The ice dancing competition concluded yesterday at the 2008 World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. The United States' Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates won the gold (total points 181.66), Canada's Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier took the silver (total points 178.09), and Russia's Kristina Gorshkova and Vitali Butikov came away with the bronze (total points 172.85). Maria Monko and Ilia Tkachenko of Russia placed fourth (total points 166.01), siblings Madison Hubbell and Keiffer Hubbell of the United States came in fifth (total points 157.47), and Ekaterina Riazanova and John Guerreiro of Russia placed sixth (total points 153.29).
I gotta say, I've been fastidiously reading skaters' official sites throughout the championships and it's so interesting to me how different some of them are. I really love the photo of Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates from their official site (at right) because it shows their charm, youth and joy.
The ladies short program concluded yesterday as well, and the United States is sitting pretty at the top with U.S. senior Nationals champion Mirai Nagasu (65.07 points), reigning world junior champion Caroline Zhang (62.60 points) and Rachael Flatt (60.15 points), who placed second to Mirai at U.S. Nationals. Wouldn't it be great to see the three ladies on the podium after the free skate? The event concludes today so stay tuned...(If you haven't smiled today, this photo of Mirai will surely fix that.)
Full results for the junior ice dancing event will be posted once they are available. Sorry all you devotees of ice dancing! (me included)