Grand Prix events and the Junior Final via internet. Nathan Chen (USA) dominated the Junior Men on the circuit, striking gold in his two Junior Grand Prix events and in the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. He was joined on the podium in Barcelona by silver medalist Dmitri Aliev (RUS) and World Junior bronze medalist Sota Yamamoto (JPN).

2016 ISU CHAMPIONSHIPS FIGURE SKATING European Championships Venue : Bratislava (SVK) Dates : January 25 - 31 2015 European Champions Ladies : Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) Men : Javier Fernandez (ESP) Pairs : Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov (RUS) Ice Dance : Gabriella Papadakis / Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) Four Continents Championships Venue : Taipei City (TPE) Dates : February 16 - 21 2015 Four Continents Champions Ladies : Polina Edmunds (USA) Men : Denis Ten (KAZ) Pairs : Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford (CAN) Ice Dance : Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje (CAN) World Junior Championships Venue : Debrecen (HUN) Dates : March 14 - 20 2015 World Junior Champions Ladies : Evgenia Medvedeva (RUS) Men : Shoma Uno (JPN) Pairs : Xiaoyu Yu / Yang Jin (CHN) Ice Dance : Anna Yanovskaya / Sergey Mozgov (RUS) World Championships Venue : Boston (USA) Dates : March 28 - April 3 2015 World Champions Ladies : Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) Men : Javier Fernandez (ESP) Pairs : Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford (CAN) Ice Dance : Gabriella Papadakis / Guillaume Cizeron (FRA)

Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte (ITA)

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Anna Duskova / Martin Bidar (CZE)

Vincent Zhou (USA), Daniel Samohin (ISR) and Roman Sadovsky (CAN) ranked fourth to sixth in the Final. Samohin was the first single skater to represent Israel in the Final. Polina Tsurskaya (RUS) debuted on the Junior circuit, won her two events and went on to take the gold in the Final. Maria Sotskova (RUS) competed in her third consecutive Junior Final and following a gold in 2013 and a fourth place in 2014, she earned the silver medal this time. Marin Honda (JPN) won the bronze medal in her first Junior Final. The other qualifiers were Alisa Fedichkina (RUS), Yuna Shirawa (JPN) and Mai Mihara (JPN). In the Pair Skating, all teams competed for the first time in the Junior Final. Russia sent four teams and Ekaterina Borisova/Dmitry

Sopot won the title. Anna Duskova/Martin Bidar (CZE) became the first Czech Pairs team to make it to the Final and went on to claim the silver medal. The bronze medal went to another new Russian team, Amina Atakhanova/Ilia Spiridonov. Anastasia Gubanova/Alexei Sintsov (RUS), Renata Oganesian/Mark Bardei (UKR) and Anastasia Poluianova/Stepan Korotkov (RUS) were the other Junior finalists. World Junior silver medalists Lorraine McNamara/Quinn Carpenter (USA) took the lead in the Junior Grand Prix with two victories and went on to secure the gold in the Final. They were bronze medalists in the Final in 2013, but failed to qualify in 2014. Alla Loboda/Pavel Drozd (RUS) repeated as silver medalists. Rachel Parsons/Michael

Parsons (USA) returned to the Junior Final after missing it a year ago and skated to the bronze medal. 2014 Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalists Betina Popova/Yuri Vlasenko (RUS) came fourth this time. Newcomers Marie-Jade Lauriault/Romain Le Gac (FRA) and Anastasia Skotpcova/Kirill Aleshin (RUS) finished fifth and sixth.

ISU GRAND PRIX The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series 2015/16 once again showcased Figure Skating at the highest level. The return to competition of 2014 Olympic silver medalist Patrick Chan (CAN), three-time World Champion Mao Asada (JPN), 2014 Olympic Champion Adelina Sotnikova (RUS) and 2014 Olympic Pair Skating Champions Tatiana


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Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov (RUS) added to the excitement of the Grand Prix. The series served as build-up towards the ISU Championships. 42 Men, 44 Ladies, 28 Pair Skating and 28 Ice Dance couples representing 26 countries from Austria to Uzbekistan competed in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2015/16. The series started in late October with Progressive Skate America in Milwaukee, WI (USA) followed by Skate Canada International in Lethbridge, AB (CAN) and Audi Cup of China in Beijing (CHN). The circuit then travelled to Europe for Trophée Eric Bompard in Bordeaux (FRA) and Rostelecom Cup in Moscow (RUS) before the last spots for the Final were decided at NHK Trophy in Nagano (JPN). The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series was highlighted by outstanding performances and surprises. The Grand Prix season cumulated in December with the combined ISU Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Barcelona (ESP). The top six skaters and couples (senior and junior) advanced to the

Final. A seventh Pairs team was exceptionally included following a decision of the ISU Council. The Free Skating event at Trophée Eric Bompard had to be cancelled following the attacks in Paris on November 13. The results of the Short Program counted as the final result towards the qualification for the Grand Prix Final and the Council decided that additionally the first substitute (placed 7th in the Grand Prix standings) will be included into the Final provided she/he/they had competed in the Short Program in Bordeaux. Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) set new highest scores in Short Program (110.95), Free Skating (219.48 points) and subsequently total score (330.43 points) at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, surpassing his own highest scores achieved at NHK Trophy just two weeks earlier. At NHK Trophy Hanyu had become the first skater to surpass 300 points with his total of 322.40 points. Earlier in the season, Hanyu lost to Patrick Chan (CAN) at Skate Canada International, finishing second. World Champion Javier Fernandez (ESP) started strongly into the

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season by winning Audi Cup of China and Rostelecom Cup. In front of an enthusiastic home audience in Barcelona at the Final, Fernandez took the silver medal and was the second skater in history after Hanyu to earn more than 200 points in the Free Skating with his score of 201.43 points. Shoma Uno (JPN) debuted successfully on the senior Grand Prix circuit with silver from Progressive Skate America, a first-place finish in the Short Program in Bordeaux and the bronze in the Final. Just one year ago Uno had won the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. Chan, who returned to competition after sitting out one year, had qualified with a win at Skate Canada and fifth place in the Short Program at Trophée Eric Bompard. In Barcelona the three-time World Champion struggled in the Short Program, but rallied back in the Free Skating to pull up to fourth. Boyang Jin (CHN) became the first skater to perform a quadruple Lutz-triple toeloop in competition in the Grand Prix and advanced to the Final in his first senior-level season with two silver medals from the events in China


