Kaori Sakamoto (JPN) speeded to the lead in the Women Short Program at the 2022 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Montpellier (FRA) on Wednesday. Belgium’s Loena Hendrickx came second followed by Mariah Bell (USA).
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Olympic and World medallists, including Olympic Ice Dance Champions Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron of France, headline the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Montpellier (FRA) March 21 to 27, 2022.
Japan’s Kana Muramoto/Daisuke Takahashi are unique in many ways and they have made Figure Skating history. They are the first Japanese Ice Dancers to win a silver medal at an ISU Championship when they came second at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in January. But that is not everything. Daisuke is a successful former single skater, an ISU World Champion, ISU Four Continents Champion and Olympic bronze medalist and he is the first World Champion single skater to make a comeback in Ice Dance.
Team Fintastic Junior (FIN) successfully defended their title as the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships concluded in Innsbruck (AUT) on Saturday. Team Skyliners Junior (USA) claimed the silver medal and the bronze went to the newcomers from Team Elite Junior (USA). It was an exciting battle until the end with only 1.50 points separating the winners from the bronze medalists.
Speed skating is the fastest human powered sport on earth and Kjeld Nuis (NED) made it a little faster again last Thursday. The Olympic 1500m champion skated 103km/h on a frozen lake in Norway, to break his own unofficial world speed record on skates with 10km/h. Nuis skated on a specially prepared track behind a car with a windscreen to give him a draft.
Japan’s young star Yuma Kagiyama soared right to the top in his debut at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2021, taking the silver medal. The now 18-year-old continued this season where he had left off and earned the silver medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing (CHN) and now is again a hot medal favorite for the upcoming ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2022 in Montpellier (FRA) from March 21-27.
It is not unusual that two successful Skaters from different countries team up to continue their career together, but it does not happen so often that two accomplished athletes come out of retirement to start from scratch. But this is exactly what Canadians Vanessa James and Eric Radford did and they returned on to the Olympic stage as “new” team that has been skating together for less than a year. James, 34, won the European title in 2019 and World bronze in 2018 with her former partner Morgan Ciprès, competing for France. Radford, 37, is the 2015 and 2016 ISU World Champion and 2018 Olympic bronze medalist with Meagan Duhamel, representing Canada. James competed in her fourth Olympic Games and Radford in his third and yet everything was different this time around.
The ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships will be held in Innsbruck (AUT) March 17-19, 2022. A total of 23 teams representing 18 ISU members have been entered for the Championships. This is the seventh edition of the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships, which was a biennial event, and has become annual beginning of 2017. The event was cancelled in 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic.
Newly minted Olympic Ice Dance Champions Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron of France have been busy since coming home from Beijing. They still relive their Olympic experience, they perform in shows, meet the media and now are gearing up for another highlight: The ISU World Figure Skating Championships at home in France, in Montpellier (March 21-27).
When Ice Dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (USA) finished their Free Dance at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, they took it all in, savoring their moment on Olympic ice. The Skaters knew that it was their last competitive performance at the Olympic Games as they announced they will retire after this season. Beijing 2022 meant a lot to both of them and not just because they won the bronze medal.
Exhausted after a long season, Irene Schouten (NED) had contemplated not skating the World Cup final in Thialf. Luckily, the Beijing Winter Olympic Speed Skating star did show up to add two more gold medals to her incredible season’s tally, winning the 3000m and the Mass Start. Olympic 500m Champion Erin Jackson (USA) secured the 500m World Cup Trophy, winning the final race on Sunday, while Miho Takagi (JPN) seized 1000m gold, with Brittany Bowe (USA) taking home the 1000m World Cup Trophy.
He had been too tired to sleep last night, but Laurent Dubreuil (CAN) managed to recharge himself for one final effort on Sunday. Coming in fourth in the 500m, the Canadian secured the World Cup Trophy in the shortest distance. Tatsuya Shinhama (JPN) won the last race to finish a disappointing season on a high note. Kjeld Nuis (NED) added a 1500m gold to Saturday’s 1000m win, but Joey Mantia (USA) went home with the 1500m World Cup Trophy. Bart Swings (BEL) finished this season’s action securing the Mass Start Trophy with a confident win in the final race.
He did not skate, but Thialf stadium cheered for local hero Sven Kramer (NED) one last time on Saturday. After having finished his racing career competing at his fifth Olympic Games in Beijing last month, the Dutch speed skating icon celebrated his farewell from the sport together with Ireen Wüst (NED). Before the celebrations off the ice, there was some spectacular competition on the ice. Laurent Dubreuil (CAN) managed to take 500m silver after a horror week, Kjeld Nuis (NED) made amends for missing the Olympic 1000m and Nils van der Poel (SWE) had his own farewell race in the 5000m.
“It was the most awesome experience of my skating career,” Ireen Wüst (NED) said. At age 35, having collected 13 Olympic medals (six gold, five silver, two bronze) and multiple European and World titles, the Dutch speed skating queen of a generation waved the Thialf home crowd farewell at the ISU World Cup Final in Heerenveen on Saturday. Wüst finished fourth in her last race as a professional speed skater, leaving the 1500m World Cup gold to Miho Takagi (JPN). Erin Jackson took her fifth 500m World Cup win of the season, retaining her lead in the ranking with only Sunday’s race to go in the shortest distance.