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Davis and White finish season atop Icenetwork.com world figure skater rankings
Colorado Springs, Colo. American ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White concluded the 2010–11 season as the undisputed No. 1-ranked team in the icenetwork.com World Figure Skater Rankings, finishing more than 3,000 points ahead of their closest competitors.
Russia placed the most skaters in the year-end rankings with 16, followed by the United States (13). Japan and Canada wrapped up the campaign with 10 ranked skaters apiece.
Japan’s Miki Ando won her second career World title last week in Moscow, solidifying her spot atop the rankings. Despite competing in only one event this season—the 2011 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, at which she claimed the silver—Yu-Na Kim of the Republic of Korea finished the year at No. 2. Italy’s Carolina Kostner earned her third career World medal, a bronze, a result that moved her up one spot to No. 3. Japan’s Mao Asada ended the season ranked fourth, while American Alissa Czisny landed at No. 5 following a fifth-place finish at the World Championships. Other Americans in the rankings are Rachael Flatt (No. 7), Mirai Nagasu (No. 11) and Ashley Wagner (No. 18).
In the closest race of the four disciplines, China’s Qing Pang and Jian Tong edged Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy by a 6,800.50-6,744 margin to hang on to the No. 1 spot. Savchenko and Szolkowy took home their third World title last week, while Pang and Tong took the bronze. The silver went to the newly-formed team of Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia, who debuted in the rankings at No. 16. Following a sixth-place finish in Moscow, Americans Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin moved up two spots to No. 8. The other U.S. team in the rankings is Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig, who finished 11th, matching their placement at the World Championships.
Davis and White put a wrap on the finest season ever by a U.S. ice dancing team, winning all six events they entered in 2010–11, including the 2011 World Championships. They ended the year 3,063 points ahead of the second-ranked team in the world, France’s Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat, who placed a surprising fourth in Moscow. Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the silver at last week’s World Championships—the only event this season for which they received a placement—which helped them maintain their No. 3 ranking. Two other American teams made big jumps in the rankings. Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani moved up three spots to No. 7 thanks in large part to the World bronze medal they captured last week. Leaping five places to No. 13 were Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein, who placed ninth in their World Championships debut.