Posts Tagged ‘2003 World Figure Skating Championships’

2003 World Figure Skating Championships: Pairs Highlights

With the departure of Olympic champions Jamie Sale and David Pelletier of Canada and world bronze medalists Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman of the USA, the pairs competition at the 2003 World Figure Skating Championships in Washington, DC was touted as a battle between the top three Russian and Chinese teams. The Russians took two out of three medals at the European Championships while the Chinese swept the Four…

2003 World Figure Skating Championships: Men’s Highlights

Defending champion and Olympic gold medalist Alexei Yagudin had to skip Worlds due to his continuing hip injury, but fellow Russian Evgeni Plushenko was back after a year’s absence. Although bothered by a knee injury, Plushenko was still able to win his second World championship, but the USA’s Tim Goebel made him fight for the victory.

In the qualifiers, Plushenko landed a quad toe/triple toe/triple loop combination, the first time…

2003 World Figure Skating Championships: Ladies Highlights

Before the 2002 World Figure Skating Championships, the U.S. was hoping for a sweep of the medals to boost interest in skating before the summer tours and the renewal of the USFSA’s television contract. With three of the top four finishers at the 2002 Olympics competing on home ice and 2002 World champion Irina Slutskaya missing the event to tend to her ailing mother, it looked like a sweep…

2003 World Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance Highlights

The dance competition at the 2003 World Figure Skating Championships produced a lot of firsts. It was the first time that skaters competed in only one compulsory dance, the first time the Austrian Waltz was skated at Worlds, the first time a North American dance team won the gold and the first Worlds medal of any kind for Bulgaria. It was also the last time that two couples were…