History

The Icechallenge, the Leo Scheu Memorial, was earlier well known as the “Leo Scheu Gedächtnislaufen”

Leo-Scheu-Gedächtnislaufen (1971-2007)
In 1971 the Grazer Eislaufverein and the Verein Grazer Kunsteisbahn, decided to organize in honour to Leo Scheu a national figure skating event for the youth. This classic “Leo-Scheu-Gedächtnislaufen“ took place annually and was an official event of the Austrian figure skating federation. It has been organized in this form for 34 times. Winners of the trophy of the event, the “Leo Scheu Ehrenplaktette” have been many Austrian champions like Denise Kögl, Kathrin Freudelsperger, Karin Brandstätter, Andrea Kreuzer, Anna Wenzel, Sabine Paal, Sonja Stanek, Andrea Kus, Julia Lautowa, Ralph Burghart, Thomas Hlavik, Gerhard Hubmann, Clemens Jonas, Viktor Pfeifer, Florian Tuma or Manuel Koll. The Pirouette reported periodicialy of the performance of the skaters at the event.

In 2006 the Leo-Scheu-Gedächtnislaufen was the first national event in Austria, that was conducted according to the ISU judging system.

2007 the event was cancelled.

Icechallenge, Leo Scheu Memorial (2008-now)
2008 the Grazer Eislaufverein decided to organize this event for the first time as an international competition. This was also the reason, why the name of the event was changed to Icechallenge, Leo Scheu Memorial. 2008 about 150 athlets from countries like Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Croatia, Sweden, Suisse, Slovenia, the Czech Repulic, Hungary, Austria and Australia came to the Icechallenge.
The highlight of the Icechallenge 2008 was the Ice Gala, a charity show event on the ice with figure skating stars like Kristoffer Berntsson or Kristin Wieczorek. Host of this charity event for the Steirische Kinderkrebshilfe were two well known Austrian TV moderator, Susanne Höggerl and Felix Kossdorff.

2009 the Icechallenge is for the first time posted on the ISU calendar, it is the only competition, that is distributed in all 4 Olympic disciplines (ladies, men, pairs, icecdance) in the age categories novice, juniors and seniors.
Age groups 1996 up to 2000 were also international announced.

At the Icechallenge 2009 athletes can achieve for the first time World standing points.


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