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SYWTWFS 2019-2020 Program Master List:

Master list of programs that have been announced for the 2019-2020 season. This spreadsheet will be updated as new programs are announced.

The SYWTWFS blog will be on semi-hiatus during the off season, but you can find us posting all sorts of skating news on Twitter, so please give us a follow there!

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The last major competition of the 2018-19 season will take place in Fukuoka, Japan, from April 11-14. Here’s a guide on how to watch! More information will be added to this post as it appears.

Live results | Entries | Detailed schedule | Website | ISU

SCHEDULE

Japan Standard Time (UTC+9). Subscribe to our Google Calendar to get all competition times in your own time zone!

Apr. 11: Rhythm Dance 15:15; Ladies’ SP 16:35; Men’s SP 18:40
Apr. 12: Pairs’ SP 16:00; Free Dance 17:25; Men’s FS 19:00
Apr. 13: Pairs’ FS 15:15; Ladies’ FS 16:50
Apr. 14: Gala 14:00

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COMPETITION FORMAT

The ISU World Team Trophy (WTT) is a team competition held every other year since 2009. After the World Championships, the 6 highest-ranked countries in terms of ISU World Standings for the season qualify for WTT.

Each team consists of 2 men’s singles skaters, 2 ladies singles skaters, 1 pair team and 1 ice dance team. Each skater’s placement in both the short program and free skate earns a certain number of points for their team, decreasing by one point for each lower placement. For singles skaters, 1st place earns 12 points and 12th place earns 1 point. For pairs/dance teams, 1st place earns 12 points and 6th place earns 7 points. The team with the highest number of points at the end of the competition wins the World Team Trophy.

See the 2019 World Team Trophy Announcement for more information on competition format and scoring.

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HOW TO WATCH

Be careful of popups and ads on free streaming sites. We are not responsible for the quality of the streams; we only provide the links. Many streams for major figure skating events have geographic restrictions. In order to unblock streams, consider using a VPN (Virtual Private Network). Free VPN services are available online, but the most reliable ones usually require a fee.

Fan streams: These fan-run streams may livestream part or all of the event: FSLiveQQ Live. Check the streams when the events are on. The streams should be available worldwide.

ISU: The ISU will livestream the entire competition and gala. The stream is blocked in USA, Japan, and Russia.

NBC Gold: Subscribers in the USA can watch the entire competition live on NBC Gold.

CBC Sports: Canada’s CBC Sports will stream the free skates live. CBC will also air parts of the competition on TV in taped broadcasts; see their website for more info. Streaming schedule in EDT:

  • 4/12: Free Dance 4:25AM (live); Men’s FS 6:00AM (live)
  • 4/13: Pairs’ FS 2:15AM (live); Ladies’ FS 3:50AM (live)
  • Official streams (blocked outside of Canada)

Channel 1: Russia’s Channel 1 will stream the entire competition and gala live. Streaming schedule in Moscow Time:

  • 4/11: Rhythm Dance 09:10; Ladies’ SP 10:30; Men’s SP 12:35
  • 4/12: Pairs’ SP 09:55; Free Dance 11:20; Men’s FS 12:55
  • 4/13: Pairs’ FS 09:10; Ladies’ FS 10:45
  • 4/14: Gala 08:00
  • Official stream (blocked outside of Russia)

TV Asahi: Japan’s TV Asahi will air parts of the competition in taped broadcasts. Broadcast schedule in JST:

  • 4/11: Men’s & Ladies’ SP 18:30 (taped)
  • 4/12: Men’s FS & highlights 19:00 (live?)
  • 4/13: Ladies’ FS & highlights 19:00 (taped)
  • 4/14: Gala 18:30 (taped)
  • Unblocked stream, mirror

Other TV channels: Other TV channels might also air parts of the competition. Check your local TV channels for other skating broadcasts.

On demand: If you can’t watch live, videos from the competition will be uploaded online by fans, so you can always catch up later. Search skaters’ names on Youtube and filter by upload date for the latest videos. See this post for useful skating Youtube and Dailymotion channels.

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A schedule of major shows taking place during the remainder of the 2018-19 season and the 2019 off season. This is not a comprehensive list; many other shows will also be held in various locations during the off season. More information will be added to this post as it appears. Casts are subject to change; check the websites for updates.

