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America Ends Medal Drought at World Figure Skating Championship

Ashley Wagner wins silver, Canadian pair repeats championship and Russia dominated at this year's World Figure Skating Championships.

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The ISU World Figure Skating Championships is an annual figure skating competition in which the world’s top figure skaters compete for the title of World champion. This event is considered the most prestigious and important international figure skating competition of the year.

 

Above: Gracie Gold leaps during a ladies practice session prior to the World Figure Skating Championships in Boston, on March 28, 2016. Gold previously finished fourth at the Sochi Olympics and the 2015 World Championships. She was in the lead after the ladies short program at the 2016 World Championships but ranked in fourth-place after a fall at the ladies free skate competition, leaving her with 2.4 points shy of bronze.

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Xuehan Wang and Lei Wang of China during the Pairs practice session at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships in Boston's TD Garden on March 29.

Figure skaters in one of four disciplines (men, ladies, pairs, and ice dance) are entered into the championships by country. Each country’s skating association may enter one or more skater/team in each event if their skaters performed well at the previous year’s world championships.

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Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S. during the Ice Dance practice session at Boston's TD Garden on March 29. Different countries annually place a bid to the International Skating Union for the rights to host the World Championships. This year the World Championships were hosted in Boston, Massachusetts for the first time.

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Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China skate during the Exhibition of Champions program at Boston's TD Garden on April 3. Sui and Han, silver medalists at last year’s Worlds, ranked first on Friday’s pairs short program but trailed behind at the pairs free skate leading them to another silver medal with a total of 224 points.

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Elisabeth Paradis and Francois-Xacier Ouellette of Canada during the Ice Dance practice session at Boston's TD Garden March 29. This year's World Figure Skating Championships took place from March 28-April 3.

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Ashley Wagner of the United States performs in the ladies short program at Boston's TD Garden on March 31. Wagner a veteran at 24 years old, won silver ending the nine–year women’s medal drought and became the oldest woman to capture her first World’s Championship medal.
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An audience member cheers for Ivan Pavlov of Ukraine at the Mens Free Skate Program at Boston's TD Garden on April 1.

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Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada skate during the Exhibition of Champions program at Boston's TD Garden on April 3. The Canadians performed their personal-best free skate from last year's bronze win. They tallied to a total of 231.99 points, beating Chinese short-program leaders, and taking home this year's world championship pairs gold.

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Angelina Kuchvalska, of Latvia, slams into the boards as she falls during the ladies short program at Boston's TD Garden on March 31.

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Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron from France during the Ice Dance practice session at Boston's TD Garden on March 29. This year Papadakis and Cizeron broke Meryl Davis and Charlie White‘s free dance record of the 2014 Olympic mark.

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Anna Pogorilaya of Russia reacts after completing her routine in the Ladies Free Skate program at Boston's TD Garden on April 2. Pogorilaya took home the bronze with 213 points continuing a trend of Russian dominance in the event.

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Sumire Suto and Francis Boudreau Audet of Japan skate in the pairs short program at Boston's TD Garden on April 1.

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Silver medalist Ashley Wagner of the United States reacts after completing the ladies free skate program at Boston's TD Garden on April 2.
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Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy perform during the exhibition of the athletes in at Boston's TD Garden on April 3.

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Alex Shibutani of the United States, bottom left, takes a selfie with other figure skaters during the Exhibition of Champions on the last day at Boston's TD Garden on April 3.

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