Approximately 1,443 athletes, aged 17-25, from 595 universities across 44 countries will converge on Lake Placid, New York, for the 2023 World University Games, which take place Jan. 12-22. Twelve winter sports will be contested.
The figure skating events will be held at the Olympic Center, the site of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games.
Two disciplines will be contested — singles and ice dance. The competition kicks off with the rhythm dance on Jan. 13, followed by the men′s short program.
An exhibition gala will take place on Jan. 16 starting at 2 p.m. As well as the top finishers from the competition, Karen Chen, Oona Brown and Gage Brown, the World Junior ice dance champions, Figure Skating in Harlem, Ice Theatre of New York and and some of New York’s best skaters will be performing.
Japan named its team on Nov. 12 with Yuma Kagiyama, Shun Sato, Tatsuya Tsuboi, Kaori Sakamoto, Mai Mihara and Rion Sumiyoshi all slated to compete. Kagiyama has since withdrawn as he continues to recover from his injury. Sōta Yamamoto will take his place.
Japanese skaters have claimed 18 victories at this competition since 1966. In recent times, Daisuke Takahashi won back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2007 and Mai Mihara reigned supreme in 2019. This would have been a nostalgic competition for Kagiyama and his father who finished third at the 1993 Universiade in Zakopane, Poland, behind Australia’s Anthony Liu and Damon Allen of the United States.
Ticket prices start at US$15 for individual competitions and $25 for the gala. Links to purchase tickets are included in the Event Schedule below.
In the U.S., the competition will be streamed on the ESPN+ channel and will air on ESPN2 and ESPNU. Canadians can watch the competition on the TSN network. The event will also be live streamed on Olympics.com (not available in the U.S. or Canada). Eurosport will live stream the competition in various European countries.