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    2019/2020 Officials (Judges, Referees, Controllers and Specialists)

    ISU published today the list of Officials eligible to serve in International competitions for 2019/20 season.

    The full list is here:
    https://www.isu.org/figure-skating/r...tion-2273/file

    There are two different levels of officials: ISU and International.
    These qualifications determine the type of events they can judge. ISU is "higher ranked" than International.

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

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

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

    Other International competitions: International status is enough for all roles. In Challenger Series the Technical Panel should have 2 members with ISU status.


    Changes compared to last season
    (I may have missed something in that lenghty list!)


    Judges Pairs and Singles


    New International Judges

    Karen Anne Harris (Australia)
    Tobias Steindl (Austria)
    Antony Grevisse (Belgium)
    Yana Vankova (Bulgaria)
    Ron Conacher (Canada)
    Guylaine Seguin (Canada)
    Sabrina Eunice Wong (Canada)
    Rui Sui (China)
    Kim Louise Ettrup (Denmark)
    Stéphane Maitrot (France)
    Melanie Prague (France)
    Yulia Levshunova (Georgia)
    Christiane Anstätt (Germany)
    Oliver Bennemann (Germany)
    Martin Liebers (Germany)
    Christiane Wald (Germany)
    Virginia De Agostini (Italy)
    Sho Kagayama (Japan)
    Ryuko Niremoto (Japan)
    Jerry Hilgert (Luxembourg)
    Ismail Surayu Dakshini (Malaysia)
    Ana Luisa Aguilar Gamero (Mexico)
    Ji Young Han (South Korea)
    Yoon Kyung Lee (South Korea)
    Daniel Perzi (Spain)
    Alexandrea Reataza-Svärd (Sweden)
    Isabella Anna Enrica Mariotta Crivelli (Switzerland)
    Rada Lamsam (Thailand)
    Sarihan Itir Ozinanir (Turkey)
    Ekin Pasinlioglu (Turkey)
    Oksana Dolhopolova (Ukraine)
    Dawn Everly (USA)
    Steven Hsu (USA)
    Karen Perreault (USA)

    Demoted from ISU to International status
    Valerie Greugny-Huart (France)
    Natalia Primachenko (Russia)

    Retired/out of the list

    Susan Blatz (Canada)
    Jean Senft (Canada)
    Pirjio Elo (Finland)
    Jan Hoffman (Germany)
    Herman Schulz (Germany)
    Kristin Helga Hafthorsdottir (Iceland)
    Kenji Amako (Japan)
    Tomiko Yamada (Japan)
    Akira Yoshizawa (Japan)
    Anna Dubova (Latvia)
    Marit Kvindesland (Norway)
    Hanna Then (Poland)
    Florin Gafencu (Romania)
    Igor Obraztsov (Russia)
    Alexei Soutchkov (Russia) * He is still eligible for Ice Dance
    Liudmila Volkova (Russia)
    Natasa Danon (Serbia)
    Steve Winkler (USA)
    Tamie Campbell (USA)
    Taffy Holliday (USA)
    Anne Shean (USA)
    Elena Onishchenko (Ukraine)

    Judges Ice Dance

    New International Judges

    Gabriele Streil (Austria)
    Bing Han (China)
    Marketa Horklova (Czech Republic)
    Jitka Mokra (Czech Republic)
    Clement Perrigouard (France)
    An So Young (South Korea)
    Elyse Matsumoto (USA)
    Danielle Rey (USA)

    Yulia Levshunova switches from Belarus to Georgia.

    Retired
    Jean Senft (Canada)
    Susan Blatz (Canada)
    Kenji Amato (Japan)

    Technical Controllers

    Steve Winkler (USA) retired.
    Raffaella Locatelli (Italy) is out of the list eligibld for Pairs.


    Technical Specialists Single

    Promoted to ISU status

    Nilda Nancy Garcia Villarreal (Mexico) * she was demoted last season. I guess lack of seminar attendance or service. She must have fullfilled it now
    Jason Dungjen (USa) * same as above


    Retired/out of the list
    Maria McLean (Denmark)
    Karin Hendschke-Raddatz (Germany)
    Tony Sabrina Bombardieri (Italy)
    Tomas Kunya (Slovakia)
    Edgar Escuer (Spain)

    Technical Specialist Pairs


    Retired
    Cafrolin Mesiter Goschy (Germany)
    Scott Cudmore (USA)

    Technical Specialists Ice Dance


    Retired

    Shae Zukiwsky (Canada)


    Referees

    Promoted to ISU level

    Single/Pairs

    Cynthia Benson (Canada)
    Karen Howard (Canada)
    Leanna Caron (Canada)
    Mami Maeda (Japan)
    Agita Abele (Latvia)
    Julia Andreeva (Russia)
    Asa Nordback (Sweden)
    Senem Ahiskal (Turkey)
    Samuel Auxier (USA)
    Wendy Enzmann (USA)

    Ice Dance
    Csaba Balint (Hungary)
    Lolita Labunskaya (Russia)

    New International

    Single/Pairs

    Nicole Leblanc Richard (Canada)
    Jia Yao (China)
    Christian Baumann (Germany)
    Jung Sue Lee (South Korea)
    Alla Shekhovtsova (Russia)
    Elena Fomina (Russia)
    Emilie Billow (Sweden)
    Todd Bromley (USA)

    Ice Dance

    Virpi Kunnas-Helminen (Finland)
    Massimo Orlandini (Italy)
    Kaoru Takino (Japan)
    John Miller (USA)


    The exams for promotion from International to ISU judges status will take place during Nebelhorn Trophy.

