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2014 Olympic Winter Games

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Junior Grand Prix Ladies Final Standings

Pl Name Nation Points
1 Serafima SAKHANOVICH (Q) RUS 30
2 Evgenia MEDVEDEVA (Q) RUS 30
3 Wakaba HIGUCHI (Q) JPN 28
4 Maria SOTSKOVA (Q) RUS 28
5 Yuka NAGAI (Q) JPN 26
6 Miyu NAKASHIO (Q) JPN 24
7 Karen CHEN USA 24
10 Alexandra PROKLOVA RUS 22
13 Amber GLENN USA 16
15 Leah KEISER USA 14

(Q) Qualified for Final

Junior Grand Prix Men's Final Standings

Pl Name Nation Points
1 Boyang JIN (Q) CHN 30
2 Shoma UNO (Q) JPN 28
3 Alexander PETROV (Q) RUS 28
4 June Hyoung LEE (Q) KOR 26
5 Sota YAMAMOTO (Q) JPN 26
6 Roman SADOVSKY (Q) CAN 24
8 Alexander SAMARIN RUS 24
9 Dmitri ALIEV RUS 22
10 Andrei LAZUKIN RUS 18
13 Andrew TORGASHEV USA 16
14 Shotaro OMORI USA 14

Junior Grand Prix Pairs Final Standings

Pl Name Nation Points
1 Julianne SEGUIN / Charlie BILODEAU (Q) CAN 30
2 Maria VIGALOVA / Egor ZAKROEV (Q) RUS 30
4 Kamilla GAINETDINOVA / Sergei ALEXEEV (Q) RUS 24
6 Chelsea LIU / Brian JOHNSON (Q) USA 20
7 Anastasia GUBANOVA / Alexei SINTSOV RUS 20
14 Cirinia GILLETT / Maximiliano FERNANDEZ USA 5
18 Olivia ALLAN / Austin HALE (*) USA 3
20 Jessica LEE / Robert HENNINGS (*) USA 0

Junior Grand Prix Dance Final Standings

Pl Name Nation Points
1 Anna YANOVSKAYA / Sergey MOZGOV (Q) RUS 30
2 Mackenzie BENT / Garrett MACKEEN (Q) CAN 28
3 Betina POPOVA / Yuri VLASENKO (Q) RUS 28
4 Alla LOBODA / Pavel DROZD (Q) RUS 28
5 Madeline EDWARDS / Zhao Kai PANG (Q) CAN 28
6 Daria MOROZOVA / Mikhail ZHIRNOV (Q) RUS 24
7 Rachel PARSONS / Michael PARSONS USA 24
8 Lorraine MCNAMARA / Quinn CARPENTER USA 24
9 Brianna DELMAESTRO / Timothy LUM CAN 24
10 Alexandra NAZAROVA / Maxim NIKITIN UKR 20
14 Holly MOORE / Daniel KLABER USA 16
15 Christina CARREIRA / Anthony PONOMARENKO USA 16
17 Julia BIECHLER / Damian DODGE USA 12

News from the Southwest Pacific Region

Clubs of the SWP region are invited to send us news items for inclusion here.

Host cities for 2015/16 Qualifying Competition





North Atlantic

Lake Placid, N.Y.

Oct. 3-6, 2015


Independence, Mo.

Oct. 3-6, 2015

Central Pacific

San Jose, Calif.

Oct. 3-6, 2015

South Atlantic

Aston, Pa.

Oct. 10-13, 2015

Northwest Pacific


Oct. 10-13, 2015

Upper Great Lakes

Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

Oct. 10-13, 2015

Southwest Pacific

Pasadena, Calif.

Oct. 17-20, 2015

New England

Burlington, Vt.

Oct. 17-20. 2015

Eastern Great Lakes

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Oct. 17-20, 2015



Simsbury, Conn.

Nov. 18-22, 2015


Cleveland, Ohio

Nov. 18-22, 2015

Pacific Coast

Burbank, Calif.

Nov. 18-22, 2015

2014 Glacier Falls Summer Classic IJS Results

2014 Glacier Falls Summer Classic 6.0 Results

  In the News:

Junior Grand Prix Recap - Six of the seven Junior Grand Prix this season took place in Europe and one in Asia.  None where held in North or South America.  Overall there were 25 competitions, with pairs events being held in only four of the seven competitions. An ISU live stream using four different cameras was sent out from each competition and later each program was put on YouTube. 
Only five countries had at least one winner. The Russian anthem was played 14 times, the Canadian five times, the Japanese three times, the Chinese twice and the South Korean once. No U.S. skater won any of these 25 competitions, for the first time in many years.
Gymnastics Questions Code of Points, Laments Loss of Artistry - When IJS was first being forced down everyone's throat ... no, no, "introduced" ... it was repeatedly pointed out that gymnastics was going down the same road adopting a "code of points' scoring system, to show just what a good mainstream idea IJS was.
Since then, gymnastics has experienced the same problems that have befallen skating due to using a code of points scoring system.  But while the ISU remains steadfast in embracing a system that has done more harm than good, gymnastics appears to be wising up and willing to admit it made some mistakes and make changes.
Junior Grand Prix Wraps Up in Zagreb
Junior Grand Prix Makes Sixth Stop in Dresden
Second Half of Junior Grand Prix Starts in Tallinn
Numbers Tell All, Skating is Back in the Center Spotlight
Aichi, Japan Hosts Fourth Junior Grand Prix
Three Gold Medals for Canada at the Third Junior Grand Prix in Ostrava
Second Junior Grand Prix in Ljubljana
First Junior Grand Prix in Courchevel
Skaters Flock to Toronto, Montreal for Summer Training - The vast number of fine rinks and good coaches in Toronto and Montreal make the two areas hotspots for skaters from all over the world.
Summer Training in the Detroit Area - More than half of the sports’ leading ice dance teams practice in one of three large schools, all clustered in the Detroit area.

ISU Congress to Retain Secret Judging in Competition

The U.S. Figure Skating effort at the ISU Congress  to eliminate secret judging has failed in a vote of 30 in favor of eliminating secret judging, 24 against elimination and 2 abstentions. To be accepted, the proposal  needed a 2/3 majority (38 votes).  The proposal was opposed by ISU president Cinquanta.

Against elimination of secret judging were some western European countries (AUT, SWE, FIN, GER), both Koreas, all south-east Asia members, and some eastern European countries (LAT, EST, LTU, BLR, GEO, POL, SVK).

It is hard to understand how countries like Austria, Finland, and Sweden could vote against this proposal, not to speak of South Korea.  In Sochi, the South Korean's seemed on a mission to determine how each judge scored the ladies event, and filed a protest over the results (that has since been dismissed).  Now just four months later they fall in line with President Cinquanta and oppose a rule change that would have helped them make their case had it been in effect in Sochi.

2014 PSA Conference a Golden Moment for U.S. Figure Skating - Palm Springs, the famous southern California golf and vacation destination that has been, over the decades, home to dozens of Hollywood icons, political leaders and industry titans, including the late Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Ginger Rogers and former President Dwight Eisenhower, provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s Professional Skaters Association conference and trade show.
Seattle Smack Down Offers Little Drama - The 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Governing Council was queued up with several pieces of controversial business, but most of those fell by the wayside by the time the meeting was convened Friday, May 2nd.  When I arrived the day before I only half-jokingly remarked about the rearranging of the deck chairs on the Titanic beginning at noon, but in fact that largely turned out to be the case.
2014 World Championships

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Aug. 22 - Two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time world champion, Patrick Chan plans to return to the competitive figure skating for the 2015-2016 season.  After some down time over the summer, Chan has developed a new free program, although he doesn’t plan to unveil it in international competition until next year’s ISU Grand Prix season.

 “My goal is to return to a full competitive schedule after this year,” said Chan. “I am proud of my accomplishments in Sochi and my world championship titles, but I do feel that there is still more that I can achieve. I will return to competition having learned new ways of training and preparing from this year off.”

Aug. 22 - U.S. Figure Skating has signed Frank Carroll to provide services and support for U.S. Figure Skating’s performance enhancement and tracking program.

“U.S. Figure Skating is excited to have this legendary coach mentor and share his wealth of knowledge with U.S. Figure Skating’s premier coaches and athletes,” said David Raith, executive director at U.S. Figure Skating. “Frank Carroll’s expertise and services will be available to our elite athletes and coaches as they embark on the next quadrennium.”

Carroll’s primary focus will be to mentor U.S. Figure Skating’s Team USA and International Selection Pool coaches within U.S. Figure Skating’s Athlete High Performance Department. Additionally, Carroll will work with Mitch Moyer, senior director of athlete high performance, on providing programming, including seminars, on- and off-ice demonstrations and educational materials, for these coaches and their athletes.

Aug. 13 - U.S. lineup for 2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic (subject to change)

Ladies: Polina Edmunds, Courtney Hicks, Mirai Nagasu, Ashley Shin

Men: Max Aaron, Ross Miner, Jordan Moeller, Douglas Razzano

Pairs: Madeline Aaron & Max Settlage, Jessica Noelle Calalang & Zack Sidhu, Alexa Scimeca & Chris Knierim

Ice dance: Alexandra Aldridge & Daniel Eaton, Anastasia Cannuscio & Colin McManus, Madison Chock & Evan Bates

Jul. 16 - Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay announced the end of their pairs partnership. Bartholomay has expressed interest in finding a new partner, while Zhang will attend the University of South Florida full time.

Zhang and Bartholomay, who trained in Ellenton, Fla., under coaches Jim Peterson, Lyndon Johnston and Amanda Evora, began their partnership three years ago. They finished 12th at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. They are the 2014 U.S. silver medalists and 2013 U.S. bronze medalists.

May. 7 - Two-time reigning U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir have ended their partnership. Both skaters have expressed interest in finding new partners.

Castelli and Shnapir, who trained in Boston under coaches Bobby Martin and Carrie Wall, began their partnership eight years ago. Castelli and Shnapir finished ninth at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and were team event bronze medalists at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. They are the 2013 Four Continents bronze medalists and 2009 World Junior bronze medalists

October Competitions

1 - 5 Oct - ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Dresden, Germany

1 - 5 Oct - 22nd Ondrej Nepela Memorial- Bratislava, Slovakia

4 Oct - Japan Open - Saitama, Japan

8 - 12 Oct - ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Zagreb, Croatia

9 - 12 Oct - Finlandia Trophy - Espoo, Finland

14 - 17 Oct - Skate Canada Autumn Classic - Barrie, Ontario, Canada

15 - 19 Oct - Coupe de Nice - Nice, France

24 - 26 Oct - Hilton Honors Skate America ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Chicago, IL, United States

31 Oct - 2 Nov - Skate Canada ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Kelowna, B.C., Canada

November Competitions

5 - 9 Nov - 25th Volvo Open Cup - Riga, Latvia

6 - 9 Nov - Golden Bear - Zagreb, Croatia

6 - 9 Nov - Triglav Trophy & Narcisa Cup - Jesenice, Slovenia

7 - 9 Nov - LEXUS Cup of China ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Shanghai, China

7 - 9 Nov - NRW Trophy for Ice Dance - Dortmund, Germany

11 - 16 Nov - Ice Challenge v - Graz, Austria

12 - 16 Nov - Skate Celje - Celje, Slovenia

14 - 16 Nov - Rostelecom Cup ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Moscow, Russia

14 - 16 Nov - Merano Cup - Merano, Italy

18 - 23 Nov - Olympic Hopes - Bucharest or Poiana Brasov, Romania

20 - 23 Nov - Warsaw Cup - Warsaw, Poland

20 - 23 Nov - Open d’Andorra - Canillo, Andorra

21 - 23 Nov - Trophee Bompard ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Bordeaux, France

21 - 23 Nov - 52nd Grand Prix of Banska Bystrica - Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

25 - 30 Nov - NRW Trophy - Dortmund, Germany

28 - 30 Nov - NHK Trophy ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Osaka, Japan

28 - 30 Nov - Pavel Roman Memorial - Olomouc, Czech Republic

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