World Figure Skating Championships Begin Wednesday

Gracie GoldGracie Gold (U.S. Figure Skating)

The 2014 World Figure Skating Championships begin Wednesday in Saitama, Japan.

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2006 Olympic silver medalist Tanith Belbin and 2011 U.S. champion Ryan Bradley will be analysts alongside veteran play-by-play voice Steve Schlanger.

Here is a preview of the four disciplines:


The United States will send three familiar faces to Saitama in 15-year-old Polina Edmunds, Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner, who all represented the United States at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. They will face tough competition from Olympic bronze medalist Carolina Kostner (ITA), European Champion Julia Lipnitskaia (RUS) and two-time World Champion Mao Asada (JPN).


There will be a new men’s World Champion, since three-time World Champion Patrick Chan (CAN) decided not to compete this year. 2014 Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) will skate for his first World Championship in front of his home fans. Max Aaron and Jeremy Abbott will represent the United States.


Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (GER) are looking for their fifth World Championship. Standing in their way are Olympic silver medalists Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov (RUS), as well as Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir (USA), who recently won their second straight U.S. title.

Ice Dancing

This event is wide open with Olympic and World Champions Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA) absent while performing on the television show Dancing with the Stars. Olympic bronze medalists Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov (RUS) are likely the team to beat. Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) will compete in their second World Championships together.

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