STOCKHOLM, March 27 (Xinhua) — Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov managed to maintain their lead after Friday’s rhythm dance to win the ice dance gold in the ISU World Figure Skating Championships here on Saturday.
The pair representing the Figure Skating Federation of Russia ended on a total score of 221.17 points and it was the first time since 2005 that a team from Russia won a world championships ice dance gold.
“I’m so happy, I don’t know what to say. I just want to smile and cry,” Sinitsina said immediately after the pair’s score was announced.
Still out of breath after the four-minute performance, Katsalapov added:
“Right now, I have no idea what to say. I’m totally empty.”
The event wrapped up the competitive part of the world championships in the Swedish capital. As recently as November, it was still uncertain whether 2021 would be yet another year without a world championship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Everything was on a top-level. The only thing that was missing was the audience,” Katsalapov said.
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, USA, finished second with 214.71 points, while Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier climbed one position to claim the bronze with a total of 214.35.
Wang Shiyue and Liu Xinyu of China finished 13th with a total score of 182.90. Enditem