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THE WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

THE WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ian Kirk, Staff Writer

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THIS ARTICLE EXCLUDES COVERAGE OF THE WORLD JUNIOR FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS. IF YOU WISH TO VIEW JUNIOR WORLDS, ACCESS ISU (International Skating Union). Any athlete that competes is decided upon by his or her skating union, not always the skater themselves.

 

WORLDS (MILAN, ITALY). Every year, The World Figure Skating Championships bring the entirety of the different figure skating delegations to compete. Crowned as the championships to all championships (excluding the Olympic Games. Worlds still take place on Olympic Years), gaining a medal at Worlds is gaining a ticket to a successful skating career. This year, after the heat of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, athletes from across the globe came to make their mark. With many of the “favorites” not competing after successful runs in Pyeongchang, the pool of athletes changed the previously thought standings.

 

LADIES. After the Russian doping scandal of the 2014 Sochi games, Russian athletes at this years olympics had to be recognized as the “Olympic Athletes From Russia.” This was NOT the case at Worlds, opening up titles for Russian Figure Skating organizations. Evgenia Medvedeva, two time world champion and silver medalist at the 2018 games, withdrew from this years world’s over a foot injury that caused her to withdraw many times earlier this season. Here were the top four results after the Short Program-

 

1-Carolina Kostner ITA (Placed 5th at 2018 Olympic Games) 80.27 pts

2- Alina Zagitova RUS (Won 2018 Olympic Games) 79.51 pts

3-Satoko Miyahara JAP (Placed Fourth at 2018 Olympic Games) 74.36 pts

4-Kaetlyn Osmond CAN (Placed 3rd at 2018 Olympic Games)  72.73 pts

 

After a long Free Skate, with many unexpected twist and turns, here were the final standings-

 

1-Kaetlyn Osmond 223.23 pts

2-Wakaba Higuchi 210.90 pts

3-Satoko Miyahara 210.08 pts

4-Carolina Kostner 208.88 pts

 

Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu, and Mariah Bell of the U.S placed 6th,10th,and 12th respectively

 

MEN. Nathan Chen from the United States has been the clear favorite to win any medal at an international competition for months. After a disappointing run at the 2018 Games, placing 5th, Nathan came to worlds hoping to reinvent his International streak. Yuzuru Hanyu, the 2014 Olympic Gold medalist, and the 2018 Olympic Gold medalist, did not attend worlds to have a break from the action. Here were the results after the short program.

 

1-Nathan Chen USA (Placed 5th at 2018 Olympic Games) 101.94 pts

2-Mikhail Kolyada RUS (Placed 8th at 2018 Olympic Games) 100.08 pts

3- Vincent Zhou USA (Placed 6th at 2018 Olympic Games) 96.78 pts

4-Boyang Jin CHI (Placed 4th at 2018 Olympic Games) 95.85 pts

 

Once the Free Skate was over, the standings, and the medals, changed drastically.

 

1-Nathan Chen 321.4 pts

2-Shoma Uno 273.77 pts

3- Mikhail Kolyada 272.32 pts

4-Alexei Bychenko 258.28 pts

 

DANCE. At the 2018 Olympic Games, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir became champions. Again. They won gold in 2010 at Vancouver, Silver in 2014, and gold again in Pyeongchang. The two decided to not attend Worlds. The withdraw widened up the results in Milan, creating new champions, and boding farewell to previous victors. Here were the results after the short program-

 

1-Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron FRA (Placed 2nd at 2018 Olympic Games) 83.73 pts

2-Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue USA (Placed 4th at 2018 Olympics) 80.42

3-Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje CAN (Placed 7th at 2018 Olympic Games) 78.31 pts

 

Here were the final results-

 

1- Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron 207.20 pts

2-Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue 196.64 pts

3-Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje 192.35 pts

 

PAIRS. After winning the 2018 Olympic Games with fiery passion, Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot decided that wasn’t enough. Here were the results after the short program-

 

1-Aljona Savchenko/Bruno Massot GER (Won 2018 Olympic Games) 82.98 pts

2-Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov RUS (Placed 4th at 2018 Olympic Games) 81.29 pts

3- Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres FRA (Placed 5th at 2018 Olympic Games) 75.32 pts

 

The final results-

 

1-Aljona Savchenko/Bruno Massot 245.84 pts

2- Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov 225.53 pts

3-Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres 218.36 pts

 

Alexa Scimeca Knierim/Chris Knierim USA placed 15th with 182.04 pts

 

 

International Skating Union. “ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2018.” ISU World Figure

 

Skating Championships 2018, International Skating Union, 25 Mar. 2018,

www.isuresults.com/results/season1718/wc2018/index.htm.

 

International Skating Union. “Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.” Olympic Winter Games

 

PyeongChang 2018, International Skating Union , 25 Feb. 2018, www.isuresults.com/results/season1718/owg2018/.

 

 

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