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1.	GENERAL

The "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" consists of six international senior invitational events 
and the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final". All six events will be held with the approval 
of the International Skating Union, the responsibility of the ISU Members concerned and 
in accordance with the present ISU Constitution and General Regulations 1998, the ISU 
Special Regulations Figure Skating 1998, the ISU Special Regulations Ice Dancing 1998 
and the relevant ISU Communications. The Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final belongs 
to the ISU and will be organized by the Fédération Française des Sports de Glace 
(FFSG).

The six events and the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" are open only to eligible 
persons according to the ISU Constitution and General Regulations 1998, Rule 102. 
They must be entered through their ISU Members.

The six events of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" are:


Oct.28-31, 1999      National Car Rental Skate America    Colorado Springs, U.S.A.
Nov.4-7, 1999        Sun Life Skate Canada                Saint John, Canada
Nov.11-14, 1999      Sparkassen Cup on Ice                Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Nov.18-21, 1999      Trophee Lalique                      Paris, France
Nov.25-28, 1999      Cup of Russia                        St Petersburg, Russia
Dec.2-5, 1999        NHK Trophy                           Nagoya, Japan
Jan.13-16, 2000      ISU Grand Prix Final                 Lyon, France


The "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" will be organized for the best Men, Ladies, 
Pairs and Dance Couples in


Lyon, France
from January 13th to January 16th, 2000


A point system within the six events of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" has been 
established to qualify the skaters for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final". Points will 
be obtained according to the results in each of the six events comprising the "Grand Prix 
of Figure Skating".




2.	DESIGNATION OF THE SKATERS


2.1	Seeded Skaters/Couples

	a) 	According to the results of the previous World Figure Skating 
		Championships, the skaters/couples ranking 1 - 6 in each of the 4 categories 
		(Men, Ladies, Pairs, Ice Dancing) shall be seeded into a minimum of two and 
		a maximum of three events (two events named for points). 

	b) 	In case of retirement or ineligibility of any of the top 6 skaters/couples 
		seeded, the next placed skater/couple shall be seeded.

	c) 	Such seeded skaters/couples must commit on their two assigned events 
		(counting for points). Priority will be given to the home event, if possible.

	d) 	The 3rd event in which the seeded skaters/couples are invited to participate 
		must be declared as the "non scoring event" by a date set and communicated 
		by the ISU Management Commission, but prize money will be awarded 
		according to the placement.


2.2	Invited Skaters/Couples

	a)	Each organizer of the six events of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" may 
		invite additional skaters/couples at their discretion. The maximum number of 
		entries per event is set as follows:
		Men, Ladies and Ice Dancing	not more than 12 but not less than 10 entries
		Pairs				not more than 10 but not less than 8 entries

	b)	No invited skaters/dance couples may compete in more than two events of 
		the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating". These events will count for points and 
		prize money will be awarded according to the placement. 
	
		Pairs may compete in a third event of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating", 
		which will not count for points, but prize money will be awarded according to 
		the placement. This additional third event must be declared as the "non 
		scoring event" by a date set and communicated by the ISU Management 
		Commission. 
	
	c)	No skater/couple, seeded, invited or alternate, may skate only in the 
		exhibition of an event without having participated in this event itself.
	
	d)	Each ISU Member concerned with skaters/couples (seeded or invited) named 
		for three events must announce by a date set and communicated by the ISU 
		Management Commission which events will be the "scoring events" (two 
		events) and which event has to be considered as the "non-scoring event".  
		(see also para 2.1 a) and d); 2.2 b) and 3.3)
	
	e)	A maximum of three skaters/couples of the same ISU Member may compete 
		in the same category of any individual event of the "Grand Prix of Figure 
		Skating".



3.	POINT SYSTEM


3.1	Points

A point system based on the ranking of each individual event of the "Grand Prix of 
Figure Skating" is established:

	Men,Ladies,Dance                Pairs

	1st place	  12 points	1st place	  12 points
	2nd place	   9 points	2nd place	   9 points
	3rd place 	   7 points	3rd place 	   7 points
	4th place	   5 points	4th place	   5 points
	5th place	   4 points	5th place	   4 points
	6th place	   3 points	6th place	   3 points
	7th place	   2 points
	8th place	   1 point


3.2	Confirmation of participation of seeded skaters/couples

The ISU Members must confirm the participation of their top seeded skaters/couples 
in the two events designated to the "ISU Management Commission" of the "Grand 
Prix of Figure Skating" by a date set and communicated by the ISU Management 
Commission. If a seeded skater/couple does not participate in that event for which 
he/she/they is/are designated, there will be no substitute entry. 

