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ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2010 - Preview
19 Mar 2010 11:28
 

 

The ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2010 will open in Torino, Italy, on March 22. It will be the 100th edition of World Figure Skating Championships. Torino is hosting the ISU World Figure Skating Championships for the first time, but has hosted the 2006 Olympic Winter Games and the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2005. The ISU World Figure Skating Championships return to Italy for the first time in 47 years. Worlds took place in Italy only twice so far, in Milan in 1951 and in Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1963.

210 skaters/couples from 53 ISU members have been entered for the Championships. All skaters/couples will compete in the Short Program and the top 24 Men and Ladies and the top 16 Pairs will proceed to the Free Skating. In Ice Dance, all couples will compete in the Compulsory Dance and Original Dance and the top 20 dance teams will compete in the Free Dance.

Overview over the top contenders

2010 Olympic Champion Yu-Na Kim (KOR) headlines the Ladies’ field. The Korean wants to defend her World title to cap off a very successful season. Kim travels with a seasons best score of 228.56 points from the Olympic Winter Games to Torino. Competition should come from Olympic silver medallist Mao Asada (JPN), who, after a slow start into the season, has picked up a seasons best of 205.50 points in Vancouver and seems ready for the challenge. 2009 World bronze medallist Miki Ando (JPN) has set her eyes at the podium again after finishing fifth at the Olympic Winter Games (seasons best 188.86 points). After her fourth-place finish in Vancouver, Mirai Nagasu (USA/seasons best 190.15 points) is aiming at the World podium in what will be her debut at the event. Other contenders include European silver medallist Laura Lepistö (FIN), US Champion Rachael Flatt (USA), Grand Prix Final bronze medallist Akiko Suzuki (JPN), European Champion Carolina Kostner (ITA) and Alena Leonova (RUS).

Competition should be tough in the Men's event, even without newly crowned Olympic Champion Evan Lysacek (USA) and Olympic silver medalist Evgeni Plushenko (RUS), who withdrew Friday citing injury. 2010 Olympic bronze medallist Daisuke Takahashi (JPN/seasons best 247.23), 2009 World silver medallist Patrick Chan (CAN/seasons best 241.42) and Nobunari Oda (JPN/seasons best 243.36) are aiming at the podium. US Champion Jeremy Abbott (seasons best 235.38) and 2009 World bronze medallist Brian Joubert (FRA/seasons best 236.45) want to make up for their disappointment at the Olympic Winter Games.

The Ice Dance competition will be highlighted by a rematch between Olympic Champions Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN) and Olympic silver medallists Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA). Virtue/Moir had lost to Davis/White at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in December, but beat them in Vancouver. The Canadians achieved a seasons best of 221.57 points at the Olympic Winter Games while the Americans scored 215.75 points. A group of strong challengers is aiming at the podium in Italy as well. 2010 European silver medallists Federica Faiella/Massimo Scali (ITA/seasons best 199.17 points), Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat (FRA/seasons best 190.49), reigning European bronze medallists Jana Khokhlova/Sergei Novitski (RUS/seasons best 189.67 points) and Sinead Kerr/John Kerr (GBR/seasons best 186.01 points) are expected to fight for a spot on the podium or close to it.

In the Pairs, two-time and defending World Champions Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (GER) will be up against 2010 Olympic silver medallists Qing Pang/Jian Tong (CHN) who beat them at the Grand Prix Final and in Vancouver. Pang/Tong picked up a seasons best of 213.31 points at the Olympic Games while the Germans got 211.72 points at the European Championships. 2010 European Champions Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander Smirnov (RUS/seasons best 213.15 points), who came fourth at the Olympic Games, will challenge the leaders again. Entering the mix are two-time European bronze medallists Maria Mukhortova/Maxim Trankov (RUS), 2008 World bronze medallists Jessica Dube/Bryce Davison (CAN) and 2009 World silver medallists Dan Zhang/Hao Zhang (CHN), who all have a shot at a medal in Torino as well.

Prize money

The ISU awards a global prize money of US$ 710,000 at the World Championships to skaters/couples placed 1st to 12th. The prize money is awarded to winners and placed skaters/couples as follows:

Men and Ladies

Pairs and Dance (per couple)

1st place US$ 45,000

1st place US$ 67,500

2nd place US$ 27,000

2nd place US$ 40,500

3rd place US$ 18,000

3rd place US$ 27,000

4th place US$ 13,000

4th place US$ 19,500

5th place US$ 10,000

5th place US$ 15,000

6th place US$ 7,000

6th place US$ 10,500

7th place US$ 6,000

7th place US$ 9,000

8th place US$ 5,000

8th place US$ 7,500

9th place US$ 3,500

9th place US$ 5,250

10th place US$ 3,000

10th place US$ 4,500

11th place US$ 2,500

11th place US$ 3,750

12th place US$ 2,000

12th place US$ 3,000

 

The schedule of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2010 is as follows:

Tuesday, March 23: Compulsory Dance, Pairs Short Program
Wednesday, March 24: Men Short Program, Pairs Free Skating
Thursday, March 25: Original Dance, Men Free Skating
Friday, March 26: Ladies Short Program, Free Dance
Saturday, March 27: Ladies Free Skating
Sunday, March 28: Exhibition Gala

For more information, full entry lists and results please see: Entries/Results and http://www.torino2010.org/


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