2010–11 figure skating season
|2010–2011 figure skating season|
|Date:||July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011|
The 2010–2011 figure skating season began on July 1, 2010, and ended on June 30, 2011. During this season, elite skaters competed on the ISU Championship level at the 2011 European, Four Continents, World Junior, and World Championships. They also competed in elite competitions such as the Grand Prix series and Junior Grand Prix series, culminating in the Grand Prix Final.
- 1 Season notes
- 2 Competitions
- 3 International medalists
- 4 Standings
- 5 References
This was the first season in which the short dance was contested in ice dancing, having replaced the compulsory dance and original dance. The season's required pattern dance was the Golden Waltz (senior) or Viennese Waltz (junior), and the other portion of the dance could be a waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, or tango.
Beginning in the 2010–11 season, a rule change allowed men to do two quads in the short program, if they were different jumps. In October 2010, Kevin Reynolds became the first skater to land two quads in a short program. He landed a quad salchow-triple toe loop combo and later a solo quadruple toe-loop at the 2010 Skate Canada International.
In December 2010, there was a tie for a medal at the Junior Grand Prix Final. In the ladies' event, China's Li Zijun and Japan's Risa Shoji were tied for third with an identical total score of 149.82. Li was awarded the medal on the tiebreaker.
The season also saw the coldest temperatures in many years at a major event. In January 2011 at the European Championships, temperatures at the Swiss venue dipped to as low as minus-3 Celsius, resulting in complaints and a promise for more vigilance in the future.
During the 2010–2011 season, controversy over age falsification reached the sport of figure skating, after previously being discussed in gymnastics and other sports. On February 14, 2011, questions emerged surrounding nine Chinese skaters. The Associated Press found that birthdates listed on the Chinese skating association's website suggested five female skaters, Sui Wenjing, Zhang Dan, Yu Xiaoyu, Geng Bingwa, and Xu Binshu, were younger than their stated ages, and four male skaters, Han Cong, Zhang Hao, Jin Yang, and Gao Yu, were older. The dates disappeared from the website by February 15. On February 17, the ISU said there were no discrepancies for Zhang Dan, Zhang Hao, and Xu Binshu between the birthdates listed on their passports, ISU registration forms and the Chinese Olympic Committee's website.
On March 14, 2011, the 2011 World Championships, scheduled to begin on March 21, were postponed due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and its aftermath, and later reassigned to Moscow, Russia. It was the first disaster affecting the World Championships in 50 years. In 1961, the entire United States team was killed in a plane crash, resulting in its cancellation. The last time a World Championships was moved was in 2000, due to an alleged broadcasting dispute, and the new host, France, had seven months to prepare, with the event held in the traditional month of March. However, the 2011 event had to be pushed back to April 24 – May 1, with only a month to prepare.
There were several slashing accidents. In September 2010, Evan Bates suffered a complete laceration of his Achilles tendon after Emily Samuelson hit him with her skate blade as she came down from a lift. In February 2011, Caydee Denney accidentally sliced Jeremy Barrett's right calf while practicing side-by-side jumps, requiring 42 stitches. In April 2011, Brian Joubert sliced his own hand while competing at the World Championships. There were two collisions during practice at international events. Canadian Patrick Chan and American Adam Rippon collided at 2010 Skate Canada International, while Japanese skaters Takahiko Kozuka and Daisuke Takahashi collided at the Grand Prix Final. Canadian pair skater Meagan Duhamel collided with her partner Eric Radford during competition at the World Championships, breaking his nose with her elbow. No skaters withdrew as a result of the accidents.
One skater was arrested – In May 2011, Israeli pair skater Evgeni Krasnapolski was charged with alleged desertion from the army. The Israeli skating federation stated, "We've asked for clarifications [about his service], and if we would have gotten them immediately Evgeni would have returned. The decision to let him stay abroad for training was a professional call made by the federation. The soldier got the (right) impression that we are handling the matter with the IDF and that he could trust the federation". In June 2011, U.S. Figure Skating reprimanded and fined Rachael Flatt, who competed at the World Championships with an undisclosed stress fracture but could have been replaced by an alternate, for not informing them of her injury.
