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Recap: 2022 World Championships |

Article & Pictures by Matteo Morelli | Medal Ceremony picture by Robin Ritoss

Ten years after internet hosting the World Championships in Good, France welcomed again the highest skaters on the earth to mark the tip of this Olympic season. 31 Groups representing 25 nations took to the ice within the rhythm dance, apart from Russian skaters, not allowed to compete as a result of ban on Russians representatives as a consequence of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The world championships following the Olympic Video games are at all times a bit uncommon, with skaters coming to the competitors feeling the burden of a protracted season on their shoulders. Regardless of of that, the occasion proved to indicate a really prime quality skating and memorable performances, that alongside the unicity of the present scenario will definitely mark the competitors as one to recollect.


At their first world championship, former singles skater turned ice dancer Daisuke Takahashi and his associate Kana Muramoto skated on their catchy rhythm dance. Daisuke admitted that his mistake on the second twizzle was one thing that he may solely blame on himself, because the factor was at all times regarding him.

“It has been a while since I've been at Worlds, however it's the first time as an ice dancer, so it feels humorous as a result of it's one thing I'm aware of however one thing utterly new”, Takahashi stated.

“Within the heat up, when our title was known as and when the viewers heard the title Daisuke Takahashi I actually felt that I'm skating with a legendary skater,” Muramoto added.

The spotlight of the rhythm dance was the programme of Oleksandra Nazarova and Maksym Nikitin. The Ukrainian pair left the Olympic Video games in Beijing to return to their nation being invaded by Russia. Oleksandra was the primary one of many two to have the ability to flee to Poland, though she needed to go away her skates again dwelling. Maksym, initially from Kharkiv (one of many heaviest hit cities within the nation), left the nation later, and managed to take Oleksandra skates with him. On the time of the competitors, their households had been nonetheless in Ukraine. Their music selection, 1944 by Ukrainian pop icon and Eurovision winner Jamala, despatched a powerful message to the world by way of the lyrics of the music: 

When strangers are coming
They arrive to your home
They kill you all
and say
We’re not responsible
not responsible
The place is your thoughts?
Humanity cries
You suppose you might be gods
However everybody dies
Don’t swallow my soul
Our souls

Each Oleksandra and Maksym skated of their nationwide staff uniform, as their programme costumes had been nonetheless in Ukraine. They produced a heartfelt efficiency, stuffed with a whole lot of feelings that they carried with them from their nation.

“For us it is very important inform your complete world what is going on in Ukraine,” stated Nazarova.

“I hope this may assist folks in Ukraine who usually are not protected: they're at risk, have misplaced their homes,” Nikitin added. “We noticed what the Russian military are doing. We selected Jamala’s music as a result of it represents a name for the world, a warning”.

The response from the viewers was unbelievable. On the finish of their dance, each skaters approached every of the 4 sides of the rink to thank the general public, reasonably than doing it from the centre as traditional, as they felt it was essential to maintain that sturdy connection they established throughout their dance. 

“It was not simple to skate after an incredible efficiency of the Ukrainian staff,” Canada’s Marjorie Lajoie admitted. With associate Zachary Lagha, they felt that they delivered a great programme, however the ranges they had been anticipating weren't met. 

Juulia Turkkila and Matthias Versluis from Finland capitalised from their first Olympic video games, reaching their seasons greatest. “We had been very proud of our skate in the present day. We're nonetheless feeling the power from the Olympic Video games, it was a dream that got here true for us,” they informed us. 

At their fourth world championships, Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker from the USA had been happy with their RD.

“From Beijing till now we improved upon our ranges in a number of areas,” Hawayek stated. “The efficiency was actually enjoyable and the group actually helped.” 

Italy’s Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri skated on their Michael Jackson themed programme.

“Having participated on the Olympic Video games Gala, we didn’t have a whole lot of time to relaxation after we returned dwelling,” Fabbri stated.  “We knew we needed to work quite a bit to be 100% for these World Championships.”

Fabbri additionally confirmed that they may compete subsequent season and take it step-by-step with the following winter Olympic Video games deliberate of their dwelling metropolis, Milan. 

The highest three after the rhythm dance noticed USA’s {couples} Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue respectively in third and second, and Olympic Champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron marking one other world report of 92.73 factors in entrance of their dwelling crowd.

“We had been a little bit extra relaxed than on the Olympic Video games, so I believe it appeared in our skating”, Cizeron stated. 


