Kim’s utterly dominating performance, in which she lapped the field by more than 16 points and became the first lady to break 200 points, re-affirmed her status as the best ladies skater in the world. Despite a disappointing fourth-place finish, Japan’s Mao Asada maintained the No. 2 spot in the rankings. Joannie Rochette’s World silver medal – the first of any color for a Canadian woman in 20 years – moved her up one spot to No. 3, while Miki Ando improved one place to No. 6 thanks to her bronze-medal-winning showing in Los Angeles. Rachael Flatt’s impressive fifth-place finish moved her up two spots to No. 8, making her the highest-ranked U.S. lady. Cynthia Phaneuf of Canada debuts at No. 19.
Savchenko and Szolkowy outclassed the rest of the teams at STAPLES Center, winning their second straight World crown by a Kim-esque 17 points to maintain in the No. 1 spot. China’s Qing Pang and Jian Tong surprisingly finished off the podium, placing fourth, but held at No. 2 in the rankings, while their country mates, Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang, won their third World silver medal to remain at No. 3. Bronze medalists Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia stayed at No. 4. The biggest move by a pairs team in this week’s rankings was by Canadians Mylene Brodeur and John Mattatall, who placed 10th in L.A., improving three spots to No. 15.
Domnina and Shabalin’s narrow victory over Americans Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, combined with the withdrawal from the World Championships of top-ranked French team Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder, pushed the Russians into the top spot. Belbin and Agosto’s silver moved them up two places to No. 3, while bronze medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada inched up one postition to No. 6. Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who lost out on the bronze by .04 points, end the year ranked fourth. The three-spot jump, from No. 20 to No. 17, by Ukraine’s Anna Zadorozhniuk and Sergei Verbillo was the biggest of the week in the dance standings.
More information about the rankings can be found on icenetwork.com.
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