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    "ISU Challenger Series Figure Skating" - per Communication No. 1854

    "ISU Challenger Series Figure Skating" - per ISU Communication No. 1854

    Wonder what the following means :

    ISU Challenger Series Figure Skating

    Mindful that the ISU support towards the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating is restricted to a limited group of organizing Members, to a limited number of skaters and to a limited number of Officials, the ISU Council agreed to financially support a group of identified Members traditionally staging International Figure Skating Competitions starting with the season 2014/15. This ISU support has the objective to ensure the proper and consistent organization and conduct of the identified International Competitions, to give adequate opportunities for all skaters to compete at the international senior level and earn World Standing points and to increase the opportunity for Officials to officiate at an international level. Full details of this ISU support and related conditions are under preparation and will be published in a separate Communication.


    http://static.isu.org/media/139410/1...ncil-sochi.pdf (Mar 6)

    [Unrelated FYI from the same document:
    The ISU has allotted the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final (junior & senior) to the Spanish Ice Sports Federation, to be held on December 11-14, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.]

    ETA, the requirements for the events in the Challenger Series were announced in ISU Communication No. 1858, published on Apr 4. (Thx, GF2445.)

    ETA:

    The eleven events in the Challenger Series were announced on Jun 25 (thx again to GF2445):
    http://static.isu.org/media/153457/1...4-congress.pdf (see pp. 4-5 of the thirteen-page doc)

    - U.S. International Figure Skating Classic
    The United States Figure Skating Association to be held in Salt Lake City, USA on September 10-14, 2014.
    - Lombardia Trophy
    Federazione Italiana Sport del Ghiaccio to be held in Sesto San Giovanni (Milan) on September 18-21, 2014.
    - Nebelhorn Trophy
    Deutsche Eislauf Union e.V. to be held in Oberstdorf, Germany on 24-27 September, 2014.
    - Ondrej Nepela Memorial
    Slovak Figure Skating Association to be held in Bratislava, Slovak Republic on October 1-5, 2014.
    - Finlandia Trophy
    Suomen Taitoluisteluliitto to be held in Espoo, Finland on October 10-12, 2014.
    - Autumn Classic International
    Skate Canada to be held in Barrie, Canada on October 14-17, 2014.
    - Volvo Open Cup
    The Latvian Skating Association to be held in Riga, Latvia on November 5-9, 2014.
    - Triglav Trophy
    Slovene Skating Union to be held in Jesenice, Slovenia on 6-9 November, 2014.
    - Ice Challenge
    Ӧsterreichischer Eiskunstlauf Verband to be held in Graz, Austria on November 13-16, 2014.
    - Warsaw Cup
    Polish Figure Skating Association to be held in Warsaw, Poland on November 20-23, 2014.
    - Golden Spin of Zagreb
    Croatian Skating Federation to be held in Zagreb, Croatia on December 4-7, 2014.

    The ISU event page for the Challenger Series as a whole:
    http://www.isu.org/en/single-and-pai...llenger-series (scroll down for links to individual ISU pages for the eleven events)

    ETA:

    The rules allow JGP competitors to enter the Challenger series of Senior internationals, AFAIK. (The issue came up in a JGP thread.)

    The excerpt below is from Page 3 of ISU Communication No. 1858, "ISU Challenger Series in Figure Skating." (Emphasis added.)
    Participation is open to all Skaters/Couples of ISU Members, who are eligible for International “Senior” Competitions by age (Rule 108) and by citizenship (109), and entered through the respective ISU Member. There is a limitation for the Skaters/Couples to three (3) participations in the events of the ISU Challenger Series. Participation in any of an ISU Junior Grand Prix event or a (Senior) Grand Prix event does not limit the participation in events of the ISU Challenger Series. However Skaters having participated in the Junior and/or (Senior) ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating during the same season should not have priority to enter events of the Challengers Series.

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    So does this mean some Senior B's will get more ISU support or will this be entirely new events?

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    I am really happy to see that the ISU are taking these steps. Its seems that Sochi has woken them up and made the, realise that ice sating sports accross all areas need to be more attractive and marketable and that they need the take control of those senior b competitions and make them more official instead of a scattering.

    I still suggest that like grand prix, in the senior divisions of the contest there should be tier levels based on 1. Ranking and 2. National skaters (skaters of the nation hosting the event). E.G.

    The highest level of competition would be the Grand Prix of Figure Skating
    Then have three tiers of senior internationals with cut offs based on ranking and like the grand prix events invite home nation skaters. The higher the tier is, the higher the world standing points and Prize money should. The world standing points and prize money should be consistant.

    Currently, a skaters/couples can earn world standing points from the highest they earned at an ISU championship (Olympics, Worlds, 4CC, Europeans or Jnr Worlds), their two best results for either the jnr. or snr. GRAND prix and the two best results from a senior international B.

    Maybe they can readjust it. They can change it so maybe a skaters/couples can make world standing points from.
    1. Their best ISU Championship result
    2. Their three best Grand Prix/ISU challenger series results (senior international B)
    3. One other result either from an ISU Championship or ISU Grand Prix/Challenger series (due to technical minimums some skaters do not end up at worlds or any isu championship so for some, snr. Bs are their only shot for points and so they can earn a little more points through this)

    In saying this, they need to include all current competitions and ensure that there are an even amount of events for each discipline. It would be sad if they left out some competitions from this challenger series.

    Any change is good change.