In April 2011, the International Olympic Committee officially confirmed the introduction of a figure skating team event at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Each team will be composed of a men's and ladies single skater, a pair, and an ice dancing team; ten teams may compete, with five eliminated after the short program. On June 12, 2011, it was announced that the ISU had reinstated Evgeni Plushenko by a unanimous vote.
Skaters competing on the junior level were required to be at least 13 but not 19 – or 21 for male pair skaters and ice dancers – before July 1, 2010. Those who had turned 14 were eligible for the senior Grand Prix series and senior B internationals. Those who turned 15 before July 1, 2010 were also eligible for the senior World, European, and Four Continents Championships.
|Date of birth||Eligibility|
|Born before July 1, 1997||Eligible for Junior Grand Prix|
|Born before July 1, 1996||Eligible for senior Grand Prix series, senior B internationals|
|Born before July 1, 1995||Eligible for senior Worlds, Europeans, Four Continents|
|Born before July 1, 1991||Not eligible for junior events (except male pair skaters and ice dancers)|
|Born before July 1, 1989||Male pair skaters and ice dancers not eligible for junior events|
|Rules may not apply to non-ISU events such as national championships|
It was the first season in which skaters were required to have achieved minimum technical elements scores (TES) prior to competing at the European, Four Continents, or World Championships. The minimum TES for each discipline and segment were:
|Discipline||Short program/dance||Free skating/dance|
A number of skaters announced the end of their partnership or the formation of a new one. Listed are changes involving a partnership with at least one partner who competed at the Worlds, Europeans, Four Continents, Junior Worlds or the senior Grand Prix, or who medaled on the Junior Grand Prix circuit.
|Pairs||October 8, 2010||New team||Mary Beth Marley / Rockne Brubaker|
|Pairs||January 6, 2011||Split||Nicole Della Monica / Yannick Kocon|
|Pairs||February 2011||New team||Britney Simpson / Matthew Blackmer|
|Pairs||February 24, 2011||Split||Caydee Denney / Jeremy Barrett|
|Pairs||March 4, 2011||Split||Maria Mukhortova / Jérôme Blanchard|
|Pairs||March 10, 2011||Split||Felicia Zhang / Taylor Toth||Zhang with Nathan Bartholomay|
|Pairs||March 10, 2011||Split||Jessica Dubé / Bryce Davison|
|Pairs||April 17, 2011||New team||Jessica Dubé / Sébastien Wolfe|
|Pairs||May 4, 2011||Split||Caitlin Yankowskas / John Coughlin|
|Ice dance||May 12, 2011||Split||Madison Hubbell / Keiffer Hubbell|
|Ice dance||May 12, 2011||New team||Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue|
|Pairs||May 17, 2011||New team||Caydee Denney / John Coughlin|
|Ice dance||June 2, 2011||Split||Vanessa Crone / Paul Poirier|
|Ice dance||June 7, 2011||Split||Madison Chock / Greg Zuerlein||Zuerlein retired.|
|Ice dance||June 22, 2011||Split||Emily Samuelson / Evan Bates|
|Ice dance||July 1, 2011||New team||Madison Chock / Evan Bates|
|Ice dance||July 2011||Split||Lucie Myslivečková / Matěj Novák||Novák retired.|
|Ice dance||July 2011||Split||Allison Reed / Otar Japaridze|
|Ice dance||July 2011||Split||Stefanie Frohberg / Tim Giesen||Both retired.|
|Ice dance||Split||Zoe Blanc / Pierre-Loup Bouquet||Blanc retired.|
|Pairs||Split||Adeline Canac / Yannick Bonheur|
|Pairs||Split||Tatiana Novik / Mikhail Kuznetsov||Novik with Andrei Novoselov
Kuznetsov with Anna Silaeva
|Ice dance||Split||Federica Testa / Christopher Mior||Mior with Federica Bernardi
Testa with Lukáš Csölley
|Ice dance||Split||Brooke Frieling / Lionel Rumi|
|Ice dance||Split||Siobhan Heekin-Canedy / Alexander Shakalov|
|Ice dance||New team||Siobhan Heekin-Canedy / Dmitri Dun|
A number of elite skaters announced their retirement from competition.
