Minimum Age in Figure Skating Raised to 17 for 2026 Olympics

In the run-up to the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan, members of the sport’s governing body voted Tuesday to progressively raise the minimum age for the senior competition from 15 to 17 years old.

The International Skating Union’s (ISU’S) decision was a significant move following Russian Kamila Valieva’s positive drug test and subsequent collapse earlier this year in Beijing.

In a news release, ISU said that the change was intended to protect “the physical and mental health, and emotional well-being of the Skaters,” without referring to Valieva’s specifically.

“The ISU Congress voted in favor of the ISU Council Proposal 22 to gradually increase the age limit for Senior Skaters from 15 to 17 years for the sake of protecting the physical and mental health, and emotional well-being of the Skaters,” a portion of the ISU statement read.

The senior competition age limit will stay at 15 for the upcoming season, then climb to 16 for 2023-24 and 17 for all consecutive years under the new rule.

At the ISU’s normal biennial assembly, held this year in Thailand, members overwhelmingly supported the adjustment.


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