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2008 World Figure Skating Championships

The 2008 World Figure Skating Championships was a senior international figure skating competition in the 2007–08 figure skating season. Medals were awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. The event was held at the Scandinavium arena in Gothenburg, Sweden from March 16 to 23.

2008 World Figure Skating Championships
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Scandinavium arena during the championship
Type:ISU Championship
Date:March 16 – 23
Season:2007–08
Location:Gothenburg, Sweden
Venue:Scandinavium
Champions
Men's singles:
Canada Jeffrey Buttle
Ladies' singles:
Japan Mao Asada
Pair skating:
Germany Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy
Ice dance:
France Isabelle Delobel / Olivier Schoenfelder
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QualificationEdit

The competition was open to skaters from ISU member nations who had reached the age of 15 by July 1, 2007. The corresponding competition for younger skaters was the 2008 World Junior Championships.

Based on the results of the 2007 World Championships, each country was allowed between one and three entries per discipline. National associations selected their entries based on their own criteria.

Due to the large number of entries at the World Championships, only the top 24 single skaters and top 20 pairs advanced to the free skating after the short program. In ice dancing, the top 30 couples in the compulsory dance advanced to the original dance, and the top 24 couples after the original dance advanced to the free dance.

Competition notesEdit

The compulsory dance was the Argentine Tango.

Dan Zhang / Hao Zhang from China set a new world record of 74.36 points under the ISU Judging System for pairs' short program.

European champion ice dancers Oksana Domnina / Maxim Shabalin (RUS) withdrew before the event due to an injury to his knee. They were replaced by Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev. Four Continents and Grand Prix Final bronze medalist Evan Lysacek withdrew before the event due to injury.[1] He was replaced by US pewter medalist Jeremy Abbott.

Medals summaryEdit

MedalistsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men   Jeffrey Buttle   Brian Joubert   Johnny Weir
Ladies   Mao Asada   Carolina Kostner   Kim Yuna
Pairs   Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy   Zhang Dan / Zhang Hao   Jessica Dubé / Bryce Davison
Ice dancing   Isabelle Delobel / Olivier Schoenfelder   Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir   Jana Khokhlova / Sergei Novitski

Medals by countryEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Canada (CAN)1113
2  France (FRA)1102
3  Germany (GER)1001
  Japan (JPN)1001
5  China (CHN)0101
  Italy (ITA)0101
7  Russia (RUS)0011
  South Korea (KOR)0011
  United States (USA)0011
Totals (9 nations)44412

ResultsEdit

MenEdit

 
The men's podium. From left: Johnny Weir (3rd), Jeffrey Buttle (1st), Brian Joubert (2nd).

Jeffrey Buttle was the sixth Canadian man to win the world title. His win set off a controversy because he did not attempt a quadruple jump. Brian Joubert the silver medalist criticized the system for producing a winner who did not complete or attempt a quadruple jump. This set off the first of many debates on the value of the quads and what men's figure skating should be about that would culminate in the 2010 Olympic Quadruple jump controversy.[2]

