The 2014 World Figure Skating Championships commenced today, March 25 in Saitama, Japan with the pairs short program.
Currently in the lead are Germans Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy who were clearly disappointed following the Olympic Games with their bronze medal finish. They came back ready to compete in full pink panther costuming. Though they did not score a seasons best, it was close enough and their performance was enough to put them in the lead.
Following only two points behind, are Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford. Some feel that they finally received the scoring that they deserved for this program, while others are confused since they skated almost the same way in Sochi and were in fifth place after the short program. Regardless it was a beautiful program that included their side-by-side triple lutz jumps.
It is not all that surprising to find Russian bronze medalists, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov currently holding in third place, but the biggest surprise of the night are the two Chinese teams that are right behind them.
Probably one of the more disappointing moments of the event, was Americans Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir. This team has proved to be fairly consistent and they are capable of so much, but they seemed tired and worn down. Simon doubled the side-by-side triple salchows and they were just missing that sharpness that we have seen from them, which leaves them currently in tenth place with Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay in fourteenth.
Tomorrow, March 26 the men will take to the ice for the short program and the pairs free skate will take place, so stay tuned.
Pairs short program: Current standings