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03/16/2013

World Skating Championships: Day 3: Chan wins Gold, Duhamel & Radford bronze

Steve Russell - Staff Photographer - @RussellPhotos

 

Friday was the longest of the Championships.

Although fewer skaters competed, their programs were double length of the short program.

Plus add a couple Canadian medals......

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Canadian Patrick Chan wins gold despite three falls in the Men's Free Skate program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Budweiser Gardens  in London. 

 

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American Simon Shnapir lifts partner Marissa Castelli during the Pairs Free Skate program.

 

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Briton David King lifts Stacey Kemp. Over the course of the free program each pair will do four lifts.

 

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Italy's Stafania Berton is carried in a lift by Ondrej Hotarek.

 

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China's Wenjing Sui spins after a throw by  Cong Han. Each routine in the free skate has two throws.

 

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Figure skaters are constantly blowing their noses at the rink, there is tissue paper everywhereAmerica Alexa Scimeca shows us why as she soars.

 

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Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy spin to Flamenco Bolero during the Pairs Free Skate.

 

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Yuko Kavaguti in a death spiral by Alexander Smirnov. Everyone's routine must include a death spiral.

 

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Surprised fans in the first row almost end up wuth Yuko Kavaguti in their laps after she slips from the hold of Alexander Smirnov of Russia.

 

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Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov spin together, the Russians would go onto win the gold medal in Pairs.

 

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Over the course of their almost five minute Free Skate, I would take 400 pictures. From intro to Kiss and Cry.  Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch hit the ice.

 

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Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch in the death spiral.

 

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Kirsten Moore-Towers is lifted by Dylan Moscovitch in one of four lifts.

 

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Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch celebrate their skate during the Pairs Free Skate program. They would finish just out of the medals in fourth.

 

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Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford win the bronze medal the Pairs Free Skate program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Budweiser Gardens  in London.

 

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Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford did their routine to "Angel" by Philippe Rombi.

 

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Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford celebrate on the ice landing the second of the two spin combinations in the Free Skate. The would win the bronze medal the Pairs.

 

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Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford win the bronze medal the Pairs Free Skate program.

 

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Viktor Pfeifer of Austria shows off some flexibility in the Men's Free Skate  program.

 

 

Steve's coach of the day,

Over the first two days my favourite coachs had to be Denmark's Kalle Strid and Martin Johansson. Two very intense coaches. They must have heard about it because it seems they hid from me and shaved their beards so I wouldn't recognize them.

Today's coach of the day is Maxin Kovtun's coach Tatiana Tarasova who breaths with her athlete and shouts encouragement. 

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Canadian Andrei Rogozine leaps during the Men's Free Skate program to "Inception" by Hans Zimmer.

 

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Canadian Andrei Rogozine and his coaches Andrei Berezintsev and Inga Zusev celebrate his scores in the Men's Free Skate.

 

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Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu who is coached by Brian Orser skates the Men's Free Skate program.

 

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Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu collapses after skating the Men's Free Skate program.

 

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Spain's Javier Fernandez choreographer David Wilson poses with one the stuffed animals thrown to the ice as they await scores in the kiss and cry.

 

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Japan's Daisuke Takahashi falls in the Men's Free Skate in a shogun themed program. Skaters that wear black aren't favourites with photographers. Auto focus systems have a hard time grabbing onto a black costume.

 

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Speaking of falls, Patrick Chan has one of three falls in the Free Skate.

 

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Canadian Patrick Chan spins to the music "La Boheme"

 

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With two skaters left and three falls in his Free Skate, Patrick Chan sweats it out in the kiss and cry waiting for his score.

 

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Kazakhstan's Denis Ten celebrates his skate to the music of "The Artist"

 

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Kazakhstan's Denis Ten celebrates his score that guarentees him a worlds medal, he would finish in the the silver medal position.

 

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Kevin Reynolds began his skate in third position after the short program, at the end of his Free program he would end up fifth.

 

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Kevin Reynolds makes one of 12 jumps in his Free program.

 

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As Kevin Reynolds waits for his score in the Kiss and Cry,Patrick Chan waits to see if he wins gold despite three falls.

 

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The Canadian flag is raised in the Gold Medal position.

 

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Canadian Patrick Chan wins gold at World for the third time in a row.

 

Pictures from Day One, Men's and Pairs Short Program.

Pictures from Day Two, Women's and Ice Dance Short Program

 

 

 

 

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