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ISU Junior Grand Prix dates & locations in Fall 2013

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    From: http://isu.sportcentric.net/db//files/serve.php?id=3854
    (ETA that allezfred originally posted this link in Oct. 2012 in a GSD thread titled "ISU Communication No. 1767: Decisions of the ISU Council")

    ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating – Calendar Season 2013/14

    The ISU Council approved the following calendar for the season 2013/14:

    Riga, Latvia August 27-September 1, 2013 (incl. Pair Skating)
    Mexico City, Mexico September 4-8, 2013
    Kosice, Slovakia September 11-15, 2013 (incl. Pair Skating)
    Gdansk, Poland September 18-22, 2013
    Minsk, Belarus September 25-29, 2013 (incl. Pair Skating)
    Ostrava, Czech Rep. October 2-6, 2013 (incl. Pair Skating)
    Tallinn, Estonia October 9-13, 2013 (incl. Pair Skating)

    ETA: Of course there's already a U.S. JGP assignment speculation thread in the Trash Can ;): http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/sho...s-Projection-Discussion-for-JGP-Spots-2013-14
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2013
  2. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

    So is that 5 pairs event instead of just 4? :cheer:
  3. BittyBug

    BittyBug And the band played on

    Why are they always predominantly in Eastern Europe?
  4. SamuraiK

    SamuraiK Well-Known Member

    Those are usually the feds that apply for hosting the events. US (Lake Placid) and France (Courchevel) tend to do it every 2 years.
  5. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

    Because they offer to host? I don't think these events are great money makers.
  6. BittyBug

    BittyBug And the band played on

    I know they're not money makers, but given that, it's curious to me that it's mostly Eastern European countries that step up and pursue them. Why not the richer feds?
  7. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    No Asia :eek:
  8. IceIceBaby

    IceIceBaby Active Member

    Eastern Europe has been very active for getting the European Championships, too. And then half of the arena is empty because they don't have any interesting home skaters.
  9. hanca

    hanca Well-Known Member

    Actually, this year it was mostly full, especially for long programs and free dance. For SP it is sometimes difficult to take time off for people, so they prefer to come in the evening.

    Also, this year one whole side was reserved for press and VIP (skaters, skating federations etc) so at some events it could have looked half empty if the camera caught that side of the hall, but only because the public was not allowed to go there.
  10. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    Have you been to any European championships? The only one I recall being half empty was in 2008 and this year's was really well attended. :confused:
  11. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member

    Really surprised that there is nothing in Asia.

    When will the Senior B's be announced? I hope those are spread around more widely.
  12. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    If the federations don't bid for them, they aren't going to get them. For all we know the Asian federations aren't interested in organising JGPs.
  13. IceIceBaby

    IceIceBaby Active Member

  14. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    So you weren't in Zagreb then, I take it. As somebody mentioned upthread one side of the rink was cordoned off for press, skaters and officials. The side that was for the general public was pretty full, especially for the frees. The gala was more or less sold out.

    I guess since Amodio only presents to one side of the rink he wouldn't have been aware of the audience behind him. :p
  15. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    This is the first time Košice, SVK is hosting a JGP - the other 6 cities have hosted at least once, or a few times, before.

    "Košice (German: Kaschau, Hungarian: Kassa) is a city in eastern Slovakia. It is situated on the river HornĂ¡d at the eastern reaches of the Slovak Ore Mountains, near the border with Hungary. With a population of approximately 240,000, Košice is the second largest city in Slovakia after the capital Bratislava."
  16. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    Yay, can't wait for the JGP season to begin. I will defo be in Gdansk. :)

    Because American and Asian federations aren't offering to host them. :p

    It's good this way as well since many federations can't afford to send skaters to events happening outside of Europe.
  17. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Canada hasn't hosted a JGP since 2005. :shuffle:

    Japan last hosted a JGP in 2010 (in Karuizawa).
  18. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    And they aren't hosting a senior international event either even though it would be really in their favour and would surely have loads of skaters competing (many international skaters train in Canada and the US).

