IFS JUNE 2017 – With Olympic berths on the line, skaters brought their A-games to the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Though many rose to the challenge — rewriting history, setting new World records and achieving personal bests — others crumbled under the pressure.
Canada captured three medals; Japan, China and Russia claimed two; and three single medals went to France, Germany and the U.S.
There was no doubt that Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva would once again land on top of the podium, but few expected that two Canadian ladies would leap onto the second and third steps. In the free skate, Medvedeva left them no room for error, reeling off seven triple jumps, including two difficult combinations, not missing a beat as she flew through her routine.
Medvedeva captured her second consecutive global title with World record scores, but it was Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman — second and third, respectively — who stole the show, making history in Helsinki. Never before had two Canadian ladies stood on the same World podium.
With Olympic berths on the line, skaters brought their A-games to the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Though many rose to the challenge — rewriting history, setting new World records and achieving personal bests — others crumbled under the pressure.
It was not the plan Stéphane Lambiel had envisioned for himself. The two- time World champion and 2006 Olympic silver medalist had always believed his future lay in choreography, not in the realm of coaching.
Four of the 2016 World Junior champions headed to Chinese Taipei in a bid to defend their titles at the 2017 Championships, but as we saw throughout the season, capturing the top step of a junior podium has become a far greater challenge than ever before.
Carolina Kostner is adding one final chapter to her long and distinguished career. The 30-year-old returned to the competitive arena in January, but the reason for her comeback has little to do with medals and titles. It is all about skating for herself.