The World Figure Skating Championships that follows an Olympic Winter Games always seems like a bit of a letdown after the excitement of Olympic figure skating events, but the coming world championships scheduled for Saitama, Japan from March 24 through 30, 2014, may see like an entirely different competition since several Olympic and world figure skating "greats" have announced that they will not be participating.
The only individual 2014 Olympic champion participating in the upcoming world championships is Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu who won the men's figure skating gold medal in Sochi. In addition, some of the figure skaters who were part of Russia's gold medal winning Olympic figure skating team event will compete in Japan. Mao Asada of Japan, the 2010 ladies Olympic silver medalist and two-time world figure skating champion is also competing.
I wonder who the 2014 world figure skating champions will be? Will the new champions be the new stars at the South Korea Olympics in 2018 or will there be an entirely new set of ice skating greats in four years?
Missing Olympic and World Figure Skating Champions for Worlds 2014:
- Adelina Sotnikova - 2014 Olympic Ladies Figure Skating Champion
- Meryl Davis and Charlie White - 2014 Olympic Ice Dance Champions
- Patrick Chan - 2011, 2012, 2013 World Figure Skating Champion and 2014 Olympic Silver Medalist
- Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir - 2010 Olympic Ice Dance Champions
- Yuna Kim - 2010 Olympic Ladies Figure Skating Champion
- Tatyana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov - 2014 Olympic Pair Skating Champions
- Evgeni Plushenko - 2014 Olympic Team Event Figure Skating Champion, 2006 Men's Olympic Figure Skating Champion, 2002 and 2010 Olympic Silver Medalist
2010 Olympic Ice Dance Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir Will Not Compete in the World Figure Skating Championships 2014 - Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images