Thursday, March 29th –Palais des Expositions– Nice, France
Team USA has its first medal of the World Championships! Meryl Davis & Charlie White earned the silver with a total score of 178.62 points. Davis & White have now won three straight Worlds medals, including two silver and one gold medal. Gold belongs to Canada’s Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir who edged the Americans with 182.65 points. Representing the host country, Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat took bronze in front of an extremely excited and supportive crowd.
Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani, despite a stumble in their twizzle element, finished eighth for the week with a total score of 144.72 points, while Madison Hubbell & Zach Donohue, in their Worlds debut, finished 10th. Totaling 143.95 points, the duo accomplished its goal of a top 10 finish in Nice.
The day started out with the ladies short program. Russia’s Alena Leonova leads the way after skating to a season-high 64.61 points. The reigning Russian bronze medalist leads Japan’s Kanako Murakami and Italy’s Carolina Kostner. Team USA’s Ashley Wagner earned 56.42 points and is in eighth place while Alissa Czisny is in 16th with 48.31 points.
Wagner is looking forward to her free skate to music from Black Swan, which has been her signature program this year.
“For the free program, I’m going to focus on skating as strong as I possibly can,” she said. “At this point, nothing is hopeless, but I have nothing to lose. I have to go out there and skate strong.”
Friday’s Schedule (Times are Eastern and approximate)
The men will be the last to skate the short program, with the competition beginning at 6:30 a.m.
Adam Rippon: 8:58 a.m.
Jeremy Abbott: 9:38 a.m.
The pairs event, led by reigning World champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany, continues Friday with the free skate at 1:30 p.m.
Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker (10th place): 2:25 p.m.
Caydee Denney & John Coughlin (7th place): 3:29 p.m.
Saturday’s Schedule (Times are Eastern and approximate)
The men’s free skate begins at 6:55 a.m. Starting orders will be determined after Friday’s short program.
The event’s finale features the ladies free skate at 12:30 p.m.
Alissa Czisny: 2:03 p.m.
Ashley Wagner: 3:20 p.m.