FIGURE SKATING SYNCHRONIZED SKATING Shanghai Trophy Venue : Shanghai (CHN) Dates : March 4 - 6 Junior World Challenge Cup Venue : Zagreb (CRO) Dates : March 11 - 12 2015 Junior World Champions Team : Team Finland 1 World Championships Venue : Budapest (HUN) Dates : April 8 - 9 2015 World Champions Team : Team Canada 1 Nathan Chen (USA)

and Japan. He came fifth in Barcelona. Daisuke Murakami (JPN) was another newcomer to the Final. He finished sixth and had earned his spot in Barcelona with a bronze from Milwaukee and a third place in the Short Program in Bordeaux. Han Yan (CHN), Max Aaron (USA) and Adian Pitkeev (RUS) were substitutes for the Final. World Junior Champion Evgenia Medvedeva (RUS) broke through at the senior level right away with gold in the Grand Prix Final, Skate America and at Rostelecom Cup. In Barcelona the 16-year-out put out flawless performances to score 222.54 points, the third highest score for a Lady since the introduction of the ISU Judging System. World silver medalist Satoko Miyahara (JPN) claimed the silver in her debut at the Final, following her gold medal at NHK Trophy and her bronze medal at Progressive Skate America. World bronze medalist Elena Radionova collected the bronze medal in Barcelona and had qualified with a gold in Moscow and a bronze in Beijing. Ashley Wagner (USA) ranked fourth in the Final and on the way to Barcelona had won Skate Canada International and finished

fourth at NHK Trophy. Gracie Gold (USA) competed in her first final and placed fifth. She had won the Short Program at Trophée Eric Bompard and taken the silver at Progressive Skate America. Mao Asada (JPN) returned to the Final after sitting out one season. She won Audi Cup of China and took the bronze at NHK Trophy. The substitutes for the Final were Rika Hongo (JPN), World Champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) and Courtney Hicks (USA). Olympic Champion Adelina Sotnikova (RUS) competed in only one event, Rostelecom Cup, where she claimed the bronze medal. Olympic silver medalists Ksenia Stolbova/ Fedor Klimov (RUS) overcame a shaky start into the season with a fourth place at Progressive Skate America to triumph at Rostelecom Cup and the Grand Prix Final. In Barcelona, the couple from Moscow achieved the second highest score in history with 229.44 points. World Champions Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford (CAN) settled for the silver at the Final but had taken gold medals in Lethbridge and Nagano. European Champions Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander

Smirnov (RUS) skated to the bronze medal in the Final and had qualified with gold at Audi Cup of China and silver at Rostelecom Cup. In Beijing, Kavaguti/Smirnov became the first couple to include two quadruple throws – a throw quadruple Salchow and throw quadruple loop into their program, but the loop was two-footed. One year after winning the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Julianne Seguin/Charlie Bilodeau (CAN) came back to finish fourth in the senior Final. Two-time World Junior Champions Xiaoyu Yu/Yang Jin (CHN) ranked fifth in Barcelona followed by Cheng Peng/Hao Zhang (CHN) and Alexa Scimeca/Chris Knierim (USA). Scimeca/ Knierim competed in their first Final. World silver medalists Wenjing Sui/Cong Han (CHN) had qualified for Barcelona with a gold and silver medal from the circuit, but withdrew due to injury. They were replaced by Peng/ Zhang. The remaining substitutes for the Final were Vanessa James/Morgan Ciprès (FRA). Olympic Champions Tatiana Volosozhar/ Maxim Trankov (RUS) won the Short Program in Bordeaux, but then withdrew from NHK Trophy due to Volosozhar suffering from

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a foot injury. World bronze medalists Kaitlyn Weaver/ Andrew Poje (CAN) dominated on the Grand Prix with gold medals at Skate Canada International and Rostelecom Cup. The Canadians then defended their title as ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Champions with 182.66 points. World silver medalists Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) repeated as silver medalists in Barcelona and had picked up a gold medal in Milwaukee and a silver in Beijing on their way to the Final. Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (ITA) returned to the Final after missing it in the past year and danced to the bronze medal. The 2014 World Champions proved that they are back in contention by winning in Beijing and taking silver in Moscow. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA) won NHK Trophy and claimed the silver at Skate Canada. They placed fourth in the Final followed by Ekaterina Bobrova/ Dmitri Soloviev (RUS). The Russians came back to the Final after missing the past season due to injury. Madison Hubbell/ Zachary Donohue (USA) qualified for their first Grand Prix Final and finished sixth. Victoria Sinitsina/Nikita Katsalapov (RUS), Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier (CAN) and Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin (RUS) were substitutes for the Final. Reigning World Champions Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) withdrew from the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series due to injury as Papadakis had suffered a concussion in a fall in training. www.isu.org

ISU CHALLENGER SERIES The ISU Challenger Series consisted of ten competitions in the USA, Germany, Slovakia, Finland, Russia, Bulgaria, Austria, Estonia, Poland and Croatia that took place from September to December. The top three ranked skaters were Jason Brown (USA), Max Aaron (USA) and Mikhail Kolyada (RUS) in the Men, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS), Anna Pogorilaya (RUS) and Adelina Sotnikova (RUS) in the Ladies. In the Pairs, the new team of Aliona Savchenko/Bruno Massot (GER) led the standings followed by Evgenia Tarasova/ Vladimir Morozov (RUS) and Natalja Zabijako/ Alexander Enbert (RUS). The top ranked Ice Dance couples were Charlene Guignard/ Marco Fabbri (ITA), Isabella Tobias/Ilia Tkachenko (ISR) and Natalia Kaliszek/Maxim Spiridonov (POL). The ISU Figure Skating season will continue with the ISU Championships and the Winter Youth Olymic Games.

SYNCHRONIZED SKATING Synchronized Skating was included for the first time in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final with a Free Skating event. With Team Canada (Nexxice), Finland (The Rockettes), Russia (Paradise), Sweden (Team Surprise) and the USA (The Haydenettes) the

top five ISU Members of the 2015 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships had been invited to Barcelona. Team Paradise came first followed by The Rockettes and Nexxice. The season for the Synchronized teams will pick up in January 2016 with a number of major international events. The highlights will be the Synchronized Skating Junior World Challenge Cup in Zagreb (CRO) March 11 and 12 and the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships April 8 and 9 in Budapest (HUN).

