From Communication No. 2097 - Decisions of the ISU Council
ISU Figure Skating Championships 2018 and the Olympic Winter Games 2018 – Minimum Total Elements Scores


Taking into account the expected number of entries into the Short Program/Short Dance at the ISU Figure Skating Championships for the season 2017/18 and the related time schedule, the reasonable maximum officiating time for the Officials, limits in the number of participants and related workload an Organizing Committee can be expected to handle physically and financially as well as implications with commercial partners, the Council concluded that
Minimum Total Elements Scores as per the Special Regulations, Rule 378, paragraph 3, must be determined for all ISU Figure Skating Championships in order to limit the number of entries to the appropriate level.

The Minimum Total Elements Score (not including Component Scores) is a Technical Score and must have been reached in an ISU recognized International Competition (as per Article 38, paragraph 7 of the ISU Constitution and Rule 107, paragraphs 1 to 9 of the ISU General Regulations) during the ongoing or immediately preceding season in both segments, Short Program/Short Dance and Free Skating/Free Dance (See ISU Special Regulations Single &
Pair Skating Ice Dance, Rule 378, paragraph 3).


While the Minimum Elements Score must be reached separately in each segment (not a total of the two segments), the Minimum Total Elements Score for each segment may be reached at different competitions. The Council determined the Minimum Elements scores for the ISU Championships 2018 and Olympic Winter Games 2018 as follows:
ISU European, ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2018 and Olympic Winter Games 2018:
SP/SD FS/FD
MEN 25.00 45.00
LADIES 20.00 36.00
PAIRS 20.00 36.00
DANCE 19.00 29.00
ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2018:
SP/SD FS/FD
MEN 34.00 64.00
LADIES 27.00 47.00
PAIRS 25.00 43.00
DANCE 29.00 39.00
ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2018:
SP/SD FS/FD
MEN 20.00 42.00
LADIES 20.00 35.00
PAIRS 20.00 30.00
DANCE 18.00 28.00


The required Minimum Total Elements Score for the Short Program/Short Dance and the Free Skating/Free Dance to participate in Senior ISU Championships (ISU European Figure Skating Championships, ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and ISU World Figure Skating Championships) and the Olympic Winter Games 2018 can only be obtained in Senior International Competitions. Likewise, the required Minimum Total Elements Scores for the Short Program/Short Dance and the Free Skating/Free Dance segment to participate in the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships can only be obtained in International Junior Competitions.

The Council also decided that the Minimum Total Elements Score must be reached 21 (twentyone) days before the first day (First official practice day) of the Championships concerned (same as entry deadline) or by the entry deadline for the Olympic Winter Games.

The Council agreed that if it became evident that the number of entries based on the Minimum Total Elements Scores listed above would be significantly higher or lower than expected, the ISU Council reserves the right to subsequently slightly re-adjust the Minimum Total Elements Scores in order to achieve the above-mentioned objective.