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    2018/19 List of Officials + Judges Draw 2019 Championships

    ISU have published today the list of Referees, Judges, Technical Controllers, Technical Specialists, Data & Replay Operators season 2018/19 for Single & Pair Skating, Ice Dance and Synchronized Skating.

    Link to the full list: https://www.isu.org/communications/1...s-2018-19/file

    As a reminder

    Olympic Games, ISU Championships (World, Junior World, Europeans, 4 Continents) and GP Final (both Senior and Junior): everyone should have ISU status

    Senior GP events: Technical Controller and Specialists, Referee and Data Operator must be ISU status while Judges can be International

    Junior GP events: International status allowed for Judges and Referee; Technical Controllers/Specialists and Data Operator must have ISU status

    other competitions: International status is enough for all roles


    ISU being ISU, I expect some mistakes being included. For example, I see that Alexandre Gorojdanov hasn't been delated…and 2 former ice dancers I know they passed the exam last month at Frankfurt seminar to become International Technical Specialists are not in the list...


    Anyway, I attempted to cross-check with 2017/18 list to see changes

    TECHNICAL CONTROLLERS

    SINGLES

    Promoted from International to ISU status
    Ms Benson Cynthia (Canada)
    Mr Huang Feng (China)
    Ms Kulik Zanna (Estonia)
    Ms Faig Ulla (Germany)
    Ms Kozhemyakina Olga (Russia)
    Mr Rosenbluth Robert (USA)

    New International
    Mr Ganner Georg (Austria)
    Ms Yordanova Tatiana (Bulgaria)
    Ms Fang Dan (China)
    Mr Grainge Richard (Great Britain)
    Ms Chen Dan (Hong Kong)

    Retired/out of the list
    Ms Rehorick Sally (Canada)
    Mr Levin Peter (Sweden)
    Ms Walder Alice (Switzerland)

    PAIRS

    Promoted from International to ISU status
    Ms Derby Andrea (Canada)

    New International
    Ms Wang Yu (China)
    Ms Barbacci Levy Diana (Switzerland)
    Ms Enzmann Wendy (USA)

    Retired/out of the list
    Ms Rehorick Sally (Canada)

    ICE DANCE

    Promoted from International to ISU status
    Ms Andreeva Julia (Russia)

    New International
    Mr Kozubek Marcin (Poland)

    Retired/out of the list
    [/U]Mr Zuccaro Walter (Italy)

    SYNCHRONIZED



    New International
    Ms Ciceri Laura (Italy)

    Retired/out of the list
    Ms Tillmann Kirsten (Germany)

    TECHNICAL SPECIALISTS

    SINGLES


    Promoted from International to ISU status
    Mr Borounov Evgueni (Australia)
    Mr Sutherland Corey (Canada)
    Mr Larasser Eugen (Germany)
    Ms Wagner-Kutinova Monika (Germany)
    Mr Hartley David (Great Britain)
    Ms Lee Tze Ching Phyllis (Hong Kong)
    Ms. To Hiu Tung Helen (Hong Kong)
    Ms Sheiko Julia (Israel)
    Mr Shipov Maksim (Israel)
    Mr Paluchowski Bartosz (Poland)
    Ms Fernandez Laura (Spain)
    Mr Stiller Filip (Sweden)
    Ms Gaynor Whitney (USA)
    Ms Williamson Denise (USA)

    New International
    Mr LeBlanc Raoul (Canada)
    Ms Cao Yue (China)
    Ms Muzikova Lucie (Czech Republic)
    Ms Ojasaar Kristel (Estonia)
    Mr Wood Samuel (Great Britain)

    Demoted from ISU to International status
    Ms McLean Maria (Denmark)
    Ms Garcia Villarreal Nilda Nancy (Mexico)
    Ms Lee Eun-Hee (South Korea)
    Mr Dungjen Jason (USA)

    PAIRS

    Promoted from International to ISU status
    Ms Ding Yang (China)
    Mr Tewanian Sarkis (Poland)
    Ms Graham Dana (USA)

    New International
    no-one

    Demoted from ISU to International status
    Mr Dungjen Jason (USA)

    Retired/out of the list
    Mr Moellenkamp David (Canada)
    Mr Rolland Vivien (France)


    ICE DANCE

    Promoted from International to ISU status
    Ms Borounov Maria (Australia)
    Ms Senft Lauren Helena (Canada)
    Ms Gustafsson Pia-Maria (Finland)

    New International
    Mr Stefano Mattia Caruso (Germany)
    Mr Ivan Volobuev (Russia)

    Demoted from ISU to International status
    Ms Ellinger Angelika (Austria)
    Ms Krytskaya Anna (Belarus)
    Mr Rauer Thomas (Germany)

    Retired/out of the list
    Mr Hockaday Chris (Great Britain)
    Mr Ponomarenko Sergei (Russia)
    Mr Kunya Tomas (Slovakia)

    SYNCHRONIZED

    Promoted from International to ISU status
    Ms Latva Henriikk (Finland)
    Ms Kobazeva Daria (Russia)

    New International
    Ms Pazin Petra (Croatia)
    Ms Crisafulli Carolina (Italy)
    Ms Szymanek Aleksandra (Poland)
    Ms Hawkes Barbara Anne (South Africa)
    Ms Duss Sarah (Switzerland)

    Retired/out of the list
    Ms Haslemore Aleisha (New Zealand)

    JUDGES


    in progress as the list is too long...


    I apologize in advance for any mistakes. Please, feel free to highlight any error.

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    ISU updated the file spotting some mistakes

    Alexandre Gorojdanov is gone.

    Ms Christine Hurth (France) is back as ISU Referee, judge and technical controller in Ice Dance.

    Mr Matteo Ballabio (Italy) is back as International Technical Specialist in Ice Dance

    New International technical specialists in Ice Dance are:

    Mr Stefano Mattia Caruso (Germany)
    Mr Ivan Volobuev (Russia)

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea82 View Post
    Iand 2 former ice dancers I know they passed the exam last month at Frankfurt seminar to become International Technical Specialists are not in the list...
    I was referring to Caruso and Volobuev who have now been added.

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    The exam to be promoted to ISU judge level will take place during Nebelhorn Trophy (26th to 29th September). ISU level is the one required to judge in ISU Championships.

    For Single and Pairs it consisents in 3 parts:

    1) elements identification

    2) written part with 50 questions (mix of true/false, multiple choice and written answers): 20 are about Single (Short and Free Skating), 20 abour Pairs (SP and FS), 10 general on regulations and technical rules. To pass they need to answer correctly to 84% of the questions overall with 70% correct in each part.

    3) practical part: judging of selected skaters from Nelbelhorn

    For Ice Dance it is only 2 parts:

    1) 40 questions: 10 for Pattern Dance Elements, 10 for Rhythm Dance, 10 for Free Dance and 10 general questions. To pass they need 84% correct answers overall with at least 70% in each of the 4 groups

    2) Practical part: a) the judging of the Rhythm Dance and the Free Dance of the 2018 Nebelhorn Trophy competition b) screen judging on DVDs of previous events, including Pattern Dances Elements for the 2018/19 season (Tango Romantica and Argentine Tango), Rhythm Dance and Free Dance.

    If the Technical Committee think that the English skills of a candidate are not good enough, his/her ISU member will pay for his/her expenses (ISU cover meals and hotels for candidates).
    Given that all these candidates for promotion already have "International" qualification (which is enough to judge at GPs), I am a bit puzzled why some of them may not know English well enough. This point is also present in Referee's reports after competitions: there is a column to indicate if their working knowledge of English is yes, partly ("understands, but cannot discuss. will not be considered for promotion") or no.
    Therefore, it is a more structural issue: do they need a better English language knowledge to judge at Worlds compared than to judge in GPs? Are the round table discussion more "light" at GPs and Senior Bs? Which duties of an ISU judge are exempted at lower level competitions?

    Successful candidates will immediately be added to the current lists of ISU Judges.

    This is important in relation to the Draw for ISU Championships 2019 in case new ISU members get an ISU level judge before the end of the month allowing them to partecipate to the draw.
    The Judges draw will take place in Geneve on October 11th. It's ISU members (federations/associations) that are drawn. Individual judges will be later nominated by the drawn federations.

    By October 1, ISU members must indicate in which ISU Championships (World, Junior World, European and 4 Continents) and in which individual disciplines of these Championships they intend to participate in the respective draw. ceremony.
    Given that a judge must not serve in more than one discipline per ISU Championships, it means that Federations with only 1-2 ISU level judges are more limited as they can't have judges in all other disciplines.

    For European Championships, only Euro ISU members can partecipate to the draw.
    13 ISU members will be drawn for each discipline.
    At first the draw is done among ISU members who had skaters having taken part to that discipline in previous year's Euros. If they are less than 13, a further draw is made among all other ISU members that expressed an interest in judging in that discipline.

    For Worlds and Junior Worlds, the procedure is the same apart that it involves all ISU members and not just European ones.

    For 4 Continents, they draw only 9 ISU members per discipline. They start with drawing among ISU members with a skater in 2018 4CCs in that discipline. If they are not enough, they make a further draw to complete the panel considering all other ISU members outside Europe wishing to judge in the event. If it is still not enough, they complete the panel drawing the remaining judges among European feds that expressed willingness to judge in the event.

