Monday, December 5, 2016
Black Ice will be seen in Toronto at the 2016 World Figure Championship & Figure Festival and Spotlights Figure-Skating, Math and the Arts.
TORONTO – The 2016 World Figure Championship & Figure Festival, December 19 to 23 at the North Toronto Memorial Arena, showcases two prominent skating events: the World Figure Championship, December 20 to 21; and the Figure Festival, December 19, 22 to 23. Competitors and officials participating in the events are from Canada, US, Japan, Austria, England, Ireland and Scotland.
Confirmed judges for the world championship event include Olympic, World, National Champions, Medalists and Coaches: Barbara Wagner; Trixi Schuba; Tim Wood; Donald Jackson; Janet Lynn; Gary Visconti; Sandra Bezic; Tommy Litz; and Slavka Kohout Button. This year Toller Cranston will be posthumously inducted into the World Figure Hall of Fame along with Canadians Barbara Wagner, Sandra Bezic and American Gary Visconti.
Championship Referees will watch the skaters perform their Figures and take any obvious deductions. The Figures will be judged after the skaters leave the ice. The judges won’t know which competitor completed which Figure; they will only know the patch number.
Ladies’ roster of competitors includes (alphabetical order):
- Jill Ahlbrecht from Denver, Colorado (2015 World Figure Champion)
- Colette Brabant from Georgeville, Quebec
- Jan Calnan from Greely, Ontario
- Chantal Gagnon from Bromont, Quebec
- Nancy Blackwell-Grieder from Erie, Colorado
- Tracy Robertson-Hanford from London, Ontario
- Ryoko Natori from Japan
- Brooke Pitman from Denver, Colorado
- Jennie A. Pitman from Indianapolis, Indiana
- Jennifer Tieche from Westerville, Ohio
Men’s roster includes (alphabetical order):
- Gary Beacom from Calgary, Alberta
- Shepherd Clark from Los Angeles, CA (2015 World Figure Silver Medalist)
- Christian Hendricks from Lakewood, Washington
- Richard Swenning from Summerville, SC (2015 World Figure Champion)
“The World Figure Championship & Figure Festival in collaboration with World Figure Sport unites the triumvirate of an historical sporting legacy – predating the modern Olympic movement – with academics (mathematics, literacy and handwriting) and the arts (dance, music and drawing),” said Karen Courtland Kelly, President of the World Figure Sport Society.
Janet Lynn, Olympic Bronze Medalist and World Figure Championship Judge, explains: “Figures are sport and art. Figures combine language and technique of movement to produce circular, complicated geometric patterns on ice. Figure-Skaters use athletic, academic, and artistic competencies to achieve precise patterns of movement for all types of Figures. Ice tracings tell a story of Figure-Skating knowledge and skill. Finesse is essential to become a proficient, beautiful Figure-Skater. Highly refined Figure Sport disciplines on ice attain a realm of art.”
To win the World Figure Championship titles, a skater must complete 16 Figures over two days and attain the lowest sum (obtains the highest Championship Rank - similar to stroke play in golf).
Figure Festival Events
The 2016 Figure Festival is open to all skating levels and ages, and includes: workshops and practice ice; private and group lessons; World Figure Sport exams and the International Figure Festival of Skating Competition is open to all ages and levels of skaters. It also includes a component for skaters with disabilities. For more information see the bottom of the Festival page:
or read about Inclusive Skating on the WFC News page:
Other events of interest include:
- 2016 WFC Opening Night Gala Party, December 19, 2016 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling Club
- Black Ice Experiences, Private Lessons, Workshops, Competitions, Exams & Skating Book Festival
- Gary Beacom's Performances & Seminars of "I'm Your Man" on December 22 & 23
For event and ticket information see: