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The International Skating Union (ISU)
The ISU is the international and Olympic organization that setablishes the rules and regulations of speed skating (long and short track) and figure skating (singles, pairs, ice dancing, and synchronized skating). The ISU organization was founded in Scheveningen, The Netherlands in 1892. The ISU's offices are in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The most prestigious figure skating events hosted by the ISU include The World Figure Skating Championships is an ISU event. The International Skating Union also hosts the Four Continents Championships and the Grand Prix of Figure Skating.
The International Judging System (IJS)
The international judging system is based on providing credit for all of the things a skater does that are positive and weight that score against the negative things a skater may do while performing their program.
This system uses an independent panel to determine the technical content which has a predetermined base value for each element. The panel of judges evaluates how well the skater performs each individual element and marks five performance areas.
The new system provides a much better system to provide information to the skater so they can see how the specific list of elements and how the judges rated them individually numerical values are published.
The IJS is very rule and regulation oriented. The technical and judging panels do not rank the skaters in an numerical order of first to last place. They are charged with comparing each performance to an accepted standard.
The accountants run the data through the advanced computer program that drops the high and low mark for each element to calculate a trimmed mean score for each Required Elements and Program Components.
International Skating Union - The New York Times News about the International Skating Union. Commentary and archival information about the International Skating Union from The New York Times.
PDF The International Judging System (IJS)
PDF IJS Judging Criteria
ISU Official Website
Index of IJS Articles
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