|Ladies||February 4, 2011||Sarah Meier|
|Pairs||March 25, 2011||Mylène Brodeur / John Mattatall|
|Men||April 1, 2011||Shawn Sawyer|
|Ice dance||April 6, 2011||Sinead Kerr / John Kerr|
|Men||May 10, 2011||Ryan Bradley|
|Men||May 31, 2011||Joey Russell|
|ISU Championships||Grand Prix||Other international||Nationals||Other domestic|
|August 4–8||Southern Skate International||Other inter.||Sen.–Nov.||M/L||Dunedin, New Zealand|
|August 25–28||JGP Courchevel||Grand Prix||Junior||M/L/D||Courchevel, France||Details|
|August 27–29||Asian Trophy||Other inter.||Sen.–Nov.||M/L||Bangkok, Thailand||Details|
|September 8–12||JGP Brasov Cup||Grand Prix||Junior||M/L/D||Braşov, Romania||Details|
|September 15–19||JGP Cup of Austria||Grand Prix||Junior||All||Graz, Austria||Details|
|September 22–26||JGP SBC Cup||Grand Prix||Junior||M/L/D||Karuizawa, Japan||Details|
|September 23–26||Nebelhorn Trophy||Other int.||Senior||All||Oberstdorf, Germany||Details|
|Sept. 29 – Oct. 3||JGP John Curry Memorial||Grand Prix||Junior||All||Sheffield, England||Details|
|Sept. 30 – Oct. 2||Master's de Patinage||Other dom.||Sen.–Jun.||All||Orléans, France||Details|
|Sept. 30 – Oct. 2||Ondrej Nepela Memorial||Other int.||Senior||M/L/D||Bratislava, Slovakia||Details|
|October 2||Japan Open||Other int.||Senior||M/L||Saitama, Japan||Details|
|October 3–8||New Zealand Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Nov.||All||Dunedin, New Zealand||Details|
|October 4–5||South African Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Nov.||M/L||Cape Town, South Africa||Details|
|October 6–10||JGP Blauen Schwerter||Grand Prix||Junior||All||Dresden, Germany||Details|
|October 8–10||Finlandia Trophy||Other int.||Senior||M/L/D||Vantaa, Finlandia||Details|
|October 13–17||JGP Czech Skate||Grand Prix||Junior||All||Ostrava, Czech Republic||Details|
|October 13–17||Coupe de Nice||Other int.||Sen.–Jun.||All||Nice, France||Details|
|October 19–24||Tirnavia Ice Cup||Other int.||Jun.–PJ||M/L/D||Trnava, Slovakia||Details|
|October 22–24||NHK Trophy||Grand Prix||Senior||All||Nagoya, Japan||Details|
|October 29–31||Skate Canada||Grand Prix||Senior||All||Kingston, Ontario||Details|
|November 5–7||Cup of China||Grand Prix||Senior||All||Beijing, China||Details|
|November 5–7||NRW Trophy||Other int.||Sen.–Nov.||D||Dortmund, Germany||Details|
|November 5–7||Skate Celje||Other int.||Jun.–PN.||M/L||Celje, Slovenia||Details|
|November 9–14||Ice Challenge||Other int.||Sen.–Nov.||All||Graz, Austria||Details|
|November 11–14||Skate America||Grand Prix||Senior||All||Portland, Oregon||Details|
|November 18–21||Crystal Skate of Romania||Other int.||Senior||M/L||Braşov, Romania|
|November 18–21||Romanian Championships||Nats.||Senior||M/L||Braşov, Romania|
|November 18–21||Warsaw Cup||Other int.||Sen.–Nov.||M/L/P||Warsaw, Poland||Details|
|November 19–20||Belgian Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Nov.||All||Hasselt, Belgium||Details|
|November 19–21||Pavel Roman Memorial||Other int.||Sen.–Nov.||D||Olomouc, Czech Republic||Details|
|November 19–21||Merano Cup||Other int.||Sen.–Jun.||M/L||Merano, Italy|
|November 19–21||International Trophy of Lyon||Other int.||Sen.–Nov.||D||Lyon, France||Details|
|November 19–21||Cup of Russia||Grand Prix||Senior||All||Moscow, Russia||Details|
|November 21–27||British Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Nov.||All||Sheffield, U.K.||Details|
