The women took to the ice at the 2013 World Championships and Yuna Kim of South Korea stole the show once again and reminded the world why she is an Olympic Champion. It is difficult to believe that this skater, who has not even been competing for two years , can come back and deliver a sensational short program with such amazing composure. It is no wonder why she is nicknamed “Queen Yu-na.”
In 2nd place is 2012 World Champion, Carolina Kostner, who had a strong performance despite a fall during her triple toe combo. She has competed very little this season, but is anxious to make a return back to competitive skating.
Kanako Murakami, from Japan, skated a beautiful short program that flowed gracefully from one element to the next. Murakami displayed such elegance and still managed to deliver a clean triple toe-triple toe combo after the halfway point, which increased her total point value.
Ashley Wagner skated a sharp, yet conservative, clean program that put her in 5th place. She is only 5.99 points away from the lead, which means there is chance for her to grab a spot on the podium if she can pull off a great free skate, which will hopefully include a triple-triple combination.
Two time World Champ, Japan’s Mao Asada, brought her triple axel to the table, but faltered a bit on the landing and popped her triple loop, which put her in 6th place.
Unites States newest rising, Gracie Gold, came close to having a clean skate and is currently sitting in 9th place.
The women’s free skate takes place on Saturday, March 16. It should be an exciting event full of angst and joy as the skaters bring their very best and hope that all their hard work pays off.