List of ISU Referees, Judges, Technical Panel officials for season 2022/23

Sylvia

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ISU Communication 2502 (10 August 2022) - List of Referees, Judges, Technical Controllers, Technical Specialists, Data & Replay Operators season 2022/23 for Single & Pair Skating, Ice Dance and Synchronized Skating (29 pages): https://www.isu.org/inside-isu/isu-communications/communications/29323-isu-communication-2502/file

Major props to @Andrea82 for analyzing the ice dance officials (bringing over what she posted in the Dance Hall thread - I found the last line especially interesting re. Svetlana Guerreiro):
Now that Cyprus have Ice Dancers....they acquired an ISU judge ;) Valérie Grelet-Lambert switched from France to Cyprus.

Retired judges: Janet Gardner (Australia), Andrea Baldi (Italy), Erica Sonderegger (Switzerland), Kathleen Harmon (USA) and Linda Leaver (USA).

Technical controllers
(ISU qualification needed for JGPs, GPs, ISU Championships. Challengers need to have 2 out of 3 in the technical panel with ISU qualification)

Julia Rey (USA) is the first one using the new rule allowing ISU Technical Specialists to take the examination to become also ISU Technical Controllers (because there is a lack of TCs).

New promotions to ISU status: Christian Bauman (Germany) and Marcin Kozubek (Poland). Marcin won a Junior World Bronze medal back in 1997 (with Agata Błażowska).

Alla Shekhovtseva is listed as only "international". She obviously used to have ISU status also as Technical Controller. Anyway Russian officials are suspend at the moment..

New International: Kathaleen Cutone (USA).

Technical specialists
(ISU qualification needed for JGPs, GPs, ISU Championships. Challengers need to have 2 out of 3 in the technical panel with ISU qualification)

Promoted to ISU level: Benjamin Blum and Stefano Caruso. Both from Germany Fed. Both raised pretty quickly. They become International respectively in 2017 and 2018.

New International:
Bianka Szijgyarto (Hungary). Skated in late 90s. She did a couple of Euros and Worlds. Now based in USA.
Kristy Balkwill (Canada). She was skating in late 90s/early 00s. Mainly at National level.
Marisa Gravino (Canada). First partner of Patrice Lauzon.
Marien de la Asuncion (France). Skated for Japen until 2017.
Amaury Druesne (France)
Anna Cappellini (Italy). Well, I guess no description needed.
Alper Ucar (Turkey). Olympian in 2014 and 2018.
Stephanie Jenkins (USA)

Thomas Rauer (Germany) retired. He hasn't called since 2015 and he was already demoted from ISU to International because of lack of service.

Dorreen Hoppe (Great Britain) is demoted from ISU to International status.

Svetlana Lyapina switched from Russia to Australia. She is Jonathan Guerreiro's mother.
Do officials also have to sit out a year when they switch federation?
If they get the approval of the previous Fed, they can immediately switch to another Fed (if they have the requirements to do so: citizenship and permanent residency).

If they don't get the approval of previous Fed or if they haven't moved residency, they have to wait for a year before switching.
 
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Andrea82

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Thanks Sylvia.

I attempted to go through the Single and Pair names too.

Alert: I may missed something. The format of the document is different from last year's. It makes the cross-checking even more mistake-prone (for me).

Anyway, here we go


Single & Pair

Judges

Promotion from International to ISU qualification:

Examinations will take place during Nebelhorn Trophy

New international Judges

Mai O’Connor Tae, Ms.- Australia
Allinger Yvonne, Ms. - Austria
Schöttl Stefanie, Ms. - Germany
Weinert-Grunewald, Carolin Larissa, Ms. - Germany
Pontremoli Carlotta, Ms. - Italy
Kim Min Ah, Ms. - South Korea
Saadi Albert, Mr. - Monaco
Daros-Pawlyta Joanna, Ms. - Poland
Krusec Ursa, Ms. - Slovenia
Luginbühl Jennifer, Ms. - Switzerland
Miticka Dana, Ms. - Slovakia
Servin Anneli, Ms. - Sweden
Specht Katherine, Ms. - USA
Hartsell-Minnis Danielle, Ms. - USA


Retired
Tabachnikova Helena, Ms. - Belarus (may be a mistake by ISU. She is now listed as an ID judge. Probably they put her name in the wrong column)
Yordanova Zoia, Ms. - Bulgaria
Poulin Jérôme, Mr. - Canada
Grubisic Antica, Ms. - Croatia
Houghton Patricia, Ms. - Great Britain
Bohunicka Lenka, Ms. - Slovakia
Prokop Igor, Mr. Slovakia (he sadly died a couple of months ago)
Podbevsek Jozica, Ms. - Slovenia
Houwing Kristina, Ms. -Sweden
Glenn Roger A., Mr. - USA
Harmon Kathleen, Ms.- USA

