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Figure skating: German pair win fifth world title

Olympic bronze medallists Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy won a fifth world pairs title Thursday in their final competition before retirement. In the absence of Olympic champions and main rivals, Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, the German pair scored 145.86 points in the free skate to finish with 224.88 points overall at the world championships in Saitama, near Tokyo. Russia's Olympic silver medallists Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov came in second at 215.92 with Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada third at 210.84. sps/pj

Figure skating: ISU chief defends unpopular judging

The head of the world governing body for figure skating on Thursday defended controversial judging which saw defending champion Kim Yu-Na lose to Russian teenager Adelina Sotnikova at last month's Sochi Olympics. South Korea's Olympic and skating leaders said last week that they would send a joint letter to the International Skating Union (ISU) calling for an investigation into the composition of judges for the female singles competition in Sochi. ISU president Ottavio Cinquanta said his body had not yet received the reported letter.

Figure skating: Machida upstages Olympic champ Hanyu

Japan's Tatsuki Machida upstaged compatriot and Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu before a home crowd in the short programme Wednesday to lead the men's event at the world figure skating championships. The 25-year-old, who won the US and Russian Grand Prix titles this season but finished fifth at the Sochi Games, scored a personal best of 98.21 points with Spain's Javier Fernandez second on 96.42 points. Hanyu, 19, fell on his opening quadruple toeloop and trailed in third spot on 91.24 points going into the final free skate on Friday.

Figure skating: Germany's Savchenko, Szolkowy lead worlds

Retiring Olympic bronze medallists Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany launched their bid for a fifth world pairs title in style by dominating the short programme on Wednesday. In the absence of Olympic champions and main rivals, Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, the pair collected 79.02 points, skating to the music of "Pink Panther" on the opening day of the world championships, their last competition.

S. Korea to file complaint over Winter Games figure skating judging

SEOUL, March 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will file an official complaint with the international governing body for figure skating over the controversial composition of the judging panel for the ladies' singles competition at this year's Winter Olympics, officials said on Friday.

S. Korea to file complaint over Winter Games figure skating judging

SEOUL, March 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will file an official complaint with the international governing body for figure skating over the controversial composition of the judging panel for the ladies' singles competition at this year's Winter Olympics, officials said on Friday.

S. Korea to file complaint over Winter Games figure skating judging

SEOUL, March 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will file an official complaint with the international governing body for figure skating over the controversial composition of the judging panel for the ladies' singles competition at this year's Winter Olympics, officials said on Friday.

Figure skating: Olympic champion Sotnikova to skip worlds

Olympic women's champion Adelina Sotnikova will not compete in the world championships in Japan starting next week, the Russian figure skating federation announced on Tuesday. Sotnikova controversially won gold in Sochi last month ahead of defending champion Kim Yu-Na of South Korea to become Russia's first ever women's Olympic figure skating champion. Federation president Alexander Gorshkov said that Sotnikova, who has never competed at worlds, would not compete to allow the two-time European silver medallist rest and prepare for next season.

Figure skating: Olympic champion Sotnikova to skip worlds

Olympic women's champion Adelina Sotnikova will not compete in the world championships in Japan starting next week, the Russian figure skating federation announced on Tuesday. Sotnikova controversially won gold in Sochi last month ahead of defending champion Kim Yu-Na of South Korea to become Russia's first ever women's Olympic figure skating champion. Federation president Alexander Gorshkov said that Sotnikova, who has never competed at worlds, would not compete to allow the two-time European silver medallist rest and prepare for next season.

Olympic medalists, world champs to perform at Kim Yu-na's farewell ice shows

SEOUL, March 18 (Yonhap) -- Olympic medalists and world champions will perform at South Korean figure skating icon Kim Yu-na's final ice shows this spring, the skater's agency said Tuesday. According to All That Sports, Denis Ten of Kazakhstan, the reigning Olympic bronze medalist in the men's singles, and Alexei Yagudin of Russia, the 2002 Olympic gold medalist and the four-time world champ in the men's singles, will headline the star-studded cast.
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