2020-2021 Competition

UPDATE AS OF SEPTEMBER 16

As at this time, the complete international competition schedule for the 2020-2021 season is still being finalized by the International Skating Union (ISU). The schedules for the Challenger Series and the Grand Prix Series are still tentative, except for Nebelhorn Trophy. No international competitions for novice skaters will take place this season.

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, video links and results.

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. 


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. Nepela Memorial, Finlandia Trophy and the Denis Ten Memorial have been 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    
Oct. 29–Nov. 1 Denis Ten Memorial Almaty, Kazakhstan CANCELLED  
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. The ISU is still working out the details for the Series. All Grand Prix events are subject to cancellation 12 weeks before the scheduled competition date. The first deadline was 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

PAST NEWS/EVENTS

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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

The annual Russian junior test skates 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 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. The live stream links are included in the highlighted text above.

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 competition schedules for the five stages of Cup of Russia have been confirmed. Rostelecom Cup will take place in Moscow Nov. 20-22 and Russian nationals in Chelyabinsk (Dec. 23-27).

COMPETITION UPDATE

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).

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