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It was another emotional weekend in Moscow at the World Figure Staking Championships. On Saturday, Miki Ando successfully defended her world title winning gold for the second time.
In an interview with the New York Times, Ando said she hopes her win brings some happiness to her country, which is struggling to rebuild after the March 11 natural disaster and following nuclear crisis. According to the article it wasn’t an easy victory as she had to face a lot of pressure -performing her free skate before the reigning Olympic champion Kim Yu-na, from South Korea.
Ando finished the tournament with a total score of 195.79 and Kim came in second place with a score of 194.50. The world championships, which were supposed to be held in Tokyo on March 21, have been positive for All Japan newsese figure skaters. With the support of the entire world the athletes have been able to overcome the difficult emotions as a result of the natural disaster almost two months ago.
Last week Takahiko Kozuka placed first in the men’s qualifying round and won a silver medal on Thursday, losing to Canadian skater Patrick Chan. [NYT]