That Was The Week That Was In Figure Skating (4-10 August 2014)

Here’s a short recap of what happened in the past week in the world of figure skating.

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The Season Begins

The 2014/2015 season officially got under way at the weekend with the first ISU-sanctioned competition for senior skaters, the Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy 2014 in Taipei City, Taiwan. Over 100 competitors from 10 nations participated in the event in singles categories from basic novice all the way up to senior.

In what has become a familiar scenario in recent times, Japan swept both the junior and senior men and ladies titles. 16 year old Shoma Uno was triumphant in the senior men’s division despite falling on triple axel attempts in both programmes. Rather impressively he landed a quadruple toe loop in the free. Jin Seo Kim of Korea finished second with his compatriot June Hyoung Lee in third.

Japan took the two positions in the senior ladies event Rika Hongo claiming gold and Riona Kato silver. So Youn Park of Korea rounded out the podium.

Testing Times

It was announced this week that the Nebelhorn Trophy 2014 next month will be testing a new version of the ISU Judging System. The panel of 12 judges for men and ice dance events will be divided into 5 judges who will evaluate the grade of execution (GOE) with the remaining 7 judges assessing the programme component scores (PCS). 4 of the 5 GOE judges will also be assigned one PCS category to mark, while the 7 PCS judges will only be responsible for inputting their scores in three of the PCS categories. If the experiment is successful, there is a chance that this composition of judging panel could be adopted for other ISU sanctioned competitions.

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Marchei & Hotarek Reveal Future Plans

Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek finally spoke this week about their new partnership to Italian newspaper Gazzetto dello Sport. The Italians announced that their new short programme will be to “Malaguena” and that they hope to be ready to compete at their national championships in December with their ultimate goal participation in the 2018 Olympics.

I’ll Be The Judge Of That

On her official Facebook page, Nathalie Pechalat revealed that she was training to become a judge. Her on-ice partner Fabian Bourzat is currently working with Igor Shpilband as a coach following the retirement of the team after the World Championships earlier this year.

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