The invitations will be forwarded through the host ISU Member of the "Grand Prix of 
Figure Skating" event concerned.


3.3	Confirmation of participation of invited skaters/couples

The invitations for participation for skaters/couples, besides the seeded ones, will be 
forwarded to the ISU Members concerned by the host Member of the "Grand Prix of 
Figure Skating" event. The ISU Members of these invited skaters/couples must 
confirm the participation simultaneously to the ISU Management Commission and 
the host ISU Member by a date set and communicated by the ISU Management 
Commission. This confirmation must include the latest indication which events are 
the scoring and which event is the non-scoring competition, in case of receiving 
three invitations for a skater/couple. (see also 2.1 a) and 2.2.b))


3.4	Restrictions for participation in Junior and Senior Grand Prix Events

No single skater (Man or Lady) or Dance couple may compete in events of the 
"Grand Prix of Figure Skating" and "Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating" in the same 
skating season. This restriction is not valid for Pairs.



3.5	Restrictions for participation in "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" and 
"Open International Competitions"

ISU Communication No. 1023, regarding the ISU principles for entries to the "Grand 
Prix of Figure Skating" and Open International Competitions shall be applied. 


3.6	Confirmation of alternates with respect to invited skaters/couples

Alternate skaters in each individual event must be approved by the ISU Management 
Commission of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating". In general the deadline for 
alternates is set by a date communicated by the ISU Management Commission, but 
for practical reasons each organizer of an event is requested to communicate 
directly with the Chair or the Vice-Chairman of the Management Commission 
regarding late alternates. 


3.7	Points considered 

The two results as confirmed/announced are to be considered for the ranking of the 
"Grand Prix of Figure Skating". The points are added to determine the ranking of the 
"Grand Prix of Figure Skating" on the basis of the highest amount of points first .


3.8	Final ranking order

The ranking by points will be published immediately after the last event of the "Grand 
Prix of Figure Skating" (for 1999/2000 the "NHK Trophy"). Qualified for the "Grand 
Prix of Figure Skating Final" are

	the top 6 ranking Men 
	the top 6 ranking Ladies
	the top 5 ranking Pairs
	the top 5 ranking Dance Couples




3.9	Ties

If there is a tie by added points, the following criteria will be taken into consideration 
for tie-breaking:

a)	the best place obtained in the designated events will count for the better 
place/ranking;


If there is still a tie

b)	the best place in a Free Program in the designated events will count for the 
better 	place/ranking;

If there is still a tie

c)	the total of the two Free Program places in the designated events will count for 
the better place/ranking;

If there is still a tie

d)	the best place in the Short Program/Original Dance obtained in the designated 
	events will count for the better place/ranking;

If there is still a tie

e) 	the total of the two places obtained in the Short Program/Original Dance in the 
	designated events will count for the better place/ranking.

If there is still a tie

f)	the number of participants finishing the two individual events in which the tied 
skaters/couples have competed, will be added to a total. The higher number of 
participants will count for the better place/ranking.

If there is still a tie all skaters tied are qualified for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating 
Final".




4.	PRIZE MONEY OF EACH INDIVIDUAL EVENT

All prize money in favour of the awarded skaters will be paid at the end of each 
individual event through the hosting ISU Members and through the ISU Members of the 
awarded skaters. The withholding taxes, if any, will be deducted according to the 
respective law of the host country taking into account double tax treaties with the 
countries of the awarded skaters. The ISU is not responsible for any taxes, fees or other 
cost.


4.1	Prize money for each individual event

The Global Prize Money per individual event of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" will 
be 
US$     264,000.00

awarded to winners and placed skaters/couples as follows:


Men, Ladies,Pairs and Ice Dancing

1st place        US$ 30,000.00
2nd place        US$ 18,000.00
3rd place        US$ 10,000.00
4th place        US$  5,000.00
5th place        US$  3,000.00

Prize money may be reduced or completely withheld if a skater/couple:

i)	will not participate in the final exhibition gala of the event concerned with at least 
one exhibition number (show dance or similar) plus an "encore" if so requested.
ii)	does not attend the press conference after his/her/their event.
iii)	does not take part in social events if asked by the ISU and/or the organizer.