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    It will become more important than ever for feds outside of Europe to hold some Senior Bs, I suspect.

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    Spain hosting such an important event is really wonderful!

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    ISU COMMUNICATION ON THE ISU CHALLENGER SERIES

    "As announced in ISU Communication No. 1854 and mindful that the ISU support towards the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating is restricted to a limited group of organizing ISU Members, to a limited number of Skaters and to a limited number of Officials, the ISU Council agreed to financially support a restricted group of identified ISU Members traditionally staging International Figure Skating Competitions being part of the ISU Event Calendar.

    This ISU support has the objective to ensure the proper and consistent organization and conduct of up to eleven (11) International Competitions linked together as a new ISU Series giving adequate opportunities for many Skaters to compete at the international senior level and earn World Standing Points and to increase the opportunity for Officials to officiate at an international level.

    The International Competitions (events), which are included into this international Figure Skating ISU Series named “ISU Challenger Series”, must fulfil specific requirements which are summarized in this Communication.

    Subject to a sufficient number of organizing ISU Members applying to participate in and able to comply with the requirements for this new ISU Series, it will start with the season 2014/15."


    http://static.isu.org/media/142889/1...ril-1-2014.pdf

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    Well it's great. I wonder which countries will be hosting Challenger events next year.

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    Do we have any sense when we might find out about the Challenger cup events? Will they be chosen from the Senior B events already announced? I'm very curious about this new series.

    Here is a list of 2014-15 International Competitions: http://static.isu.org/media/147051/1...-2014-2015.pdf

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    Any updates? When might we know which events will be included? Will this encourage more entries in Senior Bs? I'm hoping, for example, more second tier US skaters will travel to some of these events... any thoughts if that might pan out?

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    This might sound weird but I sometime wish that more top tier skaters participate in the challenger series.

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    Some events will be new, but most of the Challenger events will be existing B events. To get Challenger status, there must be sufficient entries in each of the disciplines.

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    The events for the challenger series have been released in a recent isu communication on the isu website.

    Sorry for not posting a link. Im on my phone so copy and paste is almost impossible

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    Events List 11 events

    U.S. International Figure Skating Classic 10 - 14 Sep 2014 Salt Lake City United States
    Lombardia Trophy 18 - 21 Sep 2014 Sesto San Giovanni/ Milano Italy
    Nebelhorn Trophy 25 - 27 Sep 2014 Oberstdorf Germany
    22nd Ondrej Nepela Memorial 1 - 5 Oct 2014 Bratislava Slovakia
    Finlandia Trophy 9 - 12 Oct 2014 Espoo Finland
    Skate Canada Autumn Classic 15 - 18 Oct 2014 Ontario Canada
    25th Volvo Open Cup 5 - 9 Nov 2014 Riga Latvia
    Triglav Trophy 6 - 9 Nov 2014 Jesenice Slovenia
    Icechallenge 11 - 16 Nov 2014 Graz Austria
    Warsaw Cup 20 - 23 Nov 2014 Warsaw Poland
    Golden Spin of Zagreb 4 - 7 Dec 2014 Zagreb Croatia

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    Quote Originally Posted by GF2445 View Post
    The events for the challenger series have been released in a recent isu communication on the isu website.

    Sorry for not posting a link. Im on my phone so copy and paste is almost impossible
    Quote Originally Posted by NMURA View Post
    Events List 11 events

    U.S. International Figure Skating Classic 10 - 14 Sep 2014 Salt Lake City United States
    Lombardia Trophy 18 - 21 Sep 2014 Sesto San Giovanni/ Milano Italy
    Nebelhorn Trophy 25 - 27 Sep 2014 Oberstdorf Germany
    22nd Ondrej Nepela Memorial 1 - 5 Oct 2014 Bratislava Slovakia
    Finlandia Trophy 9 - 12 Oct 2014 Espoo Finland
    Skate Canada Autumn Classic 15 - 18 Oct 2014 Ontario Canada
    25th Volvo Open Cup 5 - 9 Nov 2014 Riga Latvia
    Triglav Trophy 6 - 9 Nov 2014 Jesenice Slovenia
    Icechallenge 11 - 16 Nov 2014 Graz Austria
    Warsaw Cup 20 - 23 Nov 2014 Warsaw Poland
    Golden Spin of Zagreb 4 - 7 Dec 2014 Zagreb Croatia
    Thx to GF2445 and NMURA.

    FWIW, little caveats for anyone planning to attend in person:
    For some of the eleven events, slightly different dates are listed in today's ISU document (Communication 1876).

    - Nebelhorn Trophy
    Deutsche Eislauf Union e.V. to be held in Oberstdorf, Germany on 24-27 September, 2014.

    - Finlandia Trophy
    Suomen Taitoluisteluliitto to be held in Espoo, Finland on October 10-12, 2014.

    - Autumn Classic International
    Skate Canada to be held in Barrie, Canada on October 14-17, 2014. [Note the specification of Barrie, Ontario.]

    - Ice Challenge
    Ӧsterreichischer Eiskunstlauf Verband to be held in Graz, Austria on November 13-16, 2014.

    ETA, it's weird that the ISU's information is not consistent. I now realize that NMURA's post prob. was based on the event list at the bottom of the ISU overview page on the Challenger Series.

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    Surprised to NOT see Coupe de Nice or NRW Trophy among the challenger events. They are two of the largest Senior B's around.

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