isu world junior figure skating championships

Harley Windsor & Ekaterina ‘Katia’ Alexandrovskaya have become Australia's first junior world champions...

…and you really should look into all the articles about it because this is making history alongside moments like Nathan Chen’s five quads. I mean, Australia’s last (and only) figure skating championship medal was from 1976, when Elizabeth and Peter Cain took bronze at Junior Worlds for the Pairs skate. Our last successful pairs team were the siblings Stephen Carr and Danielle McGrath, who competed in the 90s. We’re not exactly known for being a winter sports powerhouse, for obvious reasons, so Australia’s first win at an ISU Championships is a big deal!

Indigenous skater Harley and Moscow-born Katia split their training between Moscow and Sydney, and had to outperform the Russian and Chinese pairs in order to get the gold. Evidently all their hard work paid off!

A TIMELINE:

  • 03-04 season: the grand prix series tries out the new isu judging system/code of points (2003 skate america is first in the series)
  • 04-05 season: the junior grand prix, world & junior world championships, and the european championships make the switch
  • 05-06 season: first time that figure skating at the winter olympics is judged under ijs
  • 06-07 season: russian nationals & junior nationals finally give up the 6.0 ghost