Rank Name Nation Total points SP FS
1 Jeffrey Buttle   Canada 245.17 1 82.10 1 163.07
2 Brian Joubert   France 231.22 6 77.75 2 153.47
3 Johnny Weir   United States 221.84 2 80.79 5 141.05
4 Daisuke Takahashi   Japan 220.11 3 80.40 6 139.71
5 Stéphane Lambiel    Switzerland 217.88 5 79.12 7 138.76
6 Kevin van der Perren   Belgium 216.02 9 70.24 3 145.78
7 Sergei Voronov   Russia 209.93 15 65.26 4 144.67
8 Takahiko Kozuka   Japan 205.15 8 70.91 8 134.24
9 Patrick Chan   Canada 203.55 7 72.81 11 130.74
10 Stephen Carriere   United States 201.69 11 68.20 9 133.49
11 Jeremy Abbott   United States 197.26 14 65.61 10 131.65
12 Sergei Davydov   Belarus 196.79 12 68.19 12 128.60
13 Adrian Schultheiss   Sweden 194.39 13 66.45 13 127.94
14 Kristoffer Berntsson   Sweden 193.72 10 69.02 15 124.70
15 Tomáš Verner   Czech Republic 191.94 4 79.87 20 112.07
16 Karel Zelenka   Italy 187.65 17 64.05 16 123.60
17 Gregor Urbas   Slovenia 187.48 18 61.65 14 125.83
18 Yannick Ponsero   France 182.06 16 64.46 18 117.60
19 Yasuharu Nanri   Japan 179.88 20 60.89 17 118.99
20 Anton Kovalevski   Ukraine 178.13 21 60.74 19 117.39
21 Igor Macypura   Slovakia 169.93 19 61.19 21 108.74
22 Jamal Othman    Switzerland 164.02 22 57.75 22 106.27
23 Li Chengjiang   China 155.75 23 53.99 23 101.76
24 Abzal Rakimgaliev   Kazakhstan 149.92 24 51.58 24 98.34
Free Skating Not Reached
25 Alexandr Kazakov   Belarus 25 51.00
26 Michael Chrolenko   Norway 26 50.50
27 Pavel Kaška   Czech Republic 27 49.98
28 Boris Martinec   Croatia 28 48.91
29 Elliot Hilton   United Kingdom 29 48.10
30 Javier Fernández   Spain 30 47.87
31 Mikko Minkkinen   Finland 31 47.15
32 Peter Liebers   Germany 32 46.96
33 Zoltán Kelemen   Romania 33 45.58
34 Maxim Shipov   Israel 34 44.32
35 Sean Carlow   Australia 35 43.98
36 Luis Hernández   Mexico 36 42.74
37 Manuel Koll   Austria 37 42.47
38 Justin Pietersen   South Africa 38 38.67
39 Naiden Borichev   Bulgaria 39 38.36
40 Konstantin Tupikov   Poland 40 37.47
41 Tristan Thode   New Zealand 41 35.29
42 Kutay Eryoldas   Turkey 42 35.04
43 Danil Privalov   Azerbaijan 43 34.73
44 Tigran Vardanjan   Hungary 44 32.37
45 Saulius Ambrulevičius   Lithuania 45 28.63
WD Alban Préaubert   France

LadiesEdit

 
The ladies' podium. From left: Carolina Kostner (2nd), Mao Asada (1st), Kim Yuna (3rd).

Carolina Kostner led the short program with 64.28 points, just 0.18 pints higher than Mao Asada who was in second. Kim Yuna fell on her triple Lutz, leaving her in fifth place after the short program. Kim managed a clean free skate, earning the top score of 123.38 points. However that was insufficient to makeup for the short program. Kostner received negative grade of execution on five of her seven jumping passes but still managed the third highest free score. Asada, one of the two women attempting the triple Axel in the competition, fell during the takeoff of the axel, but still managed to do two triple-triples and score 1.46 points higher than Kostner, securing the gold medal. Silver went to Kostner and Kim received the bronze medal.

