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Figure SkatingExciting men's event shaping up at worlds

Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | 12:17 PM

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Japanese teenager Yuzuru Hanyu was one of the skaters who impressed Kurt Browning with his practice moves in London, Ont. (Darron Cummings/Associated Press) Japanese teenager Yuzuru Hanyu was one of the skaters who impressed Kurt Browning with his practice moves in London, Ont. (Darron Cummings/Associated Press)

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On Monday I was able to catch some of the men practicing for the World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ont. As always, I was reminded of the speed they so easily carry across the ice. This could be a men's event to remember.
Hi, skating fans.

It's great to be here in London, Ont. for the World Figure Skating Championships.

After covering the Grand Prix series with CBC all season, I must admit that I feel personally connected to so many of the athletes. That's one of the great things about these young athletes -- they're real people and we feel for them.

The season has been long, but all those rotations, landings and, yes, even the falls, don't mean anything now. It all comes down to this.

Of course nothing already achieved can be taken away, but the worlds are special. Being champion of the world stays with you and keeps you company for the rest of your days. They might say the same thing about an Olympic gold medal, but I can't vouch for that.

On Monday I was able to catch some of the men practicing. As always, I was reminded of the speed they so easily carry across the ice. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and Florent Amodio of France come to mind. Of course there were falls, but there were also so many wonderful flights across the ice with super-smooth landings. This could be a men's event to remember.

Stay tuned this week on CBC and CBCSports.ca to see our interviews with some of the men about their quad jumps. The tongue-in-cheek answers are fun.

Good luck to all the skaters.


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