World Figure Skating Championships


The World Figure Skating Championships is an annual competition sanctioned by the International Skating Union (ISU). This event is considered the most prestigious of the ISU championships. With the exception of the Olympic title, a world title is the highest competitive achievement in figure skating.

Skaters at the World Championships compete in the categories of ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing. The competition is generally held in March.

2012 World Figure Skating Championships

Place: Nice, France
Dates: March 26-April 1
Website: http://www.worlds2012.fr/

OVERVIEW
The International Skating Union (ISU) granted the French Skating Federation the right to organize the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships. This marks the sixth time France has hosted the international event (Paris 1936, '49, '52, '58, and '89; Lyon '71).

Based on the results of the 2011 World Championships in Moscow, Russia, the United States is eligible to send a total of 9 entries and 14 athletes to compete at the 2012 World Championships.

PRIZE MONEY
PLACE LADIES AND
MEN'S AWARDS
PAIRS AND
ICE DANCING AWARDS
1 $45,000 $67,500
2 $27,000 $40,500
3 $18,000 $27,000
4 $13,000 $19,500
5 $10,000 $15,000
6 $7,000 $10,500
7 $6,000 $9,000
8 $5,000 $7,500
9 $3,500 $5,250
10 $3,000 $4,500
11 $2,500 $3,750
12 $2,000 --


U.S. TEAM -- ATHLETE SELECTION PROCESS
The athlete selection procedure for the 2012 World Championships is as follows:

The winner in each discipline (ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing) at the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Jan. 22-29, 2012, in San Jose, Calif. will earn an automatic spot on the 2012 World Team. The remaining squad members in each discipline will be selected by U.S. Figure Skating's International Committee, taking into consideration the results of events in the following order of importance:
  • 2012 U.S. Championships
  • 2011 Grand Prix Final
  • 2011 World Championships
  • 2011 Four Continents Championships
  • 2011 World Junior Championships
  • 2011 Junior Grand Prix Final

Skaters who do not compete at the 2012 U.S. Championships due to injury or illness, but who meet the other criteria, may also be considered for selection.

AGE ELIGIBILITY
All competitors must be 15 years old by July 1, 2011, to be eligible for the 2012 World Championships.