Following the withdrawal by the Chinese Skating Association to host the 2022 International Skating Union (ISU) Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, the organization announced today that the competition will be moved to Europe and hosted by the Estonian Skating Union in Tallinn from January 18 to 23, a week after the 2022 ISU European Figure Skating Championships in the same location.
The ISU Four Continents Championships feature figure skaters from the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Oceania – the 2022 edition would be the first time this competition is held in a European country. It was originally scheduled to take place in Tianjin, China but those plans were nixed due to logistical issues due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The last time the ISU Four Continents Championships took place was February of 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. Then, Yuzuru Hanyu won his first gold medal at the competition in only four career appearances – having won the silver medal in 2011, 2013, and 2017. In the women’s event, Rika Kihira won her second consecutive title.
Sui Wenjing and Han Cong won their sixth title in the pairs event, while Madison Chock and Evan Bates took their second consecutive gold medals.