Winter Youth Olympic Games The second edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games will take place in Lillehammer (NOR) February 12 - 21. A total of 16 quota places for Singles, ten quota places for Pair Skating and 12 quota places for Ice Dance have been allocated to ISU Members. The qualified athletes will compete in the usual Ladies, Men, Ice Dance and Pair Skating events with the additional mixed NOC Team event. The Members earned the spots based on the results of the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2015 in Tallinn (EST) and the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games had taken place in 2012 in Innsbruck (AUT). 2012 Youth Olympic Games silver medalist Adelina Sotnikova (RUS) went on to take the 2014 Olympic title in Sochi (RUS).


SPEED SKATING SPEED SKATING It was raining records in the first two World Cup events of the 2015/16 season. After shaving 0.03 seconds of Jeremy Wotherspoon’s 2007 World Record in the 500 m (34.03) in Calgary (CAN), Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) broke the 34 second barrier in the Men’s 500 m with 33.98 in Salt Lake City (USA) one week later. American ladies Brittany Bowe and Heather Richardson-Bergsma exchanged the 1000 m and 1500 m World Records during the two North-American World Cup weekends in November. In December the Speed Skaters left the high altitude tracks to resume the ISU World Cup Series in Inzell (GER) and Heerenveen (NED). After four legs in 2015, the 2015/16 World Cup will continue with a fifth leg in Stavanger (NOR) on 29 - 31 January, to finish with the World Cup final on March 1113 in Heerenveen. The first four events were qualifiers for the World Single Distance Championships on February 11 - 14 in Kolomna. The Stavanger World Cup will be a qualification event for the ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships and the ISU World Allround Speed Skating Championships. For the fifth season running skaters not only compete for single distance World Cups, but also for the Grand World Cup, which is based on a grand total of points earned from all World Cup races throughout the season. Heather Richardson-Bergsma leads the Ladies’ Grand World Cup with 1020 points. Brittany Bowe is second with 960 points and Sábliková is third with 770 points. Kjeld Nuis (NED) leads the Men’s Grand World Cup with 630 points. Bart Swings (BEL) is second with 580 and Kulizhnikov is third with 530 points.

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Despite finishing fourth in the last 500 m in Heerenveen, Sang-Hwa Lee (KOR) still leads the Ladies’ 500 m World Cup standings with four gold medals and 680 points. RichardsonBergsma is second with 560 points, but she did not win a single 500 m race this season. Lee’s most challenging rivals come from China. Hong Zhang, who won three 500 m races this season, is third in the ranking with 510 and Jing Yu, who is sixth in the ranking with 331 points, took one 500 m gold.

Although Pavel Kulizhnikov crashed in the final pair of the 500 m in Heerenveen and did not skate in Inzell, the World record holder still leads the World Cup with five gold medals and 505 points. His main rivals are Canadian. Alex Boisvert-Lacroix is second with 425 points, whereas William Dutton (fourth, 340 pts), Gilmore Junio (sixth 327 pts) and Laurent Dubreuil (seventh, 325 pts) also impressed in the 500 m. Polish Artur Was, who won one 500 m race in Inzell, is third in the ranking with 358 points.

1000 m Brittany Bowe (USA) set a new 1000 m World Record (1:12.18) in Salt Lake City and won three straight gold medals to grab the lead in the 1000 m World Cup standings with 380 points. Heather Richardson, who held the

SPEED SKATING European Championships Venue : Minsk (BLR) Dates : January 9 - 10 2015 European Champions Ladies : Ireen Wüst (NED) Men : Sven Kramer (NED) World Single Distances Championships Venue : Kolomna (RUS) Dates : February 11 - 14 2015 World Single Distances Champions Ladies 500 meters : Heather Richardson (USA) 1000 meters : Brittany Bowe (USA) 1500 meters : Brittany Bowe (USA) 3000 meters : Martina Sábliková (CZE) 5000 meters : Martina Sábliková (CZE) Mass Start : Irene Schouten (NED) Team Pursuit : Japan Men 500 meters : Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) 1000 meters : Shani Davis (USA) 1500 meters : Denis Yuskov (RUS) 5000 meters : Sven Kramer (NED) 10,000 meters : Jorrit Bergsma (NED) Mass Start : Arjan Stroetinga (NED) Team Pursuit : Netherlands

World Record for a week after she set 1:12.51 in Calgary, is second in the ranking (330) and Marrit Leenstra (NED, 225) third. Bowe enjoys leading the World Cup ranking, but she looks ahead as well. Pavel Kulizhnikov won two 1000 m World Cup races, but he was absent due to illness in Inzell and therefore has to settle for second place in the World Cup ranking behind Kjeld Nuis (NED), who won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals. The Dutchman has 320 points, the Russian 280 and Gerben Jorritsma (NED), who won the Calgary 1000 m, is third with 324 points.

1500 m While Bowe stole Richardson’s fresh Calgary 1000 m World Record in Salt Lake City, it was the other way around in the Ladies’ 1500 m.

World Junior Championships Venue : Changchun (CHN) Dates : March 11 - 13 2015 World Junior Champions Ladies : Melissa Wijfje (NED) 500 meters : Vanessa Bittner (AUT) 1000 meters : Vanessa Bittner (AUT) 1500 meters : Melissa Wijfje (NED) 3000 meters : Melissa Wijfje (NED) Mass Start : Vanessa Bittner (AUT) Team Pursuit Ladies : Netherlands Men : Patrick Roest (NED) 500 meters : Jun-Ho Kim (KOR) 1000 meters : Fan Yang (CHN) 1500 meters : Patrick Roest (NED) 5000 meters : Nils van der Poel (SWE) Mass start : Hyun-Min Oh (KOR) Team Pursuit Men : Netherlands World Sprint Championships Venue : Seoul (KOR) Dates : February 27 - 28 2015 World Sprint Champions Ladies : Brittany Bowe (USA) Men : Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) World Allround Championships Venue : Berlin (GER) Dates : March 5 - 6 2015 World Allround Champions Ladies : Martina Sábliková (CZE) Men : Sven Kramer (NED)

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Richardson set the mark at 1:50.85 in the second World Cup. The two American ladies equally divided the gold and silver medals in the 1500 m races both taking two of each color. They share the lead in the World Cup with 360 points. Behind Leenstra and Martina Sábliková (CZE) are equal on 250 points. Denis Yuskov (RUS) won two 1500 m World Cup races, but is only third in the ranking because he was disqualified for not wearing a transponder in Salt Lake City. With 280 points he trails number two Kjeld Nuis by 30 points.

