Canadian figure skaters were a big hit at last week's World Figure Skating Championships, or Worlds, in Helsinki, Finland. They won one each of the gold, silver, and bronze medals. This result was the best of any country because Canada won three of only 12 available medals. There are three medals in each of the four events: men's singles, ladies' singles, pairs, and ice dancing.
Dance the ice away
Ice dancing superstars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won gold in their event. This win makes them three-time world champions and firmly the best in the world at what they do. This 2016-17 season has been a great success for the team, especially after taking two years off from competition. With the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, just around the corner, you can bet that Virtue and Moir will be aiming to make this comeback even sweeter by winning their second Olympic gold medal.
Two new ladies stars have arrived
Virtue and Moir are well known as top skaters, but these World Championships also saw some newer Canadians have a great tournament. Two women, Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman, impressed everyone by winning silver and bronze over some stiff competition in the ladies' singles event. (Russia's Evgenia Medvedeva won gold.) These medals are the biggest results in both women's career, meaning that we have a lot to be excited about in the future.
Could Osmond or Daleman upset the incredible Medvedeva at the 2018 Olympics and win gold? It won't be easy, but both of these skaters showed that they can't wait for the challenge.
Canadian figure skating fans had a lot to be excited about in Helsinki, but there were also a few disappointments, too. Meaghan Duhamel and Eric Radford are still the world's number one-ranked pairs team, but this season has been a real struggle for them. They finished seventh in the pairs event, just behind fellow Canadians Liubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch.
Another veteran having troubles lately is Patrick Chan. Chan actually won gold at the Cup of China in November, but the three-time world champion hasn't quite been himself. He finished fifth in the men's singles.
Best team ever
Canada's current figure skating team is probably its best ever, because they've never had so many great skaters all at once. Add in ice dancers Kathryn Weaver and Andrew Poje and men's skater Kevin Reynolds, and they have a lineup that is going to be one of the favourites in 2018. We're already looking forward to it!