ISU European Figure Skating Championships® 2016

After 15 years, the European figure-skating elite will again come to Bratislava. The capital of Slovakia will host the ISU European Figure Skating Championships® 2016 from January 27. – 31./Bratislava. Over 5 days, the spectators at the Ondrej Nepela Stadium will be able to enjoy a unique experience. The competition for precious medals will include women’s singles, men’s singles, ice dancing and pair skating. The entire event will culminate in the traditional Gala Exhibition.


Wednesday, 27th January 2016
10.15 – 15.25: Ladies’ Short Program
16.45 – 17.05: Opening Ceremony
17.30 – 22.40: Men’s Short Program

Thursday, 28th January 2016
12.25 – 16.55: Short Dance
17.45 – 21.50: Men’s Free Skating

Friday, 29th January 2016
13.45 – 16.50: Pairs’ Short Program
18.00 – 21.55: Ladies’ Free Skating

Saturday, 30th January 2016
10.00 – 13.00: Pairs’ Free Skating
14.30 – 17.50: Free Dance

Sunday 31st January 2016
14.30 – 17.00: Exhibition Gala

About figure skating at Slovakia

In Slovakia and in Bratislava, figure skating has had a big tradition. The winter stadium in Odbojárov Street, which will be also the venue of the upcoming European Championship, was a witness to many achievements of entire generations of our figure skaters. It raised even three Olympic medal winners Karol Divín (Squaw Valley, 1960, silver), Ondrej Nepela (Sapporo, 1972, gold) and Jozef Sabovčík (Sarajevo, 1984, bronze).

Also the new generation of the Slovak figure skaters would like to continue in their success, including the ice dancing couple Federica Testa/Lukáš Csölley. After this year’s amazing 8th place in European Figure Skating Championship in Stockholm, they will try to fight for medals in their domestic environment. Another of our great white hopes in the competition will be Nicole Rajičová in the women’s singles competition.

Their rivals will be top figure skaters from the old continent, including several European champions and Olympic winners. In the category of pair skating, after a one-year break the golden medal winners from the Olympics of Sochi Tatiana Volosozahar and Maxim Trankov (RUS) will make their appearance, among men there will certainly be glowing the three-times European champion Javier Fernandez (ESP).

In ice dancing, it will surely be exciting to see Gabriella Papadakis and Gulliaume Cizeron (FRA) to perform, who took a surprising win on this year’s European Championships. In the category of women’s singles, we can expect a confirmation of nowadays’ dominance of the Russian figure skating school. This season, after healing of her injury the Olympic winner Adelina Sotnikovová is preparing her comeback. Read more.

About ISU

The International Skating Union, founded in 1892, is the exclusive international sport federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) administering sports in the Branches of Figure Skating and Speed Skating throughout the world. (Long Track) Speed Skating and Short Track Speed Skating come under the Speed Skating Branch while Single & Pair Skating and Ice Dance andSynchronized Skating constitute the Figure Skating Branch. The ISU is composed of a number of national associations called ISU Members, who administer ISU sports at the national level and recognize that all international matters are under the sole jurisdiction and control of the ISU.

ISU Objectives, Composition and Activities

The objectives of the ISU are to regulate, govern and promote the sports in the Figure Skating and Speed Skating Branches and their organized development on the basis of friendship and mutual understanding between sportsmen and women. The ISU works to broaden interest in all its disciplines by increasing their popularity, improving their quality and increasing the number of participants throughout the world.

ISU Council 2012

The ISU Council is the highest ISU body between Congresses and its main functions are to determine the policies of the ISU and decide upon the general coordination of the ISU structure, allot ISU Champ-ionships and other ISU Events, checking that the accounting for and management of assets are subject to adequate controls, the preparation and submission to Congress of annual budgets, decisions regarding the admission or suspension of Members, decisions on appeals from the decisions of the Technical Committees and ISU Officials involving violation of technical sport Rules amongst many others.

ISU Events

Among the activities of the ISU particular importance is given to Events which include: ISU Championships, ISU Speed Skating and Short Track Speed Skating World Cup Competitions, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Competitions, ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating, ISU International Competitions, ISU exhibitions, ISU shows, ISU tours and performances / appearances. The ISU organizes over 50 Events each Season.

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