Rank Name Nation Total points SP FS
1 Mao Asada   Japan 185.56 2 64.10 2 121.46
2 Carolina Kostner   Italy 184.68 1 64.28 3 120.40
3 Kim Yuna   South Korea 183.23 5 59.85 1 123.38
4 Yukari Nakano   Japan 177.40 3 61.10 4 116.30
5 Joannie Rochette   Canada 174.12 6 59.53 5 114.59
6 Sarah Meier    Switzerland 171.88 7 59.49 6 112.39
7 Kimmie Meissner   United States 149.74 9 57.25 12 92.49
8 Laura Lepistö   Finland 147.26 21 45.41 7 101.85
9 Kiira Korpi   Finland 145.73 4 60.58 17 85.15
10 Beatrisa Liang   United States 145.29 10 52.81 13 92.48
11 Júlia Sebestyén   Hungary 145.17 19 47.04 8 98.13
12 Annette Dytrt   Germany 144.31 12 50.99 11 93.32
13 Valentina Marchei   Italy 142.93 17 48.89 9 94.04
14 Mira Leung   Canada 140.59 14 50.69 14 89.90
15 Jelena Glebova   Estonia 140.10 20 46.26 10 93.84
16 Ashley Wagner   United States 137.40 11 51.49 15 85.91
17 Ksenia Doronina   Russia 135.25 15 49.94 16 85.31
18 Viktoria Helgesson   Sweden 127.96 16 49.68 20 78.28
19 Kim Na-young   South Korea 127.32 18 47.96 19 79.36
20 Elene Gedevanishvili   Georgia 125.99 23 44.06 18 81.93
21 Anastasia Gimazetdinova   Uzbekistan 124.92 13 50.84 21 74.08
22 Tamar Katz   Israel 116.86 24 43.58 22 73.28
23 Melinda Sherilyn Wang   Chinese Taipei 116.12 22 44.77 23 71.35
WD Miki Ando   Japan 8 59.21
Free Skating Not Reached
25 Jenna McCorkell   United Kingdom 25 42.55
26 Ivana Reitmayerová   Slovakia 26 41.79
27 Tuğba Karademir   Turkey 27 38.71
28 Mérovée Ephrem   Monaco 28 38.61
29 Victoria Muniz   Puerto Rico 29 38.41
30 Sonia Lafuente   Spain 30 38.35
31 Liu Yan   China 31 38.13
32 Nella Simaová   Czech Republic 32 37.72
33 Sonia Radeva   Bulgaria 33 37.44
34 Anna Jurkiewicz   Poland 34 37.09
35 Irina Movchan   Ukraine 35 36.17
36 Julia Sheremet   Belarus 36 34.69
37 Tina Wang   Australia 37 34.00
38 Candice Didier   France 38 33.91
39 Roxana Luca   Romania 39 32.07
40 Viviane Käser    Switzerland 40 30.37
41 Mirna Libric   Croatia 41 30.20
42 Ksenia Jastsenjski   Serbia 42 29.05
43 Barbara Klerk   Belgium 43 28.38
44 Loretta Hamui   Mexico 44 28.15
45 Gracielle Jeanne Tan   Philippines 45 27.85
46 Denise Koegl   Austria 46 27.36
47 Charissa Tansomboon   Thailand 47 27.28
48 Stasia Rage   Latvia 48 26.45
49 Tamami Ono   Hong Kong 49 26.20
50 Maria-Elena Papasotiriou   Greece 50 25.95
51 Lejeanne Marais   South Africa 51 25.85
52 Morgan Figgins   New Zealand 52 25.16
53 Beatrice Rozinskaite   Lithuania 53 24.02

PairsEdit

 
The pairs' podium. From left: Zhang Dan / Zhang Hao (2nd), Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy (1st), Jessica Dubé / Bryce Davison (3rd).
Rank Name Nation Total points SP FS
1 Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy   Germany 202.86 2 72.00 1 130.86
2 Zhang Dan / Zhang Hao   China 197.82 1 74.36 3 123.46
3 Jessica Dubé / Bryce Davison   Canada 192.78 4 68.66 2 124.12
4 Yuko Kawaguchi / Alexander Smirnov   Russia 191.33 3 71.42 4 119.91
5 Pang Qing / Tong Jian   China 186.78 5 67.87 5 118.91
6 Meagan Duhamel / Craig Buntin   Canada 169.61 7 60.01 6 109.60
7 Maria Mukhortova / Maxim Trankov   Russia 166.64 6 64.09 9 102.55
8 Anabelle Langlois / Cody Hay   Canada 164.67 9 59.43 7 105.24
9 Tatiana Volosozhar / Stanislav Morozov   Ukraine 159.95 8 59.53 10 100.42
10 Rena Inoue / John Baldwin   United States 157.20 10 53.83 8 103.37
11 Brooke Castile / Benjamin Okolski   United States 146.03 12 49.59 11 96.44
12 Dong Huibo / Wu Yiming   China 142.83 11 50.49 12 92.34
13 Laura Magitteri / Ondřej Hotárek   Italy 126.38 14 42.18 13 84.20
14 Adeline Canac / Maximin Coia   France 124.68 16 41.75 14 82.93
15 Stacey Kemp / David King   United Kingdom 123.98 13 44.28 15 79.70
16 Dominika Piątkowska / Dmitri Khromin   Poland 111.94 17 38.32 16 73.62
17 Hayley Anne Sacks / Vadim Akolzin   Israel 111.23 15 41.96 17 69.27
18 Marina Aganina / Dmitri Zobnin   Uzbekistan 97.31 18 35.24 19 62.07
19 Ariel Fay Gagnon / Chad Tsagris   Greece 95.65 19 33.34 18 62.31
20 Amy Ireland / Michael Bahoric   Croatia 77.39 20 26.57 20 50.82
WD Ekaterina Kostenko / Roman Talan   Ukraine

