There was British representation in both the Ice Dance and Ladies Free Skate on day three of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships.
Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson returned to competition in style as they set a new personal best in the Rhythm Dance. It was a wonderful program, full of fun rewarded with a score of 77.42.
They are carving out a reputation for creating crowd pleasing choices and did not disappoint. The pair, who have been based in Montreal for most of the past 12 months, showed why they are challenging the world’s very best ice dancers. It was a brilliant routine, hitting level 3s and 4s on all their elements. They ended in 8th place going into today’s Free Skate.
Natasha McKay came into the Ladies Free Skate off the back of a strong short program in which she showed her usual energy throughout.
Skating second from the group of 24 she started in fine fashion with a lovely triple loop + double toe loop followed by a well execute triple salchow. Her routine then faltered on occasions, but she showed true grit to maintain her poise and ended with a score of 95.31. Her total score of 153.46 left her in 23rd as the podium places were dominated by Russian skaters. Anna Shcherbakova, skating in her first World Championships, took gold with a combined score of 233.17.