See also: Figure Skating Event Calendar

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STARS ON ICE: JAPAN (website)
Time and place: Mar. 29-31, Osaka, Japan
Cast: Shoma Uno, Stephane Lambiel, Javier Fernandez, Nathan Chen, Nobunari Oda, Junhwan Cha, Deniss Vasiljevs, Koshiro Shimada, Alina Zagitova, Evgenia Medvedeva, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Satoko Miyahara, Rika Kihira, Kaori Sakamoto, Mai Mihara, Kanako Murakami, Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford, Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani, more
Broadcast: Mar. 31 at 11:55-15:00, TBS1 (live)
Notes: The annual Japanese leg of the Stars on Ice tour.

STARS ON ICE: USA (website)
Time and place: Apr. 18 - May 18, various locations (more info)
Cast: (see website for exact dates) Nathan Chen, Meryl Davis/Charlie White, Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani, Ashley Wagner, Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue, Jason Brown, Mirai Nagasu, Jeremy Abbott, Bradie Tennell, Vincent Zhou, Kurt Browning, Alysa Liu, more
Broadcast: ???
Notes: Currently the largest touring ice show in North America. Not all skaters will skate at all the shows; see website for details.

THIN-Q ICE FANTASIA (instagram)
Time and place: Apr. 19-21, Seoul, South Korea
Cast: Junhwan Cha, Evgenia Medvedeva, Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir, Jason Brown, Boyang Jin, Elladj Balde, Rika Kihira, Kaetlyn Osmond, Cheng Peng/Yang Jin, more
Broadcast: TBA
Notes: Ice show sponsored by LG Electronics, directed by Brian Orser and choreography by Shae-Lynn Bourne. First held in 2018.

CHAMPIONS ON ICE
Time and place: Apr. 20, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Cast: Alina Zagitova, Alexandra Trusova, Anna Shcherbakova, Alena Kostornaia, Elizabet Tursynbaeva, Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov, Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin, Morisi Kvitelashvili, Maxim Kovtun, Kamila Valieva, Daniil Samsonov, more
Broadcast: ???
Notes: A new show developed by Eteri Tutberidze, mainly starring students from her school with other Russian skaters as special guests.

STARS ON ICE: CANADA (website)
Time and place: Apr. 26 - May 16, various locations (more info)
Cast: (see website for exact dates) Patrick Chan, Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko, Kaetlyn Osmond, Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford, Evgenia Medvedeva, Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje, Nam Nguyen, Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier, Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron, more
Broadcast: ???
Notes: Currently the largest touring ice show in North America. Not all skaters will skate at all the shows; see website for details.

PRINCE ICE WORLD: YOKOHAMA (website)
Time and place: Apr. 27-29, May 3-5, Yokohama, Japan
Cast: (see website for exact dates) Shizuka Arakawa, Takeshi Honda, Kanako Murakami, Shoma Uno, Keiji Tanaka, Kazuki Tomono, Marin Honda, Miyu Honda, Sara Honda, Wakaba Higuchi, Sota Yamamoto, Mako Yamashita, Tatsuya Tsuboi, more
Broadcast: TBA
Notes: One of the oldest skating shows in Japan, notable for giving fans the opportunity to talk to the skaters and take pictures as they go around the rink after the show.

FANTASY ON ICE: MAKUHARI (website)
Time and place: May 24-26, Chiba, Japan
Cast: Nobunari Oda, Javier Fernandez, Stephane Lambiel, Jeffrey Buttle, Johnny Weir, Elladj Balde, Shizuka Arakawa, Akiko Suzuki, Carolina Kostner, Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir, Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte, more
Broadcast: TBA
Notes: Annual ice show in Japan, tours in several cities during the off season. Often collaborates with singers.

FANTASY ON ICE: SENDAI (website)
Time and place: May 31 - June 2, Sendai, Japan
Cast: Nobunari Oda, Javier Fernandez, Stephane Lambiel, Jeffrey Buttle, Johnny Weir, Elladj Balde, Shizuka Arakawa, Carolina Kostner, Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir, Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte, more
Broadcast: TBA
Notes: Annual ice show in Japan, tours in several cities during the off season. Often collaborates with singers.

ALL THAT SKATE (website)
Time and place: June 6-8, Seoul, South Korea
Cast: TBA
Broadcast: TBA
Notes: Organized by Yuna Kim’s agency, All That Sports. First held in 2010.