Ice dancingEdit

 
The ice dancing podium. From left: Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir (2nd), Isabelle Delobel / Olivier Schoenfelder (1st), Jana Khokhlova / Sergei Novitski (3rd).
Rank Name Nation Total points CD OD FD
1 Isabelle Delobel / Olivier Schoenfelder   France 212.94 1 40.73 1 67.25 2 104.96
2 Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir   Canada 208.80 2 38.71 3 64.81 1 105.28
3 Jana Khokhlova / Sergei Novitski   Russia 203.26 3 37.98 2 65.99 5 99.29
4 Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto   United States 203.00 5 35.02 4 64.69 3 103.29
5 Federica Faiella / Massimo Scali   Italy 201.91 4 37.15 5 63.55 4 101.21
6 Meryl Davis / Charlie White   United States 191.19 7 34.80 7 60.36 6 96.03
7 Nathalie Péchalat / Fabian Bourzat   France 190.51 6 34.82 6 60.67 7 95.02
8 Sinead Kerr / John Kerr   United Kingdom 186.94 8 33.48 8 59.86 8 93.60
9 Alexandra Zaretski / Roman Zaretski   Israel 179.21 9 32.51 9 58.10 10 88.60
10 Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte   Italy 179.03 11 31.52 10 57.05 9 90.46
11 Kristin Fraser / Igor Lukanin   Azerbaijan 173.95 10 31.86 11 56.35 11 85.74
12 Kimberly Navarro / Brent Bommentre   United States 165.90 12 31.48 13 52.10 14 82.32
13 Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev   Russia 164.72 16 29.12 12 52.88 13 82.72
14 Katherine Copely / Deividas Stagniūnas   Lithuania 164.28 13 29.85 14 51.66 12 82.77
15 Ekaterina Rubleva / Ivan Shefer   Russia 160.37 15 29.14 15 49.52 15 81.71
16 Cathy Reed / Chris Reed   Japan 155.15 18 28.16 18 47.70 16 79.29
17 Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje   Canada 154.84 20 27.74 17 48.62 17 78.48
18 Anna Zadorozhniuk / Sergei Verbillo   Ukraine 153.25 14 29.31 16 49.17 21 74.77
19 Allie Hann-McCurdy / Michael Coreno   Canada 153.13 17 28.33 19 47.01 18 77.79
20 Nelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi   Germany 150.82 19 28.07 21 45.52 19 77.23
21 Barbora Silná / Dmitri Matsjuk   Austria 147.21 21 24.85 20 46.90 20 75.46
22 Yu Xiaoyang / Wang Chen   China 139.20 23 23.90 23 43.97 23 71.33
23 Kamila Hájková / David Vincour   Czech Republic 138.63 22 24.06 25 41.91 22 72.66
24 Leonie Krail / Oscar Peter    Switzerland 126.50 25 22.38 22 44.10 24 60.02
Free Dance Not Reached
25 Krisztina Barta / Ádám Tóth   Hungary 64.08 27 21.44 24 42.64
26 Joanna Budner / Jan Mościcki   Poland 62.28 24 23.61 28 38.67
27 Danielle O'Brien / Gregory Merriman   Australia 60.12 28 20.24 27 39.88
28 Ksenia Shmirina / Egor Maistrov   Belarus 59.37 29 18.87 26 40.50
29 Yu Sun Hye / Ramil Sarkulov   Uzbekistan 56.93 26 21.85 30 35.08
30 Ina Demireva / Juri Kurakin   Bulgaria 53.38 30 17.75 29 35.63
Original Dance Not Reached
31 Kristina Kiudmaa / Aleksei Trohlev   Estonia 31 16.72

Multiple spots for 2009 WorldsEdit

The following countries have earned more than one entry to the 2009 World Championships based on performance at the 2008 World Championships.[3]

Spots Men Ladies Pairs Dance
3   Canada
  Japan
  United States
  Japan   Canada
  China
  Germany
  Russia
  France
  United States
2   Belgium
  France
  Russia
  Sweden
   Switzerland
  Canada
  Finland
  Italy
  South Korea
   Switzerland
  United States
  Ukraine
  United States
  Canada
  Israel
  Italy
  Russia
  United Kingdom

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "icenetwork.com: News". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  2. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/figureskating/news/story?id=3306598
  3. ^ "International Skating Union Communication No. 1527 Entries ISU Championships 2009". Archived from the original on 2009-01-07.

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