The Grand Prix Final has been cancelled

Sylvia

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ISU Press release:

"Considering the ********* developments and related impact on the organizers and participants of ISU Events, the ISU Council decided to cancel or postpone the following ISU Events:

ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Beijing/China - December 10-13, 2020 (Olympic Test Event)
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ISU World Cup Short Track, Beijing, December 18-20, 2020 (Olympic Test Event)"

Concerning the Olympic Test Events in Beijing there were also a number of logistical points raised by potentially participating teams that meant that hosting the competitions on the scheduled dates (close to the end of year holidays and National Championships) would have impacted on the number of participants, given the potential need to quarantine on returning to their home country.
The ISU, in consultation with all stakeholders and considering the ********* developments, is evaluating the continuation of the 2020/21 season, in particular the re-scheduling possibilities for the important Olympic Test Events. The ISU will communicate the conclusions at a later date.
 
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Foolhardy Ham Lint

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Does this mean the individual Grand Prix Series competitions will be cancelled as well?

I wonder how long until the ISU pulls the plug on Europeans and Four Continents.
 

Skate Talker

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I guess the Final is different from the individual events in a few ways, the biggest issues being the need to have participants from various regions of the skating world. At least some of the skaters would need to quarantine upon returning home or to training bases and the timing relative to various national championships just doesn't work.

The individual GP events could potentially be reconfigured in such a way that they could include skaters who live or train near the event, possibly reducing the need for quarantine before/after the event but also not as likely to interfere with national championships as they occur earlier in the season.
 

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One big issue they faced was determining which six skaters/teams would be sent since none of them are doing 2 events to earn points. It's going to be the same dilemma for junior worlds since there are no international junior events.
 

Dobre

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If they go by last year's GP events. Otherwise, who knows?

OK, I don't understand what part of qualifying for Junior Worlds you are referencing that requires the JGP. What are we talking about here? Junior World minimum scores? If the requirement for them were eliminated, would there be that many more athletes on the entry lists?
 

rfisher

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OK, I don't understand what part of qualifying for Junior Worlds you are referencing that requires the JGP. What are we talking about here? Junior World minimum scores? If the requirement for them were eliminated, would there be that many more athletes on the entry lists?
Scores and how countries will select their skaters, but it may all be a moot point anyway.
 

Dobre

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Scores and how countries will select their skaters, but it may all be a moot point anyway.

Well how countries select their skaters is a national issue so not something that will require international travel. Though I could see some countries selecting athletes without a live competition.

As far as Junior Worlds minimums are concerned, my guess would be that logistically they could be waived. It doesn't seem like a year in which too many participants would be a big problem.
 

barbk

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I'm getting nervous about Worlds...and how Olympic berths will be determined.

Damn.
 

Orm Irian

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I'm getting nervous about Worlds...and how Olympic berths will be determined.

Damn.

World Championships have been cancelled for multiple years in a row twice before, and when things got that bad the Olympics were cancelled right along with them. It’ll suck if it happens, but the sport will come back eventually, just like it did then.
 

Frau Muller

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So no G-P Final means no G-P Series. For this season at least, let’s please stop calling the six local events part of any “G-P series.”

In 2020, Skate America and the rest are basically like the recent Nebelhorn Trophy - a local competition, with guests from neighboring countries who can cross borders. It was fun to watch Nebelhorn, regardless...but let’s stop calling it “the Grand Prix Series” for this year!

The words “Grand Prix” imply that there is a “Prix” at the end of a series.

That said, BRING ON THE COMPETITIONS!!! :cheer2:
 
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