by Team IDC

Earlier today, the International Skating Union (ISU) released Communication 1980, titled “Consequences of the cancellation of the Free Skating/Free Dance at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating event, Trophee Eric Bompard, 2015, Bordeaux, France.”  Below is a summary of ISU Communication 1980.

Results, Ranking Points & Prize Money:  The results of the short dance at Trophee Eric Compard are considered the final result.  World Standing Points, the Seasons World Ranking Points, and prize money are awarded based on the short dance results.

Grand Prix Final Qualification Criteria:  The results of the short dance are considered final and the Grand Prix points are awarded based on the results of the short dance.  For example, Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue received 15 points after their first place finish in the short dance.

Tie Breaking Criteria:  Because teams who competed at Trophee Eric Bompard were unable to achieve a Free Dance score and a Total Score at Trophee Eric Bompard, the tie breaking criteria (Point 4.3 b), d) and e)) as presented in the general Grand Prix announcement, are void and the criteria has been revised.  For more information on the new tie breaking criteria, review ISU Communication 1980.

Exceptional Grand Prix Final Qualification Criteria:  Normally, the teams ranked 1-6 at the end of the Grand Prix series, would qualify for the Grand Prix Final and teams ranked 7-9 would be altnernates in the event of a withdrawal of any of the top 6 ranked teams.  Due to the extenuating circumstances surrounding the cancellation of the free programs at Trophee Eric Bompard, any substitute ranked number 7 will be invited to join the qualified teams at the Final, provided they skated the short program event at Trophee Eric Bompard.   The ISU will cover the costs for travel and full board on site for such an additional competitor.