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German pair win gold in final competition


The World Figure Skating Championships opened in Saitama, Japan on March 26, 2014 with 177 skaters from 38 ISU member countries competing for a total $710,000.00.



Teams are judged on Required Elements: lasso lift, twist (double or triple), throw jump (double or triple), solo jump (double or triple), pair spin combination, backward inside death spiral, step sequence.

Reining champions, Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov (RUS) did not defend their title. Olympic, Worlds and 4C’s medalists, Quing Pang/Jian Tong (CHN), retired.

The 23 short programs were relatively clean with only three under rotated jumps, three falls, and one time deduction. A few sbs triple jumps were downgraded to doubles.

Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy led after a clean performance skated to The Pink Panther. The Germans earned Level4 in their spin, lift, death spiral and footwork The 79.02 score was a season best.  Thinking about the last short program of their career Szolkowy said, “I wanted to enjoy it. The first three elements were work, the rest was to enjoy”.

The 2013 World bronze medalists Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford placed second, skating to an original composition by Radford.  The Canadian’s earned the evening’s highest technical mark with all Level4 elements and a difficult 3Lz sbs jump and 3Lz throw. The 77.01 total points was a personal best.  After the performance, Duhamel commented, “Today was a great audience, and they even stood up, which means something to us”.

In third place were 2014 Olympic silver medalists, Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov. The team scored Level4 in the spin, lift and footwork and earned a new personal best 76.15 points. Stolbova commented on being the top Russian team in their senior Worlds’ debut, “We do feel some pressure but try to ignore it and just skate and enjoy Japan.”

The two Chinese teams, Wenjing Sui/Cong Han and Cheng Peng/Hao Zhang, were 4th and 5th. Canadians, Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch placed 6th.  The USA teams were 11th and 14th. The top sixteen teams qualified for the Free Program.


Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy won their fifth World title before a sold out crowd of 18,000 who applauded every move of their emotional final performance. Ironically, the first and last of their eight consecutive World medals were earned in Japan. “I’m quite happy to have such a competition as a last memory of our time of competitive skating,” Szolkowy said. The team has skated together for eleven years with Ingo Steuer as their only coach.  They epitomize Dick Button’s definition of a true pairs team – “They are two who skate as one“.  Savchenko/Szolkowy scored a total 224.28 points.

Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov, Olympic silver medalists, had a solid skate to the Addams Family. Their 215.92 total score moved them from third to second place. The Russians earned Level4 for their spins and lifts. Klimov commented, “Our performance today was okay. We were happy we took second place and end the season this well.” The team is in their fifth season together.

Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford, repeated as bronze medalists. The Canadians’ skated to Alice in Wonderland and received a personal best 133.83 points and 210.84 total. The team earned Level4 for the spins, lifts, and death spiral, but Duhamel fell on the 3S and missed the combination.   Overall, they were pleased. “We had a great competition. Not only did we skate the best we have all year, but the scores for short and long were the best that we’ve had internationally and the highest artistic scores we’ve ever had”, smiled Duhamel.

Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch (CAN) placed 3rd in the Free Skate and jumped from 6th to 4th place. Cheng Peng/Hao Zhang (CHN) remained in 5th place, but Wenjing Sui/Cong Hang (CHN) dropped from 4th to 6th.









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