The Dutchman, who won in Salt Lake City, is only ten points behind leader Joey Mantia (USA), who took gold in Heerenveen.

first four World Cup legs. The Dutchwoman failed to qualify after suffering a concussion in a pre-season accident.

3000 m/ 5000 m

5000 m/10,000 m

Martina Sábliková won her sixth consecutive 3000 m World Cup gold and her 26th in total in Heerenveen. The Czech lady firmly leads the World Cup rankings with the maximum amount of 400 points, ahead of Natalya Voronina (RUS) with 250 points and Irene Schouten (NED) with 215 points. Sábliková missed Ireen Wüst in the

Ted-Jan Bloemen was the revelation in the Men’s long distance field this season. The Canadian set a new 10,000 m World Record (12:36.30) in Salt Lake City, but he missed the last two World Cup events due to an injury he suffered in Inzell after a crash in the Team Pursuit warm-up. Bloemen is only fifth in the ranking with 170 points. Jorrit Bergsma (NED) leads with 330 points, but he had to bow his head for pair mate and compatriot Sven Kramer in the Heerenveen 5000 m. Because Kramer skipped the Inzell World Cup, he collected just 280 points for second place in the ranking. Norwegian Sverre Lunde Pedersen is third with 205.

Mass Start Since the IOC announced that the Mass Start will be on the Olympic program at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games last June, more skaters are eager to get to know this relatively new event. Misaki Oshigiri (JPN) took her first individual World Cup win, when she outsprinted fellow escapee Carien Kleibeuker (NED) on the line after 16 laps in Heerenveen. Oshigiri thus entered the top three with 195 points. Irene Schouten (NED) leads the ranking after two gold medals with 316 points. She holds a 16-point-advantage over number two Ivanie Blondin (CAN). Arjan Stroetinga (NED) won the Mass Start events in Salt Lake City and Heerenveen and leads the Mass Start World Cup ranking with 300 points. Fabio Francolini (ITA), who took two silver medals and one bronze, is second with 258 points. Bergsma is third with 236 points. Alexis Contin took the first ever French World Cup win in Speed Skating history when he finished first in Inzell. He is ranked fifth with 210 points, just 20 points behind number four Swings, who took the flowers in Calgary.

Team Sprint

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The Team Sprint event was promoted from a demonstration event at last season’s World Cup final to an official event at four World Cup legs this season. The Netherlands lead the Ladies’ World Cup with one gold medal and 210 points after the first three events. China (second, 180 points) and Japan (third, 170 points) also won a gold medal each.


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Canada won the last two Men’s Team Sprint events, but they are only third in the ranking with 200 points, because they were disqualified on home ice in Calgary. The Netherlands which won the first race and added two bronze medals, leads with 240 points. Russia is second with one bronze and two silver medals and a total of 230 points.

Team Pursuit The Japanese women took two straight wins in the last two Team Pursuit races to take the lead in the World Cup ranking with 280 points. The Netherlands had won the first event and added two silver medals in the following two, to collect 260 points for second place. Russia is third with 200 points. The Dutch Men crashed in their first Team Pursuit race of the season in Calgary, but they got their act together in Inzell and grabbed the lead with 200 points after the second consecutive gold in Heerenveen. Korea also has 200 points,

but the Dutch are ranked first because they won two races. Poland, which finished sixth in Heerenveen, is third with 175 points.

Winter Youth Olympic Games The first two of the four legged ISU Junior World Cup Series were qualifying events for the 2016 Youth Olympic Games. Skaters who are born between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 2000 are eligible. There is a maximum of two skaters per NOC per distance. On YOG program are the 500 m, 1500 m and Mass Start for both Men and Ladies, as well as a Mixed NOC Team Sprint.

SHORT TRACK The ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating Series consists of six events across North America, Asia and Europe. Each event consists of three days of racing, with one day

of qualification and two days where medals are awarded. The 2015/16 World Cup season began in late October with two stops in Canada: the first in Montreal, and the second in Toronto, a city hosting an ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating event for the first time. The series traveled to Asia in December, stopping in Nagoya (JPN) and then Shanghai (CHN). The last two events of the series will take place in Europe in the New Year, resuming in Dresden (GER) followed by a sixth and final stop in Dordrecht (NED). So far this season, there have been six 500 m finals. On the Ladies side, Kexin Fan (CHN) leads the World Cup ranking with a total of 43.198 points. Fan is on a roll, winning the last three 500 m finals. Marianne St-Gelais (CAN) is second at 32.400 points and four podium finishes, including a win in the first final of the season. Elise Christie (GBR) is in third place overall


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with 27.216 points and one win. Natalia Maliszewska (POL) ranks fourth having earned her first career World Cup medal in Montreal, while Sofia Prosvirnova (RUS) is fifth. Minjeong Choi (KOR) who sits in sixth place overall is the other skater to win a 500 m final thus far this season. On the Men’s side, Dajing Wu (CHN) leads the World Cup ranking with 23.280 points thanks to two wins in the 500 m races. He is followed by three Canadian skaters: Samuel Girard (20.496 points), Charles Hamelin (20.352 points), and Francois Hamelin (19.022 points). Combined, the three Canadian skaters have won four of the six 500 m finals. In fifth place in the distance ranking is Artem Kozlov (RUS) with 17.621 points. Moving on to the 1000 m distance, Minjeong Choi (KOR) leads the Ladies World Cup ranking for the distance with 28.000 points.

