Saturday, March 28, 2009
2009 World Figure Skating Championships
More good news for American figure skating: Ice-dancers Agosto and Belbin win a solid silver and gave the Russians a run for the gold. The Canadians won the bronze. I'm not sure where the American pairs-skaters finished, but let me tell you darlings, from what I saw of the American couples during the 2009 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, they're not worth watching. Snore. In the ladies short program, the Americans aren't anywhere near the top. Rachel Flat is in 7th place, and the perennially inconsistent Alisa Czisny (who is the 2009 U.S. Women's Champion) is in 14th - way out of contention. Sigh. It's the Asian ladies who are dueling for the gold in tonight's "live" long program: South Korea's exquisite ice diva Yu-Na Kim (in first place) and Japan's Mao Asada (in third place) will face off with a Canadian lady, who sits in second place. Way to go, Oh Canada! Can Joannie Rochette go all the way to gold? In fourth place is Asada's teammate, Miki Ando, who is on the way back up the ranks after a disappointing season last year. The 2007 World Champion, Ando opened with a credible attempt at a triple lutz-triple loop in which the second jump was downgraded. Who will win? Watch on network television tonight. Locally the Ladies' long program will be broadcast on NBC - with, I'm sure, highlights of the Mens' competition. Read more about it.