New schedule format tested at Canadian nationals
Event to be held Jan. 16-22, 2012, at Moncton Coliseum Complex in New Brunswick
|Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will compete at the 2012 Canadian Championships. (Getty Images)|
There will be no change in format to the novice and junior events early in the week. Likewise, there will be no change to the senior short program/short dance format from previous years. Live CTV network television coverage on the Saturday evening of the 2012 Canadian Championships created an opportunity to showcase many of the best in the sport on primetime television across Canada. This "Night of Championship Skating" will feature the final groups of senior ladies, senior pairs and senior ice dancing in a live television primetime slot. The first two groups in these disciplines will compete earlier in the day on Saturday.
Skate Canada CEO William Thompson explained, "This exciting new format provides incentive and rewards within a strong competitive environment for the skaters who produce the best performances. Viewers at home, as well as in the audience in Moncton, will also witness the very best skating from our top Canadian athletes within this condensed time frame."
Thompson outlined some of the reasoning behind the change.
"We reviewed a number of options before deciding to try this format. Similar schedules have been used elsewhere, and we thought it was time to introduce this to Canada. It also brings us into line with other sports, such as golf and tennis, where the top athletes compete either late in the day or on center court. It allows us to package the event differently for ticket sales and television audiences yet still maintain the maximum number of competitors who qualify to compete at the Canadian championships."
The senior men's free skate will be competed in the usual manner since it is the only event to be scheduled on Sunday afternoon, and will be followed by the gala exhibition from all of the top skaters.
Approximately 260 skaters in the ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing disciplines will compete at the senior, junior and novice levels at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. Athletes will vie for spots on the Skate Canada national team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships, the 2012 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and the 2012 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.