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Choi has three podium finishes, claiming two gold medals and one silver. Her teammate, Suk Hee Shim (KOR), ranks in second in the distance classification with two wins of her own. Shim has 26.400 points and three podium finishes. Valerie Maltais (CAN) claimed one gold medal and ranks in third place overall with 17.742 points. Her teammate Marianne St-Gelais (CAN) follows in fourth place, thanks to two silver medals, while Elise Christie (GBR) ranks fifth. St-Gelais and Christie each have 16.000 and 14.418 points respectively. On the Men’s side, Semen Elistratov (RUS) leads the World Cup ranking despite competing in only three of the five 1000 m events. Elistratov has 22.800 points as a result of one win and two bronze medal results. Charle Cournoyer (CAN) is in second place overall with 18.199 points and one gold

medal. This was Cournoyer’s first ever individual World Cup gold medal. Yoon-Gy Kwak (KOR) sits third with 16.415 points, a gold and a bronze medal. Jingnan Shi (CHN) is fourth with 15.309 points and Charles Hamelin (CAN) is fifth with 15.120 points. Hamelin and Tianyu Han (CHN) who is eight overall both won a race. The Korean women dominated the Ladies 1500 m events with nine podium finishes: five gold, two silvers and two bronze medals. Suk Hee Shim (KOR) leads the overall ranking for the distance with 36.000 points and two victories. She has earned a podium finish in each of the four races she competed in, earning two silver medals to go with her two gold medals. Minjeong Choi (KOR) claimed three gold medals in the Ladies 1500 m and has a total of 30.000 points to rank second overall. Valerie Maltais (CAN) is third with


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Kexin Fan (CHN)

2016 ISU CHAMPIONSHIPS SHORT TRACK European Championships Venue : Sochi (RUS) Dates : January 22 - 24 2015 European Champions Ladies : Elise Christie (GBR) Men : Sjinkie Knegt (NED) World Junior Championships Venue : Sofia (BUL) Dates : January 29 - 31 2015 World Junior Champions Ladies : Sangjeong Kong (KOR) Men : Dagyeom Kim (KOR) Shanghai Trophy Venue : Shanghai (CHN) Dates : March 4 - 6 World Championships Venue : Seoul (KOR) Dates : March 11 - 13 2015 World Champions Ladies : Minjeong Choi (KOR) Men : Sjinkie Knegt (NED)

18.420 points. Jiaying Tao (CHN) ranks fourth with 16.220 points and Anna Seidel (GER) ranks fifth with 15.451 points with her first career podium finish. The Men’s 1500 m World Cup ranking is led by Sjinkie Knegt (NED) with 34.000 points. Knegt is the defending World and European ISU Short Track Speed Skating Champion and has four podium finishes: one gold and three silver medals. Yoon-Gy Kwak (KOR) has two gold and one bronze medal, and ranks in second place overall with 26.4000 points. His teammate Jiwon Park ranks third at 20.593 points as a result of two podium finishes. Semen Elistratov (RUS) is fourth and Charles Hamelin (CAN) is fifth, each with 15.267 and 13.457 points respectively. Winners in the 1500 m distance this season include Charles Hamelin and Ziwei Ren (CHN), who ranks eighth overall. Both skaters claimed a win in China as skaters competed in the 1500 m twice that weekend. The relay events have been a tale of two stories: the Ladies Relay races have all been won by the same team while four different teams have won the Men’s Relay events. Korea is dominating the Ladies Relay by winning all four races, for a total points ranking of 40.000 points. Canada is in second with 27.520 points, as a result of two silver medals and one bronze medal. China is in third place with 26.240 points and two silver

medals. Russia and Netherlands are in fourth and fifth place overall with 21.197 and 18.688 points respectively. China leads the Men’s Relay classification with one gold, one silver and one bronze medal for a total of 29.520 points. Canada is second at 26.896 points and three podium finishes, including a win. Netherlands are in third place with one gold and one silver medal for a total of 26.192 points. Hungary is the fourth different winner in as many races this season, and ranks fourth overall with 21.520 points. The win marked Hungary’s first ever World Cup gold medal in the Men’s Relay event. Korea is fifth overall with 21.517 points, only three points behind Hungary. The Short Track Speed Skating season will continue in January with the ISU European Championships and World Junior Championships.

Winter Youth Olympic Games The overall final classification from the 2015 ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships counted as the qualifying event for the 2016 Youth Olympic Games. The quota is 16 Ladies and 16 Men and a maximum of two skaters per NOC per distance. On the YOG program are the 500 m, 1000 m as well as a Mixed NOC Relay for both Men and Ladies.


FIGURE SKATING Grand Prix of Figure Skating – overall standings after six of six events

Ladies

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Trophée Eric Rostelecom NHK Total Bompard Cup Trophy Points

1 Gracie Gold USA 2nd 1st 28 2 Evgenia Medvedeva RUS 1st 2nd 28 3 Satoko Miyahara JPN 3rd 1st 26 4 Mao Asada JPN 1st 3rd 26 5 Elena Radionova RUS 3rd 1st 26 6 Ashley Wagner USA 1st 4th 24 JPN 2nd 5th 20 7 Rika Hongo 8 Elizaveta Tuktamysheva RUS 2nd 5th 20 9 Courtney Hicks USA 6th 2nd 18 10 Julia Lipnitskaia RUS 6th 2nd 18 11 Kanako Murakami JPN 4th 18 12 Roberta Rodeghiero ITA 3rd 7th 15 13 Yuka Nagai JPN 3rd 8th 14 14 Polina Edmunds USA 6th 4th 14 15 Karen Chen USA 5th 5th 14 16 Elizabet Tursynbaeva KAZ 4th 7th 13 17 Gabrielle Daleman CAN 5th 6th 12 18 Adelina Sotnikova RUS 3rd 11 19 Anna Pogorilaya RUS 4th 9 20 Nicole Rajicova SVK 7th 7th 8 21 Mirai Nagasu USA 5th 7 22 Alena Leonova RUS 8th 8th 6 23 Alaine Chartrand CAN 6th 5 24 Kaetlyn Osmond CAN 6th 5 CHN 7th 4 25 Zijun Li 26 Angelika Kuchvalska LAT 7th 4 27 So Youn Park KOR 8th 3 28 Angela Wang USA 8th 3 29 Mariah Bell USA 8th 3

Men

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Total Final - Ladies Points 1 Evgenia Medvedeva

