2. DESIGNATION OF THE SKATERS
2.1 Seeded Skaters/Couples
a) Skaters/couples who have placed 1 – 6 in each of the 4 categories (Men, Ladies, Pairs, Ice Dance) at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2009 will be considered to be seeded skaters/couples and will be assigned, by draw, to skate in two events.
b) If a seeded skater/couple withdraws from an assigned event, even for medical reasons, that skater/couple will not be assigned to another event.
c) If any vacancies remain after having filled the places as to a) to b) of this paragraph, the next priority will be given to those skaters/couples not meeting the above criteria but who have achieved a seasonal best (as posted on the ISU website for season 2008/2009) score equal to or better than the top six from the
ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2009.
d) If vacancies still remain after having filled the places as to a) to d) skaters/couples placed 7th and below
at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2009 will become seeded skaters in order of placement.
e) If a seeded skater/couple withdraws from one of the assigned events or declines an invitation to one of the assigned events, that skater/couple will still be considered and the next highest placed skater/couple at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2009 will not become a seeded skater/couple.
2.2. Invited Skaters/Couples
a) Skaters/couples who have placed 7 – 12 in each of the 4 categories (Men, Ladies, Pairs, Ice Dance) at
the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2009 will be guaranteed to be selected for two ISU Grand
Prix of Figure Skating events. If there are any retirements from placements 7 – 12, the next priority will
be given to those skaters/couples not meeting the above criteria but who achieved a seasonal best score
equal to or better than those placed 7 – 12 at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2009. If
vacancies still remain, skaters/couples placed 13th and below at the ISU World Figure Skating
Championships 2009 will be selected in order of placement.
b) Skaters/couples with an ISU World Standing placement of 1 – 24 (after season 2008/2009) and
skaters/couples with seasonal best scores in the top 24 (for season 2008/2009) who do not hold an ISU
World Standing placement of 1 – 24 will be guaranteed one (1) event if they do not otherwise meet the
criteria listed in categories 2.1 or 2.2 above.
A listing of seasonal best scores for each season will be compiled to include the following events:
* ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating and Final
* ISU Senior Grand Prix of Figure Skating and Final
* ISU Figure Skating Championships
* Olympic Winter Games (if applicable in the year concerned)
* Other ISU controlled Events as identified each season by the ISU Council.
c) Medallists from the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2009 and the medallists from the
ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2008/09 will be included in the selection process.
Skaters/couples who have stated their intention to skate as Senior in 2009/10 will be guaranteed one (1)
d) A maximum of three (3) skaters/couples in each discipline from the host Member may skate in the host
Member’s event. This includes skaters/couples selected according to category 2.1 and 2.2 above. If the
host Member chooses not to exercise its option for the three (3) skaters/couples in any discipline from its
own country, the remaining slot(s) must be filled from categories 2.2 a) and b) above.
e) Skaters/couples, seeded in any previous year (place 1 to 6 in the respective World Championships), and
who due to injury or no fault of their own, were forced to sit out competitive season(s) could be
considered for selection for up to 2 assignments, if they return to competitive skating.
f) If any slot(s) remains open and if all skaters/couples as defined in paragraph 2.2. a) and b) above have
been selected for one (1) event, the host Member may select any skater/couple with a top 75 seasonal
best score to fill the open slot(s).
g) Pairs or Dance couples, who were placed amongst the ranks as previously mentioned in criteria a) and
b) in the year 2007/2008 or 2008/2009, but have split, will be considered in the alternate list with the new
partner, if proof is given that they intend to continue the competitive career.
h) In addition to the seeded skaters/couples and the above-mentioned invited skaters/couples, each host
ISU Member may select additional skaters/couples in accordance with selection procedures established
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by the ISU Figure Skating Event Coordination Group. The maximum number of entries per event,
however, is set as follows:
Men and Ladies not more than 12 but not less than 10 entries
Pairs not more than 8 but not less than 6 entries
Ice Dance not more than 10 but not less than 8 entries
i) No invited skaters/dance couples may compete in more than two events of the ISU Grand Prix of
Figure Skating. These events will count for points and prize money will be awarded according to
j) A maximum of three skaters/couples from the same ISU Member may compete in the same category
of any individual event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating.
k) Non-seeded skaters/couples will not be assigned to another event if they choose not to skate in an
l) Non-seeded skaters/couples will not be assigned to another event if, by medical reason, they
withdraw from an assigned event.
If a skater/couple (seeded or non-seeded) does not finish an event, that skater/couple’s Member
Federation is obligated to cover the expenses for travel, accommodation and meals for the
skater/couple and for the Judge, if the Judge is not drawn for another panel.