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Day 4 at the World Figure Skating Championships

FREE DANCE

Meryl Davis and Charlie White (USA) captured the gold medal in the ice dance competition after winning both the short dance and free dance. The 2011 World Champions scored 112.44 in the free dance which is shy of their personal and season best of 112.68.

The 2011 World Champions skated their free dance to Notre Dame de Paris by Richard Cocciante. The team, who is coached by Marina Zueva and Oleg Epstein, train with 2010 Olympic champions, Virtue and Moir (CAN) in Michigan.

“The season was great and we approached it in and of itself and that has been an asset out career. We have worked really hard and have a very good work ethic. We are very happy” Davis said.

“First of all, we are really proud of our skate. It was a lot of fun out there. We have to celebrate these moments. There is not an infinite amount of them. We feel that we have left it all out on the ice today. We accomplished all of our goals in this competition. We are looking forward to the challenge of next year and making the most of it. We would like the Olympic gold medal. You know that it’s back to work now and that’s fun and exciting and something to look forward to. We are really pleased” White added.

Virtue and Moir, of Canada, had the second best free dance of the evening and won the silver medal in Virtue’s hometown.

“This community has supported us from day one. We feel that we gave our fans today a bit of a show. We had a speed bump at Four Continents, and were able to come back strong from that” Moir said.

“It’s the best we skated this year. We are so happy to end the season on a high note. Sochi is coming up quick. We are looking forward to next season, an Olympic year. This is great building block” Virtue said.

Bobrova and Soloviev (RUS), the 2013 European Champions, earned the bronze medal.  They skated their free dance to Man with a Harmonica by Ernnio Morricone (remix by Appollo 44) and Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (new arrangement) and earned a score of 99.14.

“This is our first World medal. It means a lot to us. We’ve worked hard for it. I t hasn’t been easy for us.  We had some illness to deal with and had a hard time in practice, but we were able to reach the podium at the World Championships” Soloviev said.

“In three days, we achieved what we aimed for. To win the bronze medal at Worlds in the pre-Olympic season is very important to us” Bobrova added.

The Italian team, Cappellini and Lanotte, had the third best free dance and finished in fourth place. They scored 100.11 in the free dance which was a new season best and personal best.

“It has been a great night. It was a big challenge going on after Tessa and Scott with the same music. We didn’t want to look weak compared to them so we had to work even harder. We are honoured to be here and appreciate this experience. We are taking no vacation. On Monday we are back on the ice to get ready for next season. We want to go to the Olympics extremely prepared. Hopefully next season will be our best season yet” Cappellini said.

“This is our best season so far. We are very  happy and we worked very hard. Overall, with tonight, we are really happy with how we performed” Lanotte continued.

LADIES FREE COMPETITION

The 2010 Olympic champion and 2009 World Champion , Yuna Kim, of Korea, won the gold medal at her first world championships since 2011. She scored 148.34 in the free program narrowly missing her personal best score of 150.06.  Kim nailed her triple lutz combination, triple flip and triple lutz in her program choreographed to Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schonberg.

“I had a great long program today and I am proud I could do it” said Kim.

Kim returned to competition in the fall of 2012 after not competing since the 2011 World Championships.

Carolina Kostner (ITA), the 2012 World Champion, and 2013 European champion, earned the silver medal with the third best free skate score of 131.03.  Kostner posted a personal best and season best score. Kostner, skating to Bolero by Maurice Ravel, nailed her triple lutz and triple flip-triple toe combination who started her program with a nose bleed.

“I did encounter some difficulties today. It wasn’t easy because the blood was just running out of my nose, like a river. During my first spin I was still holding my nose, but then I said to myself, if you want to finish you need to let it go, and then I just tried to forget about it as much as I could. I think it was a lesson that I had to learn here” Kostner said.

Mao Asada, of Japan, the 2013 Four Continents Champion and 2013 Grand Prix Final Champion secured the bronze medal with her performance to Swan Lake by Peter I. Tchalkovski.

“Regarding my free program today, I wanted to execute everything I did in training. So, of course, I hated the fact that I missed my triple Axel and my triple-triple combination. During my program I was able to change my mindset quickly and enjoy the skating. I nailed the second part of my program. I really had good training coming into Worlds and I am very happy about my season” said Asada.

Asada, who was sixth after the short, had the second best free program.

 

— Photos by Robin Ritoss

 

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