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The determine skating world championships are again
Final yr’s occasion, which was purported to be held in Montreal, was cancelled because of the pandemic. And the virus put a serious dent within the present season too. Two of the six common Grand Prix stops have been referred to as off (together with Skate Canada Worldwide), and so was the Grand Prix Ultimate.
The 4 Grand Prix occasions that went forward have been, with some exceptions, restricted to skaters residing within the nation wherein they have been held. The one Canadian allowed to compete all season was Alaska-based Keegan Messing, who took bronze within the males’s occasion at Skate America in October. The Canadian championships have been cancelled, as have been the Europeans. Even skaters from international locations with comparatively free restrictions (Individuals, Russians and Japanese, for instance) have been hampered by an absence of high quality worldwide competitors.
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All this makes it tougher to foretell what is going to occur on the world championships, which run Wednesday by way of Saturday (plus the gala finale on Sunday) in Stockholm. Listed below are a few storylines to comply with:
Nathan Chen vs. Yuzuru Hanyu
Chen is attempting to turn out to be the primary skater to win three straight males’s world titles since Canada’s Patrick Chan did it from 2011-13. The 21-year-old American’s athleticism is unmatched. He has the expertise to drag off each soar within the e-book, and he is truly achieved it. Chen is the primary skater to land 5 several types of quads in competitors.
This provides Chen the next ceiling than another skater. However he nonetheless has to execute cleanly. We noticed either side of the coin on the 2018 Olympics, the place a disastrous quick program put Chen in seventeenth place. Then he blew the doorways off everybody within the free skate, trying six quads and touchdown 5 of them (each unprecedented) to simply win the phase and climb all the best way as much as fifth within the remaining standings.
Since that unforgettable skate, Chen is undefeated. He received gold on the 2018 and ’19 world championships and took all seven of the Grand Prix occasions he entered — together with a pair of Finals.
Chen’s hardest rival in Stockholm is Hanyu, who received that 2018 Olympic competitors to turn out to be the primary repeat males’s gold medallist in additional than six many years. The 26-year-old Japanese star additionally owns two world titles (2014 and ’17) and was the runner-up to Chen in 2018.
Can Canada get again on the rostrum?
Issues have been slightly tough right here for the reason that sensible 2017-18 season. That is when Canada received 4 Olympic medals — gold within the crew occasion and by Tessa Advantage and Scott Moir in ice dance, bronze by Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford in pairs and by Kaetlyn Osmond within the ladies’s — and Osmond went on to win gold on the world championships. Each a kind of athletes is now retired, together with Chan.
The transition to a brand new crop of skaters hasn’t gone easily. Canada obtained shut out of the medals on the 2019 world championships, the place its greatest end within the solo occasions was an eleventh by Gabby Daleman. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje positioned fifth within the dance, however they’ve since stepped away from the game.
That leaves Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier (seventh within the dance in 2019) and Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro (seventh in pairs) as Canada’s main medal hopes at this yr’s worlds. Gilles and Poirier received two Grand Prix medals over the past full season, and the choice by reigning dance world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France to skip this yr’s occasion provides the Canadians a greater shot to succeed in the world-championship podium for the primary time. Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha are a promising younger dance crew that received the world junior title in 2019, nevertheless it takes time to turn out to be a contender of their self-discipline and so they have just one (podium-less) Grand Prix season below their belts.
Messing is the one Canadian entry within the males’s occasion, the place a medal seems to be like a stretch for him. Emily Bausback and Madeline Schizas are in powerful within the ladies’s competitors, the place a trio of Russians — Anna Shcherbakova, Aleksandra Trusova and Yelizaveta Tuktamysheva — may sweep the rostrum.
Whether or not they can win medals or not, it is essential for each Canadian to put as excessive as they’ll in Stockholm as a result of the outcomes will assist decide what number of entries every nation will get within the 2022 Olympics. Learn extra about that in this story by CBC Sports’ Jacqueline Doorey, and skim her preview of all 4 competitions on the worlds here.
Each program on the world championships might be streamed reside on CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports activities app, beginning with the ladies’s quick Wednesday at 5:10 a.m. ET, adopted by the pairs quick at 1:30 p.m. ET. Proper after every program, That Determine Skating Present goes reside on CBC Sports’ YouTube channel, the place hosts Dylan Moscovitch and Asher Hill and particular friends will give their instantaneous reactions and insights. This weekend’s Street to the Olympic Video games reveals on the CBC TV community may have extra worlds protection, that includes commentary from Brenda Irving and Kurt Browning. See the complete TV and streaming schedules here.
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Canada hit a little bit of a bump in Olympic males’s soccer qualifying. Yesterday’s 0-0 draw vs. Haiti dropped the under-24 Canadian crew’s file to 1-0-1. However it will probably nonetheless advance to the semifinals with a win or a tie in its group-stage finale Thursday vs. Honduras (additionally 1-0-1). If Canada strikes on, its semifinal opponent might be both Mexico or america. The winners of the semifinals get the ultimate two spots on this summer time’s Olympic males’s event.
The lads’s Candy Sixteen is about. Three of the 4 No. 1 seeds within the NCAA males’s basketball bracket superior to the third spherical. However, as ordinary, Cinderellas are the story of the event. A 15 seed (Oral Roberts), a 12 (Oregon State) and a pair of 11s (UCLA and Syracuse) all crashed the Candy Sixteen, which takes place Saturday and Sunday. In case you’re on the lookout for a crew to cheer for, 7 seed Oregon’s high two scorers from the common season are Canadian, and so they each performed an enormous position in yesterday’s upset of two seed Iowa. Chris Duarte had crew highs in factors (23) and assists (seven), and Eugene Omoruyi added 17 factors, six rebounds and 5 assists. The ladies’s second spherical begins at present with eight video games, together with title-game favourites UConn and Stanford taking up Syracuse and Oklahoma State, respectively. Look ahead to UConn’s Canadian ahead Aaliyah Edwards, who had 17 factors and 12 rebounds within the first spherical.
The UEFA Ladies’s Champions League quarter-finals begin tomorrow, and there is not less than one Canadian participant in each match. The 1 p.m. ET assembly between Paris St-Germain and defending champion Lyon is particularly fascinating. It is a rematch of a 2020 semifinal, which Lyon received en path to taking its fifth consecutive title. And it options three members of the Canadian nationwide crew — Lyon’s Kadeisha Buchanan and PSG’s Jordyn Huitema and Ashley Lawrence. The opposite Canadians within the quarters are Janine Beckie (Manchester Metropolis), Jessie Fleming (Chelsea) and Stephanie Labbe (Rosengard). The quarter-finals are two-leg, home-and-home affairs, with the return legs occurring March 31 or April 1. For an in-depth and entertaining preview of the quarter-finals, read today’s edition of The GIST newsletter and take into account subscribing if you have not already. It is written and run by Canadian ladies who at all times have a powerful and enjoyable perspective on the most important tales in sports activities.
The Nationwide Ladies’s Hockey League is about so as to add one other Canadian crew. A yr after increasing to Toronto, the NWHL is reportedly adding Montreal as its seventh franchise. The opposite 5 groups are all primarily based within the U.S. The NWHL is finishing its Isobel Cup playoffs this weekend in Boston, the place top-seeded Toronto will play the Boston Delight in one in all Friday’s semifinals and the Minnesota Whitecaps will face the Connecticut Whale within the different. The winners meet within the remaining Saturday night time. The ultimate two rounds have been postponed in February after a number of groups skilled COVID-19 outbreaks on the NWHL’s Lake Placid hub.
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