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A LOOK BACK AT 2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

IN THEIR OWN WORDS…

  • Yuko Kavaguti (RUS) “I didn’t expect to compete at Worlds this year, so I’m quite happy we came here and skated in the last group.”
  • Qing Pang (CHN) “I was a bit nervous.”
  • Valentina Marchei (ITA) “It’s beautiful that after seven World Championships [as a single skater] to be here with a partner. It’s totally different.”
  • Eric Radford (CAN) “We always dreamed big and some dreams are so big that you probably never imagine them actually happening. And now it’s actually happening to us and it is hard to tell if this is a dream or reality.”
  • Jian Tong (CHN) “We always will be connected to figure skating.”
  • Kaitlyn Weaver (CAN) “This sport is a marathon, not a sprint.”
  • Elena Ilinykh (RUS) My mistake came on an element [twizzles] where I didn’t think it could happen.
  • Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) “ I believe China is a lucky place for us, indeed!”
  • Anna Cappellini (ITA) “My partner is going to have surgery, and [all season] our training was rough for us.”
  • Paul Poirier (CAN) “We just allowed ourselves to relax and let the training do the work for us.”
  • Zachary Donohue (USA) “We’re going to go back and work on the component scores because that’s what is killing us!”
  • Dennis Ten (KAZ) “Last year at Four Continents I was pretty sure that I would be done with competing, then I trained hard later around June. So to be here in the World’s Championships is pretty amazing.”
  • Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) “I really appreciate the gifts from the fans, but realistically I can’t take them home with me. I want to give them to charity.”
  • Sergei Voronov (RUS) “I don’t have anything to say. It was a complete failure. (17th in Free Skate – 13th overall)
  • Javier Fernandez (ESP) “I think I am lucky to come from Spain; we don’t have this history before. It’s unbelievable!
  • Jason Brown (USA) “I couldn’t be more excited. I am fourth in the World.”
  • Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) To Fernandez – “I am so proud of you.”
  • Maxim Kovtun (RUS) “After Europeans I started to do three quads, then I hurt my back. Then I hurt my shoulder, then my groin – everything got worse. I need to overcome these difficulties, then everything will be fine.”
  • Nam Nguyen (CAN) “It’s really enjoyable to perform in front of a big crowd. It’s really cool for me to communicate my program to them.”
  • Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) “I will celebrate my victory by making myself happy by shopping. I’ve dreamed a lot about that,  and now I can just go buy whatever.”
  • Ashley Wagner (USA)) “I admire her [Tuktamysheva] for bringing a whole new level of difficulty to the sport. Triple Axels will be mandatory [for Ladies] before we know it.”
  • Gracie Gold, USA “It’s always hard to skate after a great performance.” [Tuktamysheva’s SP]
  • Mae-Berenice Meite (FRA)I’ve been trying to get a score over 60 points [in SP], but my goal isn’t reached yet [57.08]. It’s a good step.
  • Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) “The men are doing three quads in their programs. The ladies have to evolve.”
  • Ashley Wagner (USA) After placing 11th in the SP – “Today was not so great. It’s tough to skate last, but tomorrow is a new day.”
  • Polina Edmunds (USA) “I’m kind of disappointed in my score. I feel it was low for what I executed, but I’ll keep working and be better and better every year.”
  • Satoko Miyahara (JPN) “I am sorry that I fell on my Lutz, but I am happy to get my [personal] best [FP] score.”
  • Elena Radionova (RUS) “I made some minor mistakes in my jumps, but this competition gave me a good experience.”
  • Gracie Gold (USA) “After a rough SP, it’s tough to come out with your guns blazing.”

 ICE CHIPS

  • French Ice dance gold medalists, Papadakis+Cizeron, have been partners for eleven years.
  • Brian Orser, 1988 Olympic silver medalist, coaches three men in the top five. (1) Javier Fernandez, (2) Yuzuru Hanyu (5) Nam Nguyen
  • Misha Ye (UZB) speaks fluent Chinese (Mandarin) Russian, and English. 
  • Qing Pang+Jian Tong (CHN) placed 14th at their first Worlds in 1999, placed 1st in the 2006 and 2010. They missed one World Championship in seventeen years. [2014]
  • Ivan Bukin (RUS) is the son of five-time ice dance World Champion, Andre Bukin.
  • Ice Dance siblings Nelli Zhiganshina (GER) and Ruslan Zhiganshin (RUS) skate for different countries.
  • Elizaveta Tuktamysheva joined Midori Ito, Tonya Harding, and Mao Asada as the only ladies to land a triple Axel in ISU International competition.
  • It was a clean slate of new gold medalists – no repeats from 2014.
  • Papadakis+Cizeron (FRA) placed 13th in 2014 and 1st in 2015.

WORLD MEDALISTS COACHING IN SHANGHAI  

         Galit Chait (ISR), Artur Dimitriev (RUS), Marie-France Dubreuil (CAN)

             Barbara Fusar-Poli (ITA), Zhao Hongbo (CHN), Angelika Krilova (RUS),

                           Jon Lane (GBR), Patrice Lauzon (Can), Maurizio Margaglio (ITA),

Brian Orser (CAN), Evgeni Platov (RUS), Massimo Scali (ITA)

 Ingo Steuer (GER), Robin Szolkowy (GER), and Alexander Zhulin (RUS)

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