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USFSA has 15 competitors at the World Championships in Saitama, Japan.  Twelve entrants are 2014 Olympians.

2014 Olympic gold medalists and 2013 World Champions, Meryl Davis/Charlie White have opted not to defend their title.  Caydee Denney/John Coughlin withdrew due to injury.

Jeremy Abbott, four-time US National Champion, makes his 5th and likely final appearance at the 2014 event.  Max Aaron, 2013 US National Champion, hopes to better his 2013 7th place finish.  The goal is for the men to bring home three places for the 2015 Worlds.

Gracie Gold, 2014 US National Champion, leads the ladies. She just missed the podium in Sochi, Russia and has her sights set on a World medal.  In 2013, Gold placed 6th in her first   trip to the World Championships held north of the border in London, Ontario.  Polina Edmonds, the California teenager, is making her World’s debut after placing 9th at the Olympics, her first senior international event. Ashley Wagner, 2012 and 2013 US National Champion, returns to Worlds for the third time and hopes the hat trick will score a winning goal (medal). She finished 7th at the 2014 Olympics.

In Pairs, Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir, two-time reining US National Champions, hope to improve on their disappointing performance at the 2013 World Championships. They plan to attempt the 4S throw in the free program. Pinch-hitting at the last minute are Felicia Zhang/Nathan Bartholomay, 2014 Olympians and two-time US National silver medalists.

Ice dancers, Madison Chock/Evan Bates, 2014 US National silver medalists have won World Junior titles with different partners and now visualize standing on the podium together at senior Worlds. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani, reining US National bronze medalists, make their fourth consecutive Worlds appearance. They placed 3rd in 2011.  The rookies in the line up are Alexandra Aldridge/Daniel Eaton, who got the bid when Davis/White chose not to attend. The teams accept the challenge of returning three entrants for 2015.

The four reining World Champions have chosen not to defend their titles in Saitami, Japan.  This opens the door for new medalists and new national anthems. Podium placements are up for grabs. May the best men/women/teams win!!!





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