Papadakis and Cizeron had been completely happy to carry out of their dwelling nation, the place they achieved a brand new world report which included 24 tens (out of fifty) of their program parts.

“It was nice for us to do that efficiency in France, it pushed us. The general public was superb”, Papadakis shared. “This can be a particular occasion for us, it's in France and after the Olympic Video games, and we now have our pals round us”. 

When requested about their rhythm dance and its choreography, Cizeron defined that getting back from the Olympic Video games they added extra element to their program, and the method was simple as they discovered that waacking and skating actually talk, giving them pleasure to work on refining it.

“We practice with pleasure and power, and when we now have lows it's simple to recollect what we practice for. Nevertheless, it's onerous to reach right here figuring out it's the finish of a chapter and the tip of the profession for a few of us”.

Hubbell seconded that. “The purpose for us through the free dance will probably be to not cry earlier than or after our skate,” Hubbell stated.

The staff introduced early within the season that this yr would be the final of their aggressive profession.

“Getting back from the Olympic Video games and beginning to practice once more was difficult, however we now have a implausible group of coaches that gave us all we would have liked.” Hubbell added. “Additionally, the truth that we now have 13 groups from our college right here actually helped to maintain the main focus”. 

Chock and Bates had a whole lot of enjoyable performing for the viewers on this finish of the season competitors in Montpellier.

“This week has been some of the pleasant weeks of our profession”, Bates stated. “There's a sentimental part for us, figuring out that a few of us are going to depart. We will even strive to not cry earlier than and through the competitors, however I can’t promise we received’t cry after”. 


The final main ice dance remaining of the yr began with the announcement that Ukraine’s Oleksandra Nazarova and Maksym Nikitin had withdrawn from the free dance, with the viewers reacting with a heat clapping of palms. 

Kana Muramoto and Daisuke Takahashi introduced their free dance with a change on their rotational raise, nonetheless the twizzles had been as soon as once more not on their facet.

“We're proud of what we achieved in simply two years,” Muramoto stated. “We're not happy with what we did, however we're completely happy to have lastly been in a position to compete with the highest ice dance groups and we discovered quite a bit.”

Their future plans are nonetheless to be determined, however to be introduced quickly. 

Lajoie and Lagha gained three positions with their charming Rio soundtrack programme. They had been each completely happy to indicate what they're able to.

“We have now to enhance our persistence, to trip each edge, to complete each motion,” Lagha stated. “This may give u a whole lot of maturity and we actually want this if we wish to get within the prime degree and compete with the most effective.”

Lithuania’s Allison Reed and Saulius Ambrulevičius led to tenth place.

“We put the whole lot on the market,” Reed stated. “Bodily and mentally there are a whole lot of hurdles, we're simply proud that we put out our skate.”

“It was general an excellent season, we bought quite a bit from it,” Ambrulevičius added.

Nice Britain’s Lilah Worry and Lewis Gibson obtained a standing ovation from the viewers after delivering their greatest free dance of this season. They led to sixth place, their highest Worlds end thus far.

“This was the efficiency that we now have been craving and dealing in direction of all season lengthy, having that imaginative and prescient of what we imagine this Lion King program might be and the way we may develop as athletes”, Worry stated.   

Olivia Good and Adrian Diaz from Spain arrived on the ice with a giant welcome from the viewers. Their Zorro programme was some of the well-liked this season, nonetheless this time the supply didn't meet the identical degree of the earlier ones. They nonetheless achieved a seventh place end, the very best ever by a Spanish staff.

“It wasn’t the skate of our profession, however we now have had a whole lot of these this season so we will’t ask for extra,” Good stated. “We completed within the prime ten, which has two spots for Spain and that's what we now have been attempting for 5 years”.

The staff has not but made any plans for his or her future, and can take their time to consider it.

Canada’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier confirmed their fifth place.

“I don’t suppose the ends in the second half of the season had been precisely how we needed them to be, however we had been so pleased with our efficiency in the present day and we had a blast simply sharing it with everybody,” Poirier stated. ”We're so fortunate to have the artists of the observe (“The Lengthy and Winding Highway”) Govardo right here watching us in the present day, so we're completely happy to have the ability to carry out this system for them reside.”

Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri completed a step away from the rostrum, skating on their Atonement free dance.

“While you get the very best rating on the finish of the season, it means you actually labored effectively all through your complete season,” Fabbri stated.  “It was very rewarding for us to get our private greatest general on the World Championship after the Olympic Video games.”

