Big Paydays for Yu-Na Kim and Tomáš Verner

Yu-Na Kim and Tomáš Verner cashed in on successful seasons by pocketing $45,000 each. With the conclusion of the 2009 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, the winners of the ISU World Standing Bonus for the 2008-09 season were announced. The ISU awards additional prize money to the three skaters/couples per discipline who earned most World Standing points during the season.

The breakdown of amounts awarded were:

Ladies and Men
1. US$ 45,000
2. US$ 27,000
3. US$ 18,000

Pairs and Dance (per couple)
1.US$ 67,500
2. US$ 40,500
3. US$ 27,000

Kim, the 2009 World champion, of South Korea earned the World standing bonus by accumulating 2320 points. ISU Grand Prix Final champion Mao Asada of Japan came in second with 2075 points. World silver medalist Joannie Rochette of Canada compiled 2063 points to finish third in this season’s bonus race.

Verner of the Czech Republic earned 2498 points. While Verner did not win any titles this season he was a consistent performer who skate din a number of major events. He was fourth at the Nebelhorn Trophy, third at the Karl Schäfer Memorial, second at Cup of Russia, third at Cup of China, fourth at the grand Prix Final, sixth at Euros and fourth at worlds

World silver medalist Patrick Chan of Canada claimed second place with 2005 points. World champion Evan Lysacek of the United States ranked third at 1848.

World champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany took the World Standing Bonus for the pairs as they racked up 2498 points. They also won last year's top spot and top bonus prize. World silver medalists Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang of China were second at 2200 points. Third place went to World bronze medalists Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia who earned 2147 points.

Ice dance World champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin of Russia earned the World Standing Bonus with 2320 points. Grand Prix Final bronze medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States placed second with 1923 points whiletheir teammates, World silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, took third place with 1800 points.