FANTASY ON ICE: KOBE (website)
Time and place: June 7-9, Kobe, Japan
Cast: Nobunari Oda, Stephane Lambiel, Jeffrey Buttle, Johnny Weir, Elladj Balde, Akiko Suzuki, Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir, more
Broadcast: TBA
Notes: Annual ice show in Japan, tours in several cities during the off season. Often collaborates with singers.

FANTASY ON ICE: TOYAMA (website)
Time and place: June 14-16, Toyama, Japan
Cast: Nobunari Oda, Javier Fernandez, Stephane Lambiel, Jeffrey Buttle, Johnny Weir, Elladj Balde, Akiko Suzuki, Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir, more
Broadcast: TBA
Notes: Annual ice show in Japan, tours in several cities during the off season. Often collaborates with singers.

PRINCE ICE WORLD: SAPPORO (website)
Time and place: June 22, Sapporo, Japan
Cast: Shizuka Arakawa, Takeshi Honda, Evgeni Plushenko, Nobunari Oda, Kanako Murakami, Marin Honda, Miyu Honda, Sara Honda, more
Broadcast: ???
Notes: One of the oldest skating shows in Japan, notable for giving fans the opportunity to talk to the skaters and take pictures as they go around the rink after the show.

DREAMS ON ICE (website)
Time and place: June 28-30, Yokohama, Japan
Cast: Kazuki Tomono, Tatsuya Tsuboi, Shun Sato, Sora Tarumi, Yuna Shiraiwa, Yuhana Yokoi, Tomoe Kawabata, Nana Araki, Rika Tejima, more
Broadcast: TBA
Notes: Annual ice show in Japan focusing on Japanese skaters; many of them debut their new competitive programs at this show.

HYOEN 2019 (website)
Time and place: July 26-28, Yokohama, Japan
Cast: Daisuke Takahashi, Stephane Lambiel, Shizuka Arakawa, Julia Lipnitskaia, Akiko Suzuki, Nobunari Oda, Kanako Murakami, more
Broadcast: TBA
Notes: Figure skating and kabuki theater crossover, first held in 2017.

THE ICE (website)
Time and place: July 27-28, Osaka, Japan; Aug. 3-4, Nagoya, Japan
Cast: Shoma Uno, Nathan Chen, Boyang Jin, Romain Ponsart, Mariah Bell, Marin Honda, more
Broadcast: TBA
Notes: Annual ice show originally starring Mao Asada, first held in 2007.

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It’s here! The climax of the 2018-19 season will take place in Saitama, Japan, from March 18-24. Here’s a guide on how to watch! More information will be added to this post as it appears.

Live results | Entries | Detailed schedule | Website | ISU

SCHEDULE

Japan Standard Time (UTC+9). Subscribe to our Google Calendar to get all competition times in your own time zone!

Mar. 20: Pairs’ SP 10:30; Ladies’ SP 15:05
Mar. 21: Pairs’ FS 10:30; Men’s SP 16:00
Mar. 22: Rhythm Dance 12:00; Ladies’ FS 17:30
Mar. 23: Free Dance 12:30; Men’s FS 17:30
Mar. 24: Gala 15:00

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HOW TO WATCH

Be careful of popups and ads on free streaming sites. We are not responsible for the quality of the streams; we only provide the links. Many streams for major figure skating events have geographic restrictions. In order to unblock streams, consider using a VPN (Virtual Private Network). Free VPN services are available online, but the most reliable ones usually require a fee.

Fan streams: These fan-run streams may livestream part or all of the event: FSLiveQQ Live. Check the streams when the events are on. The streams should be available worldwide.

ISU: The ISU will livestream the entire competition and gala in countries that have not purchased broadcasting rights for the event.

NBC Gold: Subscribers in the USA can watch the entire competition live on NBC Gold. NBC and NBCSN will also air parts of the competition on TV in taped broadcasts.

