2012 World Championships: Day 3 Recap

30 Mar

Friday, March 30th –Palais des Expositions– Nice, France

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How to View the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships

Hello again! The second medals of the week were awarded following tonight’s pairs free skate. Germany’s Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy became back-to-back World champions after netting 201.49 points overall. They edged silver medalists Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov of Russia by 0.11 points. The Russian team climbed up from eighth place after the short program to earn silver. Bronze belongs to Japan’s Narumi Takahashi & Mervin Tran.

Caydee Denney & John Coughlin, in his words, “answered the bell” after the enthusiastic crowd rose to its feet for the Chinese team of Wenjing Sui & Cong Han, who skated immediately before the Americans.

“This is by far the best field we have ever been in. We were in a warm up with people that, on any given day, could be World medalists,” he said after the team totaled 117.89 points for the free skate. “The people skating after us are World silver medalists, the people before us, Sui and Han, are three-time World Junior champions and Four Continents champions. We just overtook them which is huge for us. We answered the bell when they had brought the crowd to its feet right before us. What a great first Worlds together.”

Denney & Coughlin, who have skated together since last May, earned 180.37 points overall and placed eighth.

Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker totaled 170.90 points in their first Worlds together, including 111.28 for the free skate, to finish 10th. The program was clean with the exception of a Marley fall on the side by side double Axels. Afterward, Marley discussed the excitement of skating on the World stage.

“It was amazing,” she said, smiling. “To think, when you’re in your opening spot, that you’re where you’ve been dreaming of and training for your entire life, then to keep focused and do what you train to do every day is amazing.”

Earlier today, everyone at the Palais was excited for the final short programs of the week with the men’s field taking the ice. Canada’s Patrick Chan, the reigning World champion, leads by a short margin with 89.41 points. He has less than two points over Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic, while the top five are separated by less than eight.

For Team USA, Jeremy Abbott suffered a fall on his opening combination. He scored 74.85 points and is in ninth position. Though disappointed in the mistakes, he strived to put on a good performance for the crowd.

“I enjoy the program so much that I didn’t want to let it suffer because I made mistakes,” he said. “I tried to stay in the moment and enjoy the performance as best I could, smile and get the audience clapping and enjoying their time.”

Abbott noted he feels extremely prepared for the competition and looks forward to showcasing a strong free skate tomorrow, saying, “I did all the training for the last year and from nationals until now. I have one more program to show how prepared I am for this competition.”

Adam Rippon rounded out the third of five groups. He earned 73.55 points and sits in 10th place. Despite stepping out of his Axel and Lutz, Rippon feels prepared for the competition and ready for tomorrow’s free skate.

“I feel physically good and mentally prepared,” he said. “If I take the mistakes away, I feel it was a strong program. Going into the free, I know I can skate a lot better and that I’m prepared for it.”

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.

Rippon: 9:10 a.m.

Abbott: 9:35 a.m.

The event’s finale features the ladies free skate at 12:30 p.m. Russia’s Alena Leonova, the national bronze medalist, leads the event. Currently in eighth place, Ashley Wagner is less than five points from bronze-medal position.

Alissa Czisny: 2:03 p.m.

Ashley Wagner: 3:20 p.m.

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