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Day 1 at the World Figure Skating Championships

Competition started on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 with the pairs event at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario Canada. The four time and reigning World champions, Savchenko and Szolkowy (GER), scored 73.47 and are in third place after their short program. The German’s, skating to Kismet by Bond, successfully completed a throw triple flip and an outstanding triple twist lift. The team’s throw triple twist received positive GOE’s from all of the judges. Despite receiving a season’s personal best score in the short program, “Our skating was not as good as our points. It was a seasons best, but it didn’t feel like a personal best” said Szookowy.

2013 Four Continents Champions Duhamel and Radford (CAN), skated a season’s best performance to La Boheme and earned the second spot heading into Friday’s free program. They scored 73.61 in the short program. They successfully completed side-by-side throw triple lutzes and a throw triple lutz. The team was also pleased with their triple twist lift.

“ From the moment we stepped on the ice, the crowd was amazing and as we took our starting position we both felt very confident and ready to do what we had to do. The twist was great and the first few elements went really well.” Radford said.

“It was really exciting to land the triple Lutz in our short program. It’s the hardest thing in the program. When we landed it, the look on everyone’s face down in he corner of the stands, they were all really excited and I got really excited. Going into the throw, which came seconds later, we just looked at each other and took a moment to take a deep breath and just make sure that we didn’t lose our focus. The crowd was amazing. Our side by side spin was awesome and I could barely hear Eric’s call to change because the crowd was so loud. We loved it.” Duhamel added.

The 2012 and 2011 World silver medalists, Volosozhar and Trankov (RUS), are in first place after the short program. The highlights of Volosozhar and Trankov’s program included a throw triple twist and a throw triple loop that received the highest level of GOE scores from all 9 of the judges. The team received a season’s best score of 75.84 in the short program.

“ Of course we feel happy today. We got good scores and we did a good program and we skated with emotion. We tried to show our best” Volosozhar said.

Several teams received season’s best scores in the short program, including, Kavaguti and Smirnov (RUS) who scored 69.98 and are in fourth place heading into the pairs free program, Moore-Towers and Moscovitch (CAN) who earned 69.25 and earned the fifth best short program score and James and Cipres (FRA) who received a score of 60.98 and the eight best short program of the pairs short.

Pang and Tong, the 2010 Olympic silver medalists and two time world champions had a challenging skate and find themselves in sixth place after the short. “The skate today was so-so, not bad. Because of my knee injury, it is harder for us to compete. After the Grand Prix Final, we needed a break because of my injury. We took one month off. I’m still in pain today, but we are trying for more points” Tong said.


Patrick Chan (CAN), the 2012 and 2011 World Champion, is in first place after the short program after scoring a world record of 98.37. He performed a season’s best short program that included a quadruple toe, triple toe combination and triple axel.

“ I knew from the beginning of the week I was able to perform a good short program as I had trained it that way all week long. But there was still a little doubt. When you get to a competition anything can happen. Today I was more excited, not about being first after the short or the new highest score of the short program, I was more excited about finally putting out a good program, after not being able to deliver a quad-triple all season” Chan stated.

Chan trained in Detroit, Michigan leading up to the World Championships. “Going to Detroit was a really good choice for me. It made a world of difference. It was the one piece missing in my puzzle” said Chan.

Denis Ten (KAZ), who has been bothered by an ankle injury all season, earned a season’s best score of 91.56. Ten, who skated to the Artist by Ludovic Bource, nailed his quadruple toe loop, triple axel and triple flip-triple toe combination. His step sequence received positive GOE’s from all of the judges.

“I am very happy with my performance and, of course, I am very surprised like everyone that I finished second today. I will enjoy this day until the end of the day tomorrow. I will try to be fresh and try to keep my motivation and my mood for the long program. If this season was frustrating for Patrick, for me it was a complete disaster. I had so many problems. It was hard mentally and physically to train and skate well. I did not have enough confidence at each competition because there wasn’t even one when something wasn’t hurting. I would not say that I am fully recovered” Ten said.

Kevin Reynolds (CAN), the 2013 Four Continents Champion, performed his short program to Chambermaid Swing by Parov Stelar, and scored a season’s best of 85.16. He successfully completed a quadruple toe, triple toe combination and a triple axel. Although he attempted a quadruple toe, instead of a planned triple lutz, he did not receive positive GOE scores from the judges for this element.

“It was a big surprise for me as well to be here considering that ten days ago I had a small knee injury and didn’t think that I would be able to participate at the World Championships. So to have a skate like this in front of the home crowd feels great. I am really happy. To win at the Four Continents gave me confidence to deliver good programs here. I also have good results in the bank even though I had this injury” Reynolds said.

Daisuke Takahashi (JPN), the 2010 Olympic bronze medalist and 2010 World Champion, scored 84.67 and is in fourth place after the short program. Takahashi under-rotated his quadruple toe and triple lutz, triple toe combination.

Brian Joubert (FRA), the 2007 World Champion, earned a score of 84.17 and is in fifth place after the short. Joubert, who landed a quadruple combination, triple axel and triple lutz was very pleased with his skate. “I am very comfortable with how I did. Worlds is a very important competition but it is just practice for the Olympics next year” Joubert said.


— Photos by Robin Ritoss

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