The decision to reduce or withhold the prize money can only be made by the ISU 
Management Commission after consultation with the ISU Grand Prix Coordinator.


4.2	Point Bonus System

The point system will globally allocate

US$  37,800.00

to the skaters/couples who scored points in the individual events but did not qualify 
for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final". The respective payment in favour of the 
awarded skaters of this "point bonus" will be made by the ISU after the "Grand Prix 
of Figure Skating Final" for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" 1999/2000 to the ISU 
Members concerned. Gross amounts are paid and the ISU is not responsible for any 
taxes, fees or other cost.

Points, valid for the "Point Bonus System", will only be calculated for those skaters, 
who did not receive prize money within the individual event concerned. 



5. TECHNICAL DETAILS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL EVENTS


Men:	Short Program	Duration max. 2 min., 40 sec.;
                        the prescribed elements to be skated are 
                        those listed in ISU Special Regulations  
                        Figure Skating 1998, Rule 310, para 2

	Free Skating	Duration 4 min., 30 sec.; 
			in accordance with ISU Special Regulations
			Figure Skating 1998, Rule 320 

	
	Factors		Short Program	0,5
			Free Skating	1,0



Ladies:	Short Program	see Men;

	Free Skating	Duration 4 min., 
			in accordance with ISU Special Regulations 
			Figure Skating 1998, Rule 320
	
	Factors		see Men;



Pairs:	Short Program	Duration max. 2 min., 40 sec.;
			the prescribed elements to be skated are 
			those listed in ISU Special Regulations 
			Figure Skating 1998, Rule 313, para 2, 3, 4, 
			group C

	Free Skating	Duration 4 min., 30 sec.;
			in accordance with ISU Special Regulations
			Figure Skating 1998, Rule 321

	Factors		Short Program	0,5
			Free Skating	1,0




Ice Dancing:	Compulsory Dance	One of the four Compulsory Dances
					announced for the 1999/2000 season to be 
					skated at each of the six events. The 
					prescribed Compulsory Dances determined 
					by the Ice Dance Technical Committee 
					(IDTC) for each event are as follows:

					Skate America, USA		Viennese Waltz
					Skate Canada, CAN		Yankee Polka
					Sparkassen Cup, GER		Quickstep
					Trophée Lalique, FRA		Argentine Tango
					Cup of Russia, RUS		Viennese Waltz
					NHK-Trophy, JPN		Yankee Polka

		Original Dance		Duration 3 min.;
					Rhythms: "Latin Combination"
					Any 2 or 3 of Cha Cha, Mambo, Merengue, 
   					Rhumba or Samba
					Any tempo - with hesitation, retard or pause
					2/4, 2/2 ("cut time") and 4/4 time 
					Music & composition in accordance with ISU 
					Communications No. 1005, 1022 and 1026 
					for the season 1999/2000. 

		Free Dance		Duration 4 min.;
					Music & composition in accordance with ISU 
					Special Regulations Ice Dancing 1998, Rule 
					510 (Season 1999/2000) and ISU                   
					Communications No. 1022 and 1026.  

		Factors			Compulsory Dance	0,4
					Original Dance		0,6
					Free Dance		1,0




6	REFEREES AND JUDGES


6.1	Referees and Assistant Referees

Each Member Federation hosting an event of the "Grand Prix" will propose to the 
Management Commission the names of Referees and Assistant Referees, who are 
selected for invitation by a date set by the ISU. The coordination will be made by the 
Management Commission and submitted to the ISU President for confirmation not 
later than by a date set and communicated by the ISU.

An individual Grand Prix event must have at least one ISU Office Holder (Technical 
Committee Member) as a Referee and/or Assistant Referee but not more than two 
Office Holders serving per event.


6.2	Panel of Judges

Each panel in each individual event of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" and the 
"Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" will consist of at least seven Judges from seven 
different ISU Members and one Substitute Judge.

No Judge, Referee or Assistant Referee may serve in more than two disciplines per 
event.