CBC Sports: Canada’s CBC Sports will stream the entire competition and gala live. CBC will also air the competition on TV in taped broadcasts; see their website for more info. Streaming schedule in EDT:

  • 3/19: Pairs’ SP 9:30PM (live)
  • 3/20: Ladies’ SP 2:05AM (live); Pairs’ FS 9:30PM (live)
  • 3/21: Men’s SP 3:00AM (live); Rhythm Dance 11:00PM (live)
  • 3/22: Ladies’ FS 4:30AM (live); Free Dance 11:30PM (live)
  • 3/23: Men’s FS 4:30AM (live)
  • 3/24: Gala 2:00AM (live)
  • Official streams (blocked outside of Canada)

Match Arena: Russia’s Match Arena will air the entire competition and gala live. Broadcast schedule in Moscow Time:

  • 3/20: Pairs’ SP 04:30 (live); Ladies’ SP 09:05 (live)
  • 3/21: Pairs’ FS 04:30 (live); Men’s SP 10:00 (live)
  • 3/22: Rhythm Dance 06:00 (live); Ladies’ FS 11:30 (live)
  • 3/23: Free Dance 06:30 (live); Men’s FS 11:30 (live)
  • 3/24: Gala 09:00 (live)
  • Unblocked streams: Stream 1Stream 2, Stream 3

Match TV: Russia’s Match TV will air parts of the competition live. Broadcast schedule in Moscow Time:

  • 3/20: Pairs’ SP 04:25 (live)
  • 3/21: Pairs’ FS 04:25 (live); Men’s SP 12:35 (live 2 hrs 35 min in)
  • 3/22: Rhythm Dance 08:00 (live 2 hrs in)
  • 3/23: Men’s FS 13:05 (live 1 hr 35 min in)
  • Unblocked streams: Stream 1, Stream 2Stream 3

Sportbox: Russia’s Sportbox.ru will stream the entire competition and gala live. The streams are blocked outside of Russia. Broadcast schedule in Moscow Time:

Eurosport Player: Subscribers to Eurosport Player can stream the competition and gala live online. Eurosport Player is only available in Europe. Please check the schedule in your own respective countries.

Russian Eurosport: Russian Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 will air parts of the competition live. Other Eurosport channels may have slightly different schedules; check your local TV listings to make sure. Broadcast schedule in Moscow Time:

British Eurosport: British Eurosport 2 will air parts of the competition live. Other Eurosport channels may have slightly different schedules; check your local TV listings to make sure. Broadcast schedule in GMT:

  • 3/20: Ladies’ SP 07:30 (live 1 hr 25 min in)
  • 3/21: Men’s SP 07:00 (live)
  • 3/22: Ladies’ FS 08:30 (live)
  • 3/23: Men’s FS 08:30 (live)
  • 3/24: Gala 06:00 (live)
  • Unblocked streams: Stream 1, Stream 2Stream 3

RaiSport: Italy’s RaiSport & RaiSport+HD might air parts of the competition live. Broadcast schedule in CET:

  • 3/20: Pairs’ SP 08:00 (taped); Ladies’ SP 10:00 (live 3 hrs in)
  • 3/21: Pairs’ FS 04:00 (live 1 hr 30 min in); Men’s SP 10:00 (live 2 hrs in)
  • 3/22: Rhythm Dance 06:00 (live 2 hrs in); Ladies’ FS 11:00 (live 1 hr 30 min in)
  • 3/23: Free Dance 05:00 (live 30 min in)
  • 3/24: Men’s FS 00:25 (taped); Gala 07:00 (live)
  • Official streams: RaiSport, RaiSport+HD (blocked outside of Italy)

YLE: Finland’s YLE Areena will stream the entire competition and gala live. The streams are blocked outside of Finland. Schedule in EET:

Fuji TV: Japan’s Fuji TV will air parts of the competition live. Broadcast schedule in JST:

  • 3/20: Ladies’ SP 18:30 (live 3 hrs 30 min in)
  • 3/21: Men’s SP 18:30 (live 2 hrs 30 min in)
  • 3/22: Ladies’ FS 18:30 (live 1 hr in)
  • 3/23: Men’s FS 18:30 (live 1 hr in)
  • 3/25: Gala 00:40 (taped); Pairs & Dance Recap 02:55 (taped)
  • Unblocked stream, mirror

SBS Sports: South Korea’s SBS Sports will air parts of the competition live. Broadcast schedule in KST:

  • 3/20: Ladies’ SP 21:00 (taped)
  • 3/21: Men’s SP 21:00 (taped)
  • 3/22: Ladies’ FS 23:00 (taped)
  • 3/23: Men’s FS 19:20 (live 1 hr 50 min in)
  • Unblocked stream

CCTV 5: China’s CCTV 5 will air parts of the competition live. Broadcast schedule in China Standard Time:

