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The gracious movements of the figure skaters always attract a big crowd at the FISU World University Games. 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 the fans.

EVENTS FISU World University Games

Torino (ITA)
13-23 Jan 2025
Lake Placid (USA)
12-22 Jan 2023
Lucerne (SUI)
Krasnoyarsk (RUS)
2-12 Mar 2019
Almaty (KAZ)
29 Jan - 8 Feb 2017
Granada (ESP)
4-14 Feb 2015

All Events FISU World University Games

Figure Skating

FISU Technical Committee Chair

Dingding LIU (CHN)

International Federation

International Skating Union

FISU Regulations

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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 on ice sport, 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 women at the FISU World University Games took place during the first Winter Universiade in Chamonix, France, in 1960. It comprised men’s and women’s individual events. Among the 6 men and 7 women participating in the event, the winners were as follows: Men: Gold– Alain Calmat (France) | Silver – Nobuo Sato (Japan) | Bronze – Heinrich Podhaisky (Austria). Women: 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, FISU closely follows the evolution of the sport to develop its competition programme. Therefore, for the 2007 Winter Universiade in Torino, Italy, FISU included Synchronized Skating for mixed teams (men and women) into the programme as a demonstration sport.. There were 8 teams participating and each team was composed of 16 athletes. Nowadays Pairs Skating and Synchronized Skating are optional events in the Figure Skating sport programme. Former medallists participating in the FISU Games 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.


Highlights day 6 I Figure Skating Pairs Free Skating | Winter Universiade 2019


Highlights day 8 I Figure Skating Syncro Free Program | Winter Universiade 2019


Highlights day 8 I Figure Skating Ladies Free Program | Winter Universiade 2019



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)