Taipei, Chinese Taipei, on February 17. 93 skaters/couples from 16 ISU members have been entered for the Championships. Chinese Taipei hosts an ISU Figure Skating Championship for the first time in history. All reigning World Champions in the four disciplines are competing in the event.
Overview over the top contenders
The Ice Dance event will see the season debut of reigning World and Olympic Champions Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN). World and Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA) are ready for the challenge after winning the Grand Prix Final with a seasons best score of 171.58 points. A group of up and coming young teams are aiming for the podium as well: Grand Prix Final bronze medalists Vanessa Crone/Paul Poirier (CAN/seasons best 154.42 points), U.S. silver medalists Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (seasons best 144.81 points), Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje (CAN/seasons best 142.34 points) and 2009 World Junior Champions Madison Chock/Greg Zuerlein (USA/seasons best 139.05 points).
2010 World Champion Mao Asada (JPN) headlines the Ladies’ field. The Japanese Champion got a seasons best of 148.02 points. The challenge should come from current Grand Prix Final Champion Alissa Czisny (USA), who has achieved the highest seasons best so far with 180.75 points, as well as from Japanese Champion Miki Ando (seasons best 174.47 points) and
Japan's Akiko Suzuki (seasons best 173.72 points). Other medal contenders include
U.S. silver medalist Rachael Flatt (USA/seasons best 162.86 points), Mirai Nagasu (USA/seasons best 167.79 points) and Canadian Champion Cynthia Phaneuf (seasons best 156.24 points).
2010 World Champions Qing Pang/Jian Tong (CHN) are aiming for their fifth Four Continents title. The current Grand Prix Final silver medalists have posted a seasons best of 189.93 points. Competition should come from Canadian Champions Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch (seasons best 175.48 points), U.S. Champions Caitlin Yankowskas/John Coughlin (seasons best 166.72 points) and Junior Grand Prix Final Champions Narumi Takahashi/Mervin Tran (JPN/seasons best 165.47 points). Other contenders include Amanda Evora/Mark Ladwig (USA/seasons best/162.85 points), Paige Lawrence/Rudi Swiegers (CAN/seasons best 161.15 points) and Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford (CAN/seasons best 158.53 points).
Please note that for the seasons best total scores only the ISU Grand Prix competitions (senior and junior) have been taken into consideration, not other international competitions or National Championships.
The ISU awards a global prize money of US$ 250,000 at the Four Continents Championships to skaters/couples placed 1st to 12th. The prize money is awarded to winners and placed skaters/couples as follows:
Men and Ladies Pairs and Dance (per couple)
1st place US$ 15,000 1st place US$ 22,500
2nd place US$ 9,000 2nd place US$ 13,500
3rd place US$ 6,000 3rd place US$ 9,000
4th place US$ 4,500 4th place US$ 6,750
5th place US$ 3,250 5th place US$ 5,000
6th place US$ 2,500 6th place US$ 3,750
7th place US$ 2,250 7th place US$ 3,500
8th place US$ 2,000 8th place US$ 3,000
9th place US$ 1,750 9th place US$ 2,500
10th place US$ 1,500 10th place US$ 2,250
11th place US$ 1,250 11th place US$ 1,750
12th place US$ 1,000 12th place US$ 1,500
The schedule of the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2011 is as follows:
Thursday, February 17: Short Dance, Pairs Short Program
Friday, February 18: Men Short Program, Pairs Free Skating, Free Dance
Saturday, February 19: Ladies Short Program, Men Free Skating
Sunday, February 20: Ladies Free Skating, Exhibition Gala
photos Janos Schmidt