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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 top of this Olympic season. 31 Groups representing 25 international locations took to the ice within the rhythm dance, except 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 load of an extended season on their shoulders. Regardless of of that, the occasion proved to point out 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 accomplice Kana Muramoto skated on their catchy rhythm dance. Daisuke admitted that his mistake on the second twizzle was one thing that he might 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 fully 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 house. 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 have been nonetheless in Ukraine. Their music alternative, 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 assume you’re gods
However everybody dies
Don’t swallow my soul
Our souls

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

“For us you will need to inform the complete world what is occurring in Ukraine,” stated Nazarova.

“I hope this may assist individuals in Ukraine who should not protected: they’re in peril, 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 unimaginable. On the finish of their dance, each skaters approached every of the 4 sides of the rink to thank the general public, quite than doing it from the centre as ordinary, as they felt it was vital to maintain that sturdy connection they established throughout their dance. 

“It was not straightforward to skate after a terrific efficiency of the Ukrainian group,” Canada’s Marjorie Lajoie admitted. With accomplice Zachary Lagha, they felt that they delivered a great programme, however the ranges they have been anticipating weren’t met. 

Juulia Turkkila and Matthias Versluis from Finland capitalised from their first Olympic video games, attaining their seasons greatest. “We have been very proud of our skate right now. We’re nonetheless feeling the vitality 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 have 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 gang 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 number of time to relaxation after we returned house,” Fabbri stated.  “We knew we needed to work so much 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 house 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 file of 92.73 factors in entrance of their house crowd.

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


Papadakis and Cizeron have been pleased to carry out of their house nation, the place they achieved a brand new world file which included 24 tens (out of fifty) of their program elements.

“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 now we have our buddies 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 straightforward as they discovered that waacking and skating actually talk, giving them pleasure to work on refining it.

“We practice with pleasure and vitality, and when now we have lows it’s straightforward to recollect what we practice for. Nevertheless, it’s laborious to reach right here understanding it’s the finish of a chapter and the top of the profession for a few of us”.

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

The group introduced early within the season that this 12 months would be the final of their aggressive profession.

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

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

“This week has been probably the most fulfilling weeks of our profession”, Bates stated. “There’s a sentimental element for us, understanding that a few of us are going to go away. We can even attempt to not cry earlier than and throughout the competitors, however I can’t promise we gained’t cry after”. 


The final main ice dance last of the 12 months 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 arms. 

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

“We’re proud of what we achieved in simply two years,” Muramoto stated. “We’re not happy with what we did, however we’re pleased to have lastly been capable of compete with the highest ice dance groups and we realized so much.”

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

Lajoie and Lagha gained three positions with their fascinating Rio soundtrack programme. They have been each pleased to point out what they’re able to.

“We have now to enhance our endurance, to trip each edge, to complete each motion,” Lagha stated. “This may give u a number of maturity and we actually want this if we wish to get within the high stage and compete with the very best.”

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

“We put every little thing on the market,” Reed stated. “Bodily and mentally there are a number of hurdles, we’re simply proud that we put out our skate.”

“It was general an excellent season, we obtained so much from it,” Ambrulevičius added.

Nice Britain’s Lilah Worry and Lewis Gibson acquired 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 now we have been craving and dealing in the direction of all season lengthy, having that imaginative and prescient of what we imagine this Lion King program might be and the way we might develop as athletes”, Worry stated.   

Olivia Sensible and Adrian Diaz from Spain arrived on the ice with a giant welcome from the viewers. Their Zorro programme was probably the most widespread this season, nonetheless this time the supply didn’t meet the identical stage of the earlier ones. They nonetheless achieved a seventh place end, the best ever by a Spanish group.

“It wasn’t the skate of our profession, however now we have had a number of these this season so we are able to’t ask for extra,” Sensible stated. “We completed within the high ten, which has two spots for Spain and that’s what now we have been making an attempt for 5 years”.

The group 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 assume the leads to the second half of the season have been precisely how we needed them to be, however we have been so pleased with our efficiency right now and we had a blast simply sharing it with everybody,” Poirier stated. ”We’re so fortunate to have the artists of the monitor (“The Lengthy and Winding Highway”) Govardo right here watching us right now, so we’re pleased to have the ability to carry out this system for them stay.”

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

“Whenever you get the best rating on the finish of the season, it means you actually labored effectively all through the 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 record of achievements, and confirming one other world file with 137.09 factors for his or her free and 229.82 mixed complete.


Papadakis and Cizeron have been extraordinarily happy with profitable a world title on house ice.

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

The French couple have 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 have a look at the scores,” Cizeron stated.  

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

“We might 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 made it when your face is on a bottle of water. We made it!”

The just about 9,000 individuals 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 might think about. Listening to all these individuals screaming for you was tremendous, it was laborious 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 an effective 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 every one groups from the identical coaching heart make up the rostrum. 

“Our coaches modifications the way in which sport individuals work together with one another”, defined Hubbell. “They created a real household, and it exhibits”. “We’re a part of a group earlier than we’re opponents. I really feel so fortunate to have all athletes that share this with me”, stated Papadakis.

All of them really feel they’ve realized so much from their teaching group.

“The relations which were constructed are completely magic,” Cizeron stated.  “To share this with a group of coaches that we like is the very best we are able to hope for.”

“There are a lot of classes we every take. For me they’ve led by instance, and have made me realise that you will need to be surrounded by people who love you and respect you,” Hubbell added.

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

Chock and Bates really feel like they’ve grown so much since becoming a member of the Academy.

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

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

”Through the years Evan and I’ve proved now we have a number 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’d have by no means thought could be doable 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 fun what I’ve been capable of turn out to be during the last 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 buddies, and teammates, all of you my coaches, it actually sinks in simply the issues you’re going to miss not being on the aggressive side,” Donohue added.  “I’m very grateful for all the individuals in my life which have formed who I’m as a person, as an individual, as an athlete, as a dancer – my unimaginable accomplice, these superb teammates this teaching workers”.

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



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