  • 3/20: Pairs’ SP 10:30 (live 1 hr in); Ladies’ SP 18:30 (live 4 hrs 30 min in)
  • 3/21: Pairs’ FS 09:30 (live); Men’s SP 16:10 (live 1 hr 10 min in)
  • 3/22: Rhythm Dance 11:00 (live); Ladies’ FS 17:00 (live 30 min in)
  • 3/23: Free Dance 13:00 (live 1 hr 30 min in); Men’s FS 16:30 (live)
  • 3/24: Gala 14:00 (live)
  • Official stream (blocked outside of China), Stream 1, Stream 2

ELTA Sports: Taiwan’s ELTA Sports 3 will air the entire competition and gala live. Schedule in China Standard Time:

  • 3/20: Pairs’ SP 09:30 (live); Ladies’ SP 14:00 (live)
  • 3/21: Pairs’ FS 09:30 (live); Men’s SP 15:00 (live)
  • 3/22: Rhythm Dance 11:00 (live); Ladies’ FS 16:30 (live)
  • 3/23: Free Dance 11:30 (live); Men’s FS 16:30 (live)
  • 3/24: Gala 14:00 (live)
  • Official stream (blocked outside of Taiwan)

Other TV channels: Other TV channels will also air parts of the competition. Check your local TV channels for other skating broadcasts.

On demand: If you can’t watch live, videos from the competition will be uploaded online by fans, so you can always catch up later. Search skaters’ names on Youtube and filter by upload date for the latest videos. See this post for useful skating Youtube and Dailymotion channels.

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Any chances of getting a live stream for the 2019 World Championships in Saitama? (18th-21st of March)

Stay tuned :)

What’s the difference between official and unofficial practices?

Judges and members of the tech panel attend official practices.

Are there figure skaters who don’t officially “retire” but after a few good seasons decide to focus on b-level competitions; and competitions outside of the mega competitions like Olympics, World’s and GPF’s, instead opting for one’s like the Universiade?

Not sure, can anyone help with this?

Hi! I’ve played with Discord, but am confused by bots and roles. What is their purpose, and how do I utilize them?

Bots are installed in servers to perform various functions such as playing music, playing games, sending automatic messages, etc. Members who have a role receive notifications for messages that are @’d to that role, or certain permissions that come with the role. If you are interested in creating your own Discord, there are tutorials online that can explain in better detail. If you are interested in joining our Discord and need help navigating your way, please feel free to ask the members there.

bit of a strange question, but do you guys know who maintains/updates the wikipedia articles on skating (the records page, pages for different events, etc)?

Nope.

When are the team envelopes announced by USFS for the next season(s)?

Historically, in late June before the new season officially starts (July 1).

why does nbc not normally stream galas?

A good question for NBC.

hello :) do you know what Daniil Samsonov’s SP music is called?

Rain, in Your Black Eyes by Ezio Bosso

Hi! I’m confused. Generally, what does the director general do? I read a bit of the constitution, but most of it went over my head. can you explain things in laymen terms? Thanks!

Managing the Secretariat and the business and financial activities of the ISU, such as commercial contracts and annual budgets. Advising the ISU Council on the addition of new member federations. Organizing the agenda of ISU Congresses. Facilitating meetings between the ISU Council and member federations or other bodies. There’s more, but you can get the details from Article 18 of the Constitution.

Don’t feds need to submit entries to the secretariat? That’s what I was referring to; apologies if I confused you.

Yes, that’s just one of the duties the department performs as the administrative branch of the ISU. The department will share many of the same duties as the Director General; see above.

What does the ISU representative do at competitions?

They are a symbolic figurehead of the ISU organization.

Hi! I have trouble distinguishing between the entry/exit edges of twizzles. Any tips when watching video? I read your gif guides, but am still confused.

Watch skaters’ feet carefully and in slow-mo, if possible. There are 4 possible edges to enter a twizzle: Forward outside, forward inside, backward outside, backward inside. Watch which direction the skaters are traveling in and which edge their blade is leaning on as they start or end the twizzle.

Hi! I read your guides, but would appreciate clarity on +REP and +COMBO. Also, is it still the case that a repeated 2nd triple or quad be in combo in the free skate, or is that an old rule?

A second triple or quad in the free skate needs to be in combination, or it will receive +REP and have its base value reduced to 80%. +REP and +COMBO both indicate a missing combo, but +REP is used in the free skate and +COMBO used in the short program. +REP reduces the base value of the jump that is not in combination, jumps with +COMBO receive negative GOE.

hi, what’s the difference between StSq1 and StSqB?

