U.S. Figure Skating has announced a brand new event, set to air November 15, in order to provide their domestic skaters an extra opportunity to compete and earn money, as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has shrunk the regular opportunities.
The Las Vegas Invitational, presented by HomeLight, will feature two teams of six skaters – three ladies and three men each – who will perform their free skate programs, and their scores will be summed up. The team with the highest total score will win.
This event will use the International Judging System to score the performances, with a slight modification – both the ladies and the men will be evaluated using the same components factor of 1.6. Typically, men are scored with a factor of 2.0; therefore, the men’s scores will be lower than at regular competitions.
Teams are split into Tara Lipinski’s team and Johnny Weir’s team, and will be captained by the reigning National champions Nathan Chen and Alysa Liu. The total prize money for the competition is $50,000.