Another figure skating season is about to begin and soon it will be evident which skaters have the best programs, have trained the hardest and have made the best decisions about their coaches and choreography. For some elite skaters the road to Sochi begins as early as next week at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic.
There are many competitions this season, some more pivotal than others. If you are looking to watch Olympic hopefuls, then be sure to keep your eye on the ISU Grand Prix and the US Nationals, but there is still more to watch. Some television networks like NBC Sports, Universal Sports, or ESPN will air some of the larger events, but to view them all the Ice Network provides full coverage for a fee.
So what events should you be on the look out for?
First Glance Competition
This is one of the first major competitions for elite skaters this year and the line up includes: Evan Lysacek, Max Aaron, Gracie Gold, Davis and White and many others.
- 2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in Salt Lake City, Utah.
ISU Grand Prix Events:
The Grand Prix is a great opportunity, on an international level, to see some of the skaters that will be competing at the Olympic Games and how they do in this competition is very telling.
- Oct. 18 - Oct. 20 2013 Hilton Honors Skate America
- Oct. 25 - Oct. 27 2013 Skate Canada
- Nov. 1 - Nov. 3 2013 Cup of China
- Nov. 8 - Nov. 10 2013 NHK Trophy
- Nov. 15 - Nov. 17 2013 Trophee Eric Bombard
- Nov. 22 - Nov. 24 2013 Rostelecom Cup
- Dec. 5 - Dec. 8 2013 Grand Prix Final (Junior & Senior)
The US Nationals will determine who will be on the US Olympic figure skating team, which is what makes this year's competition even more vital.
- Jan. 4 - Jan. 11 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships
2014 Sochi Olympic Games
- Feb. 5 - Feb. 22 2014 Olympic Winter Games
- Mar. 10 - Mar. 16 2014 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
- Mar. 24 - Mar. 30 2014 World Figure Skating Championships
- Feb. 26 - Mar. 1 2014 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships
- Apr. 4 - Apr. 5 2014 World Synchronized Skating Championships
Additional Significant Competitions:
- Sep. 25 - Sep. 28 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy
- Jan. 13 - Jan. 19 2014 European Figure Skating Championships
- Jan. 20 - Jan. 26 2014 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
- Apr. 8 - Apr. 12 2014 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships
- Oct. 5 - Oct. 8 2014 Northwest Pacific Regional Championships