Worlds 2014: After Sochi 2014:
The 2014 World Figure Skating Championships was held from March 24 through March 30, 2014 in Saitama, Japan. With the excitement of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia over, this "Worlds" gave ice skating fans something to watch and look forward to. Excitement surrounded the competition. The event also seemed to make it possible for some figure skaters who did not skate well at the Sochi Olympics to "redeem themselves" by showing the world what they could do.
- Complete Results: ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2014
- 2014 World Figure Skating Championships - Icenetwork.com event page
- Watch Elite Figure Skating Events, Including the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships, On Universal Sports
Olympic Gold Medal Winners From Sochi Missing:
The World championships in Saitama, Japan seemed like an entirely different competition than the figure skating competition that went on at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia in February, 2014 since several Olympic and world figure skating "greats" who were stars in Sochi announced that they would not be participating.
The only individual 2014 Olympic champion that competed in "Worlds 2014" was 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, including 2014 European Figure Skating Champion, Julia Lipnitskaia, competed in Japan. Mao Asada of Japan, the 2010 ladies Olympic silver medalist champion also took part.
German Pair Wins Again:
World pair skating champions, the German pair team of Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, won their fifth world figure skating title. The silver medal was won by the 2014 Olympic Silver Medalists, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov and the Canadian pair team, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, won bronze.
Victory for Japanese Men:
Yuzuru Hanyu, the 2014 Olympic Men's Figure Skating Champion, won the 2014 world figure skating title. His free skate program included two quadruple jumps and two triple Axel jump combinations. Coming in a close second was Tatsuki Machida, also of Japan. Machida won the short program and, like Hanyu, successfully landed two quadruple jumps in his free skate.
Ladies - Asada Victorious:
Japan's Mao Asada and set a record for the highest short program score ever recorded in women's figure skating history. In that program, she successfully landed her famous triple Axel. She also won the free skate and won her third world figure skating title. After her disastrous short program in Sochi, fans were happy that Asada could make such a wonderful and powerful comeback.
Olympic Ice Dance Champions Missing:
Everyone wondered if there would be any ice dance excitement since Olympic and world ice dance champions Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir of Canada and USA's Meryl Davis & Charlie White both announced that they would not be competing in the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships. After the short dance, excitement was in the air since the Italian and European ice dance champions, Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte, were in first place, but very close behind in second were Canadian silver medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje. After the completion of the free dance, those two teams kept their places and finished in first and second overall.
In the short dance, 2014 Olympic bronze medalists, Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia, who were the favorites to win, finished in fifth. Katsalapov lost his balance and stopped in the middle of a the required synchronized twizzles, so the team did not score any points for that element. Although they won the free dance, their short dance scores had been so low that they were unable to move into medal contention, and they finished in fourth behind French ice dancers Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat.