2020-2021 Competition


As at this time, the complete competition schedule for the 2020-2021 season is still being worked out by the International Skating Union (ISU). International competitions for novice skaters have not yet been announced. The schedules for the Challenger Series, Junior Grand Prix Series, and the Grand Prix Series are tentative at this time. 

Any Junior Grand Prix event is subject to cancellation 10 weeks before the announced scheduled date. Canada and Slovakia both cancelled their respective events in May. Riga, Latvia, was added a sixth event on June 19.

On July 9, Chinese media reported that all international sporting events in 2020 (including Cup of China), other than those which are test events for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, have been cancelled. Four days later, the ISU sent out a press release stating that the Chinese Olympic Committee had agreed to reinstate Cup of China as that competition forms part of the Grand Prix Final, which is the test event for figure skating for 2022 Games.

The Japanese Federation tweeted on July 13 that it would not be fielding any skaters to the Junior Grand Prix competitions or five of the currently scheduled Challenger Series events (Asian Open, Autumn Classic, Nebelhorn Trophy, Finlandia Trophy and Budapest Trophy).

The ISU released its decisions from the virtual Council meeting held on April 28. It has established a working group to evaluate all options for the upcoming season.

The Junior Grand Prix Series, which was scheduled to begin Aug. 26, has been cancelled. Nations are currently looking at options within their own borders but no competitions have been scheduled at this time, other than in Russia. Consequently, for the first time since 2008, there will not be a combined Grand Prix Final. 

The annual Russian test skates for juniors will take place in stages from August 10-19 in Novogorsk, with skaters/teams from each discipline attending separately, starting with the ice dancers (Aug. 10-11).

When the ice dancers leave, the pairs teams will arrive. The singles skaters will attend following the departure of the pairs teams. The singles skaters (ladies and men) will present their programs on August 19. We are awaiting word as to whether there will be a live stream for the test skates as there was last season.

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The 2020 Challenger Series is slated to open with the Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy in Beijing, China, in early September, followed by Autumn Classic International in Canada. 

Sep. 9–13 Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy  Beijing, China CANCELLED  
Sep. 17–19 Autumn Classic International  Oakville, Ontario POSTPONED  
Sep. 16–19 Nepela Memorial 2020 Bratislava, Slovakia CANCELLED  
Sep. 23–26 Nebelhorn Trophy Oberstdorf, Germany Pairs  
Oct. 8–11 Finlandia Trophy Espoo, Finland Pairs  
Oct. 15–17 Budapest Trophy Budapest, Hungary    
Oct. 29–Nov. 1 Denis Ten Memorial Almaty, Kazakhstan Pairs  
Nov. 12–15 Warsaw Cup Warsaw, Poland    
Nov. 23–30  Inge Solar Trophy 2020 Innsbruck, Austria    
Dec. 2–5 Golden Spin of Zagreb Zagreb, Croatia Pairs  

The senior 2020 Grand Prix Series is scheduled to open with Skate America in Las Vegas, Nevada, in mid-October. That competition seems highly doubtful at this time, given the situation in the United States. China originally cancelled all international sporting events other than those which are test events for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games (the Grand Prix Final, which is set to take place in Beijing, is the test event for the 2022 Games). However, the Chinese Olympic Committee subsequently reversed its decision and Cup of China will take place as scheduled.

All Grand Prix events are subject to cancellation 12 weeks before the scheduled competition date. First deadline is Aug. 1 for Skate America.

Oct. 23–25  2020 Skate America Las Vegas, Nevada  
Oct. 30 – Nov. 1  2020 Skate Canada Ottawa, Ontario  
Nov. 6–8  2020 Cup of China TBA, China  
Nov. 13–15  2020 Internationaux de France TBA, France  
Nov. 20–22  2020 Rostelecom Cup Moscow, Russia  
Nov. 27–29  2020 NHK Trophy TBA, Japan  
Dec. 10–13  2020–21 Grand Prix Final Beijing, China

ISU Statement:
The above calendars are subject to a timely normalization of the coronavirus situation allowing the safe organization of ice skating events this fall. While the Challenger Series events remain the property of the organizing ISU Members that remain the key decision makers for those events, the ISU is closely monitoring the respective developments with the expectation and hope that the situation will be restored to normal as quickly as possible.

The ISU Council has provisionally allotted the 2022 World Junior Championships to Sofia, Bulgaria (March 7-13), and the 2022 World Junior Synchronized Championships to Innsbruck, Austria (March 17-19).


The ISU issued a communication on May 13 outlining the new Scale of Values for quad jumps and throws and death spirals for pairs. On June 19, based on feedback, the ISU rescinded that communication. 

The minimum technical scores that were set for the 2019-2020 season will remain in effect for the 2020-2021 season. All ISU Members will be informed at least 45 days prior to the entry deadline of the respective Championships if the required minimum technical scores will be adjusted. Skaters must earn the minimum scores 21 days prior to a scheduled event.

Draws for judges for the 2020 World Championships and the 2020 World Synchronized Championships were held in anticipation of those events. As neither took place, those judging panels will be assigned to Championships in the 2020-2021 season.

European Championships – Zagreb, Croatia – Jan. 25-31, 2021
Four Continents Championships – Sydney, Australia – Feb. 8-14, 2021
World Junior Championships – Harbin, China = March 1-7, 2021
World Championships – Stockholm, Sweden – March 22-28, 2021