Technical Controllers - Single

Promotion from International to ISU qualification

Findlay Ann, Ms. - Great Britain
Grainge Richard, Mr. - Great Britain
Niiniranta Anu Kaarina, Ms - Finland (*may be a typo. She wasn't listed as International last seasons. So it is not possible she immediately jumped to ISU status. Likely that she is a new International)

New International TCs

Rauch Katharina, Ms - Austria
Gosselin Véronique, Ms. - Canada
Sigurthorsdottir Halla Bjorg, Ms. - Iceland
Paretskaya Nadezhda, Ms. - Kazakhstan
Nowak Piotr, Mr - Poland
Kitaeva Natalia, Ms. - Russia
Dolhopolova Oksana, Ms - Ukraine
Bromley Todd, Mr. - USA
Johnson Laurie, Ms. - USA

Retired

Prokop Igor, Mr. Slovakia (he sadly died)

Technical Controllers - Pairs

Promotion to ISU status

Barbacci Levy Diana, Ms. - Switzerland

New International

Okabe Yukiko, Ms. - Japan
Hsu Steven, Mr. - USA

Technical Specialists - Single

Promotion to ISU status

LeBlanc Raoul, Mr. - Canada
Muzikova Lucie, Ms. - Czech Republic
Wood Samuel, Mr. - Great Britain
Raabe Imi Peter, Mr. - Hungary
Vasovic Vojislava, Ms. - Serbia
Bratec Lesjak Anja, Ms. - Slovenia
Pahor Alja, Ms. - Slovenia
Stigant Lisa, Ms. - South Africa
Ozbükücü Timucin, Mr. - Turkey

New International

Abram Sean, Mr. - Australia
Borounov Maria, Ms. - Australia
Frank Kerstin Katharina, Ms. - Austria
Collin-Knoblauch Laurene, Ms. - Canada
Sutherland Ryan, Mr. - Canada
Sandsten Julia, Ms. - Denmark
Wassard Maas, Ms. - Denmark
Kull Karmen, Ms. - Estonia
Harpages Frédéric, Mr. - France
Logie Sarah, Ms. - Great Britain
Payne Samantha, Ms. - Great Britain
Drebes Gloria, Ms. - Germany
Laberny Ivetta, Ms. - Germany
Voth Andrea, Ms. - Germany
Bukareva Svetlana, Ms - Israel
Spampinato Annalisa, Ms - Italy
Arai Marie, Ms. - Japan
Jeon Hyojung, Ms. - South Korea
Park Bun Sun, Ms. - South Korea
Binti Ma Hussin Dian, Ms. - Malaysia
Silvius Marit, Ms - Netherlands
Jastsenjski Simic Ksenija, Ms - Serbia
Rudy Riskova, Diana, Ms - Slovakia
Chen Jui-Shu, Ms - Taipei (ISU lists "Ms" but I am sure he is a man. He skated at 4 Continents some years ago)


Technical Specialists - Pairs

Promotion from International to ISU

Sonnleitner Eva, Ms - Austria
LaFleur Morin Stephanie, Ms - Canada
Wendy Maylin, Ms - Germany
Wendland Scott, Mr. - USA
Ponomareva Natalia, Ms. - Uzbekistan

New International

Hartley David, Mr. - Great Britain
Sheiko Julia, Ms. - Israel
Lorenz Jyrina, Ms. - Italy
McEwen Carolyn, Ms. - Canada
 
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Some former skaters among the new technical specialists. Also among the judges: one of the new US one won Junior Worlds in Pair in the late 90s.
I see also Kevin Reynolds among the new international Data and Replay Operators

Russian Federation lamented that only 1 of their candidates passed the examinations.
Elena Fomina (attempting to be promoted to ISU Technical Controller for Single), Olga Kozhemyakina (attempting to become an International Technical Controller for Pair) and Sergey Roslyakov (attempting to be promoted to ISU Technical Specialist) didn't pass the exams.
They passed the written exams and the element identificato but didn't pass the practical part. Kogan went for the rout of conspiracy theories on how they corrected the mistakes of others during the practical part but they didn't pass while those with mistakes did.

However, the success rates are at those examinations for technical panel members aren't high. For example, at 2014 Frankfurt Seminar, the success rate was 48% for Technical Controllers and Specialists.
So it is pretty normal to see a considerable number of failings. Some who passed this year did their first attempt in 2014 (you can take the exams 3 times).

The number of judges who took the exams to become new international judges were 23. So it looks like a 60% success-rate for them.

Lastly, the difference between ISU and International refers to type of competitions they can officiate at.

TCI and TSs:
ISU qualification needed for Olympics, ISU Championships, Senior and junior GPs.
Challenger Series should have 2 out of 3 technical panel members with ISU qualification.
International qualification is ok for other international events.

Referees:
ISU qualification needed for Olympics, ISU Championships, GP Final (both Sr and Jr) and Senior GPs
International qualification ok for Junior GPs, Challengers and other events

Judges:
ISU qualification needed for Olympics,ISU Championships, GP Finals (both Sr and Jr).
International qualification enough for Senior GPs, Junior GPs, Challengers and other events
 

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Thanks so much @Andrea82. Interesting to see some former U.S. pairs skaters—Danielle Hartsell and Scott Wendland—getting credentialed at high levels.

One thing that jumps out from these lists is the absence of names from China. Don’t they already have quite a small pool of international judges? (And possibly no effort/success in extending it?) 🤔
 

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Thanks so much @Andrea82. Interesting to see some former U.S. pairs skaters—Danielle Hartsell and Scott Wendland—getting credentialed at high levels.

One thing that jumps out from these lists is the absence of names from China. Don’t they already have quite a small pool of international judges? (And possibly no effort/success in extending it?) 🤔

I would say that in terms of number of judges they are ok. However, yes, they seem quite behind in terms of technical specialists.

Germany have lots of judges. Austria also has many of them in Single and Pairs.

Single & Pairs judges

ISUINTTotal
Germany
17​
17​
34​
Canada
17​
12​
29​
USA
18​
9​
27​
Russia
10​
11​
21​
Japan
7​
14​
21​
Australia
12​
8​
20​
Italy
10​
10​
20​
Austria
8​
10​
18​
France
7​
11​
18​
China
10​
6​
16​
Switzerland
8​
7​
15​
Czech Republic
6​
8​
14​
South Korea
6​
8​
14​
Poland
5​
9​
14​
Turkey
3​
10​
13​
Finland
9​
3​
12​
Great Britain
9​
3​
12​
Netherlands
6​
4​
10​
Hungary
6​
3​
9​
Slovenia
6​
3​
9​
Sweden
6​
3​
9​
Norway
4​
4​
8​
Slovakia
4​
3​
7​
Denmark
3​
4​
7​
Serbia
4​
2​
6​
Croatia
3​
3​
6​
Spain
3​
3​
6​
Ukraine
4​
1​
5​
Estonia
3​
2​
5​
Romania
3​
2​
5​
Belarus
2​
3​
5​
Bulgaria
2​
2​
4​
Israel
3​
0​
3​
Taipei
3​
0​
3​
Hong Kong
2​
1​
3​
Kazakhstan
2​
1​
3​
Mexico
2​
1​
3​
Belgium
1​
2​
3​
Lithuania
1​
2​
3​
Greece
2​
0​
2​
New Zealand
2​
0​
2​
Georgia
1​
1​
2​
Latvia
1​
1​
2​
South Africa
1​
1​
2​
Uzbekistan
1​
1​
2​
Iceland
0​
2​
2​
Ireland
0​
2​
2​
Thailand
0​
2​
2​
Azerbajian
1​
0​
1​
Bosnia
1​
0​
1​
Andorra
0​
1​
1​
Luxembourg
0​
1​
1​
Malaysia
0​
1​
1​
Monaco
0​
1​
1​
North Korea
0​
1​
1​


Ice Dance judges

ISUINTTotale
Russia
9​
6​
15​
Canada
10​
4​
14​
USA
10​
3​
13​
Germany
8​
4​
12​
France
4​
6​
10​
Great Britain
7​
2​
9​
Italy
6​
2​
8​
Australia
4​
4​
8​
China
3​
5​
8​
Hungary
6​
0​
6​
Czech Republic
3​
3​
6​
Austria
1​
4​
5​
Poland
4​
0​
4​
Finland
3​
1​
4​
Ukraine
3​
1​
4​
Japan
1​
3​
4​
Switzerland
3​
0​
3​
Israel
2​
1​
3​
Estonia
1​
2​
3​
Georgia
2​
0​
2​
Slovakia
2​
0​
2​
Spain
2​
0​
2​
Kazakhstan
1​
1​
2​
South Korea
1​
1​
2​
Turkey
1​
1​
2​
Belarus
0​
2​
2​
Azerbaijan
1​
0​
1​
Bosnia
1​
0​
1​
Bulgaria
1​
0​
1​
Cyprus
1​
0​
1​
Lithuania
1​
0​
1​
Netherlands
1​
0​
1​
New Zealand
1​
0​
1​
Denmark
0​
1​
1​
Serbia
0​
1​
1​


