Over 100 U.S. Figure Skating athletes will debut their programs for the 2020-21 season during the International Selection Pool (ISP) Points Challenge, a virtual competition organized by U.S. Figure Skating. The competition, which will include Olympic and U.S. medalists, will be available for on-demand viewing on the video corner of the U.S. Figure Skating Fan Zone starting on Sept. 9. Participating athletes will compete for $200,000 in prize money, as well as advancement to the 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Additionally, the competition will be used as criteria for future international assignments.
The ISP Points Challenge will feature U.S. Figure Skating’s premier junior- and senior-level athletes in singles, pairs and ice dance. Entrants will submit videos of their short program/rhythm dance and free skate/free dance to be judged by a panel of national, international and ISU-level officials. Each performance will be proctored to ensure the integrity of the video that is submitted for judging. If they choose, athletes have two opportunities compete and will be ranked by their best total score in each discipline.
Over 40 athletes were selected to compete in the 2020 U.S. Novice and Junior Challenge Skate, which will be held virtually for the first time by U.S. Figure Skating. The competition, which will include U.S. junior medalists and Junior Grand Prix athletes, will be available for on-demand viewing on the video corner of the U.S. Figure Skating Fan Zone starting on Friday, Sept. 18.
The selected athletes will have an opportunity to compete head-to-head with other top skaters from around the country in four events – novice ladies, novice men, junior ladies and junior men. Entrants have skated and recorded their short program and free skate at their own rink. The videos, which the athletes each submitted to event organizers, will be assessed by a judging panel, including national, U.S. and international judges, who will judge the event remotely. Participants will receive an overall score, placement and one-on-one feedback from officials in order to prepare for the qualifying season. They will also attend virtual educational programming, including a yoga class with 2018 Olympian Madison Hubbell.
All competition footage will be available on-demand on the Fan Zone on Friday, Sept. 18. A full list of entrants is detailed below (subject to change).
Gabriela Summer Panaligan