    Skate Canada, YOU SUCK!
  19. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Canada did host the combined Junior & Senior GP Finals in Quebec City in December 2011.

    I looked up the JGP competitions that have been held in Asia (including Australia) and the North American continent:

    1998 Mexico City, Mexico; Beijing, China
    1999 Montreal, Canada; Nagano, Japan
    2000 Mexico City; Harbin, China
    2001 Phoenix, AZ-cancelled after 9/11; Nagano, Japan
    2002 Scottsdale, Arizona; Montreal; Beijing, China
    2003 Mexico City; Okaya City, Japan
    2004 Long Beach, CA; Harbin, China
    2005 Montreal; Okaya City, Japan
    2006 Mexico City; Taipei, Taiwan
    2007 Lake Placid, NY
    2008 Mexico City; Combined Finals in Goyang, S. Korea
    2009 Lake Placid, NY; Finals in Tokyo, Japan
    2010 Karuizawa, Japan; Finals in Beijing, China
    2011 Brisbane, Australia; Finals in Quebec City
    2012 Lake Placid, NY
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2013
  20. BreakfastClub

    BreakfastClub Active Member


    I'm still a little traumatized from being so scrunched during the jammed free skates in Zagreb. The arena was pretty packed. Amodio should ask Cinquanta why there weren't 5000 people because it's the ISU that holds most of the seats on the judges' hostage.

    On topic... some pretty beautiful locations for the JGP. Riga, Tallinn, Gdansk, Kosice... you could make a great Eastern Euro vacation out of it!
  21. kalamalka

    kalamalka Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Sylvia. That is actually more non-European JGPs than I'd remembered, but (excluding finals, which are now probably scheduled more around the seniors than juniors) only one non-European JGP per year since 2007*, and other than the post-9/11 cancellation year, never more than one JGP in North America. They used to more or less rotate Can/US/Mex for one slot. It's probably not mainly a matter of no one to host in NA - it may be that ISU has decided there will now just be one non-European slot.

    *not quite - there was one in South Africa in 2008, the year before they changed from 8 to 7 events - not covered in Sylvia's NA/Asia list.
  22. sandra_persch

    sandra_persch Well-Known Member

    But members have to apply to host a JGP and if I take Germany as an example they only apply every second year but seem to have managed to make a small profit out of hosting it since they moved it to Dresden.

    What I'd like to know is way the Asian and Amerikan federations don't apply more often! Do they not care or are they more interested in hosting SGP and Championships?
  23. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    No way would ISU decide that when non European countries are the ones where skating is most popular, for the most part.

    JGP is JGP though. Unless you're really lucky, those are loss-making events to hold.
  24. Rae35

    Rae35 Active Member

    How about that... six in Europe, one in Mexico? And this is a world sport?
  25. SamuraiK

    SamuraiK Well-Known Member

    It has Never been a world sport. All of Africa and South America countries dont have a ISU federation except for 3 nations. And in Asia there's only about a dozen from a continent with more than 50 countries. It has always been Europe plus special guest powerhouse stars CAN,USA and just lately JPN and CHN.
  26. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    All those European countries wouldn't be hosting it if they were making a loss. There's money there, just not in ticket sales. :shuffle:


    Well seeing as 42 out of the 68 figure skating members in the ISU are in Europe, I'd say that balance was more or less right. :p
  27. Vagabond

    Vagabond Well-Known Member

    Does it cost the Eastern European federations anything to rent a rink for a week? If the federations own the rinks or can get them for free or on the cheap from a local authority, it may actually be easier for them to host the event than it would be for other federations.
  28. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    That might be it. Pretty much all ice rinks in Poland are owned by the local authorities which probably rent the ice for free (as a kind of sponsorship) for the purpose of international events.

    If rinks had to be hired from private companies, then those events would surely run on a big loss.
  29. Vagabond

    Vagabond Well-Known Member

    And, indeed, that's why the USFSA often hosts events in Colorado Springs and Lake Placed.
  30. Lara

    Lara It's JJ style!

    :wuzrobbed It was the only event Montreal would occasionally get. I guess no more. :(