2020-2021 Competition


The senior 2020 Grand Prix Series will open with Skate America in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Oct. 23. The Grand Prix Final — the test event for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games — was scheduled to take place in Beijing, China, Dec. 10-13, but on Sept. 30, the ISU advised it has been postponed to a later date.

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

2021 Skate Ontario Sectionals were held virtually and will be streamed on the CBC.ca on Nov. 21-22. Streaming begins at 6:00 p.m. ET on both days.  Start Orders/Results / Live stream Day 1/Day 2

Patinage Québec Sectionals take place virtually on Nov. 28. Start Orders/Results

British Columbia Sectionals take place Dec. 10. Start Orders/Results / Entries

2021 Skate Canada Challenge will take place virtually Jan. 11-17. Live stream/schedule/start orders & results

Stage V of the 2020 Cup of Russia series
will take place in Moscow, Dec. 5-8.

The 2021 Russian Championships are scheduled for Chelyabinsk, Dec. 24-27. 

United States:
Sectionals/Championship Series takes place virtually the week of Dec. 21. Junior men, ladies, ice dance and pairs. Senior men, ladies and pairs. All senior ice dance teams have already qualified for the 2021 U.S. Championships.

2021 U.S. nationals have been moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will now take place Jan 11-21.

The East and West Japan Sectionals — the qualifying competitions for 2020 All Japan Championships — have concluded. Links for results are here.

The 2020 All Japan Championships take place in Osaka, Dec. 23-27.

The French Figure Skating Federation announced on Nov. 16 that the national championships, scheduled to take place in Vaujany Dec. 17-22, have been cancelled. 

The Italian Ice Sports Federation is launching its own series of competitions — the Italian Grand Prix — which will take place in four stages between October and December, with a Final scheduled for Feb. 13-14. The best Italian skaters will participate with a limited selection of foreign athletes.
Second stage: November 21-22, PalaTazzoli di Torino
Third stage: November 28-29, Wurth Arena di Egna
Fourth stage: December 5-6, Palaghiaccio di Trento
First stage: October 24-25, IceLab, Bergamo
South Korea will hold two competitions to determine the national team envelope and assignments to the 2021 World Championships. A ranking competition will take place at the Mokdong Arena, Dec. 18-20. The Korean national championships will take place in the same venue Jan. 8-10, 2021. The combined scores from both competitions will determine the national team. Actual Worlds assignments will be determined by the results of the national championships, while the World ice dance assignment will be determined by the ranking competition. South Korea has opened its own YouTube channel and will live stream competitions going forward.
Zagreb, Croatia is scheduled to host the 2021 European Championships, Jan. 25-31. With Golden Spin of Zagreb — the final event in the 2020 Challenger Series — postponed due to the current health crisis, we await a final confirmation that this event will in fact take place.



The Las Vegas Invitational will air on the NBC network Sun., Nov. 15 from 4-6 p.m. EST. Two teams — Team Tara and Team Johnny — (Tara Lipinksi and Johnny Weir will “coach” their respective teams from the broadcast booth) — will compete for $50,000 in prize money.

Each team is comprised of three ladies and three men from the U.S. who are senior eligible domestically. Each skater will perform a free skate with their scores being added together for a total tally that will determine the winning team.

The event will be judged under the IJS, with one modification: both the ladies and men will be scored using the same component factor of 1.6 (men are typically scored at 2.0). As a result, the men’s scores will be lower than usual, but both the ladies and men’s results will carry the same weight in the composition of the overall team score.

Team Tara:  Starr Andrews, Nathan Chen, Alex Krasnozhon, Ilia Malinin, Audrey Shin, Bradie Tennell

Team Johnny: Mariah Bell, Karen Chen, Tomoki Hiwatashi, Alysa Liu, Camden Pulkinen, Vincent Zhou

The 2020 Challenger Series was slated to open with the Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy in Beijing, China, in early September, followed by Autumn Classic International in Canada. Both events have been postponed as has the final competition, Golden Spin of Zagreb. Nepela Memorial, Finlandia Trophy, the Denis Ten Memorial, Inge Solar Trophy 2020 and Warsaw Cup were cancelled.  

Sep. 9–13 Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy  Beijing, China POSTPONED  
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 CANCELLED  
Oct. 15–17 Budapest Trophy Budapest, Hungary No Pairs  
Oct. 29–Nov. 1 Denis Ten Memorial Almaty, Kazakhstan CANCELLED  
Nov. 12–15 Warsaw Cup Warsaw, Poland CANCELLED  
Nov. 23–30  Inge Solar Trophy 2020 Innsbruck, Austria CANCELLED  
Dec. 2–5 Golden Spin of Zagreb Zagreb, Croatia POSTPONED  


Ice Star 2020 takes place at the Olympic Arena in Minsk, Belarus, Oct. 29-Nov. 1. All disciplines in advanced novice, junior and senior will be contested. A few of the top Russian skaters, as well as stars from other nations, are on the rosters.

The Swiss tournament, Trophée Romand 2020, has been cancelled.
The 2020 Japan Open takes place Oct. 3 in Saitama. Links for results and YouTube videos are here.

French Masters takes place Oct. 1 -3 in Villard de Lans. Start orders/results are here. Watch Kévin Aymoz′ short program, long program.

U.S. Figure Skating is holding a virtual Challenge Series — the International Selection Pool (ISP) Points Challenge — over a number of weeks starting Sept. 9, which will serve as the selection process for the 2021 U.S. Championships. More than 100 athletes will debut their programs for the 2020-2021 season and panels of judges will evaluate and score them. The first performances of the U.S. senior skaters (all disciplines) are slated to air Tues., Sept. 22. 

All performances in the ISP series will be streamed on the video corner of the U.S. Figure Skating Fan Zone. Videos are usually uploaded mid-morning (MST).  Schedule and results. Video link

U.S. Figure Skating: The videos of the second opportunity of the ISP Challenge for senior skaters will be available Oct. 5 (see links above). Alysa Liu debuted her new short program (remotely) at “Carnival on Ice” on Oct. 3.

Athletes are vying for $200,000 in prize money, as well as a berth at the national championships in January (currently scheduled to take place in San Jose, California). Additionally, the results of this ISP series will be used as criteria for future international assignments. 

September 12-13: The senior test skates will take place Sept. 12-13 in Moscow with a limited live audience in attendance and will be live streamed globally. 

The Junior Grand Prix Series, which was scheduled to begin Aug. 26, has been cancelled. Consequently, for the first time since 2008, there will not be a combined Grand Prix Final. Nations are currently looking at options within their own borders but no competitions have been scheduled at this time, other than in Russia. The 2021 World Junior Championships are still on the calendar, but that will likely be their only international event. No international competitions for novice skaters will take place this season.

August 20: The Finnish federation announced on Aug. 20 that Finlandia Trophy has been cancelled due to current government restrictions. 

August 10-19: The annual Russian junior test skates will take place in stages 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 pairs will present their programs Aug. 13-14. The singles skaters will attend following the departure of the pairs teams (ladies and men) and will present their programs on Aug. 18-19.

July 13: The Japanese Federation tweeted on July 13 that it would not be fielding any skaters to five of the currently scheduled Challenger Series events (Asian Open, Autumn Classic, Nebelhorn Trophy, Finlandia Trophy and Budapest Trophy). It will, however, be hosting the Japan Open in a modified format.

July 9: Chinese media reported that all international sporting events in 2020 (including Cup of China), other than those that 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.

April 28: 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 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.

2021 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


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).