6.3	Limitation of Events / Disciplines

No official (Referee, Assistant-Referee, Judge) may serve in more than two out of 
the six individual events of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating". The "Grand Prix of 
Figure Skating Final" does not count for this limitation.

No official may serve in more than two disciplines within one event of the "Grand Prix 
of Figure Skating" (see para 6.2).

Each organizer of an event of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" must inform the ISU 
Management Commission of the name and ISU Member of the Judges entered for 
this event, by a date set and communicated by the ISU Management Commission. 
All name changes of Judges must be forwarded to the ISU Management 
Commission as well.


6.4	Referees and Judges Expenses

Referees, Assistant Referees, Judges and Substitute Judges will receive an 
honorarium of US$ 300.00 for each individual "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" event 
and US$ 600.00 for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final".





7.	GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING FINAL1999/2000


According to the ranking order by points 

					the top 6 Men and Ladies,

					the top 5 Pairs and

					the top 5 Dance Couples

are invited to the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" , which will take place in

Lyon, France, from January 13th  to  January 16th, 2000

The format is as described in Appendices A and B (attached).



7.1	Bonus for participation in the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final"

A skater/couple, except those skaters/couples entered through a wild card (see point 
7.3), will receive an extra bonus of

				US$   10,000.00

for participation in the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final", provided the 
skater/couple 

		a) completes all initial rounds (1 and 2) of the final event including the 	
		   Gala Exhibition;
		b) takes part in all social events of the final event, if asked by the ISU
		   and/or the host organizer.

Skaters/couples who are unable to finish their event in case of injury or illness but 
who have completed at least one initial round in the Final, may be also granted the 
extra bonus, provided that a medical confirmation by the official doctor/Medical 
Advisor of the ISU can be presented. 
The bonus in favour of the awarded skaters will be paid at the end of the Final 
through the hosting ISU Member and through the ISU Members of the awarded 
skaters. The withholding taxes, if any, will be deducted according to the respective 
law of the host country taking into account double tax treaties with the countries of 
the awarded skaters. The ISU is not responsible for any taxes, fees or other cost. 

If the number of qualified skaters/couples has to be increased due to a tie, the 
"Bonus for participation in the Final" will be divided equally between the tied 
skaters/couples.




7.2	Prize Money

The ISU will make available the Global Prize Money of the "Grand Prix of Figure 
Skating Final" of

US$ 	482,000.00

The prize money in favour of the awarded skaters will be paid at the end of the Final 
through the hosting ISU Members and through the ISU Members of the awarded 
skaters. The withholding taxes, if any, will be deducted according to the respective 
law of the host country taking into account double tax treaties with the countries of 
the awarded skaters. The ISU is not responsible for any taxes, fees or other cost. 

Men and Ladies			Pairs and Ice Dancing

1st placeUS$ 50,000.00		1st placeUS$ 50,000.00
2nd placeUS$ 30,000.00		2nd placeUS$ 30,000.00
3rd placeUS$ 20,000.00		3rd placeUS$ 20,000.00
4th placeUS$ 10,000.00		4th placeUS$ 10,000.00
5th placeUS$  8,000.00		5th placeUS$  8,000.00
6th placeUS$  5,000.00



The Prize Money will be awarded immediately after the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating 
Final".


7.3	Wild Card of the "Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating"

The host country of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" has the right to play one 
"Wild Card" for a skater/couple of its own country, provided that no skater/couple of 
the host country has qualified for the Final. This "Wild Card" can be used either for a 
Lady, Man, Pair or Dance couple.

The "Wild Card" can only be used for a skater/couple who was originally entered in 
two events of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" finishing at least one event but who 
could not qualify for the Final. This skater/couple will skate first in the 1st Free 
Skating Program/Free Dance (A) respectively.




7.4	Technical Details and Venue for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final"

Organizing
Committee:	Fédération Française des Sports de Glace

Place:	Lyon, France 

Men:	Free Skating A	Duration 4 min., 30 sec.; in accordance with 
			ISU Special Regulations Figure Skating 
			1998, Rule 320

	Free Skating B	Duration 4 min., 30 sec.; in accordance with 
			ISU Special Regulations Figure Skating 
			1998, Rule 320 

	Short Program	Duration max. 2 min., 40 sec.; the 
			prescribed elements to be skated are those listed in 
			ISU Special Regulations Figure Skating 1998, 
			Rule 310, para 2

	Remarks:	The two Free Skating Programs must be 	
			different in at least 50% of the music 
			chosen, the costume and in their whole character.  
			Each skater has to decide before the 
			first draw, which Free Skating Program he 
			will skate first (A) and which Free Skating 
			Program he will skate last (B).  There 
			is no change possible after the first draw.

Ladies:	Free Skating A	Duration 4 min.; in accordance with ISU 
			Special Regulations Figure Skating 1998, 
			Rule 320

	Free Skating B	Duration 4 min.; in accordance with ISU 
			Special Regulations Figure Skating 1998, 
			Rule 320 
	
	Short Program	see Men;
	
	Remarks:	see Men; 	

Pairs:	Free Skating A	Duration 4 min., 30 sec.; in accordance with 
			ISU Special Regulations Figure Skating 
			1998, Rule 321

	Free Skating B	Duration 4 min., 30 sec.; in accordance with
			ISU Special Regulations Figure Skating 
			1998, 	Rule 321

	Short Program	Duration max. 2 min., 40 sec.; the 
			prescribed elements to be skated are those listed in 
			ISU Special Regulations Figure Skating 1998, 
			Rule 313, para 2 and 3, group C

	Remarks:	see Men; 	

Ice Dancing:	Free Dance A 	(To be skated in Round 1)	
				Duration: 4 min.;
				must be in accordance with the ISU  Special  
				Regulations Ice Dancing 1998, Rule 510 
				(Season 1999/2000) as written with the 
				following exceptions: 
				Paragraph 3) applies except that vocal 
				music may not be used;
				Paragraph 4i) applies. In addition, the 
				maximum number of lifts shall be 7;
				Paragraph 4j) shall not apply. 
				(Therefore, Required Elements need not 
				to be included)
				This means that any previous Free Dance, 
				part or parts of a previous Free Dance or a 
				fully new or partially new Free Dance may 
				be skated provided it complies with the 
				above. 

		Original Dance 	(To be skated in Round 1)	
				Duration 3 min.;
				Rhythms: "Latin Combination"
				Any 2 or 3 of Cha Cha, Mambo, Merengue, 
   				Rhumba or Samba
				Any tempo - with hesitation, retard or pause
				2/4, 2/2 ("cut time") and 4/4
				Music and composition in accordance with 
				ISU Communications No. 1005, 1022 and 
				1026 for the season 1999/2000.

		Free Dance B 	(To be skated in "Super Final" – Round 3 & 4)
				Duration: 4 minutes;
				Music and composition must be in 
				accordance with ISU Special Regulations 
				Ice Dancing 1998, Rule 510 (Season 
				1999/2000) and ISU Communications No. 
				1022 and 1026.

	Specific Remarks:	Free Dance "A" and "B" must be completely 
				different programs. 
		 
		
Factors:	Men, Ladies, Pairs	Round 1 (Free Skate A)	1,0
					Round 2 (Short Program)	0,5
	
		Dance			Round 1 (Free Dance A)	0,6
					Round 2 (Original Dance)	0,4

	Points, places or any other marks of Round 1 and 2 are no longer 
	valid for the "Super Final".
	Round 3  and 4 are "Head to Head" and have no factors.




7.5 	Progress of Competition

Round 1	All participants skate their first Free Skating Program/Free Dance A.	
	It is at the skaters' discretion, which of the Free Skating Programs they 
	skate first, but Ice Dancers must skate Free Dance A. 

Round 2	All participants skate their Short Program/Original Dance.

The result of Round 1 and Round 2 is the "Combined Result". Place 5 and 6 of the 
combined result in the single events, Place 5 in the pair event and Place 5 in the 
Dance event receive prize money, but do not progress to the Super Final. They will 
also take part in the Gala Exhibition.


Round 3			Places 3 and 4 of the combined result compete with their 2nd Free 
			Skating Program/Free Dance B in a "Head to Head" competition 
			for the Final 3rd and 4th Place.

Round 4			Places 1 and 2 of the combined result compete with their 2nd Free 
			Skating program/Free Dance B in a "Head to Head" competition for 
			the Final 1st and 2nd Place.

Round 3 skates before Round 4. There is a separate draw in each Round to 
determine which Skater skates first.

All skaters who qualified for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" will participate in 
the Gala Exhibition.


7.6	Ties

In case of ties after Round 2, ISU Special Regulations for Figure Skating 1998, Rule  
356, paragraph 4 and ISU Special Regulations Ice Dancing 1998, Rule 546, 
paragraph 3, c) will apply. 


7.7	Entries

Invitations on behalf of the ISU to the qualified skaters/couples will be forwarded by 
the host Organizing Committee of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" to the ISU 
Members concerned including all official forms.

If a skater/couple cannot participate due to injury 

a)	he/she/they must inform the Organizing Committee, the ISU Management 
	Commission and the ISU Secretariat simultaneously in writing through the 
	respective ISU Member immediately so that the Organizing Committee, 
	the ISU Management Commission or the ISU Secretariat can extend an 
	invitation on behalf of the ISU to the next ranked skater/couple.

b)	An injured skater may be called to the place of the "Grand Prix of Figure 
	Skating Final", at the expense of the ISU, to be examined by the ISU 
	Medical Advisor 


7.8	Referees and Assistant Referees

The Referees and Assistant Referees for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" will 
be appointed by the ISU President. The ISU Management Commission may submit 
recommendations to the ISU President.  

The Referee must have the qualification of "Referee for ISU Championships", the 
Assistant Referee must have the qualification of at least "Referee for International 
Competitions".


7.9	Judges

The panel of Judges will consist of at least seven Judges from seven different ISU 
Members and one Substitute Judge.

The composition of the panel of Judges in each category will be made according to 
the following procedure:

a)	first priority will be given to the participating ISU Members in each category;
b)	second priority, if necessary, will be given to the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" 
	Members hosting the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Events;
c)	third priority, if necessary, will be given to the ISU Members with skaters/couples 
	not qualified for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" in the discipline 
	concerned, starting from that skater/couple with the highest total amount of
	points (= first substitute).

The ISU must inform through the host country of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating 
Final" all ISU Members concerned about the number of Judges set or qualified. 

The selection of Judges will be made by the respective ISU Member.

Judges must have the qualification of at least "International Competition Judge".

No Judge may serve in more than two disciplines of the "Grand Prix of Figure 
Skating Final".


7.10	Schedule (subject to change)

The first official practice is scheduled on Wednesday, January 12th, 2000 
commencing at 12.00 hours.

The Judges' Meeting and the composition of the panel of Judges is scheduled on 
January 13th, 2000.

The Opening & Draws are scheduled on January 13th, 2000.

All events are scheduled between January 14th and 15th, 2000.

The Gala Exhibition is scheduled on Sunday, January 16th, 2000.


7.11	Expenses

The organizing Member will pay travel expenses for air-fare at economy rates for all 
Competitors qualified for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final", for all Judges 
invited (see 7.9), the Referees and Assistant Referees from their domicile to Lyon 
and return. 

The organizing Member will pay board and lodging for all Competitors and Judges, 
Referees and Assistant Referees from Wednesday, January 12th, 2000 (incl. lunch) 
to Monday, January 17th, 2000 (incl. lunch). All overseas Competitors, Judges and 
Referees/Assistant Referees will be covered from their day of arrival until their day of 
departure according to their flight possibilities.


7.12	Liability

According to ISU Constitution and General Regulations 1998, Rule 119, the 
organizer and the ISU accept no liability for injuries or damage sustained by 
Competitors or Officials.


8.	ALTERNATES


8.1	Replacement of seeded skaters in the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating"

A top seeded skater/couple who becomes ineligible will be replaced by the 
immediately following skater/couple based on the results of the previous World 
Figure Skating Championships.


8.2	Replacement for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final"

A qualified skater/couple for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final", unable to 
participate, will be replaced by the immediately following skater/couple based on the 
ranking order of points. 

The first three alternate skaters/couples must stay on "stand-by" until three days 
before the "Opening & First Draws" of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" 
(scheduled on January 13th, 2000) as possible alternates. These alternate 
skaters/couples are responsible for their own necessary visa affairs or travel 
documents. 

Any replacements do not influence at first the invitation of Judges and/or the 
composition of the panel of Judges.


8.3	Decision for Replacements

The ISU Management Commission of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" and the ISU 
will decide upon any replacements.

