Today was to have been the culmination of the last year’s worth of hard work for the teams who qualified to compete at the 2020 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Lake Placid, USA. The unfortunate (but understandable) cancellation of the event due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic left thousands of people — not least of all, the skaters — heartbroken to miss out on the chance to experience these wonderful programs one last time.
But, as the saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” To help fill the gap left by the event’s cancellation, teams from around the globe came together to create a Virtual Worlds on Youtube — complete with promo videos for teams, opening ceremonies, and a virtual draw.
Though it’s not exactly the same as watching (or streaming) it live, it’s impossible not to admire the creative teamwork required to bring this digital event together. And there’s no better time to sit back, relax, and enjoy some skating videos, than when you’re at home distancing yourself from the outside world.
Thank you, and well done to all those involved!
When I posted about the new technical requirements communication earlier, I missed seeing that the 2019-20 GOE and PCS Guidelines have also been published. This communication replaces 2190 from last season.
As with the technical requirements, I’ll post a summary in the next few weeks. The most important changes to note for now are:
- Three (3) Key Aspects instead of five (5).
- New criteria for achieving +4 or +5.
The ISU has published Communication 2247, which outlines the new technical requirements for 2019-20. This replaces Communication 2182.
In the coming weeks, I’ll post a longer summary of what’s new. At a glance, here are some of the more significant changes:
- Four (4) difficulty levels instead of three (3) for the Intersection, Move Element, and Synchronized Spin.
- Fewer feature options for Artistic Elements.
- Some very interesting new features for Traveling Circles.
- Extra features to add difficulty to death spirals.
With the 2019 World Synchronized Skating Championships barely a week behind us, it’s already time to start planning for next season. The Well Balanced Program Content for 2019-20 has been released, and programs will look quite different from what we saw this year. Here are the changes. (more…)