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SUMMER ICE CHIPS

With the summer skating season kicking off, here is what has happened in the skating world over the last few months.

  • Olympic Silver Medalist, Patrick Chan, (CAN) will attend the University of Toronto in the fall of 2014.  He will not compete in the 2014 Grand Prix Series.
  • Olympic Gold Medalist Ice Dancers Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA) will not compete in the 2014-15 season.  The ice dancers will take Internet classes at the University of Michigan and skate in shows.
  • Lori Nichol (CAN) and Denise Biellmann (SUI) were elected to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
  • Brian Orser (CAN) was named Ice Network Person of the Year. He is one of only two coaches to have his skaters win the Olympic and World, (Yuzuru Hanyu- JPN), European (Javier Fernandez-ESP) and World Junior Championships Nam Nguyen-CAN) in the same year.
  • PSA (Professional Skaters Association) Awards:
    Marina Zoueva – Coach of the Year
    Meno+Sand – Developmental Coaches of the Year
    Peter McGrath – Choreographer of the Year: 
  • Coaches Peter Burrows and Peter Dunfield died in 2014.
    Burrows coached Dorothy Hamill (1976 Olympic gold), Elaine Zayak (1981 World Championship gold and 1982 USFSA gold) along with other prominent US figure skaters: Michael Chack, Rocky Marval/Calla Urbanski, and Kyoko Ina/Jason Dungjen.
    Dunfield coached Elizabeth Manley (CAN) to the Olympic silver medal in 1988.
  • Ice Dancer Meryl Davis (USA) won the Dancing With The Stars Mirror Ball Trophy.
  • Robin Szolkowy (GER), Thomas Verner (CZE) are new coaches at the Ice Dome in Oberstdorf, Germany
  • Fabian Bourzat (FRA) to work in Novi, MI with Igor Shpilband.
  • Massimo Scali  (ITA) to work with Marina Zoueva in Canton, MI.
  • Helsinki, Finland was awarded the 2017 World Championships.
  • Becky Bereswill (USA) has been cast as “Elsa” for the North American tour of “Disney on Ice presents Frozen”.
  • Didier Gailhaguet re-elected President of French Federation.  He defeated former ice dancer, Gwendal Peizerat – 65% -34%.

55th ISU Congress Dublin, Ireland, June 2014

Proposals made by the Congress:

  • A proposal to have the same time requirements for the Free Skating/Dance across all disciplines, 4 minutes for Ladies, Men, Pairs and Ice Dance and 3 1⁄2 minutes for the Junior skaters
    Proposal rejected by Congress. 
  • A proposal for the Free Skating/Dance to be skated in reverse skating order to the skaters’ preceding segment result of the competition, with the best placed Competitor skating last.
    Proposal rejected by Congress.
  • A proposal for the removal of judges’ anonymity.
    Proposal rejected by Congress.

Motion to end anonymous judging:

AGAINST anonymous judging – 30 Nations

Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, USA. 

FOR anonymous judging – 24 Nations

Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, DPR Korea, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, The Philippines, Poland, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Slovakia, Sweden, Thailand, Uzbekistan

NATIONS THAT ABSTAINED/DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN VOTE: Brazil, Czech Republic, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Puerto Rico, Romania, United Arab Emirates

Motion Defeated

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Decisions made by the Congress:

http://static.isu.org/media/151749/1874-sp-changes-accepted-by-the-2014-isu-congress.pdf

http://static.isu.org/media/151785/1875-id-post-congress-2014.pdf

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