To get step sequence levels you need to perform a minimum variety of turns and steps (turns: 3-turn, twizzle, counter and rocker; steps: mohawk and choctaw). The minimum is 5 steps/turns for Level 1. If you do not complete at least 5 steps and turns cleanly, then you will only get a basic level, which is fewer points than Level 1.

Can ice dancers choose which type of in hold step sequence to perform? Also, can there be fewer than three step sequences in the RD?

Skaters can choose their holds for the step sequence in the FD as they need a minimum of 3. The type of elements performed in the RD are predetermined each year, it just depends on what the ISU decides on. There is always at least 1 non-touch step sequence and now there is a 1-foot sequence in the FD.

Is there a list of jumps that have had a perfect goe (+5 or +3)??

Check out the Skating Scores website.

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Please see this post for an explanation of how World Standings are calculated. In Rika’s case, this is her current World Standing. The points that are added together for her total are outlined in red.

  • 2018-19: 840 from 2019 4CC, 800 from 2018 GPF, 400 from one of the GPs she won, 300 from the Challenger event she won, 250 from the B event she won.
  • 2017-18: 239 from 8th place at Junior Worlds, 255 from 4th place at JGPF, 225 from 2nd place at a JGP, no Challengers or B events.
  • 2016-17: No scores from this season were counted because over 3 seasons, only the top 2 scores from ISU Championships and top 4 scores from J/GP and Challenger/B events are counted.

If Rika were to place 4th or higher at 2019 Worlds, she would earn at least 875 points, so her points from Worlds would replace the 840 points she earned from 4CC.

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Hi! Regarding my accreditation question, I was hoping for a general overview of the tasks. Nothing specific. I apologize if the question overreached.

You can find information about media accreditation for ISU events on the ISU website.

Why was World Team Trophy held in 2013 after 2012?

2012 WTT was supposed to be held in 2011, but was cancelled due to the Tohoku earthquake. It was held in the next season instead. 2013 WTT was held during the regular time.

What are “ranking points”? Are they the same as tech scores?

Not sure what you’re asking about, do you mean skaters’ ISU World Standings? Here is a post explaining how they are calculated.

Is an * the same as - on protocols?

An asterix (*) means an element was invalid and received no points. Not entirely sure what you mean by (-) on protocols - do you mean negative GOEs? That means that an element was not executed well and was deducted for some points, but the overall element was still valid and received points.

Will there be streams for the practice days for worlds?

Probably not, but we’ll see closer to the event.

Hi! Who (or what) is the ISU secretariat? I see it’s synonymous with entries… Thanks!

It’s the administrative department of the ISU. It’s not synonymous with “entries”, think secretarial activities instead.

What is the ISU council?

Highest executive body of the ISU organization. The ISU Council includes the president, vice president, 5 council members for figure skating and 5 members for speed skating. See Articles 16 and 17 of the ISU Constitution for more information on the role of the ISU Council.

I’m totally baffled that I can’t find the broadcast of the Jr. Worlds anywhere in the U.S. It’s not on NBC Sports Gold (nor is it scheduled), it’s not on NBC, NBCSN, or Olympic Channel, and it’s not streaming on YouTube like it used to. Can you shed any light on this?

Read our info post on Junior Worlds. Junior Worlds is not being broadcasted or streamed by any US company. It is being shown on the ISU stream, which is available in countries that do not have broadcasting rights for a competition.

If a skater performs last in a competition, how do they keep themselves focused? (generally)

That’s a good question for a skater. They all have different ways of dealing with pressure.

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The best junior skaters in the world will meet this week in Zagreb, Croatia for the Junior World Championships! Taking place at the same time is the Winter Universiade, a multi-sport event in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Keep an eye on this post and our Twitter for more information in the next few days.

JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Live results | Entries | Detailed schedule | Website | ISU

SCHEDULE

Central European Time (UTC+1). Subscribe to our Google Calendar to get all competition times in your own time zone!

