In his sublime performance to “Bolero,” Uno finally broke out on the world stage with his first victory in a major senior competition.
After numerous struggles in recent years, Tsuboi’s renaissance began this season with a second-place showing behind Kao Miura at the Japan juniors.
In Estonia, the Americans captured gold medals in men’s and women’s singles as well as ice dance.
The American siblings, who skated to “Muse Medley,” retained their lead after the rhythm dance and earned a comfortable victory.
It was a solid performance for Tsuboi, who has struggled with results the past few seasons.
Levito skated to “The Swan” and exhibited an impressive flow throughout her program.
“After we finished, I had a good feeling,” Morita said after the duo’s rhythm dance.
Kao Miura, one of the favorites entering the competition, struggled mightily and fell out of contention with a 20th-place showing in the men’s short program.
In an exclusive interview, legendary choreographer Lori Nichol fondly recalls her long collaboration with Miyahara.
The Japanese skaters credit their recent success to a deep friendship that drives them both on and off the ice.
The transformation of Sakamoto and Uno from talented, successful performers on the global stage into world champions has been a thrill to watch, the columnist writes.
The French duo held on to their lead after the rhythm dance, exhibiting precision and flair, and prevailed with a world-record score of 229.82 points.