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2019 ISU Championships Predictions Game (Rules)


Record Breaker
Oct 25, 2012
Tomorrow is 2 weeks until the first segment of the European Championships, so now is probably a good time to kick off the ISU Championships Predictions Game.

You will be pleased to hear that the rules are essentially the same as they were last year. There has only been slight re-wording of a couple of the clauses to make them clearer.

The Rules are still largely the same as for the GP Predictions Game. So, like last year, I will use tulosai’s explanation as the basis.

Rules (slightly re-worded for clarity, but in effect the same as last year):

  1. Guess the Top 5 finishers in each discipline at each Grand Prix. Each event will have it's own dedicated thread in which to make predictions. For handiness, I will provide a list of the entries in the first post in each of these threads.

  2. Only the top 5 guesses of each person will be scored. The 6[SUP]th[/SUP] person you guess will be an alternate in case one of the 5 skaters you pick withdraws or can't compete at the last minute.

  3. The deadline to get your predictions in is one hour before the first Short Programme of the event starts. If the pairs are first and they start at 7pm EST, you should aim to get your predictions in by 6pm EST.

  4. For your prediction to qualify for scoring, you must provide the full last name(s) in your predictions. The thread of each round will include the entries for each discipline, so all you need to do is copy and paste. Abbreviations, nicknames, first names will not be accepted.

World Team Trophy

The final round of the ISU Championships Predictions Game this year is the World Team Trophy. Unlike the Olympic Team Event, each country will have 2 entries in each category, and we will know who is competing in advance.

Consequently, we will be able to make predictions for each category as normal. However, we will ALSO be predicting on the overall Team result.

So, for the WTT, the following amendment to the rules will apply:

  1. Since there are only six countries competing, and we only have one entry per country in Pairs and Dance, the Top 6 predictions will be scored in ALL categories.


Each correct guess is worth 15 points. If you guess Mao will be first and she is first, that is 15 points. If you guess Mirai is 5[SUP]th[/SUP] and she is 5[SUP]th[/SUP], that is 15 points.

Each guess that is one placement off is worth 10 points. If you guess Ashley is 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] and she is 1[SUP]st[/SUP], you get 10 points. If you guess Gracie is 5[SUP]th[/SUP] and she is 6[SUP]th[/SUP], you get 10 points.

Each guess that is two placements off is worth 5 points. If you guess Akiko is 4[SUP]th[/SUP] and she in 2[SUP]nd[/SUP], you get 5 points. If you guess Tukt is 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] and she is 5[SUP]th[/SUP] you get 5 points.

Senior World Championships

For the penultimate round of the ISU Championships Predictions Game (the Senior World Championships), the rules are the same as usual EXCEPT for the points scored.

  1. As this Championship is the most prestigious in Senior Figure Skating, there will be DOUBLE POINTS on offer. So, it will be:

    30 points for guessing right;
    20 points for 1 place out;
    10 points for 2 places out.

  2. If you get the podium correct in any discipline, you will get a 30 point bonus.

  3. If you get all five predictions correct, you will get a 50 point bonus.

Consequently, you can earn up to 800 points for this round. (Thank you to Mrs. P for the idea of giving bonus points!)​

These are the competitions that are rounds of the Predictions Game:

ISU Championships Game

Round 1: European Championships (21[SUP]st[/SUP] – 27[SUP]th[/SUP] January 2019)
Round 2: Four Continents (4[SUP]th[/SUP] – 10[SUP]th[/SUP] February 2019)
Round 3: Winter Universiade (2[SUP]nd[/SUP] – 12[SUP]th[/SUP]March 2019)
Round 4: Senior World Championships (18[SUP]th[/SUP] – 24[SUP]th[/SUP]March 2019)
Round 5: World Team Trophy (11[SUP]th[/SUP] – 14[SUP]th[/SUP]April 2019)

This thread will be available for general discussion about the game, and for analysing how the game is progressing. But, please keep the predictions and subsequent discussion about each event in the specific thread for that event:

European Championships: Predictions Game Round 1
Four Continents: Predictions Game Round 2
Winter Universiade: Predictions Game Round 3
Senior World Championships: Predictions Game Round 4
World Team Trophy: Predictions Game Round 5

The scores for all the rounds will be recorded in the spreadsheet, which can be found at:


Plus, if you want a handy way to keep track who is on the podium in each round, we have the HALL OF FAME thread, which can be found at:


Thank you so much to the scorers of this year’s Predictions Games for making them such a success. This new game would not have been possible without you!

Good luck everybody!



Record Breaker
Oct 25, 2012
I have some good news.

For the first time ever, there will be a prize for the overall winner come the end of the Predictions Game!!!

:cheer: :clap: :rock: :party2: :points: :hb:

gsk8 has very kindly donated four GS Supporters packages, which will be presented to the overall winner of each of the four Predictions Games that are being held this season:

  1. Senior Grand Prix Predictions Game
  2. National Championships Predictions Game
  3. Junior ISU Championships Predictions Game
  4. Senior ISU Championships Predictions Game

Thank you to gsk8 for this kind gesture. It will certainly add an extra dimension to the Predictions Games.