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ice9
05-23-2012, 04:36 PM
Japanese article
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/news/20120523-OYT1T00915.htm?from=tw

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JSF held a board meeting on 23th and agreed to introduce a new annual Pro-Am figure skating competition, the Medal Winners Open. Men's and Ladies' medalists of past major international comps will be invited regardless of their eligibility. 6 competitors for each. There will be no Dance or Pairs event.

This is an ISU sanctioned event, and will be held on Oct. 5th in Saitama, Japan. The competition will have emphasis on the artistic side of the skating.
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I think this will replace Japan Open.

I'm interested to see what the last sentence implies. Will they modify CoP, or use 6.0 :confused:

Polymer Bob
05-23-2012, 04:38 PM
I think it just means that hard jumps will be de-emphasized.

Sylvia
05-23-2012, 04:38 PM
I think this will replace Japan Open.
The Japan Open is listed for October 6, 2012 in Saitama, so it apparently is being held in conjunction with this new pro-am - see the 2012-13 ISU Calendar thread: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=83653

Thanks for starting a new thread with the article link.

ice9
05-23-2012, 04:44 PM
The Japan Open is listed for October 6, 2012 in Saitama, so it's being held in conjunction with this new pro-am - see the 2012-13 ISU Calendar thread: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=83653

Thanks for starting a new thread with the article link.

Oh wow, I missed that. Thanks, Sylvia. :)

I'm not sure even Japanese fans can fill the arena for both events. :lol:

ice9
05-23-2012, 06:03 PM
This article is more specific on the event format.
http://mainichi.jp/sports/news/20120524k0000m050001000c.html

According to this article, the skaters will be skating free programs only, the jumps are excluded from the scoring, show lighting and vocals are permitted, and the pros will be consist of relatively newly retired skaters.

This seems to be more like a show than a competition.

Cherub721
05-23-2012, 06:38 PM
Sounds good but if the purpose is to promote the artistic side of skating, then it is disappointing that pairs and dance are excluded.

casken
05-23-2012, 09:27 PM
Japanese article
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/news/20120523-OYT1T00915.htm?from=tw

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JSF held a board meeting on 23th and agreed to introduce a new annual Pro-Am figure skating competition, the Medal Winners Open. Men's and Ladies' medalists of past major international comps will be invited regardless of their eligibility. 6 competitors for each.
Yay!


There will be no Dance or Pairs event.

Boo.

YukiNieve
05-24-2012, 06:58 AM
Jeff Buttle's official website already has Medal Winners Open on the schedule.
:cool:

http://www.jeffreybuttle.com/

l'etoile
05-24-2012, 07:07 AM
Sounds good but if the purpose is to promote the artistic side of skating, then it is disappointing that pairs and dance are excluded.

Well, it's Japan where singles disciplines are very popular and there are LOTS of top skaters for 'em.

YukiNieve
05-31-2012, 08:18 AM
The official site is now open:

http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/mwo2012/

It says the participants are being selected now.

AndyWarhol
05-31-2012, 01:26 PM
ooOOoo a Japanese style cheese-fest. I wish there were more!

ice9
06-07-2012, 02:02 PM
Some of the competitors are announced.
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/mwo2012/

Men:
Alexei Yagudin
Ilia Kulik
Jeffrey Buttle

Ladies:
Irina Slutskaya
Joannie Rochette

The rest are still being selected.

misskarne
06-07-2012, 02:53 PM
Some of the competitors are announced.
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/mwo2012/

Men:
Alexei Yagudin
Ilia Kulik
Jeffrey Buttle


YES OH MY GOD YES! THERE MUST BE SOME KIND OF SKATING GOD OUT THERE! :cheer: :cheer:

I've been hoping and hoping and hoping for this!:rollin::rollin::rollin::rollin:

Garden Kitty
06-07-2012, 02:57 PM
I'm already more interested in this pro am than I am in a lot of the grand prix events!

Laney
06-07-2012, 04:00 PM
OMG!!!!! I would soooo love to go there but itīs way too far away. and expensive... But ILIA and IRINA in the same competition... :swoon::swoon::swoon::swoon::swoon::swoon::swoon:
I SOOOOOOOOO want to GOOOOOOOOOO! Does anybody knows if this will be televised???