The 2021 Junior Grand Prix Series kicks off in Courchevel, France, Aug. 18 – 21, the town that hosted the first ISU live stream seven years ago. Many will remember the emergence of a sprightly teenager named Evgenia Medvedeva who dominated the junior ladies fields in the 2014-2015 season.
A new crop of talent is set to hit the seven stages of the Series this season. With all junior competitions cancelled in the 2020-2021 campaign, many of those who would have closed out their careers at the World Junior Championships are moving up to the senior ranks for the Olympic season.
The 2021 Challenger Series opens with Lombardia Trophy in Bergamo, Italy, Sep. 10 – 12, followed by Autumn Classic International in Montréal, Québec. The Series will conclude with Golden Spin in Zagreb, Croatia in early December. After an abbreviated Challenger Series in 2020 that few skaters outside the hosting nations were able to attend, it is expected we will see a goldmine of talent at many of the competitions this season.
Canada and the U.S. will host a Challenger Series event in alternating years going forward. In 2021, U.S. Figure Skating will host the International Figure Skating Classic (a senior B competition this year) at the Skating Club of Boston’s facility in Norwood, Massachusetts, Sep. 15-19. This event takes place the same weekend as Autumn Classic International.
Nebelhorn Trophy, the third event of the Series, is the final qualifying competition for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Skate America will host the first event of the 2021 Grand Prix Series, Oct. 22 – 24. The six-event Series will culminate with the Grand Prix Final (junior and senior) in Osaka, Japan. The ISU will publish assignments for the 2021-2022 season in late May/early June.
U.S. Figure Skating has published a list of domestic competitions scheduled to take place in 2021 and 2022.
Skate Canada has published the domestic and international competitions it will host in the 2021-2022 season. No summer competitions have yet been confirmed.
If you are thinking about attending the 2022 World Championships in Montpellier, France, the official site is now live with ticket and accommodation links.
A new format for synchronized skating will debut this season, featuring teams with 12 skaters as opposed to the regular 16. The ISU proposed the format change to ISU member nations in February and following the positive responses it received, the Elite 12 concept will be tested at two international competitions during the 2021-2022 season.
Further information will be provided in due course with respect to which competitions this concept will be tested at and the program requirements for teams.