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May 2003All Eyes on Washington
2003 World Championships
A sold-out crowd watched as Michelle Kwan won her fifth World title with a powerful and solid performance. And U.S. fans were thrilled to see Timothy Goebel finish an injury-filled season with his second World silver medal.
But the fans cheered just as hard when the Chinese pair of Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao fought through an injury to skate a flawless program and win the gold; and when Canadian ice dancers Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz finished their eligible skating career with a World title.
Amazing. Unbelievable. That is how Kwan described winning her fifth World title. Kwan is the first ladies competitor to win five World titles since Carol Heiss won her fifth in 1960.
"It's pretty amazing," she said. "I have no words. I don't know what to think."
Read more about the 2003 World Figure Skating Championships and see some of the best photos from the event in the May issue of SKATING.