Russia wins rhythm dance to extend command at skating worlds
Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of the USA perform during the Ice Dance - Rhythm Dance at the Figure Skating World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, March 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)STOCKHOLM – Russia extended its dominance at the World Figure Skating Championships on Friday when Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov took the rhythm dance. Already, the Russians have won pairs — they almost always do — and have the lead in the women's event. Another of the favorites, Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin of Russia, struggled with some footwork and turns, finishing fifth. Later Friday is the women's free skate, with Anna Shcherbakova of Russia in the lead.
US skating team stronger than most for recent world events
Multiple medals at the World Figure Skating Championships are rare for the United States. Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue collected bronze in ice dance. Hubbell and Donohue figure to be tested by Madison Chock and Evan Bates, with whom they have swapped U.S. titles in recent years. Hubbell and Donohue edged Chock and Bates in January at nationals, reversing the finish for each couple in 2019. “Madison Chock and Evan Bates have only competed once this season, where Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue have been stellar in their events, and I think the momentum is in their favor.
Nathan Chen wins fifth straight US Figure Skating title
Even with an error at the beginning of his free skate, Chen was unbeatable Sunday, winning his fifth straight U.S. Not since Button won each title from 1946-52 has any American man had such a streak of success. Throw in two world championships and being unbeaten since not medaling at the 2018 Olympics, and Chen already has a resume for the ages. “It’s incredible to try to follow in his footsteps,” Chen said of Button. Only at Skate America in October was Chen able to strut his stuff.