Figure Skating

The gracious movements of the figure skaters always attracts a big crowd at the Winter Universiade. Lots of excitement builds up in the arena when the skaters perform the most difficult spins and jumps. Traditionally, the competition ends with a Skating Gala with all medallists performing once more at their best to please their fans.

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 Lake Placid (USA) 12-22 January


 Lucerne (SUI) 11-21 December


 Krasnoyarsk (RUS), 2-12 March


Almaty (KAZ), 29 Jan. - 8 Feb.


 Granada (ESP), 4-14 February


 Strbske Pleso / Osrblie (SVK) 24 Jan. - 1 Feb.

Figure Skating and Synchronized Skating

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Figure Skating Competitions

Today’s Figure Skating competitions are organised for men and ladies as follows: men’s, ladies’ events, Pairs and Ice Dance. Synchronized Skating (8 teams maximum) is an additional event. The running of competitions is always supervised by the FISU Technical Chair for Figure Skating and the ISU Technical Delegate, who chair all technical meetings concerned. All sport facilities must be provided with the necessary equipment by the Organising Committee of the host country.


The student competitions in figure and synchronized skating have become much more interesting in terms of coverage thanks to the cooperation with TV sports magazines, highlights and live broadcasting, where big progress has been achieved. The Winter Universiade Figure Skating competitions in Torino (2007) and Harbin (2009), together with synchronized skating, had the biggest audience among all the sports scheduled. The number of spectators in Figure Skating competitions reached 42,000 at the 2009 Winter Universiade in Harbin. The world feed covered all the disciplines and events, mostly live. For example, 455 hours 40 minutes of live, highlights and news were broadcasted by the five main TV channels in China. 100 hours of world feed and highlights were provided to FISU.


History of Figure and Synchronized Skating in FISU

Figure Skating is a popular sport on ice, which was included step by step into the world student games. After the success of the World University Championships in 1951, 1953 and 1956, the first Figure Skating competitions for men and ladies at a Winter Universiade took place during the first Winter Universiade in Chamonix, France, in 1960. It comprised men’s and ladies’ individual events. Among the 6 men and 7 ladies participating in the event, the winners were as follows: Men: Gold– Alain Calmat (France) | Silver – Nobuo Sato (Japan) | Bronze – Heinrich Podhaisky (Austria). Ladies: Gold – Jitka Hlavacková (Czechoslovakia) | Silver – Eva Grozajová (Czechoslovakia) | Bronze – Helga Zollner (Hungary).


Thanks to the good cooperation between the International Skating Union (ISU) and FISU, we closely follow the evolution of this sport to develop our competition programme. Therefore, for the 2007 Winter Universiade in Torino, Italy, FISU included synchronized skating for mixed teams (men and ladies) into the programme as a demonstration sport. This demo competition was very well organised, without any problem recorded. There were 8 teams participating and each team was composed of 16 girls. The synchronized skating premiere had an enormous positive impact and, therefore, in 2009 it became a compulsory event within the Figure Skating competition. Former medallists participating in the WU include Olympic and World Stars such as: Irina Slutskaya (RUS), Zhang & Zhang (CHN) and Shen & Zhao (CHN). In the history of Figure Skating in FISU, there is also Dagmar REHAKOVA (CZE) who participated three times in the Winter Universiade, winning the gold medal twice and the silver medal once. In 1962 she became the Chair of the Technical Committee for Figure Skating and the last Winter Universiade she participated in was Torino 2007. Since then this position has been occupied by Marie LUNDMARK (FIN), who is a member of the ISU Council for Figure Skating.


Figure Skating Ice Dance Pairs at Almaty 2017 Winter Universiade


Men's Short Programme at Almaty 2017 Winter Universiade


Ladies Fee Skating Programme at Almaty 2017 Winter Universiade



Previous Events

  • 2019 - 29th Winter Universiade – Krasnoyarsk (RUS)
  • 2017 - 28th Winter Universiade – Almaty (KAZ)
  • 2015 - 27th Winter Universiade – Granada (ESP)
  • 2013 - 26th Winter Universiade – Trentino (ITA)
  • 2011 - 25th Winter Universiade – Erzurum (TUR)
  • 2009 - 24th Winter Universiade – Harbin (CHN)
  • 2007 - 23rd Winter Universiade – Torino (ITA)
  • 2005 - 22nd Winter Universiade – Innsbruck (AUT)
  • 2003 - 21st Winter Universiade – Tarvisio (ITA)
  • 2001 - 20th Winter Universiade – Zakopane (POL)
  • 1999 - 19th Winter Universiade – Poprad/Tatry (SVK)
  • 1997 - 18th Winter Universiade – Chonju/Muju (KOR)
  • 1995 - 17th Winter Universiade – Jaca (ESP)
  • 1993 - 16th Winter Universiade – Zakopane (POL)
  • 1991 - 15th Winter Universiade – Sapporo (JPN)
  • 1989 - 14th Winter Universiade – Sofia (BUL)
  • 1987 - 13th Winter Universiade – Strbske Pleso (TCH)
  • 1985 - 12th Winter Universiade – Belluno (ITA)
  • 1983 - 11th Winter Universiade – Sofia (BUL)
  • 1981 - 10th Winter Universiade – Jaca (ESP)
  • 1972 - 7th Winter Universiade – Lake Placid (USA)
  • 1970 - 6th Winter Universiade – Rovaniemi (FIN)
  • 1968 - 5th Winter Universiade – Innsbruck (AUT)
  • 1966 - 4th Winter Universiade – Sestriere (ITA)
  • 1964 - 3rd Winter Universiade – Spindleruv Mlyn (TCH)
  • 1962 - 2nd Winter Universiade – Villars (SUI)
  • 1960 - 1st Winter Universiade – Chamonix (FRA)