|November 23–27||Istanbul Cup||Other int.||Sen.–Nov.||M/L/D||Istanbul, Turkey|
|Nov. 25 – Dec. 3||Australian Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Nov.||All||Melbourne, Australia||Details|
|November 26–28||Trophee Eric Bompard||Grand Prix||Senior||All||Paris, France||Details|
|December 1–5||Santa Claus Cup||Other int.||Jun.–PN||M/L/D||Budapest, Hungary||Details|
|December 2–5||Danish Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Nov.||M/L/D||Aarhus, Denmark||Details|
|December 2–5||NRW Trophy||Other int.||Sen.–Nov.||M/L/P||Dortmund, Germany||Details|
|December 9–10||Swiss Championships||Nats.||Senior||All||Zug, Switzerland||Details|
|December 9–11||Golden Spin of Zagreb||Other int.||Senior||All||Zagreb, Croatia||Details|
|December 9–12||Grand Prix Final||Grand Prix||Sen.–Jun.||All||Beijing, China||Details|
|December 11–12||Latvian Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Nov.||M/L||Riga, Latvia||Details|
|December 16–18||Three Nationals Championships
(Czech, Slovak, Polish)
|December 16–19||Italian Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Jun.||All||Milan, Italy||Details|
|December 16–19||Swedish Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Jun.||M/L/P||Malmö, Sweden||Details|
|December 17–19||Austrian Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Jun.||All||St. Pölten, Austria||Details 1, 2|
|December 17–19||Dutch Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Jun.||M/L/P||Groningen, Netherlands||Details|
|December 17–19||Estonian Championships||Nats.||Senior||M/L/D||Narva, Estonia||Details 1 2|
|December 17–19||Finnish Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Jun.||M/L/D||Turku, Finland||Details|
|December 17–19||French Championships||Nats.||Senior||All||Tours, France||Details|
|December 17–19||Spanish Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Nov.||M/L/D||Barcelona, Spain||Details|
|December 21–23||Ukrainian Championships||Nats.||Senior||All||Kiev, Ukraine||Details|
|December 23–24||Chinese Championships||Nats.||Senior||All||Qiqihar, China|
|December 24–27||Japan Championships||Nats.||Senior||All||Nagano, Japan||Details|
|December 26–29||Russian Championships||Nats.||Senior||All||Saransk, Russia||Details|
|January 6–8||Mentor Nestle Nesquik Cup||Other int.||Sen.–Nov.||M/L/P||Toruń, Poland||Details|
|January 7–8||German Championships||Nats.||Senior||All||Oberstdorf, Germany||Details|
|January 8–9||Hungarian Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Nov.||All||Budapest, Hungary||Details|
|January 14–15||Skate Helena||Other int.||Jun.–Nov.||M/L||Belgrade, Serbia||Details|
|January 14–16||Norwegian Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Nov.||M/L||Hamar, Norway||Details|
|January 14–16||South Korean Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Nov.||M/L||Seoul, South Korea||Details|
|January 17–23||Canadian Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Nov.||All||Victoria, British Columbia||Details|
|January 22–30||U.S. Championships||Nats.||Sen.–Nov.||All||Greensboro, North Carolina||Details|
|January 24–30||European Championships||ISU Champ.||Senior||All||Bern, Switzerland||Details|
|February 1–5||Winter Universiade||Other int.||Senior||All||Erzurum, Turkey||Details|
|February 2–4||Russian Junior Championships||Nats.||Junior||All||Kazan, Russia||Details|
