Canada gets lucky at worlds…

At the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships held in Gothenburg, Sweden, Canada sent 10 Canadians to take place in the competition. In total, Canada took home 3 medals, and all ten of the Canadian participants finished in the top ten in each event. Way to go Canada!!

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Jeffrey Buttle, the first Canadian in the Mens to win since Elvis Stoyko in 1997, won the men’s World title by a 14-point spread. This was Buttle’s sixth trip to Worlds; his previous best finish at was a silver medal at the 2005 ISU (International Skating Union) World Figure Skating Championships.

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The pairs dominated the top 10. Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison skated two strong programs to land them nicely on the podium with a World bronze medal.

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New to the World Ice Dance stage are Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are now second best in the world. After competing in only their second senior World Championships, the ice dance team won the World silver medal.

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In addition to the three medals that these Canadians took home, some Canadians also broke three different records. Jeff Buttle set a new record in points scored for the international record for Canadian Men. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir broke a Canadian record for highest mark in ice dance at an international competition. Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison won the bronze, and with the points score they received set a new record for a Canadian pair at an international event.

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Tough break….

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Jeremy Abbot and Evan Lysacek

Evan Lysacek withdrew from the 2008 World Figure Skating Championship, being held in Gothenburg Sweden from March 17-23. Jeremy Abbot will be replacing Lysacek at the competition. He finished fouth at the 2008 US Nationals and fifth  at the Four Contients Championships.

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Evan Lysacek

Lysacek fell on Wednesday while training because the blade broke on his right boot while landing a triple axel. “The blade broke at the weld,” Lysacek said. “I’ve been through three blades in the past three days. Obviously, soemthing isn’t right.”

Due to the fall, Evan injured his left forearm, elbow and shoulder. “I went to the emergency room last night. I got a bunch of x-rays and, tahnkfully, nothing’s broken.”  He has to wear a soft cast and will have his arm in a sling for about a week. Doctors have avised him that he refrain from attempting to jump or spin for at least the next two weeks.