Very emotional free dance for Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, which ended their careers as aggressive skaters recording a brand new private greatest and leaving a world silver medal. Madison Chock and Evan Bates’ unique alien dance allowed them to safe their third place and a bronze medal. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron win the championships, including a firth world title to their already intensive checklist of achievements, and confirming one other world report with 137.09 factors for his or her free and 229.82 mixed complete.


Papadakis and Cizeron had been extraordinarily happy with profitable a world title on dwelling ice.

“We don’t have many alternatives to skate at dwelling,” Papadakis stated. “We have now been actually fortunate to expertise this second right here.” 

The French couple had been awarded an general 35 tens out of 45, breaking all information ever made earlier than. As a comparability, Hubbell and Donohue in second place obtained a complete of 8 tens.

“We often don’t even take a look at the scores,” Cizeron stated.  

Following their latest Olympic gold medal, and the collection of wins they accrued all through the years, the French duo is now having fun with their reputation in France.

“We may see our faces on tramways, trash cans (we take that as a praise!), hand sanitisers, bottles,” Cizeron stated.  “Marie France (Dubreuil, their coach) informed us that you understand you made it when your face is on a bottle of water. We made it!”

The just about 9,000 folks within the viewers confirmed that they love their Olympic champions.

“In Beijing we needed to go there and get the gold, whereas right here it was extra a celebration of our journey, our college, our targets,” Cizeron. stated “It was a lot better than what we may think about. Listening to all these folks screaming for you was tremendous, it was onerous to carry again the tears earlier than the programme”.

“This competitors has been fairly bizarre with what's going on on the earth”, Papadakis added. “Sport is a good way to advertise peace and solidarity. It was admirable what Oleksandra, Maksym and all the opposite skaters did”.

Papadakis skated with the Ukrainian flag colors painted on her nails.

All winners really feel a powerful reference to their college, the Ice Academy of Montreal. That is the primary time since 2011 that each one groups from the identical coaching heart make up the rostrum. 

“Our coaches adjustments the best way sport folks work together with one another”, defined Hubbell. “They created a real household, and it reveals”. “We're a part of a staff earlier than we're rivals. I really feel so fortunate to have all athletes that share this with me”, stated Papadakis.

All of them really feel they've discovered quite a bit from their teaching staff.

“The relations which were constructed are completely magic,” Cizeron stated.  “To share this with a staff of coaches that we like is the most effective we will hope for.”

“There are lots of classes we every take. For me they've led by instance, and have made me realise that it is very important be surrounded by people who love you and respect you,” Hubbell added.

“The way in which they deal with their work, the best way they deal with one another, the best way they pull the most effective from folks by main by compassion and empathy. All you might be seeing right here is genuine, they gave it to us,” Bates stated.

Chock and Bates really feel like they've grown quite a bit since becoming a member of the Academy.

“Taking artistic dangers was inspired by the Montreal staff, they allow us to realise what our strengths are,” Bates stated. “Over the previous few years we now have actually solidified that artistic method we began.”

This was their first time again on the world podium since 2016.

”Through the years Evan and I've proved we now have a whole lot of dedication,” Chock stated. “It has not been a simple path to get again to the world podium, however the journey was value it. We have now grown in methods I might have by no means thought could be potential earlier than.”

For Hubbell and Donohue, this was their final look on the ice as aggressive skaters.

“This morning at observe I used to be crying on a regular basis”, Hubbell stated. “My coaches jogged my memory of the job I needed to do. I needed to come back as sturdy and as assured as I might be. I needed to have a good time what I've been in a position to grow to be over the past 22 years, and I couldn’t be happier with what I did on the ice”.

“As I'm sitting right here taking a look at all of my pals, and teammates, all of you my coaches, it actually sinks in simply the issues you're going to miss not being on the aggressive facet,” Donohue added.  “I'm very grateful for all the folks in my life which have formed who I'm as a person, as an individual, as an athlete, as a dancer – my unbelievable associate, these superb teammates this teaching employees”.

These world championships had been positively uncommon, nonetheless the outstanding sportsmanship that was confirmed received’t be forgotten. On the finish of the free dance, Nazarova and Nikitin joined the skaters through the podium ceremony, receiving hugs from almost everybody there. This spirit of solidarity and love will stay in everybody’s recollections for a really very long time.


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