London calls 14 U.S. skaters to Canada for worlds
Competition to take place March 11-17 at Budweiser Gardens
|Although they are competing in enemy territory, Meryl Davis and Charlie White hope the ice in London accommodates their world title aspirations. (Jay Adeff)|
Official practice begins Monday, March 11, while competition kicks off Wednesday, March 13, with the pairs and men's short programs.
Universal Sports Network will provide extensive live coverage of the competition, and NBC will broadcast a world championships recap show from noon-2 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, March 23. Terry Gannon (play-by-play), Scott Hamilton (analyst) and Andrea Joyce (reporter) will host the show for NBC. The Universal Sports broadcast team features play-by-play announcers Craig Hummer and Steve Schlanger and analysts Peter Carruthers and Tanith Belbin.
Icenetwork.com will broadcast on-demand coverage of the world championships on a subscription basis. Season Pass subscribers will receive complimentary access to world championships video. The Season Pass is still available for $39.95 (click here to purchase). With the Season Pass, subscribers have access to the entire 2012 Grand Prix Series, the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the 2013 Four Continents Championships and the 2013 U.S. and World Synchronized Skating Championships. Video of the world championships will be available online starting Sunday, March 24.
Icenetwork.com will also feature news, photos and more for all users.
Ashley Wagner won her second U.S. title in January to become the first repeat U.S. ladies champion since Michelle Kwan in 2005. Last fall, Wagner won a pair of gold medals at 2012 Skate America and 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard before taking silver at the 2012 Grand Prix Final. She finished fourth in her second appearance at this event a year ago. Gracie Gold won her first U.S. senior medal, a silver, in January at the 2013 U.S. Championships. Gold most recently finished sixth at the 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in early February.
Max Aaron won his first U.S. title in January and will compete at his second ISU senior championship after finishing fourth at the 2013 Four Continents Championships. Before winning the U.S. championships, Aaron was first at the 2012 U.S. International Classic and the 2013 Midwestern Sectional Championships, as well as second at 2012 Cup of Nice. Ross Miner enjoyed his best finish at the U.S. championships, placing second in Omaha. He also earned the bronze at the 2012 NHK Trophy. Miner will be making his second appearance at the world championships, where finished 11th in 2011.
Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir won their first U.S. title in January and also took home their first ISU championships medal, a bronze, from the 2013 Four Continents Championships. Prior to winning the U.S. title, Castelli and Shnapir earned gold at 2012 Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria, and took bronze at the 2012 NHK Trophy. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, the 2013 U.S. silver medalists, will compete at their first ISU championship event after teaming up last spring. They were originally scheduled to compete at Four Continents but withdrew prior to the short program due to a Scimeca foot injury.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White will compete for their fourth world medal and second world title. The five-time reigning U.S. champions were the first American ice dance team to win world gold when they did so in 2011. They are undefeated this season, winning two Grand Prix Series medals, the Grand Prix Final, the U.S. championships and the Four Continents Championships. Madison Chock and Evan Bates won the silver medal at the U.S. championships and followed that up by claiming the bronze at Four Continents. They will compete at their first world championships together. Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, the 2013 U.S. bronze medalists, are the 2011 world bronze medalists. They will compete at their third straight world championships.