Technical specialists (ISU+International) by discipline

country​
Ice Dance​
Single​
Pairs​
Australia​
5​
8​
2​
Austria​
5​
1​
Azerbaijan​
1​
Belarus​
2​
1​
Belgium​
2​
Bulgaria​
2​
Canada​
5​
8​
5​
China​
1​
1​
Croatia​
2​
1​
Czech Republic​
2​
Denmark​
3​
Estonia​
3​
Finland​
1​
3​
France​
4​
5​
1​
Germany​
3​
12​
3​
Great Britain​
4​
8​
2​
Hong Kong​
2​
Hungary​
2​
5​
Iceland​
1​
Israel​
1​
3​
1​
Italy​
6​
8​
3​
Japan​
3​
8​
1​
Latvia​
3​
Lithuania​
1​
Malaysia​
1​
Mexico​
3​
Netherlands​
1​
3​
Norway​
3​
Poland​
3​
4​
2​
Romania​
2​
Russia​
3​
8​
5​
Serbia​
2​
Slovakia​
3​
4​
1​
Slovenia​
3​
South Africa​
1​
South Korea​
1​
5​
Spain​
4​
Sweden​
1​
3​
Switzerland​
4​
Taipei​
1​
Turkey​
1​
3​
USA​
4​
9​
8​
Uzbekistan​
2​
2​
Ukraine​
3​
4​
 

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Thanks so much for this info, @Andrea82! Very interesting. In addition to Germany and Austria, it seems to me that Australia and Italy both have more judges and technical specialists than I might have expected.

I'm curious: How would you describe the difference in expertise level between the ISU and International levels of judging??
 

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Single & Pair

Judges

Promotion from International to ISU qualification:

Examinations will take place during Nebelhorn Trophy


Promoted from International to ISU (being able to judge in ISU Championships and GP Final)

Single and Pairs

Leah Bates (Australia)* became International in 2017
Tobias Steindl (Austria) * became International in 2019
Saaraliisa Ehalt (Finland)* became International in 2015
Matthew Miller (Great Britain) * became International in 2017
Miriam Palange (Italy) * became International in 2017
Yuko Ogawa (Japan) * became International in 2012
Natalia Kitaeva (Russia) * became International in 2015
Natasa Djokovic (Serbia) * became International in 2017


Ice Dance

Akiko Kobayashi (Japan) * became International in 2014
So Young An (South Korea) * became International in 2019
Elyse Matsumoto (USA) * became International in 2019
Danielle Rey (USA) * became International in 2019
 

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Judges Draw by number for ISU Figure Skating Championships 2023 took place last week
The outcome has been published:

Rules are

Worlds and Junior Worlds:
For each discipline, the first draw is done among ISU members with a skater in previous edition. If they are less than 13, a second draw is made up among the other ISU members which entered the draw for that discipline.

Europeans:
the same as above but with only Euro ISU members entitled to enter the drawn

The second draw is often needed for Pairs, not for the other disciplines.
For instance, taking Europeans, in 2022 14 countries competed but Russia and Belarus officials can't serve this season. It leaves 12 countries. Georgia have only 1 ISU judge and was drawn for Women panel (judges can't serve in two panels in the same ISU Championship) and so it is taken out of the Pair draw (Pair is always the last one to be drawn). It left 11 countries. So they had a draw among the rest and Denmark and Sweden won it.

4 Continents
Number of judges raised to 10 by a new rule-change. Used to 9 with no turnover between SP and FS.
First priority is the countries with a skater in previous edition. If they are less than 10, a further draw is done among the other 4 Continents members without a skater. If they are not enough, a new draw to complete the panel is done among European Feds willing to serve.
Looks like Kazakhstan didn't enter the draw this year judging by the Euro countries which are in Pair and ID panel and among the alternates in Women and Men.

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There is a new rule this year about the nomination for Pairs at ISU Championships. If a judge never judged Pairs at ISU Championship level, he/she must have judge in the last 4 years at least 1 ISU event (GPs) and 1 international competition without getting warnings, etc.
I guess it is a response to the situation about the Hungarian judge at 2022 Euros who was put under investigation and came up with "I rarely judge pairs, so I didn't have a clue on how to judge some elements" excuse.
Even though, said judge actually already judged Pairs at Worlds/Euros...so this new amendment wouldn't solve the problem.
 
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I just noticed that in the last week's update other than switching the newly promoted judges from International to ISU section of the lists, correcting some surnames after marriages, correcting wrong genders (some man were listed as Ms) and delating a Danish judge who hasn't served internationally since 2019, they also delated Alexey Beletsky (representing Israel, used to be based in Ukraine) from both Single & Pairs and Ice Dance lists.
Quite unexpected (to me) as he actually judged at Lake Place International this summer.
 

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