The dates and cities chosen for the Challenger Series are known
"Excited to resume competition" - Musketeers from Finland (Credits: Ville Vairinen - 2020)
Four stages in Europe, one in North America. The ISU has unveiled the five competitions selected for the Synchronized Skating Challenger Series events for the 2021-22 season.
After being cancelled last season due to the pandemic, the Challenger Series of synchronized skating will start in early January (Jan. 6-8, 2022) in Gdansk, Poland, the host city of the Hevelius Cup for a few years.
Then, the Challenger Series will take fans and athletes to Finland, to a city located 170 km from Helsinki. Turku will host the third stage from January 20 to 23, 2022.
Finally, the city of Rouen in France was chosen for the fifth and final stage. Recognized for the French Cup organization for more than twenty-five years, Rouen will close this Challenger Series 2021-22 with a competition announced on February 4 and 5, 2022.
While the Challenger Series events remain the property of the organizing members, the ISU assures that they will "closely monitoring the respective developments with the expectation and hope that the situation will be restored to normal as quickly as possible". Recommendations in terms of safety may be sent to the organizers on a case-by-case basis.
Athletes and competing teams will need to be in perfect shape from the start of the year to attack 2022 successfully. Beautiful moments of competition, therefore, await fans and skaters who, after more than a year, are certainly more than ready to rediscover the taste for competition!