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Day 2 at the World Figure Skating Championships

WOMEN’S SHORT PROGRAM

The 2010 Olympic Champion and 2009 World Champion, Kim (K0R), is the leader after the ladies short program in her first Worlds since 2011. Kim, who skated to “Kiss of the Vampire”, choreographed by David Wilson, earned a short program score of 69.97. The highlight of Kim’s program was her triple lutz-triple toe combination that received positive GOE’s score from all of the judges.  The technical panel called her triple flip as she took off from the wrong edge.

“It has been a while since I have competed in a big competition, in a big arena, and I was worried that I might not be ready to come back. However, since I’ve had such good practice sessions, I was confident that I could deliver a good performance” Kim said.

“I did all of my jumps. I checked the levels and I got some lower levels on some elements than expected, but it was okay.

Kim, who is aiming to earn two tickets for Korean skates at the 2014 Winter Olympics, will try her best in the free skate.

“I will try not to be too nervous about the long program. I did a clean long program at Korean Nationals, so I know that I can do it” said Kim.

The 2012 World Champion, Kostner (ITA), seized the second best short with a score of 66.86. Kostner, skating to A Transylvanian Lullaby (from the “Young Frankenstein” soundtrack”) by John Morris and The Devil’s Trill by Guiseppe Tartini, nailed her triple loop and double axel.  She fell on the second jump of her triple toe-triple toe combination.

“I am a little bit angry with myself. I fell on the combination which upset me a little bit. I cannot say what happened there, it goes so fast. Otherwise I had a wonderful skate and I felt so welcomed by the audience here” Kostner said.

Kostner, who put a lot of effort into the choreography of the program, was pleased that the judges appreciated her effort and awarded her high program component scores.

Murakami (JPN), the 2013 Four Continents bronze medalist, earned the third best short program score of 66.64.  This score was a season’s best for Murakami. Her program, skated to Prayer for Taylor, included a triple toe, triple toe combination and a double axel.

“The best part was that I was able to perform being relaxed and very calm. It’s a bit of a miracle that I am in 3rd place after the short program. I just try not to think about that and go into the free with the same great feeling that I had today” said Murakami.

In her World Championship debut, Osmond (CAN) is in fourth place and also earned a season’s best short program score of 64.73. Osmond received positive GOE scores from all of the judges for her triple-toe, triple-toe combination and her triple flip.

“It was amazing. I was a little nervous but once I landed my first jump, it felt perfect. The program is so much fun to skate. The program was clean. I am comfortable with my all of my jumps in the short” said Osmond.

Asada (JPN), the 2010 Olympic silver medalist and two-time world champion, is in sixth place heading into the free program.  Suzuki (JPN), the 2012 World bronze medalist is seventh after the short program. Leonova (RUS), the 2012 World Silver medalist, is in thirteenth place.

SHORT DANCE

The 2010 Olympic silver medalists, Davis and White (USA) earned the top position after the short dance receiving a season’s best score of 77.12. The team successfully completed all of their short dance elements and received positive GOE’s from the judges. They also received some perfect scores for their program components.

“We are really pleased, it was our best performance yet. We had a good time. We appreciated the audience support” said Davis.

Olympic champions, Virtue and Moir (CAN) are in second place after the short dance with a score of 73.87.

“Obviously we’re not pleased with how we stand going into the free, markswise. We really went out there and delivered. It was a strong program. Technically, we left some marks on the board. It was a strong skate all in all. I think in the twizzles we cover a lot of ice and if you do the tiniest little mistake you have to fight for it. I don’t know why the level got downgraded but we’ll see” Moir said.

Bobrova and Soloviev (RUS), the 2013 European champions are third after the short dance. They received a short dance score of 70.05.

“We gave our best performance as the marks prove. We are pleased to be in top shape for the most important competition of the season.” Soloviev said.

“I really enjoyed performing today. I felt my partner, we really connected. I was living the whole story we had thought of” Bobrova said.

Pechalat and Bourzat (FRA) , Cappellini and Lanotte (ITA) and Weaver and Poje (CAN) had season’s best short dance scores and are in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

 

— Photos by Robin Ritoss

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