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The 2021 World Championships are set to take place in Stockholm, Sweden, March 22-28. No spectators will be permitted to attend this competition. Sweden is also not taking on foreign volunteers for these Championships but is sourcing people from within the country to enter a bubble for seven to 10 days.

The ISU tested out its Competition Bubble at a series of speed skating competitions in different venues over a 38-day time period and reported zero cases. The same Competition Bubble will be in force in Stockholm. 

No draw for the free skate/free dance will take place at the 2021 World Championships. The ISU will use the same format as that of the Grand Prix Series; i.e., the starting order for the free skate/free dance will be the reverse order of the results of the short program/rhythm dance.

Since these Championships serve as a qualifying event for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, the ISU Council reviewed the Olympic qualification system at its meeting on March 2. With almost all ISU member nations sending skaters to the Championships, the Olympic qualification system previously announced remains in place.

Though the World Championships entries list Spanish ice dancers Olivia Smart and Adrián Díaz, the federation has not yet decided who it will send to Stockholm. Sara Hurtado and Kirill Khaliavin and Smart and Díaz will present their programs for virtual evaluation and the federation will announce its decision on March 8.

U.S. pairs skaters Jessica Calalang and Brian Johnson withdrew citing personal reasons. Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc were subsequently assigned to the team. Georgian ice dancers Maria Kazakova and Georgy Reviya have withdrawn due to Reviya re-inuring his back. Australia′s Brendan Kerry has also withdrawn after suffering a foot injury that required a cast.

The Russian team will compete at the 2021 World Championships under the banner of the Russian Figure Skating Federation, with uniforms bearing the insignia ″Figure Skating Russia″ (FSR). As the Russian anthem is not permitted to be played at any major international competition, a small section of Tchaikovsky’s ″Piano Concerto No. 1″ will replace it for Russian skaters who stand atop the podiums in Stockholm. 

Skaters who did not have the required minimum technical scores to compete at the 2021 World Championships had the option of submitting videos to the ISU for evaluation. On March 2, the ISU published its updated Technical Elements Scores Statistics.

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