America’s Michelle Kwan claimed her fifth world title in front of a promote-out crowd; Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz of Canada ended their ice dance career with the gold medal; Evgeny Plushenko of Russia received the lads’s gold medal; Irina Lobacheva and Irina Averbukh, also of Russia, took first place within the Authentic Dance; China’s Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao retained their title as World Pair Champions with an impressive efficiency, incomes 4 excellent 6.0s. The perfect groups on this planet will compete April 20-April 23 in Tokyo, Japan, on the 2017 World Team Trophy. With 38 Ladies from 29 nations vying for the preliminary 24 Olympic qualification spots (by nation) on the world championships, the pressure and expectations on all rivals have been mounting. Coming into the final ranked third after the quick program the Aussie couple have been all class, outstripping their rivals from the world’s skating powerhouse nations to claim the gold medal ahead of Aleksandra Boikova and Dimitrii Kozlovskii from Russia with China’s Yumeng Gao and Zhong Xie taking bronze.
All of it got here to a head at the 2017 World Championships, with Chen,