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Skate Canada has sent seventeen skaters to the World Championships in Saitama, Japan, from March 24-30.  Thirteen competed at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Patrick Chan, three-time Men’s World Champion, and Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir, two-time Ice Dance World Champions will not compete at Worlds for the first time since 2006.

Kevin Reynolds, 2014 Olympian Team Event silver medalist, heads the men’s contingent determined to better his 5th place at the 2013 World Championships.  Elladj Balde and newly crowned World Junior Champion, Nam Nguyen, make their debut at Senior Worlds.

Kaetlyn Osmond, Olympic Team Event silver medalist, and Gabrielle Daleman, 2014 Olympian, represent the Ladies.  Osmond, two-time Canadian National Champion, placed 8th at the 2013 World Championships in London, Ontario.  Daleman, Canadian National bronze medalist makes her inaugural World appearance in Japan.

After the Olympics, Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford, 2013 Pairs Worlds bronze medalists, tinkered with elements in their free program. They moved the combination jump to the first half and changed it to 3S, 2T, 2T. “The point count is the same, and we think the program will breathe more,” commented Duhamel. Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch have their eyes on the podium after finishing 4th at the 2013 Worlds.  Paige Lawrence/Rudy Swiegers make their Worlds debut in Japan. Duhamel/Radford and Moore-Towers/Moscovitch won Olympic Team Event silver medals.

Ice dancers, Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje, 2014 Olympians, compete at their 6th World Championships. The Canadian silver medalists see an open opportunity with the 2013 gold and silver medalists skipping the event.  Since the winter games, they’ve worked on improving their Short Dance. “We’ve concentrated on the technical mark after leaving points on the ice in Sochi,” said Weaver. Alexandra Paul/Mitchell Islam, 2014 Olympians, make their first trip to Worlds.  Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier, 2014 Four Continents silver medalists, return to Worlds for their second consecutive year. Poirier competed in 2011 with a previous partner.

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