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March 30, 2003 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
In a major concession to confusion caused by the interim judging system and the wild variation in marks awarded during last week's World Figure Skating Championships, the International Skating Union will provide a new statistic next season to quantify skaters' performances. Its nature hasn't been determined, but ISU President Ottavio Cinquanta said Saturday it will be displayed on arena scoreboards next season.
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March 14, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Accepting that Tokyo could not host the World Figure Skating Championships next week, the sport's governing body stepped up efforts Monday to find a new venue and dates for its marquee event. The International Skating Union is expected to announce a backup plan this week after giving up hopes ? initially shared with Japanese organizers ? to proceed as planned after Tokyo's Yoyogi stadium escaped damage in Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Instead, the ISU made the inevitable ruling ?
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March 20, 1989
Katarina Witt, a two-time Olympic champion, was given the Jacques Favart award for outstanding service by the International Skating Union.
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February 20, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
Will Russia's anger over Evgeni Plushenko's loss in the men's figure-skating competition have an effect on the ice dance results? That question will hang in the air until Monday, when the skaters do the free dance in an event that began with compulsories Friday. If world champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin do not win, Russia will leave the Olympics without a skating gold medal for the first time since 1960, since its women won't even get near the podium. Even worse: A 12-Olympics win streak in pairs ended with a crash when no Russian team won a medal.
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April 1, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Two-time U.S. champion Christopher Bowman of Van Nuys became the latest figure skater to ask the International Skating Union for reinstatement to be eligible for the 1994 Winter Olympics.
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May 30, 1989
The International Skating Union may be close to agreement in which professional figure skaters would be allowed to compete in world and European championship competitions. However, the union's president, Olaf Paulsen of Denmark, made it clear that if such an agreement is reached, competing professionals would not be able to accept cash incentives.
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February 21, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Marina Klimova will be able to defend her world ice dancing title. The Soviet skater, who with her husband and partner Sergei Ponomarenko are the three-time defending champions, was cleared of suspicion of using banned drugs. The International Skating Union said a Jan. 26 doping test Klimova failed at the European Figure Skating Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, was refuted by the second test at a German laboratory.
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February 21, 1998 | RANDY HARVEY
Ottavio Cinquanta, president of the International Skating Union, is aggressively pursuing a strategy to bring figure skating and speedskating more prominence in others parts of the world. He mentions the Koreas, China and Japan in particular as target areas. However, he sees no room for growth into Africa and South America. "It is not in the mentality," he says. "As soon as cricket is played intensively in the United States, we will be ready to be strong with skating in Africa."
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February 16, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
At 68, Alexei Mishin looks like the outermost member in a set of Russian nesting dolls. Round, bald and stout, with an impish smile that creates the effect of an innocent munchkin who is everyone's favorite uncle. The images on the inner Mishin dolls would show the venerable figure-skating coach and 1968 Olympian in pairs as a sly manipulator in a sport where such tactics have long been accepted. So Mishin wasted no time putting his spin on the tempest-in-a-teapot controversy that has preceded the men's Olympic competition, which begins Tuesday with the short program.
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January 23, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
For years, ice dance costumes and programs have been so over-the-top they made it almost ridiculous to think this was a sport worthy of Olympic medals. Then the International Skating Union turned what was only a farce into an opportunity for cultural insensitivity as well as bad taste when it decided the dancers should use folk themes for their original dance in this Olympic season. That led Russians Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, the reigning world champions, to create a program with allegedly Australian aboriginal music and to perform it wearing brown face, tribal paint and costumes with clumps of faux foliage.
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June 10, 2004 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Prodded into overhauling figure skating's judging procedures after a controversy at the Salt Lake City Olympics, the International Skating Union on Wednesday approved a computer-reliant scoring system that offers many criteria for assessing skaters' performances but permits judges to retain anonymity. A U.S. proposal to list judges' names on protocol sheets after each event was defeated when it failed to get two-thirds approval from voters at the ISU Congress in Scheveningen, Netherlands.
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December 12, 2003 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Figure skaters' complaints that the sport's new judging system punishes risk-taking and rewards safer, simpler moves could result in changes to the scale of points, one of the system's architects said Thursday. Ted Barton, a consultant to the International Skating Union, said the system will continue to evolve based on input from skaters, coaches and judges.
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April 2, 2003 | Helene Elliott
The International Skating Union condemned the upstart World Skating Federation, calling the splinter group's decision to announce its formation during last week's World Figure Skating Championships "unjustified and an abuse of the most prestigious figure skating event in the world." Many of the WSF's founders and backers are, or were, ISU officials. They contend the ISU's use of a judging system that gives judges anonymity perpetuates unethical behavior.
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March 30, 2003 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
In a major concession to confusion caused by the interim judging system and the wild variation in marks awarded during last week's World Figure Skating Championships, the International Skating Union will provide a new statistic next season to quantify skaters' performances. Its nature hasn't been determined, but ISU President Ottavio Cinquanta said Saturday it will be displayed on arena scoreboards next season.
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February 19, 2002 | From Associated Press
Figure skating's perfect mark of 6.0 dates to at least 1892, the year the International Skating Union was founded. At the time, compulsory figures were traced on the ice three times with one skate, then three times with the other. Judges scored every tracing, awarding a maximum of a point for each one. Therefore, a maximum of six points was given for each figure. The scale has evolved, but the system's value has not. Skaters start with a 6.
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June 24, 1992 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The International Skating Union adopted two proposals by the U.S. Figure Skating Assn. Tuesday that open the Winter Olympics and national and world championships to professionals. The revised rules, passed at the ISU's biennial Congress at Davos, Switzerland, are expected to benefit the United States' 1988 Olympic gold medalist, Brian Boitano, the only professional who has expressed a desire to return to competition.
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March 29, 2003 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Dealing a potentially crushing blow to the dissident World Skating Federation and its hopes of replacing the International Skating Union as the governing body of figure skating, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge declined to meet with leaders of the group or consider its platforms. "We recognize the ISU. They're doing a good job, and we are happy with them," Rogge told Associated Press. "We recognize only one federation per sport."
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