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Sooooo… Didja catch the 2012 ISU Figure Skating World Championships this past week in Nice, France? No, not so much? Well, if you were an American fan of the sport you really didn’t miss too much. With the exception of ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis, who took home the silver, the US was shut out of the medals.
In the women’s program Ashley Wagner was the top finisher for the USA, winding up in 4th after the free skate. Italy’s Carolina Kostner won the overall title, her first ever major international win, topping off a breakthrough season that has seen her win three silver medals at Grand Prix competition. Alena Leonova of Russia was second, Akiko Suzuki of Japan was third. Alissa Czisny of the USA was 22nd.
The US women haven’t won a medal at the World Championships since 2006 when Kimmie Meissner won the ladies singles title.
Here’s Kostner taking the gold:
In the men’s singles program, Patrick Chan of Canada won his second straight title after winning the short program and the free skate. Daisuke Takahashi and Yuzuru Hanyu, both of Japan, took 2nd and 3rd respectively. Jeremy Abbott was the top US finisher, in 8th; while Adam Rippon finished 13th.
In pairs it was more of the same for the struggling US team. The German team of Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy battled with the Russian duo of Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, with the German team eking out the victory by just 11 hundredths of a point. The Japanese team of Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran was third. Americans Caydee Denney and John Coughlin were 8th; Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker were 10th.
Here are some wipeouts from the pairs, but we’re ashamed of you for watching. Jackals.
Oh, thank goodness for Charlie White and Meryl Davis’ performances to rescue the US team from a shut out. The ice dancing duo swizzled their way into the judges hearts to win the silver medal, behind Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Nathalie Péchalat and Fabian Bourzat were third.
Check out the highlights of Davis and White via Universal Sports: