Update: 24.03.2022 01:34
Released: 24.03.2022, 01:34
Montpellier (France) – The first medals will be awarded at today’s World Skating Championships, and the competition for sporting pairs will culminate on the free rides in the evening. Before them, men completed a short program, in which after twelve years the name Michal Březina would not be on the initial list. He ended his career after the Olympics. That is why the Czechs will not be following today’s program in Montpellier, France.
In sporting pairs, the absence of a strong pairing of Russia and China opens up opportunities for other figure skaters. The American pair secured the most favorable position for free riding in the short program. They are led by Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier about a point ahead of Ashley Cain-Gribble with Timothy Leduc.
The world throne is also free among the men, as winner of the last three world championships and reigning Olympic champion Nathan Chen had to step down due to injury. Health issues have also stopped two-time Olympic champion Juzuru Hanju, who won world titles in 2014 and 2017. The biggest favorites are Japan, led by Olympic silver medalist Juma Kagiyama.
In the end, Březin’s originally planned replacement Georgie Reshtenko, who was instead preparing for the April Junior World Championships, did not make the trip to the Adult World Championships.
“Infuriatingly humble coffee guru. Travel practitioner. Freelance zombie fanatic. Certified problem solver. Food scholar. Student.”