COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Springs is in the running to host the 2011 World Figure Skating Championship.
According to Scottie Bib, director of media and public relations for U.S. Figure Skating, the International Skating Union announced Monday that the World Championship would not be in Japan. ISU sent a letter to its member federations asking that formal applications to act as a substitute host be submitted.
The U.S. has offered Lake Placid, N.Y. and Colorado Springs as possible hosts, said Bibb. Russia and Finland have also submitted proposals to host the event.
The championship was supposed to begin Monday in Tokyo. Bibb said the ISU wants the competition to take place in late April or early May.
Bibb said the ISU is hoping to make a decision by Friday.
Russia will send its bid on Tuesday to the International Skating Union (ISU) to host the 2011 Figure Skating World Championship, a Russian deputy sports minister said on Monday.
The World Championship was due to be held March 21-27 in Tokyo, but the ISU announced on Monday that the Japanese Skating Federation (JSF) declined to hold the competition in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country 10 days ago.
"The official request to hold the Figure Skating World Championship in Moscow will be submitted with the ISU on Tuesday," Deputy Sports Minister Yury Nagornykh said.
The official said Russia intends to propose the ISU to hold the championship either starting in mid-April or after May 15 so that it would not coincide with the Ice Hockey World Championship in Slovakia on April 29-May 15.
"Such two important and major events must not coincide. If choosing between these two variants, it would be preferable for us [Russia] to hold the championship in April," Nagornykh said.
Earlier on Monday, the Finnish Skating Federation already sent its bid to the ISU proposing to hold the championship in Helsinki between April 24 and May 1.
The ISU initially planned to move the championship in Tokyo to the fall, but announced that it "fully understands the JSF decision."
"As we all struggle to come to terms with the unimaginable tragedies following the monstrous earthquake of March 11, the ISU reiterates its expressions of grief and sympathy to all those affected by loss of life, injury and loss of homes," the ISU said in its statement on Monday.
The death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan 10 days ago has risen to 8,450, with 12,931 people missing. The disaster triggered a number of explosions at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, spreading fears of massive radioactive contamination.
Original source: http://en.rian.ru/sports/20110321/163129997.html
Monday, 21 March 2011
By Duncan Mackay
March 21 – Pyeongchang will begin to publicly use the charismatic Kim Yu-Na in their campaign to host the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics when she appears at the official 74th AIPS Congress Opening Ceremony in Seoul tomorrow.
The Olympic figure skating champion is then set to travel to London next month to represent Pyeongchang at SportAccord, one of the most important dates in the countdown to the final decision at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Durban on July 6.
Kim’s appearance at SportAccord had been widely expected but the opportunity to take part in the AIPS Congress, the annual gathering of the International Sports Press Association, due to be attended by more than 200 of the world’s most influential journalists, has occured because of decision to postpone the World Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo because of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
She will make a short address at the Opening Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the COEX Convention Centre.
Kim returned to Korea last night for the first time in eight months and was greeted by a large crowd at the airport.
“I had high expectations for the World Championships, so it’s a shame that I couldn’t show what I’ve been preparing,” she said.
“At this point, all I hope is that people in Japan are all right.”
Annecy and Munich will also attend the AIPS Congress to make their pitches for the 2018 Games.
On Wednesday (March 23), each bidding city is scheduled to deliver a 15-minute long presentation to the journalists.
After the meeting, the three bidders will head directly to New Caledonia for the Oceania National Olympic Committees congress, which is scheduled for March 23 until 27, and then onto London.
But the appearance of Kim will add a bit of spice to the contest as it pits her against one of her precedessors as Olympic champion, Katarina Witt, the 1984 and 1988 gold medallist, who is the chair of the Munich bid.
We've been thinking about how the postponement of the world championships might affect certain skaters. One in particular – the reigning Olympic champion Yuna Kim.By Alexa Ainsworth | Posted: Mar 21, 12:51p ET | Updated: Mar 21, 12:53p ET
We've been thinking about how the postponement of the world championships might affect certain skaters. One in particular – the reigning Olympic champion Yuna Kim.
While Worlds are in limbo, Kim returned to South Korea to fulfill obligations with Pyeongchang's 2018 Olympic bid and prepare for previously scheduled exhibitions.
In an interview with the South Korean press, Kim said her preparations for Worlds had been going well and she believed she was in ‘Olympic condition.' Now, back in South Korea (without coach Peter Oppegard), will Kim skate at a a rescheduled Worlds and if so, what can we expect from the Olympic champ?
The South Korean superstar stepped out of the on-ice spotlight by training instead of competing during the fall Grand Prix Series. After winning the Olympic gold medal, starring in her own ice shows, moving from Toronto to Los Angeles, and changing coaches, it was a wise decision for Kim to take some time to adjust to her new surroundings.
Kim planned to make her season debut at the World Championships. While part of us thought – wow, that's a lot of pressure to take a year off from competing and then get back out there at Worlds, the other part thought – it's Yuna Kim – she can handle it.
After paying close attention to the international scene, from the Grand Prix Series to Four Continents, the last major international event, if Kim is armed with her signature triple-triple, she can easily return at the top.
Her biggest challenge at Worlds is (was?) expected to come from two Japanese ladies in Mao Asada and Miki Ando.
While Kim trained in private, Asada pushed through the post-Olympic year struggles in competition. Despite faltering on the Grand Prix, the reigning world champ seemed to be turning her season around by finishing second at Four Continents and showing improved consistency on her jumps (which are a work-in-progress after her own coaching/technique change).
Four Continents champ Miki Ando has been skating well this season, especially in the free skate, but does not consistently attempt/land triple-triples.
But now Worlds have been postponed and once again, we are left wondering if this will change ‘Queen Yuna's' return to competitive skating.
Kim is scheduled to headline a show in Seoul beginning May 6. Potential dates for the rescheduled World Championships have been focused on end of April, early May. Kim also mentioned appearances at the 2011 Sports Accord in London in April and IOC meetings in May and July. Sounds like the champ is booked in the spring…
Will we see Kim at Worlds in 2011? If so, how will she skate? Leave your thoughts below.