Mar. 6: Men’s SP 12:15; Pairs’ SP 19:15
Mar. 7: Rhythm Dance 12:30; Pairs’ FS 18:30
Mar. 8: Ladies’ SP 11:00; Men’s FS 18:15
Mar. 9: Free Dance 12:30; Ladies’ FS 17:00
Mar. 10: Gala 15:00

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HOW TO WATCH

Be careful of popups and ads on free streaming sites. We are not responsible for the quality of the streams; we only provide the links. Many streams for major figure skating events have geographical restrictions. In order to unblock streams, consider using a VPN (Virtual Private Network). Free VPN services are available online, but the most reliable ones usually require a fee.

Fan streams: These fan-run streams may livestream part or all of the event: FSLiveQQ Live. Check the streams when the events are on. The streams should be available worldwide.

ISU: The ISU will stream the entire competition and gala live in countries that have not purchased broadcasting rights for the event.

CBC Sports: Canada’s CBC Sports will stream the entire competition and gala live. CBC will also air the competition on TV in delayed broadcasts; see their website for more info. Streaming schedule in EST:

  • 3/6: Men’s SP 6:00AM; Pairs’ SP 1:15PM
  • 3/7: Rhythm Dance 6:30AM; Pairs’ FS 12:30PM
  • 3/8: Ladies’ SP 5:00AM; Men’s FS 12:15PM
  • 3/9: Free Dance 6:30AM; Ladies’ FS 11:00AM
  • 3/10: Gala 10:00AM
  • Official streams (blocked outside of Canada)

Channel 1: Russia’s Channel 1 will stream the entire competition and gala live. Streaming schedule in Moscow Time:

  • 3/6: Men’s SP 13:55; Pairs’ SP 21:10
  • 3/7: Rhythm Dance 14:25; Pairs’ FS 20:25
  • 3/8: Ladies’ SP 12:55; Men’s FS 20:10
  • 3/9: Free Dance 14:25; Ladies’ FS 18:55
  • 3/10: Gala 16:55
  • Official stream (blocked outside of Russia)

SBS Sports: South Korea’s SBS Sports will air parts of the competition live. Broadcast schedule in KST:

  • 3/8: Ladies’ SP 23:30 (live 4 hrs 30 min in)
  • 3/10: Ladies’ FS 02:30 (live 1 hr 30 min in)
  • Unblocked stream

Other TV channels: Other TV channels such as Fuji TV will also air parts of the competition. Check your local TV channels for other skating broadcasts.

On demand: If you can’t watch live, videos from the competition will be uploaded online by fans, so you can always catch up later. Search skaters’ names on Youtube and filter by upload date for the latest videos. See this post for useful skating Youtube and Dailymotion channels.

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WINTER UNIVERSIADE

Results & schedule | Entries | Website | ISU

SCHEDULE

Krasnoyarsk Time (UTC+7). Subscribe to our Google Calendar to get all competition times in your own time zone!

Mar. 6: Pairs’ SP 14:30; Men’s SP 17:00
Mar. 7: Rhythm Dance 13:00; Pairs’ FS 16:00; Men’s FS 19:00
Mar. 8: Synchro SP 13:00; Ladies’ SP 14:00; Free Dance 19:30
Mar. 9: Synchro FS 10:45; Ladies’ FS 12:00; Gala 19:00

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HOW TO WATCH

Be careful of popups and ads on free streaming sites. We are not responsible for the quality of the streams; we only provide the links. Many streams for major figure skating events have geographical restrictions. In order to unblock streams, consider using a VPN (Virtual Private Network). Free VPN services are available online, but the most reliable ones usually require a fee.

Fan streams: These fan-run streams may livestream part or all of the event: FSLive, QQ Live. Check the streams when the events are on. The streams should be available worldwide.

Olympic Channel: The Olympic Channel will livestream the competition live. The stream is available worldwide.

FISU: FISU will livestream the competition live on Youtube and on FISU.tv (free registration required). The stream is available worldwide.

Match!: Russia’s Match TVMatch Arena and Match Country will air most of the competition live. Broadcast schedule in Moscow Time:

  • 3/6: Pairs’ SP 11:10 (Match TV, live 40 min in); Men’s SP 13:00 (Match Country, live)
  • 3/7: Rhythm Dance 09:00 (Match Arena, live); Pairs’ FS 12:55 (Match TV, live 1 hr in); Men’s FS 14:55 (Match Country, live)
  • 3/8: Ladies’ SP 13:00 (Match TV, live 3 hrs in); Free Dance 15:30 (Match Arena, live)
  • 3/9: Synchro FS 06:45 (Match Arena, live); Ladies’ FS 10:45 (Match TV, live 2 hrs 45 min in); Free Dance 15:30 (Match Arena, taped)
  • Match Arena: Stream 1, Stream 2, Stream 3, Stream 4
  • Match TV: Stream 1, Stream 2, Stream 3
  • Match Country: Official stream (blocked outside of Russia)

Sportbox: Russia’s Sportbox.ru will stream parts of the competition live. The streams are blocked outside of Russia. Broadcast schedule in Moscow Time:

Other TV channels: Other TV channels such as Eurosport will also air parts of the competition. Check your local TV channels for other skating broadcasts.