    Currently, the number of ISU judges per memeber stands at

    Single/Pairs

    Australia: 11
    Austria: 9
    Azerbajian: 1
    Belarus: 2
    Belgium: 2
    Bosnia: 1
    Bulgaria: 4
    Canada: 17
    China: 9 (but 2 are suspended for this season)
    Taipei: 2
    Croatia: 3
    Czech Rep: 6
    Denmark: 3
    Estonia: 3
    Finland: 9
    France: 8
    Georgia: 1
    Germany: 14
    Great Britain: 9
    Greece: 2
    Hong Kong: 2
    Hungary: 5
    Israel: 2
    Italy: 11
    Japan: 11
    Kazakhsta: 2
    Latvia:1
    Lithuania: 1
    Mexico: 2
    Netherlands: 6
    New Zealand: 2
    Norway: 4
    Poland: 6
    South Korea: 5
    Romania: 4
    Russia: 14
    Serbia: 4
    Slovakia: 4
    Slovenia: 7
    South Africa: 1
    Spain: 3
    Sweden: 6
    Switzerland: 9
    Turkey: 3
    Ukraine: 4
    USA: 18
    Uzbekistan

    Ice Dance

    Australia: 3
    Austria: 1
    Azerbajian: 1
    Bosnia: 1
    Bulgaria: 1
    Canada: 10
    China: 2 (but 1 suspended)
    Czech Rep: 2
    Finland: 3
    France: 5
    Georgia: 1
    Germany: 7
    Great Britain: 6
    Hungary: 5
    Israel: 2
    Italy: 6
    Japan: 3
    Latvia: 1
    Lithuania: 1
    Netherlands: 1
    New Zealand: 1
    Poland: 4
    South Korea: 1
    Russia: 6
    Slovakia: 2
    Spain: 2
    Switzerland: 4
    Turkey: 1
    Ukraine: 2
    USA: 11

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    I wonder what you have to do to be demoted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TontoK View Post
    I wonder what you have to do to be demoted?
    you and I are twinning. Jason D. was demoted twice. Could it just be the amount of time you have to devote to that aspect of skating? Maybe having more coaching jobs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientpeas View Post
    you and I are twinning. Jason D. was demoted twice. Could it just be the amount of time you have to devote to that aspect of skating? Maybe having more coaching jobs?
    His was the name that caught my eye. I don't recall any specific incident, even unsubstantiated gossip, concerning him.

    Perhaps as you say, it might just be that he's unavailable, or that his coaching gigs disqualify him as a conflict of interest, or something like that.

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    Poor Jason Dungjen, one of the few names we recognize

    I think “demotion” is a word that sounds harsher in English than it needs to sound. I have absolutely no idea, but knowing certifications, I would guess 1. Jason did not keep up with continuing education credits, or 2. Jason did not keep up whatever memberships are needed, or 3. You need to work a certain amount of comps, and Jason didn’t do that.

    It’s not like he lost all his knowledge

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientpeas View Post
    you and I are twinning. Jason D. was demoted twice. Could it just be the amount of time you have to devote to that aspect of skating? Maybe having more coaching jobs?
    yes, almost all "demotions" are due to lack of service as judge/controller/specialist and/or lack of required seminar attendance.

    For example to be re-appointed as ISU Technical Specialist, you need

    a) have served, during the twenty-four (24) months preceding July 31st of the calendar year of the nomination preceding the nomination, as Technical Specialist in:
    - two (2) International Competitions
    or
    - one (1) ISU Figure Skating Championships or one (1) Grand Prix event or Final (senior or junior) or one (1) Challenger Series (senior) event and one (1) National Competition

    b) have completed, during the thirty-six (36) months preceding July 31st of the calendar year of the nomination, an ISU Seminar for first appointment or re-appointment of ISU Technical Specialists (see Rule 417). Seminar attendance in Pair Skating counts also for Single Skating. Seminar attendance in Single Skating does not count for Pair Skating.

    If someone doesn't meet the two points, he is directly transfered from ISU to International status

    Another possible reason for moving from ISU to International list (or from International to out of the list) is that the judge/controller/specialist has accumulated too many assessments procedures by the Technical Committee because of errors. In these cases, they are usually singled out with an ISU Communication about them. Same as when demoted because of lack of working English (Yuri Balkov).

