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ISU Challenger Series

The ISU Challenger Series is a series of international figure skating competitions. Established by the International Skating Union in the 2014-15 season, it is a group of senior-level events ranked below the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. Each event consists of at least three disciplines out of four (men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing), and is required to take place between August 1 and December 15.

The ISU Challenger Series Synchronized Skating is a separate competition series in the discipline of synchronized skating.

History

The ISU Council decided to create the series at its February 2014 meeting.[1] Eleven competitions were selected in June 2014.[2] The Triglav Trophy dropped out by October 10, 2014, resulting in a series composed of ten events.[3] The Nebelhorn Trophy, Finlandia Trophy, Ondrej Nepela Memorial, and Golden Spin of Zagreb are the "core group".[4] The event criteria was published in April 2014,[5] and revised in August 2014.[6]

The notice on the ISU Challenger Series Synchronized Skating was announced on May 10, 2019, which is for the discipline of synchronized skating and is held separately from the other ISU Challenger Series.[7]

Asian Open Classic was planned to be included in the 2019-20 season, but ISU transferred the event holding right back to Asian Open Trophy later.[8]

In the 2020-21 season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was decided to hold the Challenger competitions as individual events, rather than as a series.[9] Entry limits per country were also removed.[10]

Events

Title Country 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21[a] 21-22
Asian Open Classic  Chinese Taipei Replaced
Asian Open Trophy  Thailand (2018)
 China (2019-21[b])
Yes Added Cancelled Yes
Autumn Classic  Canada Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Cancelled Yes
Budapest Trophy  Hungary Yes
Cup of Tyrol  Austria Added
Cancelled
Denis Ten Memorial Challenge  Kazakhstan Cancelled Yes
Denkova-Staviski Cup  Bulgaria Yes
Finlandia Trophy  Finland Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Cancelled Yes
Golden Spin of Zagreb  Croatia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Cancelled Yes
Ice Challenge  Austria Yes Yes Yes[c]
Ice Star  Belarus Yes Yes
Inge Solar Trophy  Austria Yes Replaced
Lombardia Trophy  Italy Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mordovian Ornament  Russia Yes
Nebelhorn Trophy  Germany Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nepela Memorial  Slovakia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Cancelled Cancelled
Tallinn Trophy  Estonia Yes Yes Yes Yes
Triglav Trophy  Slovenia Dropped
Ukrainian Open  Ukraine Cancelled
U.S. Classic  United States Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Volvo Open Cup  Latvia Yes
Warsaw Cup  Poland Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Cancelled Yes
  1. ^ Held as individual events rather than as a series due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[9]
  2. ^ Hosted by the Hong Kong Skating Union in 2019.
  3. ^ Officially named the Cup of Austria by IceChallenge.

Top three finishers per season

Each skater or duo is permitted to compete in up to three ISU Challenger Series events. Their two highest scores determine the final ranking.[5]

Men

Ladies

Pairs

Ice dance

Top finishers standings

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Russia107926
2 United States45615
3 Italy3519
4 Canada1102
5 Germany1012
6 Czech Republic1001
7 Israel0101
 South Korea0101
9 Georgia0011
 Kazakhstan0011
 Poland0011
Totals (11 nations)20202060

Top scores per season

Men

Ladies

Pairs

Ice dance

Prize money

At the end of the series, prize money is awarded to skaters who finished in the top three in each discipline in the final ranking. In pairs and ice dancing, the partners split the prize money.

From the 2014-15 season through to the 2019-2020 season:[5][34][4][35][36][37]

Final rank Men's and ladies' singles Pairs and ice dance
1st CHF 4,000 CHF 5,000 (2,500 per partner)
2nd CHF 3,000 CHF 4,000 (2,000 per partner)
3rd CHF 2,000 CHF 3,000 (1,500 per partner)

References

  1. ^ "Communication No. 1854: Decisions of the ISU Council" (PDF). International Skating Union. March 6, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "Communication No. 1876: Decisions of the ISU Council" (PDF). International Skating Union. June 25, 2014. pp. 4-5. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 6, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2014/2015: Men". International Skating Union.
  4. ^ a b "Communication No. 1994 ISU Challenger Series in Figure Skating Season 2016/17" (PDF). International Skating Union. February 26, 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 9, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Communication No. 1858: ISU Challenger Series in Figure Skating" (PDF). International Skating Union. April 4, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Communication No. 1894: Revision of minimum entry criteria to qualify as Challenger Series event" (PDF). International Skating Union. August 26, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 3, 2014.
  7. ^ "Communication No. 2248 Challenger Series in Synchronized Skating Season 2019/20". International Skating Union. May 10, 2019. Archived from the original on December 18, 2019.
  8. ^ "Challenger Series Announcement". International Skating Union. July 22, 2019. Archived from the original on July 24, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Communication No. 2335 Decisions of the Council". International Skating Union. July 13, 2020. Archived from the original on July 13, 2020.
  10. ^ "Communication No. 2345: Decisions of the Council". International Skating Union. August 28, 2020.
  11. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2015/2016: Men". International Skating Union.
  12. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2016/2017: Men". International Skating Union.
  13. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2017/2018: Men". International Skating Union.
  14. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2018/2019: Men". International Skating Union.
  15. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2019/2020: Men". International Skating Union. December 10, 2020.
  16. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2014/2015: Ladies". International Skating Union.
  17. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2015/2016: Ladies". International Skating Union.
  18. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2016/2017: Ladies". International Skating Union.
  19. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2017/2018: Ladies". International Skating Union.
  20. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2018/2019: Ladies". International Skating Union.
  21. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2019/2020: Ladies". International Skating Union. December 12, 2019.
  22. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2014/2015: Pairs". International Skating Union.
  23. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2015/2016: Pairs". International Skating Union.
  24. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2016/2017: Pairs". International Skating Union.
  25. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2017/2018: Pairs". International Skating Union.
  26. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2018/2019: Pairs". International Skating Union.
  27. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2019/2020: Pairs". International Skating Union. December 12, 2019.
  28. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2014/2015: Ice dance". International Skating Union.
  29. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2015/2016: Ice dance". International Skating Union.
  30. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2016/2017: Ice dance". International Skating Union.
  31. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2017/2018: Ice dance". International Skating Union.
  32. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2018/2019: Ice dance". International Skating Union.
  33. ^ a b "ISU Challenger Series Ranking 2019/2020: Ice Dance". International Skating Union. December 12, 2019.
  34. ^ "Communication No. 1928 ISU Challenger Series in Figure Skating Season 2015/16" (PDF). International Skating Union. February 6, 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 13, 2015.
  35. ^ "Communication No. 2074 ISU Challenger Series in Figure Skating Season 2017/18". International Skating Union. February 27, 2017. Archived from the original on August 17, 2019.
  36. ^ "Communication No. 2151 Challenger Series in Figure Skating Season 2018/19". International Skating Union. April 3, 2018. Archived from the original on August 17, 2019.
  37. ^ "Communication No. 2227 Challenger Series in Figure Skating Season 2019/20". International Skating Union. January 25, 2019. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019.

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