On demand: If you can’t watch live, videos from the competition will be uploaded online by fans, so you can always catch up later. Search skaters’ names on Youtube and filter by upload date for the latest videos. See this post for useful skating Youtube and Dailymotion channels.

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Hi! Just another anon stopping by to say that you three have done an AMAZING job running this blog since 2013! ♥

Thank you so much, it means so much to hear people say this!

Hi! Thanks for answering my violation question. I would think 5 votes or more constitutes a majority, no?

We forgot to mention in the last reply that the Referee, as well as the judges, decide on choreography (and costume and music) violations. A majority depends on how many judges are on the panel. If there is a tie, no deduction is taken. (See Rule 430 of the Special Regulations, “General and specific duties and powers”.)

Do you think the team challenge cup will ever be held again?

Maybe. It was planned for 2018, after Worlds, but was cancelled. It might be planned again for 2020.

Hi, I’ve read through your guides; I’m looking for clarification on spins. What does it mean for a skater to perform a spin in one basic position? Thanks!

There are four basic spin positions: Upright, camel, sit, and layback/sideways-leaning spin. Performing a spin in one basic position means the skater does not, for example, transition from a camel position to a sit or upright position during the spin, but can perform variations on a camel spin, such as grabbing their free foot (catchfoot or donut spin), bending their free leg, bending their torso, etc. They are still doing a camel spin.

What is the concourse of a rink/arena?

Most arenas are built with the seats rising above the ice. The area above the seats that goes around the whole building, and where you enter from the street, is the concourse. In larger arenas, there are usually cafes or restaurants around the concourse.

Hi, I was wondering if you’re able to make a post for Challenge Cup if you are able? Thank you!!

We’re sorry we weren’t able to make a blog post for it, but streaming information for Challenge Cup was posted on our Twitter. Please keep an eye on our Twitter for information about watching small events.

The triple axel throw in pairs skating has been done before but is there a reason most don’t? is it just too risky/not worth points wise?

It’s risky. With the new Scale of Values starting in 2018-19, the base value of the throw 3A was reduced as well.

What is the difference between Universiade and the Youth Olympic Games?

Universiade is organized by FISU, the International University Sports Federation. It is open to athletes who are enrolled in a university. The Youth Olympic Games is part of the Olympic movement and is open to younger athletes - in figure skating, this means ISU “junior”-level skaters.

How does accreditation work at competitions?

This is a question better suited for competition organizers directly.

Is there gonna be a post for universiade?

If you have time to make a junior worlds streaming post that would be so nice ! Thanks :)

Both will be posted within the next couple of days. Please keep an eye on our Twitter as well.

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RUSSIAN CUP FINAL

Results (TBA) | Schedule | Website

When: Feb. 18-22
Where: Veliky Novgorod
Level & disciplines: junior/senior men, ladies, ice dance, pairs
How to watch: Youtube livestream & archived videos

Schedule (MSK, UTC+3)

  • 2/18: Jr Rhythm Dance 19:00; Sr Rhythm Dance 20:35
  • 2/19: Jr Men’s SP 14:30; Jr Free Dance 16:00; Sr Free Dance 17:45; Jr Pairs’ SP 20:15; Sr Pairs’ SP 21:45
  • 2/20: Jr Men’s FS 13:30; Jr Pairs’ FS 15:30; Sr Pairs’ FS 17:30; Jr Ladies’ SP 19:30
  • 2/21: Jr Ladies’ FS 15:00; Sr Men’s SP 17:00; Sr Ladies’ SP 19:00
  • 2/22: Sr Men’s FS 12:00; Sr Ladies’ FS 14:00

Events on Feb. 21st and 22nd will also be streamed on Channel 1, but this stream is blocked outside of Russia.

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