World Championship kicks off on Wednesday in Helsinki

In the capital of Finland – Helsinki will host the World Figure Skating Championships, where in addition to sets of awards, participants will compete and qualify for the Olympic Games 2018 in Korea.

The world championship will bring together all the current champions – winners of last year’s World Championship: Russia’s Evgeny Medvedev (women’s single skating), Spaniard Javier Fernandez (male), the French Gabriella Papadakis – Guillaume Cizeron (dancing) and Canadians Meagan Duhamel – Eric Radford (pair) .

The Russian team:

Women : Evgeny Medvedev, Anna Pogorilaya Maria Sotskova.

Men : Maxim Kovtun, Mikhail Kolyada.

Pairs: Yevgeny Tarasov – Vladimir Morozov, Kseniya Stolbova – Fedor Klimov Natalia Zabiyako – Alexander Enbert.

Dancing : Ekaterina Bobrova – Dmitry Solovyov, Aleksandra Stepanova – Ivan Bukin.

Evgeny Medvedev is the current world champion and Europe. This year, student of Eteri Tutberidze and won the Grand Prix Final. Anna Pogorilaya – bronze medalist of the last World Cup, this season was second at the European Championships. Maria Sotskova debut at the World Cup. Skater this season moved to the adult level. At the European Championship in Ostrava, she took 4th place.

Mikhail Kolyada on the debut of the world-2016 championship in Boston took the 4th place. This season in the European Championship won the bronze medal. Silver Ostrava won the Russian Maxim Kovtun , who last season were unsuccessful at the World Championship, where he finished in 18th place.The best result Maksima Kovtuna at the World Championships – 4th place in the 2013/2014 season.

Yevgeny Tarasov – Vladimir Morozov sent to Helsinki to the rank of the winners of the final Grand Prix and European Championship. Olympic champion in the team competition and silver medalists of the Games in Sochi Kseniya Stolbova – Fedor Klimov because of injury partner started late this season – only in December in the Russian championship, missing virtually the entire first half. In Chelyabinsk skaters won. But crumpled schedule prevented athletes prepare as originally planned, and gain the optimal shape for the European Championships. In Ostrava skaters stopped in a step from the pedestal, were 4 mi. Natalia Zabiyako – Alexander Enbert the first time participate in the World Cup. This season in the European Championship skaters were 5-mi.

Olympic champions in team competitions Ekaterina Bobrova – Dmitriy Solovev for various reasons, did not play in the last three World Cups. Best of the result – the world championship bronze dates back to 2013 year. This season, Aleksandra Zhulina students won bronze medals of the European Championship.Ekaterina Bobrova – Dmitry Solovyov was the only Russian dancing pair, selected in the Grand Prix Final, which took place in Marseille, where they finished fourth. Bronze medalists of the championship of Europe-2015 Aleksandra Stepanova – Ivan Bukintwice participated in the world championships. In 2015, they were 9-E, 2016-th – 11-mi. At the European Championships this season sportsmen took 5th place.

Competition schedule:

March 29

10.15 Women . Short program

18.10 Couples . Short program

30th of March

12.30 Men. Short program

18.55. Pair . free skating

March 31

11.00 Dancing . short dance

18.00 Women . free skating

April 1

10.50 Men . free skating

16.35 Dancing . Free dance

April 2

14.00 Demonstrations

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