“I’m very happy with this achievement. I have worked very hard. I’m happy to finally be first.” ―Uno, 2022 Olympic bronze medalist and new world champion.
The Olympic bronze medalist's victory gave Japan its first world title by a woman since Mao Asada won the last of her three titles in 2014.
The Japanese partners proceeded through their elements relatively smoothly until Takahashi lost his balance and stumbled on a twizzle in the middle of their program.
They became the first all-Japanese pairs team to medal at the world championships, finishing in second place.
Uno skated beautifully to “Oboe Concerto” and surpassed his previous high short program mark of 105.90 at the Beijing Games.
The British duo insulted the retired Canadian two-time world champion on a hot microphone, and Junior Grand Prix commentator Ted Barton replaced the suspended broadcasters.
The Olympic bronze medalist earned level fours on all of her spins and step sequence.
Sakamoto worked on her short program to “Now We Are Free” under the watchful eye of coach Sonoko Nakano.
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