For the first time in history, a European nation will host a Four Continents Championship. Originally scheduled to be held in Tianjin, China, the ISU was informed on September 13, 2021 that the event had been canceled due to the COVID-19 situation in that country. The ISU was unable to find a host in a non-European country, but the great people of the Estonian Figure Skating Federation stepped up and agreed to host the competition.
The 2022 Four Continents Championships will take place in Tallinn, January 20-23. Tatjana Flade reported that a snowstorm on the evening of January 16 wreaked havoc on skaters and others who were on a flight from Frankfurt to Tallinn, diverted to Stockholm and then returned to Frankfurt. Some arrived on the late night flight Monday and others will arrive Tuesday.
The United States will not be fielding any of the Olympic substitutes for this competition, but are sending a strong team nonetheless. Canada named its top two junior men, Wesley Chiu and Corey Circelli. Chiu retired on January 17. Circelli will be looking for a strong performance in Tallinn to make the case for international assignments next season. Chiu’s next scheduled event is the World Junior Championships.
Australia initially nominated a full contingent for this competition, but the two pairs teams and an ice dance team later withdrew. This event will also serve as the final selection for Australia’s Olympic Winter Games team and the 2022 World Singles Championships. No pair or ice dance team from this country qualified to compete in Beijing.
The men′s event currently has 17 skaters from eight nations. A total of 20 women representing 10 nations are on the list.
The pairs competition will be a two-way battle between Canada and the United States
Teams from five nations will compete in the discipline of ice dancing, including Japan’s Kana Muramoto and Daisuke Takahashi, who will make their Championships debut in Tallinn.
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