RUS

222.54

2 Satoko Miyahara

JPN

208.85

3 Elena Radionova

RUS

201.13

4 Ashley Wagner

USA

199.81

5 Gracie Gold

USA

194.79

6 Mao Asada

JPN

194.32

Total Final - Pair Skating Points 1 Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov

RUS 229.44

2 Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford

CAN 216.67

3 Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov RUS 206.59 4 Julianne Seguin / Charlie Bilodeau CAN 200.98 5 Xiaoyu Yu / Yang Jin

CHN 186.87

6 Cheng Peng / Hao Zhang

CHN 183.04

7 Alexa Scimeca / Chris Knierim

USA 177.42

Trophée Eric Rostelecom NHK Total Bompard Cup Trophy Points

1 Javier Fernandez ESP 1st 1st 30 JPN 2nd 1st 28 2 Yuzuru Hanyu 3 Shoma Uno JPN 2nd 1st 28 4 Boyang Jin CHN 2nd 2nd 26 5 Patrick Chan CAN 1st 5th 22 6 Daisuke Murakami JPN 3rd 3rd 22 7 Han Yan CHN 4th 3rd 20 8 Max Aaron USA 1st 7th 19 9 Adian Pitkeev RUS 6th 2nd 18 10 Adam Rippon USA 4th 4th 18 11 Grant Hochstein USA 4th 4th 18 12 Ross Miner USA 7th 3rd 15 13 Maxim Kovtun RUS 2nd 13 14 Konstantin Menshov RUS 5th 6th 12 15 Sergei Voronov RUS 5th 6th 12 16 Takahito Mura JPN 3rd 11 17 Jason Brown USA 3rd 11 18 Nam Nguyen CAN 5th 7th 11 RUS 6th 6th 10 19 Alexander Petrov 20 Denis Ten KAZ 4th 9 21 Mikhail Kolyada RUS 5th 7 22 Keiji Tanaka JPN 5th 7 23 Michal Brezina CZE 8th 7th 7 24 Richard Dornbush USA 7th 7th 8th 7 25 Michael Christian Martinez PHI 6th 5 26 Timothy Dolensky USA 7th 4 27 Ivan Righini ITA 8th 3 28 Brendan Kerry AUS 8th 3 29 Yi Wang CHN 8th 3 30 Misha Ge UZB 8th 3

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JUNIOR GRAND PRIX December 10 - 13,

Total Final - Ladies Points 1 Polina Tsurskaya

RUS

195.28

2 Maria Sotskova

RUS

184.01

3 Marin Honda

JPN

178.64

4 Alisa Fedichkina

RUS

178.11

5 Yuna Shiraiwa

JPN

173.82

6 Mai Mihara

JPN

166.25

Total Final - Pair Skating Points 1 Ekaterina Borisova / Dmitry Sopot

RUS 171.86

2 Anna Duskova / Martin Bidar

CZE 162.33

3 Amina Atakhanova / Ilia Spiridonov RUS 162.00 4 Anastasia Gubanova / Alexei Sintsov RUS 157.09 5 Renata Oganesian / Mark Bardei

UKR 149.87

6 Anastasia Poluianova / Stepan Korotkov

RUS 145.27


The top six skaters / couples in each category qualified for the Grand Prix Final

Pair Skating

OF FIGURE SKATING FINAL Barcelona, Spain

1 Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford

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CAN

2nd

2 Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov RUS

Total 3 Wenjing Sui / Cong Han Final - Men Points

1st

1st

1st 30

2nd

28

CHN 1st 2nd 28

4 Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov

RUS 4rd

1st

24

5 Alexa Scimeca / Chris Knierim

USA 2nd

3rd

24

6 Xiaoyu Yu / Yang Jin

CHN

2nd

24

1 Yuzuru Hanyu

JPN

330.43

2 Javier Fernandez

ESP

292.95

3 Shoma Uno

JPN

276.79

7 Julianne Seguin / Charlie Bilodeau CAN 3rd

3rd

22

4 Patrick Chan

CAN

263.45

8 Cheng Peng / Hao Zhang

CHN

4th

20

5 Boyang Jin

CHN

263.45

9 Vanessa James / Morgan Cipres

FRA

6 Daisuke Murakami

JPN

235.49

10 Xuehan Wang / Lei Wang

CHN 5th

11 Vera Bazarova / Andrei Deputat

RUS

12 Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov

RUS

Total 13 Marissa Castelli/ Mervin Tran Final - Ice Dance Points 1 Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje

CAN 182.66

2 Madison Chock / Evan Bates

USA 177.55

3 Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte

ITA 176.37

4 Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani

USA 174.92

5 Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev RUS 166.73 6 Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue USA 163.20

2nd

5th

14 14 13

15 Evgenia Tarasova / Vladimir Morozov

RUS

2nd

16 Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro CAN

3rd

17 Lubov Iliushechkina / Dylan Moscovitch CAN 18 Kristina Astakhova / Alexei Rogonov

RUS

19 Nicole Della Monica / Matteo Guarise

ITA

20 Natalja Zabijako / Alexander Enbert

RUS

21 Miriam Ziegler / Severin Kiefer

AUT

22 Mari Vartmann / Ruben Blommaert

GER

5th 5th

7 7 7

5th

6th

7 5

6th

5

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1 Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje

