This week, the best figure skating talent in the world comes together under one roof for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. Among them will be four of Britain’s strongest skating talents.
The competition will take place in TD Garden Arena, Boston, USA from Wednesday 30th March to Saturday 2nd April with practice sessions and exhibition of champions running before and after. Residing in the same country as the competition is Great Britain’s elite Ice Dance couple and double Olympians, Nicholas Buckland and Penny Coomes who live and train in Detroit. Joining the couple will be Phillip Harris from Coventry for the Men's event and Kristen Spours from Lee Valley for the Ladies Event.
The ISU World Figure Skating Championship is the most prestigious and important annual figure skating competition in the world. Since the competition first began in 1896 the competition has been hosted in cities including Tokyo, Paris, London and LA, and has seen a variety of figure skating talents.
For the skaters representing Great Britain this is a great opportunity to take to the ice against their toughest rivals on the world stage. For seasoned international athletes, Buckland and Coomes this is their first time back in the World Championships since 2014 as they were unable to skate in last year’s event due to illness.
For Harris and Spours, however, this is their first time at a World Championship event. Harris has had a promising national and international season this year as current British Senior Men’s Champion and recently achieved a season and personal best at the Coupe de Printemps in Luxembourg. Spours is the youngest of the British skaters taking part in this event and at 15 years old she will also be the youngest in her category. Her most recent international competition, the Jévirág Cup in Hungary, left her with a gold medal and at the same time achieving the minimum technical element score qualifying her for the 2016 World Championships.
For all skaters it is a fantastic achievement to reach the World Championships and to be representing the nation in such a prestigious competition.
You can also keep up to date with event news and results on their website: worlds2016.com
Published: Tuesday 29th March