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03/18/2013

World Skating Championships: Day 5: The winners put on a performance & it's over

Steve Russell - Staff Photographer - @RussellPhotos

 

Well after two days of practices, and four of competition, we were left with the final two hours of skating, the Exhibition Gala. All the medalists and a couple of the crowd favourites were invited to perform.

The Gala is a low pressure performance for the skaters, it is more about connecting with the fans and showing off a little personality.

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Canada's Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier skate to "Sexy and I know it"  at the ISU World Figure Skating Championship Winners Exhibitiion Gala at Budweiser Gardens in London.

 

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Kevin Reynolds finished third in the short program and wound up fifth overall.

 

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Kaetlyn Osmond  was fourth after the short program and wound up finishing eighth overall. That top ten finish gives Canada two women's berths in the Sochi Olympics.

 

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France's Brian Joubert, a former world champion, kicks up snow and ice during his performance.

 

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American Ashley Wagner skates to Billy Joel's "Vienna."

 

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It's a little strange, especially if you look at it upside down, Canada's  Meagan Duhamel is lifted by  Eric Radford.

 

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Mao Asada of Japan skates to Mary Poppins.

 

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Mao Asada of Japan skates to Mary Poppins.

 

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Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje who finished fifth in the Ice Dance skate to "Je Suis Malade"

 

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Incredibly funny and entertaining Javier Fernandez of Spain and the Men's Bronze medalist goes from aerobics instructor to super hero in his perfornace.

 

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Surely the reason many super hero choose to not wear a cape, Javier gets wrapped up in his on a jump.

 

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Kurt Browning gives an exhausted Super Javi a wake up! Fernandez trains in Toronto with Brian Orser.

 

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Zijun Li of China spins.

 

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Kirsten Moore-Towers skates with partner Dylan Moscovitch.

 

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Kanako Murakami  of Japan kicks up chunks of ice as she leaps to music by Adele.

 

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He could of used Mary Poppins' umbrella, silver medalist Denis Ten skates to "Signing in the Rain"

 

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Aliona Savchenko's back musculature shows that all the lifts and spins are not all powered by her partner Robin Szolkowy.

 

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Silver meadlist Carolina Kostner from Italy skates to "It's oh so quiet" by Bjork.

 

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Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, silver medalists, skated to Hallelujah.

 

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Pairs gold medalists from Russia Tatiana Volosozhar flies at the hands of her partner Maxom Trankov.

 

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South Korea's Yuna Kim performs to Canadian Crooner Michael Buble's "All of Me" 

 

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Yuna Kim was the women's gold medalist.

 

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Ice Dance gold medalists Meryl Davis glides with Charlie White.

 

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Three time World Champion Patrick Chan kicks up ice as he lands a jump.

 

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The Gala lighting helps you see exacty how much snow is kicked up in a Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy death spiral.

 

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Ice Dance gold medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis from the USA take a curtain call.

 

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Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue thrill their hometown fans with their trademark Swan.

 

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

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

Pictures from Day Three, Chan wins Gold, Duhamel & Radford win Bronze.

Pictures from Day Four, Virtue & Moir win Silver plus a photographer's confession.

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nice action shots! enjoyed them!

Tessa and Scotts Signature move is not called "the swan" even though that is very nice - it is called The Goose...

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