Fourteen U.S. Athletes to Compete at 2013 World Championships

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2013 World Figure Skating Championships Competition Notes (PDF)

(3/11/13) - Fourteen U.S. athletes will compete at the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships March 11-17, in London, Ontario, Canada.

Official practice begins Monday, March 11, while competition kicks off two days later with pairs and men's short programs.

Universal Sports Network will provide extensive live coverage of the competition and NBC will broadcast a World Championships recap show from noon-2 p.m. (EDT) Saturday, March 23. Terry Gannon (play-by-play), Scott Hamilton (analyst) and Andrea Joyce (reporter) will host the show for NBC. The Universal Sports broadcast team features play-by-play announcers Craig Hummer and Steve Schlanger and analysts Peter Carruthers and Tanith Belbin.

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Ladies
Ashley Wagner won her second U.S. title in January to become the first repeat ladies U.S. champion since Michelle Kwan in 2005. Last fall, Wagner won a pair of gold medals at 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America and 2012 Trophee Bompard before winning silver at the 2012 Grand Prix Final. She finished fourth in her second appearance at this event one year ago. Gracie Gold won her first U.S. senior medal, silver, in January at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Gold most recently finished sixth at the 2013 Four Continents Championships in early February.

Men's
Max Aaron won his first U.S. title in January and will compete in his second major ISU championship event at the senior level after finishing fourth at 2013 Four Continents. Before winning the U.S. Championships, Aaron was first at the 2012 U.S. International Classic and the 2013 Midwestern Sectional as well as second at 2012 Cup of Nice. Ross Miner enjoyed his best finish at the U.S. Championships, placing second.. He also earned his first Grand Prix Series medal last fall when he finished third at 2012 NHK Trophy. Miner will be making his second appearance at the World Championships. He finished 11th in 2011.

Pairs
Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir won their first U.S. title in January and also took home their first ISU championships medal, bronze, from 2013 Four Continents. Prior to winning the U.S. title, Castelli and Shnapir earned gold at 2012 Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria, and took bronze at the 2012 NHK Trophy. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, who are the 2013 U.S. silver medalists, will compete in their first ISU championship event after teaming up last spring. They were originally scheduled to compete at Four Continents, but withdrew prior to the short program due to a Scimeca foot injury.

Ice dancing
Meryl Davis and Charlie White will compete for their fourth Worlds medal and second title. The five-time reigning U.S. champions were the first American ice dance team to win World gold when they did so in 2011. They are undefeated this season, winning two Grand Prix Series medals, the Grand Prix Final, the U.S. Championships and the Four Continents Championships. Madison Chock and Evan Bates won the silver medal at the U.S. Championships to earn their first U.S. medal as a team. They will compete in their first World Championships together. Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, the 2013 U.S. bronze medalists, are the 2011 World bronze medalists. They will compete in their third straight World Championships.

U.S. ENTRIES AT 2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Gracie Gold

Chicago

Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Ashley Wagner

Alexandria, Va.

Aliso Viejo, Calif.

Men

Max Aaron

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Ross Miner

Boston

Boston

Pairs

Marissa Castelli
Simon Shnapir

Cranston, R.I.
Sudbury, Mass.

Boston

Alexa Scimeca
Chris Knierim

Addison, Ill.
San Diego

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Ice Dancing

Madison Chock
Evan Bates

Redondo Beach, Calif.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Novi, Mich.

Meryl Davis
Charlie White

West Bloomfield, Mich.
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Canton, Mich.

Maia Shibutani
Alex Shibutani

Ann Arbor, Mich.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Canton, Mich.

2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date

Event

Time

Wednesday, March 13

Pairs short

Noon-3 p.m.

Men's short

7-10 p.m.

Thursday, March 14

Ladies short

1-4 p.m.

Short dance

7-10 p.m.

Friday, March 15

Pairs free

1:30-3 p.m.

Men's free

8:30-10 p.m.

Saturday, March 16

Free dance

4:30-6 p.m.

Ladies free

9:30-11:30 p.m.

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