    The draw (by country) for 2019 World, European and 4 Continents Championships will take place on the morning of Thursday October 10, 2019 in Geneva.
    In each event, countries with skaters entered in the 2018 edition will be drawn first. If they are not enough, a second draw will take place among other countries. For Europeans, Euro ISU members will have precedence. For 4CCS, members from America, Asia, Africa and Oceania will be considered in the second draw. If they are not enough, they open up the draw to European countries for 4CCs and not European countries for Euros. This last step is usually necessary only for Ice Dance at 4Continents.

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    Draw for 2020 ISU Championships judging panels.

    Montreal World Championships

    Men: Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, South Korea, Russia, Sweden; Switzerland, Ukraine, USA

    Ladies: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark; France, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia, Slovania, Spain, Sweden, USA

    Pair: Austria, Canada, China, Croatia; Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Latvia, Russia; Spain, USA

    Dance: Canada, China, Finland, France, Great Britain, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA

    Graz European Championships

    Men: Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine

    Ladies: Azerbajan, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine

    Pair: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Switzerland

    Ice Dance: Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy,Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine

    Seoul Four Continents

    Men: Australia, Canada, China, Taipei, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, South Korea, USA
    Alternates (in order): Hong Kong, Great Britain, Italy, Slovenia

    Ladies: Australia, China, Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, South Korea, USA
    Alternates: Canada, Austria, Slovenia, Lithuania

    Pair: Australia, China, Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, South Africa, USA, Uzbekistan
    Alternates: Latvia, Croatia, Russia, Sweden

    Ice Dance: Australia, Austria, Canada, China; Estonia, Georgia, Great Britain, Japan, USA
    Alternates: Czech Republic, Italy, France, Turkey

    Tallinn Junior Worlds

    Men: Azerbajan, Belarus, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey

    Ladies: Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey

    Pair: Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, USA

    Ice Dance: Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Spain

    Source: https://www.isu.org/figure-skating/r...tion-2288/file

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    Glad so see Estonian judges here and there, I've somehow always had the impression that we don't have too many high level judges.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea82 View Post
    Tallin Junior Worlds
    It's actually "Tallinn", Tallin comes from Russian, where they don't add the second n, but the correct Estonian and international option is with two n's.
    Last edited by Anni234; 10-16-2019 at 08:25 AM. Reason: typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anni234 View Post
    Glad so see Estonian judges here and there, I've somehow always had the impression that we don't have too many high level judges.



    It's actually "Tallinn", Tallin comes from Russian, where they don't add the second n, but the correct Estonian and international option is with tho n's.

    Estonia have
    3 ISU judges for Single and Pair: Mrs Zanna Kulik (who is also a ISU level Referee), Mr Nikolai Salnikov, Mrs Kadi Zvirik (who is also an International level Referee).
    2 International judges (International judges can serve up to GP level but not in ISU Championships or GP Final) for Single/Pair: Mrs Jelena Galimova and Mrs Oksana Vuorela.
    2 International judges for Ice Dance: Mrs Ere Lusti, Mrs Larissa Shuljateva. But Estonia was drawn for ID at Euros. So one of them must have promoted. Exams for promotion were held during Nebelhorn Trophy and the list has not been updated yet.

    Thanks for Tallinn correction.

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    Well, Russia is definitely sweeping Ladies at this year's worlds...

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    There are no CAN, CHN or JPN judges for either singles discipline at senior worlds.
    Are the technical controllers and referees randomly drawn too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamer57 View Post
    Are the technical controllers and referees randomly drawn too?
    Referees and technical panel at ISU Championships are directly chosen by ISU

    Article 16 of ISU General Regulations says

    The President decides upon the appointments of the Referees, the Technical Controllers, Technical Specialists, Data & Replay Operators, members of the Officials Assessment Commission (OAC) in Figure Skating .... for the Olympic Winter Games, the Winter Youth Olympic Games, ISU Championships, the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events and Final (junior and senior), .........and any new ISU Event introduced by the Council taking into consideration proposals from the respective Vice Presidents.
    The respective Vice Presidents prepare the proposals in consultation with the respective Sports Directors and the respective Technical Committee. The appointments shall be communicated to the ISU Members of the Officials and the organizing ISU Members as soon as possible but latest by August 15 every season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamer57 View Post
    There are no CAN, CHN or JPN judges for either singles discipline at senior worlds.
    OTOH, Russia has a judge in every discipline for both Worlds and Junior Worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roast Toast View Post
    Well, Russia is definitely sweeping Ladies at this year's worlds...
    Let's be real, they don't need judges for that.

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    From latest ISU Council meeting:

    The Council established a Working Group to consider improvements for the judging of Program Components. The Working Group consists of Paolo Pizzocari (ITA), Leanna Caron (CAN), Alla Shekhovtsova (RUS) and Karen Wolanchuk (USA).

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