Adult figure skating – It’s never too late to fulfill your dreams: review of ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition 2019 in Oberstdorf.
It’s a fairly common thing – as a small child you had a dream but for some reason the dream could not come true. Anyway, some people have not given up on this dream, and what they could not do as children, they began to do in adulthood. And the contestants of ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition 2019 in Oberstdorf are proof of that!
What am I talking about? ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition is a figure skating competition for adult skaters (as the title implies). But wait a minute? What do you mean by “adult skater?” Let me explain you! Competitors (“adult skaters”) must be 28 years of age before July 1 preceding the competition. Synchronized skaters must have reached 25 years of age before July 1 preceding the competition. In 2019, the ISU eliminated the upper age limit.
Adult figure skating has been under the ISU (International Skating Union) umbrella since 2005 when the first ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition was held in Oberstdorf, Germany.
There are now two major ISU adult competitions – one in Oberstdorf each May and another in North America each fall. Today, these competitions attract hundreds of skaters from many member federations.
Participation in the Free Skating, Artistic Free Skating, Pair Free Skating, Ice Dance and Synchronized Skating disciplines is for skaters of all skill levels and has even attracted former World and Olympic competitors. Skaters compete in various age categories.
Let’s move on to the competition itself!
ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition in Oberstdorf, of course, is not the only competition of this type in the world. However, it is often referred to as the unofficial world championship in terms of adult synchronized skating. And we’ll focus on that!
On 25 May 2019, nine adult synchro teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Hong Kong, P.R.C. and Switzerland gathered at the German Eissportzentrum Oberstdorf ice rink hoping to win at this major international adult figure skating competition. This year adult teams of 12 to 16 skaters were required to perform within 3 minutes +/- 10 seconds. And how did the Czech team manage their program?
In a word – great! Despite one fall in their skating program to Michael Jackson’s music, the Czech team Avalanche won this international event by 5 points! So they have become unofficial world champions in adult synchronized skating.
The Avalanche team comes from Pardubice, Czech Republic. Their team consists of skaters at the age of 20 (they could not participate in low age competitions) up to 45 years of age. They are mostly working women, some are mothers of children. Despite the busy programs, they will find time to practice and they are doing great!
Canadian Team EnergICE 1 secured their silver medal and Finnish Team Antique took a bronze.
The team I would like to conclude with is the RiverBulls team from Finland. The team that was different from the other teams, unique. This team is the only male team! It is composed of dads of skaters. They formed as a team after one training when they waited for their children. “It can’t be so hard. We can skate somehow. Skating in a row can’t be so complicated.” They tried it and now figure skating is not just their children ‘s passion, but also theirs. And what’s something you are passionate about? Do you have a similar dream from childhood?
In the next season, the Oberstdorf game will be held from 17 to 23 May 2020. So see you there and never stop fullfilling your dreams!