World Team Trophy 2021: Event Preview

Although the World Championships were just three weeks ago, there are still some notable storylines to keep an eye on at World Team Trophy this week. First are the safety concerns of hosting the event as coronavirus cases in Osaka continue to rise, which we’ve already gone over, so for this final preview, let’s focus on the sporting elements of the weekend. Continue reading World Team Trophy 2021: Event Preview

What is going on with the Worlds official song?

When the ISU put out an entire press release last month to announce the official song for Worlds 2021, I didn’t pay it much attention. I was more interested in hearing what they planned to do to make the competition safe and prevent athletes from contracting a potentially deadly disease, not hear some random pop song that they picked out for the event. But now I’ve listened to the song and seen the video and I kind of need to talk about it. Continue reading What is going on with the Worlds official song?

2021 Worlds: Olympic Spots on the Line

In an extremely questionable move from the International Skating Union, this week’s World Championships will still be used to decide Olympic qualifying spots for the 2022 Winter Games, despite the pandemic impacting athlete training and comfort travelling to the event. Ethical concerns aside for a moment, let’s take a look at how spots are awarded and how qualifications might shake out across the four disciplines. Continue reading 2021 Worlds: Olympic Spots on the Line