2021-22 ISU Challenger Series announced

Colonel Green

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๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Lombardia Trophy, September 10-12 (Bergamo)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Autumn Classic International, September 16-18 (Montreal)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Nebelhorn Trophy, September 22-25 (Oberstdorf)
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Ondrej Nepela Trophy, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 (Bratislava)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finlandia Trophy, October 7-10 (Espoo)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Asian Open, October 13-17 (Beijing)
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Denis Ten Memorial, October 28-31 (Almaty)
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Inge Solar Memorial, November 11-14 (Graz)
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Warsaw Cup, November 17-20 (Warsaw)
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Golden Spin of Zagreb, December 8-11 (Zagreb)

The pairs events are Nebelhorn, Finlandia, the Asian Open, the Warsaw Cup, and Golden Spin.

Nebelhorn is, per usual, the second Olympic qualifier.

The Asian Open is the Olympic test event.

Finally, no more sending skaters to struggle for breath at the US Classic!:cheer:

ISU Announcement
 
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What happened to the US classic in Salt Lake?
From ISU Communication No. 2372 - Challenger Series in Figure Skating Season 2021/22 (Feb. 5, 2021): https://www.isu.org/figure-skating/rules/fsk-communications/25481-isu-communication-2372/file

In recognition of the long standing tradition and merit of the following International Competitions, there
will be a core group of five (5) Challenger Series Competitions, namely:

  • Nebelhorn-Trophy in Oberstdorf (GER)
  • Finlandia Trophy (FIN)
  • Ondrej Nepela Trophy in Bratislava (SVK)
  • Golden Spin of Zagreb (CRO)
  • One Competition in Canada or the United States to be agreed upon among the ISU Figure Skating Members in Canada and the United States.
I think it's possible USFS may hold a future ISU Challenger at Great Park Ice in Irvine, California.
 
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For reference (page 4 of ISU Communication 2372, linked above) - ISU World Standings ranking points for ISU Challengers:

Each Competition of the Challenger Series will be awarded with the following scale of points (in brackets
for comparison is indicated the number of points for โ€œregularโ€ International Competitions)

Men & Ladies
1st place 300 points (250)
2nd place 270 points (225)
3rd place 243 points (203)
4th place 219 points (182)
5th place 198 points (164)
6th place 178 points
7th place 160 points
8th place 144 points

Pair Skating
1st place 300 points (250)
2nd place 270 points (225)
3rd place 243 points (203)
4th place 219 points (182)
5th place 198 points (164)
6th place ---
7th place ---
8th place ---

Ice Dance
1st place 300 points (250)
2nd place 270 points (225)
3rd place 243 points (203)
4th place 219 points (182)
5th place 198 points (164)
6th place 178 points
7th place ---
8th place ---
 

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U.S. Classic will be a regular Senior B international to be held at the Skating Club of Boston's new facility in Norwood, Massachusetts this fall:
It figures that they move it to a more reasonable location the first year it isnโ€™t a Challenger.
 

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It figures that they move it to a more reasonable location the first year it isnโ€™t a Challenger.


Maybe they want to do a test run in Norwood before making it a Challenger event. The last few years, as I recall, it had been trading Challenger status with Autumn Classic.

I'm a little surprised that they didn't make Autumn Classic one of the pairs events on this year's CS series.
 

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I wonder why they didn't make US Classic as one of the ISU Challenger events considering who knows if Canada will even host their Challenger event seeing how things went this season with them hosting competitions. You at least know the US can host events.
 

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๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Lombardia Trophy, September 10-12 (Bergamo)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Autumn Classic International, September 16-18 (Montreal)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Nebelhorn Trophy, September 22-25 (Oberstdorf)
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Ondrej Nepela Trophy, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 (Bratislava)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finlandia Trophy, October 7-10 (Espoo)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Asian Open, October 13-17 (Beijing)
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Denis Ten Memorial, October 28-31 (Almaty)
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Inge Solar Memorial, November 11-14 (Graz)
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Warsaw Cup, November 17-20 (Warsaw)
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Golden Spin of Zagreb, December 8-11 (Zagreb)

The pairs events are Nebelhorn, Finlandia, the Asian Open, the Warsaw Cup, and Golden Spin.

Nebelhorn is, per usual, the second Olympic qualifier.

The Asian Open is the Olympic test event.

Finally, no more sending skaters to struggle for breath at the US Classic!:cheer:

ISU Announcement
Beautiful notice, full of hope.
 

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Maybe they want to do a test run in Norwood before making it a Challenger event. The last few years, as I recall, it had been trading Challenger status with Autumn Classic.

I'm a little surprised that they didn't make Autumn Classic one of the pairs events on this year's CS series.
The US Classic wasn't on the CS list last season either, but before that both events were Challengers for every year the series has happened, according to Wikipedia. So they weren't trading up until recently.

I do recall that when the 5 "core" events were announced, one of the 5 would be designated as a North American event, but there alway ended up being two.
 

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The US Classic wasn't on the CS list last season either, but before that both events were Challengers for every year the series has happened, according to Wikipedia. So they weren't trading up until recently.

I do recall that when the 5 "core" events were announced, one of the 5 would be designated as a North American event, but there alway ended up being two.

I think maybe they were trading which one was the sole pairs CS event in North America. That's probably what I was thinking of.
 

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I think maybe they were trading which one was the sole pairs CS event in North America. That's probably what I was thinking of.
I think that was the plan, but all the events had pairs until the 19-20 season, so they didn't really have time to trade.
 

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I attended SLC every year but the first. It was mostly competitors from the Pacific countries and the US. I believe Autumn Classic attracted a few from the US, but most were Canadian and those who trained there. Having so many skaters from abroad training in the Montreal and Toronto areas made it easier to be international without a lot of travel.
 

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