CAN

2 Madison Chock / Evan Bates

USA 1st

1st

2nd

1st

28

3 Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte

ITA

1st

2nd

28

4 Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani

USA

2nd

1st

28

1st

3rd

26

3rd

2nd

24

6 Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev RUS

2 Dmitri Aliev

RUS

211.22

7 Victoria Sinitsina / Nikita Katsalapov

RUS 2nd

3 Sota Yamamoto

JPN

205.31

8 Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier

CAN 3rd

2nd

4 Vincent Zhou

USA

204.56

9 Alexandra Stepanova / Ivan Bukin

RUS

3rd

5 Daniel Samohin

ISR

184.68

10 Elena Ilinykh / Ruslan Zhiganshin

RUS

6 Roman Sadovsky

CAN

168.40

11 Charlene Guignard / Marco Fabbri

ITA

12 Penny Coomes / Nicholas Buckland

GBR

13 Anastasia Cannuscio / Colin Mcmanus

USA 5th

Total 14 Anna Yanovskaya / Sergey Mozgov Final - Ice Dance Points

3rd

3rd

20 18

4th

4th

24 24

4th

5th

4th

RUS 6th

30

18

5th

16

6th

12

6th

10

15 Kaitlin Hawayek / Jean-Luc Baker

USA 4th

USA 158.26

16 Federica Testa / Lukas Csolley

SVK

RUS 150.86

17 Laurence Fournier Beaudry / Nikolaj Sorensen

DEN

18 Ksenia Monko / Kirill Khaliavin

RUS

19 Yue Zhao / Xun Zheng

CHN

5th

7

20 Shiyue Wang / Xinyu Liu

CHN

6th

5

21 Alexandra Paul / Mitchell Islam

CAN

22 Rebeka Kim / Kirill Minov

KOR

3 Rachel Parsons / Michael Parsons USA 144.41 5 Marie-Jade Lauriault / Romain Le Gac

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225.04

4 Betina Popova / Yuri Vlasenko

15

4th

USA

2 Alla Loboda / Pavel Drozd

16

6th

1 Nathan Chen

1 Lorraine Mcnamara / Quinn Carpenter

18 16

4th

1st

4th

Total Final - Men Points 5 Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue USA

6th

4th

USA 6th

3rd

14 Tarah Kayne / Daniel O Shea

Ice Dance

OF FIGURE SKATING FINAL Barcelona, Spain

USA

3rd

RUS 143.96 FRA 141.44

6 Anastasia Skoptcova / Kirill Aleshin RUS 134.61

4th

4th 5th

5th

6th 6th

9 9 7 7

5 5 

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Ladies 500 m Points

Total

Ladies 1000 m Points

Total

Total Points

1 Sang-Hwa Lee

KOR

750

1 Brittany Bowe

USA

380

1 Irene Schouten

NED

316

2 Heather Richardson-Bergsma USA

560

2 Heather Richardson-Bergsma USA

330

2 Ivanie Blondin

CAN

300

3 Hong Zhang

CHN

510

3 Marrit Leenstra

NED

225

3 Misaki Oshigiri

JPN

195

4 Brittany Bowe

USA

440

4 Hong Zhang

CHN

195

4 Janneke Ensing

NED

157

5 Vanessa Bittner

AUT

337

5 Vanessa Bittner

AUT

190

5 Do-Young Park

KOR

150

6 Jing Yu

CHN

331

6 Qishi Li

CHN

159

6 Heather Richardson-Bergsma USA

147

7 Heather McLean

CAN

298

7 Olga Fatkulina

RUS

137

7 Luiza Zlotkowska

POL

133

8 Olga Fatkulina

RUS

279

8 Ida Njåtun

NOR

129

8 Martina Sábliková

CZE

125

9 Erina Kamiya

JPN

260

9 Karolina Erbanová

CZE

125

9 Miho Takagi

JPN

125

10 Maki Tsuji

JPN

236

10 Miho Takagi

JPN

99

10 Carien Kleibeuker

NED

116

Ladies 1500  m

Total Points

Ladies 3000/5000  m

Total Points

Total Points

1 Heather Richardson-Bergsma USA

360

1 Martina Sábliková

CZE

400

2 Brittany Bowe

USA

360

2 Natalya Voronina

RUS

250

3 Marrit Leenstra

NED

250

3 Irene Schouten

NED

215

4 Martina Sábliková

CZE

250

4 Olga Graf

RUS

210

5 Ida Njåtun

NOR

215

5 Marije Joling

NED

170

6 Marije Joling

NED

153

6 Ivanie Blondin

CAN

165

7 Miho Takagi

JPN

152

7 Claudia Pechstein

GER

160

8 Misaki Oshigiri

JPN

129

8 Jorien Voorhuis

NED

155

9 Ayaka Kikuchi

JPN

129

9 Annouk van der Weijden

NED

151

10 Antoinette de Jong

NED

126

10 Yvonne Nauta

NED

136

Total Points

Men 500 m

Men 1000 m

Total Points

Mass Start Ladies

Ladies Team Pursuit 1 Japan

280

2 Netherlands

260

3 Russia

200

4 Poland

165

5 Canada

155

Total Points

Mass Start Men

1 Pavel Kulizhnikov

RUS

505

1 Kjeld Nuis

NED

320

1 Arjan Stroetinga

NED

300

2 Alex Boisvert-Lacroix

CAN

425

2 Pavel Kulizhnikov

RUS

280

2 Fabio Francolini

ITA

258

3 Artur Was

POL

358

3 Gerben Jorritsma

NED

234

3 Jorrit Bergsma

NED

236

4 William Dutton

CAN

340

4 Joey Mantia

USA

205

4 Bart Swings

BEL

230

5 Mika Poutala

FIN

339

5 Kai Verbij

NED

195

5 Alexis Contin

FRA

210

6 Gilmore Junio

CAN

327

6 Shani Davis

USA

194

6 Reyon Kay

NZL

144

7 Laurent Dubreuil

CAN

325

7 Denis Yuskov

RUS

185

7 Seung-Hoon Lee

KOR

123

8 Kai Verbij

NED

285

8 Aleksey Yesin

RUS

172

8 Jordan Belchos

CAN

111

9 Ruslan Murashov

RUS

275

9 Vincent De Haitre

CAN

135

9 Peter Michael

NZL

108

10 Alexandre St-Jean

CAN

244

10 Thomas Krol

NED

128

10 Viktor-Hald Thorup

DEN

103

Total Points

Men 1500 m Points

Men 5000/10,000 m

Total Points

Total

1 Joey Mantia

USA

320

1 Jorrit Bergsma

NED

330

2 Kjeld Nuis

NED

310

2 Sven Kramer

NED

280

3 Denis Yuskov

RUS

280

3 Sverre Lunde Pedersen

NOR

205

4 Thomas Krol

NED

193

4 Patrick Beckert

GER

195

5 Bart Swings

BEL

180

5 Ted-Jan Bloemen

CAN

170

6 Sverre Lunde Pedersen

NOR

177

6 Bart Swings

BEL

170

7 Shani Davis

USA

160

7 Erik Jan Kooiman

NED

160

8 Jan Szymanski

POL

141

8 Peter Michael

NZL

152

9 Håvard Bøkko

NOR

134

9 Douwe de Vries

NED

150

10 Konrad Niedzwiedzki

POL

112

10 Arjan Stroetinga

NED

127

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Men Team Pursuit 1 Netherlands