|February 3–5||Asian Winter Games||Other int.||Senior||Astana, Kazakhstan|
|February 4–7||Dragon Trophy/Tivoli Cup||Other int.||Jun.–Nov.||M/L||Ljubljana, Slovenia||Details|
|February 9–13||Bavarian Open||Other int.||Sen.–Nov.||All||Oberstdorf, Germany||Details|
|February 10–13||Nordic Championships||Other int.||Sen.–Nov.||M/L||Rødovre, Denmark||Details|
|February 12–19||European Youth Olympic Festival||Other int.||Junior||M/L||Liberec, Czech Republic||Details|
|February 15–20||Four Continents Championships||ISU Champ.||Senior||All||Taipei, Taiwan||Details|
|February 15–20||Mont Blanc Trophy||Other int.||Sen.–Jun.||All||Courmayeur, Italy||Details|
|Feb. 28 – Mar. 6||World Junior Championships||ISU Champ.||Junior||All||Gangneung, South Korea||Details|
|Mar. 31 – Apr. 3||Gardena Spring Trophy||Other int.||Sen.–Nov.||M/L||Sëlva, Italy||Details|
|April 1–3||French Junior Championships||Nats.||Jun.–Nov.||M/L/P||Cergy||Details|
|April 4–10||Triglav Trophy||Other int.||Sen.–Nov.||M/L||Jesenice, Slovenia||Details|
|Apr. 24 – May 1||World Championships||ISU Champ.||Senior||All||Moscow, Russia||Details|
|Apr. 28 – May 1||Rooster Cup||Other int.||Novice||M/L||Courbevoie, France||Details|
|Type: ISU Champ. = ISU Championships; Other int. = International events except ISU Championships and Grand Prix;
Nats. = National championships; Other nat. = Other national events
Levels: Sen. = Senior; Jun. = Junior; Nov. = Novice; PN. = Pre-novice
Disciplines: M = Men's singles; L = Ladies' singles; P = Pair skating; D = Ice dancing; All = All four disciplines
|Europeans||Florent Amodio||Brian Joubert||Tomáš Verner||Details|
|Four Continents||Daisuke Takahashi||Yuzuru Hanyu||Jeremy Abbott||Details|
|Junior Worlds||Andrei Rogozine||Keiji Tanaka||Alexander Majorov||Details|
|Worlds||Patrick Chan||Takahiko Kozuka||Artur Gachinski||Details|
|NHK Trophy||Daisuke Takahashi||Jeremy Abbott||Florent Amodio||Details|
|Skate Canada||Patrick Chan||Nobunari Oda||Adam Rippon||Details|
|Cup of China||Takahiko Kozuka||Brandon Mroz||Tomáš Verner||Details|
|Skate America||Daisuke Takahashi||Nobunari Oda||Armin Mahbanoozadeh||Details|
|Rostelecom Cup||Tomáš Verner||Patrick Chan||Jeremy Abbott||Details|
|Trophée Bompard||Takahiko Kozuka||Florent Amodio||Brandon Mroz||Details|
|Grand Prix Final||Patrick Chan||Nobunari Oda||Takahiko Kozuka||Details|
|Europeans||Sarah Meier||Carolina Kostner||Kiira Korpi||Details|
|Four Continents||Miki Ando||Mao Asada||Mirai Nagasu||Details|
|Junior Worlds||Adelina Sotnikova||Elizaveta Tuktamysheva||Agnes Zawadzki||Details|
|Worlds||Miki Ando||Kim Yuna||Carolina Kostner||Details|
|NHK Trophy||Carolina Kostner||Rachael Flatt||Kanako Murakami||Details|
|Skate Canada||Alissa Czisny||Ksenia Makarova||Amélie Lacoste||Details|
|Cup of China||Miki Ando||Akiko Suzuki||Alena Leonova||Details|
|Skate America||Kanako Murakami||Rachael Flatt||Carolina Kostner||Details|
|Rostelecom Cup||Miki Ando||Akiko Suzuki||Ashley Wagner||Details|
|Trophée Bompard||Kiira Korpi||Mirai Nagasu||Alissa Czisny||Details|
|Grand Prix Final||Alissa Czisny||Carolina Kostner||Kanako Murakami||Details|
Season's best scores
Top scores attained in international competitions as of April 30, 2011 (World Championships)
Men's season's best scores.
Ladies' season's best scores.
Pairs season's best scores.
Ice dancing season's best scores.
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