We've Come a Long Way
In 2005 the Working Group had no idea how many adult skaters were out there, or who would be interested in competing. But the organizers hoped that “if you build it, they will come.” The Group publicized the event through e-mail “networking.” Fortunately, Barbara Standke (from France) could contact the Europeans who had competed at the Mountain Cup, and friends told friends. Word- of- mouth marketing worked.
From 120 skaters from 12 countries in 2005 – to 300 from 25 countries, six years later – the competition continues to grow. Here are a few key highlights over the years:
- In 2005, skaters had to be between the ages of 28 and 65.
- The first ISU adult competition in 2005 allowed some “rules” flexibility for ice dancers in order to create an encouraging environment. Unlike other ISU competitions, adult ice dancers may chose to skate in as many of the three dance events they like – compulsory, short dance or free dance. They do not need to compete in all three events.
- In 2007, the competition welcomed its first “elite” skaters.
- In 2008 the artistic event was added.
- In 2008, the upper age limited was expanded to 70.
- In 2011, 300 skaters from 25 countries participated - including four synchro teams.
- Midori Ito, 1989 World Champion was among the elite skaters in 2011!!
- Also, at the 2011 competition, Jiri Pokorny, 1976 Olympic ice dancer from the former Czechoslovakia and Annick de Trentinian, 1959 World ice dance competitor from France competed.
- For 2012 the upper age limit is 78.
- To accommodate all the skaters, the 2012 competition begins on the night of Tuesday, May 22 and runs through Saturday, May 26. Saturday night is a big, blow-out party!!
- In 2014 the competition was held for the 10th time. Almost 500 skaters, 8 synchronized skating teams and big festive athmosphere throughout the competition made it clear for everybody that this competition has become THE competition of the year for adult skaters.