200

2 Republic of Korea

200

3 Poland

175

4 Italy

170

5 Norway

160


SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING

ISU WORLD CUP SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING – overall standings after four of six events Total Points

Ladies Team Sprint

Ladies 500 m

1 Netherlands

210

2 China

180

3 Japan

170

4 Russia

160

5 Canada

130

Total

1 Heather Richardson-Bergsma USA

1020

Ladies Grand World Cup ranking Points

2 Brittany Bowe

USA

960

3 Martina Sábliková

CZE

770

4 Irene Schouten

NED

470

5 Marrit Leenstra

NED

430

Men Team Sprint

Total Points

1 Netherlands

240

2 Russia

230

3 Canada

200

4 Poland

135

5 USA

125

Men Grand World Cup ranking Points

Total

1

630

2

Kjeld Nuis Bart Swings

NED BEL

580

3

Pavel Kulizhnikov

RUS

530

4

Jorrit Bergsma

NED

490

5 (tie) Joey Mantia 5 (tie) Denis Yuskov

USA RUS

440 440

1 Kexin Fan

CHN

Total Points

Men 500 m

Total Points

43198

1 Dajing Wu

23280

CHN

2 Marianne St-Gelais

CAN

32400

2 Samuel Girard

CAN

20496

3 Elise Christie

GBR

27216

3 Charles Hamelin

CAN

20352

4 Natalia Maliszewska

POL

18592

4 Francois Hamelin

CAN

19022

5 Sofia Prosvirnova

RUS

15142

5 Artem Kozlov

RUS

17621

6 Minjeong Choi

KOR

15120

6 Shaolin Sandor Liu

HUN

15459

7 Lara Van Ruijven

NED

14329

7 Dmitry Migunov

RUS

15412

8 Audrey Phaneuf

CAN

13739

8 Sebastien Lepape

FRA

13380

9 Anna Seidel

GER

12136

9 Tianyu Han

CHN

12493

10 Kasandra Bradette

CAN

8799

10 Viktor Knoch

HUN

11569

Ladies 1000 m

Total Points

Men 1000 m

Total Points

1 Minjeong Choi

28000

1 Semen Elistratov

22800

KOR

RUS

2 Suk Hee Shim

KOR

26400

2 Charle Cournoyer

CAN

18199

3 Valerie Maltais

CAN

17742

3 Yoon-Gy Kwak

KOR

16415

4 Marianne St-Gelais

CAN

16000

4 Jingnan Shi

CHN

15309

5 Elise Christie

GBR

14418

5 Charles Hamelin

CAN

15120

6 Yize Zang

CHN

12124

6 Samuel Girard

CAN

13401

7 Jiaying Tao

CHN

11570

7 Freek Van Der Wart

NED

10640

8 Alang Kim

KOR

11355

8 Tianyu Han

CHN

10550

9 Veronique Pierron

FRA

8881

9 Yi Ra Seo

KOR

9486

10 Lara Van Ruijven

NED

8290

10 Kazuki Yoshinaga

JPN

9338

Total Points

Ladies 1500 m

Men 1500 m

Total Points

1 Suk Hee Shim

KOR

36000

1 Sjinkie Knegt

NED

34000

2 Minjeong Choi

KOR

30000

2 Yoon-Gy Kwak

KOR

26400

3 Valerie Maltais

CAN

18420

3 Jiwon Park

KOR

20593

4 Jiaying Tao

CHN

16220

4 Semen Elistratov

RUS

15267

5 Anna Seidel

GER

15451

5 Charles Hamelin

CAN

13457

6 Suzanne Schulting

NED

12777

6 Patrick Duffy

CAN

11044

7 Do Hee Noh

KOR

12579

7 Tianyu Han

CHN

10592

8 Kim Boutin

CAN

12047

8 Ziwei Ren

CHN

10218

9 Charlotte Gilmartin

GBR

11668

9 Francois Hamelin

CAN

9021

10 Marianne St-Gelais

CAN

9677

10 Se Yeong Park

KOR

8778

Ladies Relay

Total Points

Men Relay

Total Points

1 Republic of Korea

40000

1 China

29520

2 Canada

27520

2 Canada

26896

3 China

26240

3 Netherlands

26192

4 Russia

21197

4 Hungary

21520

5 Netherlands

18688

5 Republic of Korea

21517

6 France

13271

6 Italy

11171

7 Japan

8912

7 Kazakhstan

10853

8 Italy

7926

8 Russia

10157

9 Poland

6795

9 Great Britain

7738

10 USA

4955

10 Japan

6040

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PAST MASTER

LIDIYA SKOBLIKOVA (RUS): BORN 1939 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES Ladies’ 1500 m Speed Skating Gold Medal 1960 & 1964 Ladies’ 3000 m Speed Skating Gold Medal 1960 & 1964 Ladies’ 500 m Speed Skating Gold Medal 1964 Ladies’ 1000 m Speed Skating Gold Medal 1964 ISU WORLD ALLROUND SPEED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS Gold Medal 1963, 1964 Silver Medal 1962 Bronze Medal 1959, 1960, 1961 Lidiya Skoblikova was considered the favorite at the 1964 Olympic Games in Innsbruck (AUT) as she had won the World Championships shortly before. In fact she became the first person to win four gold medals in a single Winter edition of the Games. The combination of these four medals with the two she had won in 1960 Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley (USA) made her also the first athlete, and remains the only woman, to earn six gold medals in the Olympic Winter Games. In 1963, Skoblikova set a World Record at the ISU World Championships. She retired in 1969, moved to Moscow to work as a speed skating coach. She became a member of the Soviet National Olympic Committee in 1973, and received the silver Olympic Order. She then became president of the Russian Skating Federation, a position she held for 12 years. In 1996, she was inducted to the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, and three years later received the Order For Merit to the Fatherland from President Yeltsin.

ISU World No. 58 Jan 2016  

International Skating Union Official Newsletter.

ISU World No. 58 Jan 2016  

International Skating Union Official Newsletter.