Figure skating at IMGA Master Games
Figure skating is a sport in which individuals, pairs, or groups perform on figure skates on ice. It was the first winter sport to be included in the Olympic Games, when contested at the 1908 Olympics in London.
The four Olympic disciplines are men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating, and ice dance; the non-Olympic disciplines include synchronised skating, Theatre on Ice, and four skating. From intermediate through senior-level competition, skaters generally perform two programs (the short program and the free skate), which, depending on the discipline, may include spins, jumps, moves in the field, lifts, throw jumps, death spirals, and other elements or moves.
Figure skaters compete at various levels from beginner up to the Olympic level (senior) at local, regional, sectional, national, and international competitions. The International Skating Union (ISU) regulates international figure skating judging and competitions. These include the Winter Olympics, the World Championships, the World Junior Championships, the European Championships, the Four Continents Championships, the Grand Prix series (senior and junior), and the ISU Challenger Series.
Participation in the Free Skating, Pair Free Skating and Ice Dance disciplines at the International Adult Figure Skating Competitions are open only to Competitors who have reached at least the age of twenty-eight (28) before 1st July of the year prior to the Games.
Age categories for Ladies and Men Free Skating events:
Class I skaters born between 1st July XXXX and 30th June XXXX
Class II skaters born between 1st July XXXX and 30th June XXXX
Class III skaters born between 1st July XXXX and 30th June XXXX
Class IV skaters born between 1st July XXXX and 30th June XXXX
Class V skaters born on or before 30th June XXXX
Possible events and disciplines
Ladies and Men Free Skating
Ladies and Men Artistic Free Skating
Pair Free Skating
Pair Artistic Free Skating
Ice Dance – Pattern Dance
Ice Dance – Rhythm Dance
Ice Dance – Free Dance
The IMGA doesn’t allow building new venues and encourages the host cities to use existing facilities to keep the costs lower. Therefore, the following information is subject to changes depending on the venues available.