    So, all in all, I believe JD simply didn't attend a seminar or didn't serve as TS in 2 International competitions in the last 2 years

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    Judges who passed the ISU examination and got promoted last week

    Single and Pairs

    André Marc Allain (Canada)
    Anny Hou (Taipei)
    Tuire Kuronen (Finland)
    Angelika Ullm (Germany)
    Kyung Han Young (South Korea)
    Todd Bromley (USA)

    Ice Dance

    Fan Yang (China)
    Ekaterina Zabolotnaya (Germany)
    Maria Gribonosova-Grebneva (Russia)
    Olena Lisova (Ukraine)
    Kathaleen Cutone (USA)
    Eric Hampton (USA)

    Sylvain Guibord (Canada) has sadly died
    https://skatecanada.ca/2018/09/skati...lvain-guibord/


    Going back to the previous discussion, Jason Dungjen has served as Technical Specialist at Autumn Classic (Pairs). Nancy Garcia from Mexico who was also moved from ISU to International also served as Assistant Technical Specialist at Autumn Classic (Ladies). Therefore, if lack of required service was the reason they were moved, they would now need only a national competition to meet the requirements and moving back to ISU level (it's either 2 international competitions or 1 ISU CHampionship/GP/Challenger + 1 National in the previous 24 months).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TontoK View Post
    His was the name that caught my eye. I don't recall any specific incident, even unsubstantiated gossip, concerning him.

    Perhaps as you say, it might just be that he's unavailable, or that his coaching gigs disqualify him as a conflict of interest, or something like that.
    I’m not sure conflict of interest is an issue or Simon Briggs from GBR would be out. He and Debby Briggs coach out of Dundee and are quite popular. Among the senior girls the last three champions were from Dundee.

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    Judges draw for 2019 ISU Championships


    Europeans

    Men: Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain, Italy, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine

    Ladies: Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Spain

    Pairs: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine

    Ice Dance: Bulgaria, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine

    4 Continents

    Men: Australia, China, Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, South Korea, USA
    Alternates: Canada, Croatia, Slovenia, Russia

    Ladies: Australia, Canada, China, Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, USA
    Alternates: South Africa, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Lithuania

    Pairs: Australia, Canada, China, Taipei, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, USA; Uzbekistan
    Alternates: Mexico, Austria, Belarus, Netherlands

    Ice Dance: Australia, Bosnia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, USA
    Alternates: Switzerland, Great Britain, Slovakia, Germany


    Worlds

    Men: Canada, China, Taipei, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Israel, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey

    Ladies: Austria, China, Taipei, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Norway, South Korea, Slovenia, USA

    Pairs: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Switzerland

    Ice Dance: Australia, Bulgaria, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine

    Junior Worlds


    Men: Australia, Azerbajan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Turkey

    Ladies: Austria, Belarus, China, Great Britain, Hungary, Mexico, Romania, South Korea, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine

    Pairs: Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, USA

    Ice Dance: Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, USA

    Synchronized Skating

    Worlds: Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Japan, Russia, Sweden, USA

    Junior Worlds: Australia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy; Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, USA




    Source: https://www.isu.org/inside-single-pa...tion-2204/file

    The 9 judges for the SP will be drawn on site 45 minutes before start of the segment. The 4 judges not used in SP will serve on the FS along with 5 drawn from the SP panel (drawn 45 minutes before the start of the segment)

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    Federations will now nominate the individual judges (only those with ISU qualification can be appointed). However, in some cases we already know who the judge will be given some Feds have only an ISU judge

    The Azerbajan judge at Euro (Ladies ) and Junior World (Men) will be Yurii Kliushnikov
    The judge for Georgia at Worlds (Men), 4 Continents (Ice Dance) and Junior Worlds (Ice Dance) will be Salome Chigogidze
    The Latvian judge at Worlds (Ladies) and Euros (Ladies) will be Agita Abele
    The Uzbekistan judge at 4 Continents (Pairs) will be Saodat Numanova
    The Lithuanian judge at Euros (Ladies) will be Laimute Krauziene
    The New Zealand judge at 4 Continents (Pairs) will be Susan Petricevic

    The New Zealand judge at 4 Continents (Ice Dance) will be Sandra Williamson-Leadley
    The Bosnian judge at 4 Continents (Ice Dance) will be Ubavka Novakovic-Kutinou
    The Bulgarian judge at Worlds (Ice Dance), Junior Worlds (Ice Dance) and Euros (Ice Dance) will be Tatiana Yordanova
    The South Korean judge at Worlds (Ice Dance) will be Chi Hee Rhee
    The Turkish judge at Worlds (Ice Dance) and Euros (Ice Dance) will be Tanay Ozkan
    The Israeli judge at Worlds (Ice Dance) and Junior Worlds (Ice Dance) should be Alexey Beletsky (given Albert Zaydman must serve in Pairs or Single given they have been drawn for both and they have only 2 ISU judges)

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    After all the accusations of bad judging/national bias, China is the only country having judges in all four disciplines at Worlds

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    I am a bit surprised that Spain opted to take part to Ladies draw instead of Pairs (guaranteed to be drawn given there were less than 13 countries with skaters at 2018 Euro) at Euros
    Theoretically they could have taken part to all 3 disciplines because they have 3 ISU Judges (but I read Delfa is taking time out of judging this season)

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