Our final preview and the final discipline to wrap things up on Saturday is the ice dance. Since scores and placements for the discipline tend to stay fairly consistent and major errors are far less common than the other disciplines, ice dance should be the easiest to predict. However, many teams haven’t competed internationally for a while due to the pandemic and Olympic qualifying is a scary business, so there’s still some chance for surprises.
Today, Skate Canada confirmed that Vanessa James and Eric Radford have formed a new pairs team. They will be coached by Julie Marcotte and Ian Connolly in Montreal and hope to represent Canada at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
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.
Surprise! There’s still one more event left in the 2020/2021 season. World Team Trophy coming after the climax of the World Championships always catches skating fans off guard, but has done even more so this year when almost every other competition has been cancelled. So, what is this event, why is it happening, and how do its safely protocols measure up?
In the final day of competition in Stockholm we finished up the men’s event, crowned some new dance champions, and saw some unexpected medal placements. There’s certainly still a lot to unpack from these World Championships, but let’s briefly go over what went down on Day 4.
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