9.	INJURIES or ILLNESS of top seeded skaters

In any case of injury or illness a medical certification, confirmed by the ISU Member 
and/or an ISU Medical Advisor has to be sent to the Chairman of the ISU Management 
Commission and the ISU Secretariat simultaneously.


10.	DOPING

10.1	Doping Tests in the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" and "Grand Prix of 
Figure Skating Final"

Doping tests will be conducted in each of the six events of the "Grand Prix of Figure 
Skating" as well as the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final". 
The tests will be carried out on the best skater/couple of each category of the final result 
of each event and the Final. One skater from the remainder of the skaters shall be 
selected by random draw in Singles, Pairs and Ice Dancing. In Pair Skating and Ice 
Dancing, either the man or the lady but not both shall be tested and shall be selected by 
random draw. Doping tests will be carried out according to ISU Regulations, Rule 139, 
and the current Doping Rules as communicated by the relevant ISU Communication. 


11.	INFORMATION

For further information any request should be addressed to

		Morry STILLWELL
		Chairman of the ISU Grand Prix Management Commission
		941 Tomorro Lane, 
		Fallbrook, CA 92028, USA
		phone: (+) 1 760 728 4209
		fax:      (+) 1 760 728 4436


12.	"Grand Prix of Figure Skating" ORGANIZING 	COMMITTEE

ISU		Mr. Ottavio CINQUANTA, Honorary Chairman
CFSA		Mrs. Betty BOUMA and Mr. David DORE 
FFSG		Mr. Bernard GOY and Mr. Didier GAILHAGUET
DEU		Mrs. Angela SIEDENBERG and Mr. Peter KRICK
JSF		Mr. Katsuichiro HISANAGA and Mr. Nagahisa ONO
FSFR		Mr. Valentin PISEEV and Mr. Sergei KONONYKHIN
USFSA		Mr. James DISBROW, Mr. Morry STILLWELL, Mr. Jerry LACE and  
		Mr. John F. LEFEVRE
	
ISU Management Commission

Morry STILLWELL			Chairman
Peter KRICK			Vice Chairman
David DORE			Recorder
Bernard GOY
Sergei KONONYKHIN
Nagahisa ONO

13.	"GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING FINAL"

International Skating Union

	Mr. Ottavio CINQUANTA, President

	Contact:	Mr. Fredi SCHMID
			General Secretary
			International Skating Union
			Chemin de Primerose 2
			CH-1007 Lausanne
			phone: (+) 21 612 66 66
			fax:      (+) 21 612 66 77

Organizing Committee

Contact:		Mr. Didier GAILHAGUET, President
			35, rue Felicien David 
			F-75016  Paris, France
			phone:  (+) 1 5392 8181
			fax:    (+) 1 5392 8182



Appendices


Appendix A:  	Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 1999/2000
			Technical Details




Appendix B:  	Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 1999/2000
Technical Details Ice Dancing

First Round

Five dance couples to skate a Free Dance "A" as described in the Technical 
Announcement. It must be a completely different Free Dance from the Free Dance "B" to 
be skated in the "Super Final". 

	Value 60% (Factor 0.6)


Second Round

Five dance couples to skate an Original Dance – "Latin Combination", constructed in 
accordance with ISU Communications No. 1005, 1022 and 1026.

Value:  40%  (Factor  0,4)


Combined result of Rounds 1 and 2

Place points of Rounds 1 and 2 to be combined to determine placings 1 to 5.

Values:	0,6 + 0,4 = 1,0

In case a tie after Round 1 and 2, ISU Special Regulations Ice Dancing 1998, Rule 546, 
paragraph 3, c) will apply.
Couples placing 1 through 4 will proceed to Round 3 and Round 4. The Couple placing 
5th is eliminated.


Third and fourth Round (Super Final)

The two couples who placed 3rd and 4th in the First and Second Rounds shall compete 
"Head to Head" to decide the final placing for positions 3 and 4.

The two couples who placed 1st and 2nd in the First and Second Rounds shall compete 
"Head to Head" to decide the final placing for positions 1 and 2.

These couples are to skate the Free Dance "B" as described in the Technical 
Announcement. This cannot be the same as the Free Dance skated in the First Round. 

Value:  100%  (separate from Rounds 1 and 2.)

Rounds 3 and 4 are "Head to Head" and have no factors. 

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