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.

HistoryEdit

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 were 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]

EventsEdit

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[b]–21)
Yes Added Cancelled Lost status[c]
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[d]
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. ^ Not enough international participants.
  4. ^ Officially named as "the Cup of Austria by IceChallenge".

Top three finishers per seasonEdit

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

MenEdit

Season 1st 2nd 3rd Refs
2014–15   Michal Březina   Alexander Petrov   Konstantin Menshov [3]
2015–16   Jason Brown   Max Aaron   Mikhail Kolyada [11]
2016–17   Jason Brown   Alexander Petrov   Max Aaron [12]
2017–18   Mikhail Kolyada   Sergei Voronov   Moris Kvitelashvili [13]
2018–19   Mikhail Kolyada   Cha Jun-hwan   Jason Brown [14]
2019–20   Dmitri Aliev   Daniel Grassl   Sota Yamamoto [15]
2020–21 Held as individual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic [9]

LadiesEdit

Season 1st 2nd 3rd Refs
2014–15   Elizaveta Tuktamysheva   Alena Leonova   Hannah Miller [16]
2015–16   Elizaveta Tuktamysheva   Anna Pogorilaya   Adelina Sotnikova [17]
2016–17   Elizaveta Tuktamysheva   Mirai Nagasu   Mariah Bell [18]
2017–18   Carolina Kostner   Stanislava Konstantinova   Elizaveta Tuktamysheva [19]
2018–19   Elizaveta Tuktamysheva   Bradie Tennell   Elizabet Tursynbayeva [20]
2019–20   Elizaveta Tuktamysheva   You Young   Lim Eun-soo [21]
2020–21 Held as individual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic [9]

PairsEdit

Season 1st 2nd 3rd Refs
2014–15   Alexa Scimeca / Chris Knierim   Haven Denney / Brandon Frazier   Jessica Calalang / Zack Sidhu [22]
2015–16   Aliona Savchenko / Bruno Massot   Evgenia Tarasova / Vladimir Morozov   Natalja Zabijako / Alexander Enbert [23]
2016–17   Valentina Marchei / Ondřej Hotárek   Nicole Della Monica / Matteo Guarise   Kristina Astakhova / Alexei Rogonov [24]
2017–18   Natalia Zabiiako / Alexander Enbert   Nicole Della Monica / Matteo Guarise   Kristina Astakhova / Alexei Rogonov [25]
2018–19   Aleksandra Boikova / Dmitrii Kozlovskii   Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro   Alisa Efimova / Alexander Korovin [26]
2019–20   Ashley Cain-Gribble / Timothy LeDuc   Tarah Kayne / Danny O'Shea   Minerva Fabienne Hase / Nolan Seegert [27]
2020–21 Held as individual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic [9]

Ice danceEdit

Season 1st 2nd 3rd Refs
2014–15   Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani   Charlène Guignard / Marco Fabbri   Nelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi [28]
2015–16   Charlène Guignard / Marco Fabbri   Isabella Tobias / Ilia Tkachenko   Natalia Kaliszek / Maksym Spodyriev [29]
2016–17   Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev   Madison Chock / Evan Bates   Charlène Guignard / Marco Fabbri [30]
2017–18   Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev   Charlène Guignard / Marco Fabbri   Tiffany Zahorski / Jonathan Guerreiro [31]
2018–19   Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier   Charlène Guignard / Marco Fabbri   Christina Carreira / Anthony Ponomarenko [32]
2019–20   Charlène Guignard / Marco Fabbri   Madison Chock / Evan Bates   Laurence Fournier Beaudry / Nikolaj Sørensen [33]
2020–21 Held as individual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic [9]

Top finishers standingsEdit

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 seasonEdit

MenEdit

Season Name 1st event Points 2nd event Points Total points
2014–15[3]   Michal Březina 2014 CS Nebelhorn Trophy 228.48 2014 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 239.62 468.10
2015–16[11]   Jason Brown 2015 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 239.37 2015 CS Ice Challenge 240.65 480.02
2016–17[12]   Jason Brown 2016 CS Lombardia Trophy 256.49 2016 CS U.S. International Classic 254.04 510.53
2017–18[13]   Mikhail Kolyada 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 247.81 2017 CS Finlandia Trophy 248.50 496.31
2018–19[14]   Mikhail Kolyada 2018 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 274.37 2018 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 253.14 527.51
2019–20[15]   Dmitri Aliev 2019 CS Lombardia Trophy 249.62 2019 CS Nepela Memorial 255.32 504.94
2020–21[9] Held as individual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic

LadiesEdit

Season Name 1st event Points 2nd event Points Total points
2014–15[16]   Elizaveta Tuktamysheva 2014 CS Finlandia Trophy 193.31 2014 CS Warsaw Cup 196.66 389.97
2015–16[17]   Elizaveta Tuktamysheva 2015 CS Warsaw Cup 192.93 2015 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 201.33 394.26
2016–17[18]   Elizaveta Tuktamysheva 2016 CS Nebelhorn Trophy 185.93 2016 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 192.03 377.96
2017–18[19]   Carolina Kostner 2017 CS Lombardia Trophy 198.36 2017 CS Finlandia Trophy 193.76 392.12
2018–19[20]   Elizaveta Tuktamysheva 2018 CS Lombardia Trophy 206.07 2018 CS Finlandia Trophy 202.85 408.92
2019–20[21]   Elizaveta Tuktamysheva 2019 CS Lombardia Trophy 214.38 2019 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 221.15 435.53
2020–21[9] Held as individual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic

PairsEdit

Season Name 1st event Points 2nd event Points Total points
2014–15[22]   Alexa Scimeca / Chris Knierim 2014 CS U.S. International Classic 163.24 2014 CS Nebelhorn Trophy 166.10 329.34
2015–16[23]   Aliona Savchenko / Bruno Massot 2015 CS Tallinn Trophy 214.42 2015 CS Warsaw Cup 209.60 424.02
2016–17[24]   Valentina Marchei / Ondřej Hotárek 2016 CS Lombardia Trophy 179.56 2016 CS Warsaw Cup 189.26 368.82
2017–18[25]   Natalia Zabiiako / Alexander Enbert 2017 CS Lombardia Trophy 196.06 2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 202.96 399.02
2018–19[26]   Aleksandra Boikova / Dmitrii Kozlovskii 2018 CS Lombardia Trophy 191.99 2018 CS Finlandia Trophy 188.54 380.53
2019–20[27]   Ashley Cain-Gribble / Timothy LeDuc 2019 CS U.S. International Classic 205.58 2019 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 199.43 405.01
2020–21[9] Held as individual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Ice danceEdit

Season Name 1st event Points 2nd event Points Total points
2014–15[28]   Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani 2014 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 162.98 2014 CS Ice Challenge 166.34 329.32
2015–16[29]   Charlène Guignard / Marco Fabbri 2015 CS Warsaw Cup 169.72 2015 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 172.28 342.00
2016–17[30]   Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev 2016 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial 178.84 2016 CS Warsaw Cup 183.60 362.44
2017–18[31]   Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 181.92 2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 186.66 368.58
2018–19[32]   Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier 2018 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 201.27 2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy 194.12 395.39
2019–20[33]   Charlène Guignard / Marco Fabbri 2019 CS Lombardia Trophy 202.10 2019 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 202.18 404.28
2020–21[9] Held as individual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Prize moneyEdit

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)

ReferencesEdit

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