Posts Tagged ‘2002 World Figure Skating Championships’

2002 World Figure Skating Championships: Ladies Highlights

After dominating the skating circuit for two seasons only to come up short at the World Championships both times, Irina Slutskaya quipped that one day she would have a world title, even if she had to stay in until everyone else had retired and she had gray hair. Never fear, Slutskaya did not have to wait that long. With the most inspired, if not quite the most technically difficult,…

2002 World Figure Skating Championships: Men’s Highlights

As amazing as it sounds that Alexei Yagudin has won the Grand Prix Final, the European Championships, and Olympics, what’s even more amazing is that he won all of them in a span of approximately nine weeks. Add to that a trip to Australia last September for the Goodwill Games, two Grand Prix events in Canada and France, and an appearance at the Russian Nationals (where he would later…

2002 World Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance Highlights

Not surprisingly, controversy clouded the ice dance event once again. And, even less surprisingly, the controversy was baseless and even paradoxical. First, there was no movement in the top ten, and the skaters and media complained about it. Then, there was movement, and 38 skaters signed a petition protesting the judging, which was equally lambasted by the media. The most subjective of the four disciplines to judge, ice dance…

2002 World Figure Skating Championships: Pairs Highlights

Olympic co-champions Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, of Russia, and Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, of Canada, each elected to skip the World Championships due to a whirlwind of media appearances following the Olympic Games last month. Unlike the pairs judging fiasco that took all of Salt Lake City by storm, the only fiasco of the competition in Nagano was the dreadful level of performances among the top competitors….