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ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating

The ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating is a figure skating team competition sanctioned by the International Skating Union. The World Team Trophy was held for the first time in Tokyo, Japan from April 16 to 19, 2009. Traditionally, the competitive skating season had concluded with the World Championships.

The new event was announced at a news conference during the 2008 World Championships, in the hope of encouraging countries to develop top figure skaters in all disciplines.[1] Each country sends two men, two ladies, one pair and one ice dancing entry.

Competition and participantsEdit

 
The medal ceremony at the 2012 World Team Trophy.

Selected skaters from the six countries with the best results during the season compete in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies singles, pair skating, and ice dancing in a team format. The participating countries in the inaugural event were (in descending order of finish) the US, Canada, Japan, France, Russia and China. The Japan Skating Federation paid the global prize money for the ISU World Team Trophy in 2009.[2] The total prize money in 2009 was US$1,000,000, the highest ever in an ISU event, with $200,000 awarded to the winning country.[1][3] In 2015, the qualifying countries (in descending order of qualification) were Russia, the United States, Japan, Canada, France and China, with the United States taking the title. Prize money was once again US$1,000,000.[4]

ReactionsEdit

 
Team USA at the 2009 World Team Trophy medal ceremony.

In 2009, there were reports that some of the participating skaters did not wish to take part in the event. Canadian ice dancer Scott Moir was quoted as saying that although the event was fun, skaters had been pressured to attend.[5] U.S. ice dancer Tanith Belbin told an interviewer that she and partner Benjamin Agosto had not been aware of the event until after the 2009 World Championships. Evan Lysacek, who had won the World Championship shortly before the World Team Trophy, was quoted in the same article as saying he was excited and looking forward to competing in Japan as part of the American team, referring to the event as "icing on the cake".[6]

In 2012, skaters expressed more enthusiasm about competing at the World Team Trophy. Daisuke Takahashi referred to the competition as "a lot of fun", while Scott Moir said it was turning into an exciting event, especially considering a team event would be contested at the 2014 Winter Olympics.[7] However, during the actual competition, Moir had stated that he hated this event.[8]

Team standingsEdit

Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
2009   Tokyo   United States
Jeremy Abbott
Evan Lysacek
Rachael Flatt
Caroline Zhang
Caydee Denney / Jeremy Barrett
Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto
  Canada
Patrick Chan
Vaughn Chipeur
Cynthia Phaneuf
Joannie Rochette
Jessica Dubé / Bryce Davison
Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir
  Japan
Takahiko Kozuka
Nobunari Oda
Miki Ando
Mao Asada
Narumi Takahashi / Mervin Tran
Cathy Reed / Chris Reed
2011 Event cancelled after the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami; rescheduled for 2012
2012   Tokyo   Japan
Takahiko Kozuka
Daisuke Takahashi
Kanako Murakami
Akiko Suzuki
Narumi Takahashi / Mervin Tran
Cathy Reed / Chris Reed
  United States
Jeremy Abbott
Adam Rippon
Gracie Gold
Ashley Wagner
Caydee Denney / John Coughlin
Meryl Davis / Charlie White
  Canada
Patrick Chan
Kevin Reynolds
Amélie Lacoste
Cynthia Phaneuf
Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford
Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir
2013   Tokyo   United States
Max Aaron
Jeremy Abbott
Gracie Gold
Ashley Wagner
Marissa Castelli / Simon Shnapir
Madison Chock / Evan Bates
  Canada
Patrick Chan
Kevin Reynolds
Gabrielle Daleman
Kaetlyn Osmond
Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford
Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje
  Japan
Takahito Mura
Daisuke Takahashi
Mao Asada
Akiko Suzuki
Cathy Reed / Chris Reed
2015   Tokyo   United States
Max Aaron
Jason Brown
Gracie Gold
Ashley Wagner
Alexa Scimeca / Chris Knierim
Madison Chock / Evan Bates
  Russia
Maxim Kovtun
Sergei Voronov
Elena Radionova
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov
Elena Ilinykh / Ruslan Zhiganshin
  Japan
Yuzuru Hanyu
Takahito Mura
Satoko Miyahara
Kanako Murakami
Ami Koga / Francis Boudreau-Audet
Cathy Reed / Chris Reed
2017   Tokyo   Japan
Yuzuru Hanyu
Shoma Uno
Wakaba Higuchi
Mai Mihara
Sumire Suto / Francis Boudreau-Audet
Kana Muramoto / Chris Reed
  Russia
Mikhail Kolyada
Maxim Kovtun
Evgenia Medvedeva
Elena Radionova
Evgenia Tarasova / Vladimir Morozov
Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev
  United States
Jason Brown
Nathan Chen
Karen Chen
Ashley Wagner
Ashley Cain / Timothy LeDuc
Madison Chock / Evan Bates
2019   Fukuoka   United States
Nathan Chen
Vincent Zhou
Mariah Bell
Bradie Tennell
Ashley Cain / Timothy LeDuc
Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue
  Japan
Keiji Tanaka
Shoma Uno
Rika Kihira
Kaori Sakamoto
Riku Miura / Shoya Ichihashi
Misato Komatsubara / Tim Koleto
  Russia
Andrei Lazukin
Alexander Samarin
Sofia Samodurova
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
Natalia Zabiiako / Alexander Enbert
Victoria Sinitsina / Nikita Katsalapov

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  United States4116
2  Japan2136
3  Canada0213
  Russia0213
Totals (4 nations)66618

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Edmonds, Sarah (2008-03-21). "ISU to launch international team competition". Reuters.
  2. ^ ISU Communication No. 1490 Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "ISU World Team Trophy - Day 3". International Skating Union. 2009-04-18. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  4. ^ "Medals, money on the line at World Team Trophy". Ice Network. 2012-04-17.
  5. ^ DiManno, Rosie (2009-04-20). "Canadians impress at last-minute team event". Toronto: Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  6. ^ "Lysacek leads strong U.S. team in Tokyo". icenetwork.com. 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2009-04-13.
  7. ^ ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating, Day 3
  8. ^ [1]

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