2012 World Championships: Day 1 Recap

28 Mar

Wednesday, March 28th –Palais des Expositions– Nice, France

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Good evening from Nice! The first short programs of the week began today with the pairs short and short dance.

With 70.98 points, Meryl Davis & Charlie White, reigning World champions, trail Canada’s Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir by just more than one point heading into Thursday’s free dance. Davis & White are poised to earn their third consecutive Worlds medal.

Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani totaled 62.35 points and sit in seventh place. Less than 10 points separate places one through seven. In the evening’s short dance, Madison Hubbell & Zach Donohue started things off on the right step for Team USA, earning their best score of the season with 59.56 points. They are in eighth place. Hubbell sported a new dress that got rave reviews backstage.

In pairs, reigning World champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany lead with 68.63 points. They are followed by China’s Qing Pang and Jian Tong (67.10 points) and Japan’s Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran (64.37). Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov lead the Russian contingent and are in fourth place with 65.02 points.

Team USA, whose delegation includes teams that are each skating at their first Worlds together, put out solid performances. Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker skated fourth (last in the first warm up group) and earned 59.62 points, just off their best score for the season. They are in 10th place. Two groups later, U.S. champions Caydee Denney & John Coughlin took the ice. With a fist pump to accompany their bows, the duo was clearly excited after the skate. Their efforts were recognized with 62.48 points and seventh place after the short.

Coughlin noted that Team USA had a successful outing today.

“We’re cheering for them (Marley and Brubaker) because, as they go so goes American pairs. We’re a group,” he said. “We need them to skate as well as they can and they need to skate as well as we can. We are in this together and it’s nice to have friends we’re doing it with.”

Competition continues Thursday with the ladies short program and free dance.

Thursday’s Schedule (All times Eastern and approximate)

The ladies short program will begin at 6:30 a.m.

Ashley Wagner: 9:44 a.m.

Alissa Czisny: 10:20 a.m.

The free dance will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Hubbell and Donohue: 2:52 p.m.

Shibutani and Shibutani: 3:24 p.m.

Davis and White: 3:38 p.m.

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One Response to “2012 World Championships: Day 1 Recap”

  1. Abe March 28, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Two in the top 10 is great.. Now I hope these pairs STAY together long enough to improve and move up in the rankings! Amazing how the Russian pairs folded under pressure with fluke mistakes… Wow..

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