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Russian, American women square off at figure skating worlds

Russias Tuktamysheva aims to finish near-perfect season with gold at figure skating worlds

Russian, American women square off at figure skating worlds

SHANGHAI (AP) -- Russian teenager Elizaveta Tuktamysheva is looking to cap a dominant season with a gold medal at the world figure skating championships starting Wednesday in China, while Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner are attempting to bring home a medal for the American women for the first time in a nearly a decade.

In the men's event, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan returns to the Shanghai arena where he was bloodied in a frightening collision with another skater several months ago to defend his title against chief rivals Javier Fernandez of Spain and Denis Ten of Kazakhstan.

Despite being at the tail end of an exhausting season, the 18-year-old Tuktamysheva is the heavy favorite in the ladies' competition after sweeping to victory at the European Championships and Grand Prix Finals.


Updated : 2021-03-08 03:06 GMT+08:00