The 2018 World Championships open in Milan, Italy, on March 21.
Missing from the rosters are reigning Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir who have likely retired but have not formally made the announcement; two-time Olympic champion, Yuzuru Hanyu, who is sitting this one out to continue his recovery from a recurring foot injury; Evgenia Medvedeva, the 2018 Olympic silver medalist who also still recovering from a foot injury, and 2018 Olympic pairs bronze medalists Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who announced their retirement following the free skate at the Games in February.
Russia’s golden girl, Alina Zagitova, will be chasing her first World crown in Milan. Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada has been on a medal-winning run all season and will be a strong challenger for gold at this competition.
Nathan Chen of the U.S. will be out to show the world that his poor showing the short program in PyeongChang was an aberration. Though he won the free skate at the Games (on technical merit alone — his second mark fell way short of Hanyu), the American teenager still failed to earn a spot on the podium. This competition is his to lose.
Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot will be gunning for the World title to close out their golden career, and it is unlikely that anyone or anything will get in their way. The duo dazzled at the Games and no doubt there will be an arena full of fans in Milan cheering this amiable duo on to gold.
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France lost the ice dance gold by less than a point to the Canadians. But they will have no rivals at the World Championships, and will twizzle onto the top step of the podium without the slightest challenge.