The 2021 Peggy Fleming Trophy Returns as a Virtual Event
The 4th annual Peggy Fleming Trophy (PFT) was held yesterday. It continued as a virtual streamed event for a second year. The sixteen entrants were U.S. Senior Level nationally and internationally ranked Men and Ladies skaters, who competed with and against each other for the Trophy, prize money, the sculpture trophy and well-deserved recognition.
The focus of all four events is the skater’s ability to artistically express and present a complete composition while demonstrating superb technical skills. The music, creativity and overall performance qualities are the emphasis of the event, and all skating elements are carefully assessed from an artistic point of view.
Greg and Peggy Jenkins, aka Team Jenkins, along with Gale and Tom Tanger, aka Team Tanger, collaborated with the Broadmoor Skating Club and U.S. Figure Skating to create this special event for U.S. Figure Skating Fan Zone.
Follow this link to watch this year’s event:
(Note, if 2021 PFT not immediately visible, go to the VIDEO tab at the top and then click VIDEO CORNER)
Congratulations to the Ladies who won all three 2021 podium positions:
1st place--Karen Chen
2nd place--Alysa Liu
3rd place--Isabeau LeVito
Last year, and in response to the pandemic, the event wasre-formatted from being live and in-person during the annual Broadmoor Open competitionin Colorado Springs to a virtual event. We continued this format in 2021. The sixteen entrants videotaped their 3:30 minute performances at their home ice arenas and then digitally uploaded them to a U.S. Figure Skating platform for evaluation and scoring by a renowned group of World and Olympic judges and officials.
Using custom software to connect the remotely located officials panel, theycould watch the performances simultaneously online and then immediately submit their scores. This then led to the one hour and forty-one-minute show by U.S. Figure Skating on Fan Zone for viewing by a worldwide audience numbering in the thousands.
There are nine technical elements which have fixed base scoring values, and which receive Grade of Execution (GOE) marks based on the artistic execution of the element in relationship to the program as a whole.
The Nine Technical Elements:
- 4 Jump elements (one Axel-type)
- 3 Spin elements (one Creative Spin)
- 1 Step Sequence
- 1 Signature Move
Unique to this event are the Signature Move and the Creative Spin:
- Signature Move—An original move/movement series, or an iconic skating move, jump or spin tailored to your creativity, personal style and strength.
- Creative Spin—A spin of 6 revolutions or more created with unique positions and design, giving the skater creative identity without limitations of position and features.
For additional information on the Signature Move Definition, click here
Continuing their ongoing commitment to the event, Greg and Peggy Jenkins donate the prize money to the Broadmoor Skating Club and the Club then distributes it to the winners.
Prize money awarded to the winners of the 2021 Peggy Fleming Trophy:
- Karen Chen, $3000
- Alysa Liu, $2000
- Isabeau LeVito, $1000
The winner’s plaque, inscribed with Karen Chen’s name, will be added to the side of the special sculpture that Peggy commissioned and donated to the Broadmoor Skating Club in celebration of the event. It can be seen in a display case in the Broadmoor Hotel’s West Tower Lobby.
Additionally, non-podium skaters receiving +4 and/or +5 GOEs by a majority of the judges on their Signature Moveand/or Creative Spin received a $100 award for each of these elements as a special acknowledgement.
Signature Move - Skaters awarded $100:
- Tomoki Hiwatashi
- Emmanuel Savary
- Sonja Hilmer
- Sierra Venetta
- Julia Fennell
- Ben Jalovick
Creative Spin - Skaters awarded $100:
- Tomoki Hiwatashi
- Emmanuel Savary
Entries in the 2021 Peggy Fleming Trophyin alphabetical order:
Starr Andrews, Maxine Marie Bautista, Karen Chen, Julia Fennell, Courtney Hicks, Sonja Hilmer, Tomoki Hiwatashi, Rena Ikenishi, Ben Jalovick, Isabeau LeVito, Alysa Liu, Jordan Moeller, Camden Pulkinen, Emmanuel Savary, Andrew Torgashev and Sierra Venetta.
The Peggy Fleming Trophy and the Broadmoor Skating Club continue to lead the way in promoting artistry and creativity for the benefitof all of figure skating and our U.S. competitors.