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Womens Figure Skating-Davis and White take over NO1 spot in World Figure Rankings
RANKINGS Colorado Springs, Colo. American ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, fresh off their gold-medal win last week at the NHK Trophy in Nagoya, Japan, ascended to the No. 1 spot in this week’s icenetwork.com World Figure Skater Rankings.
LadiesNHK Trophy champion Carolina Kostner of Italy moved up two spots to No. 5, while silver medalist Rachael Flatt of the United States jumped one place to No. 8. Japan’s Kanako Murakami, who took the bronze in Nagoya, remained at No. 11 but closed to gap between her and No. 10-ranked Kiira Korpi of Finland, who placed fourth at NHK, to less than 10 points. Georgia’s Elene Gedevanishvili made the biggest improvement of the week in the ladies rankings, rising four places to No. 14 after a sixth-place finish in Japan.
PairsChina’s Qing Pang and Jian Tong increased their lead over No. 2-ranked Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany to almost 1,500 points with a first-place finish in Japan. Silver medalists Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov of Russia and bronze medalists Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran of Japan switched places in the rankings this week, with the Russians leap-frogging the Japanese into seventh. With their fourth-place finish at NHK, Americans Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin moved up five spots to No. 15, while Canadians Myléne Brodeur and John Mattatall improved seven places to No. 12 following a sixth-place finish.
Ice DancingOlympic silver medalists Davis and White lead Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada by almost 300 points, and that lead will only increase as the Americans next compete in three weeks at Skate America. Virtue and Moir’s country mates, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, took silver at NHK, pushing them up two places to No. 8. Making their Grand Prix Series debut, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the United States pulled up from fifth after the short dance to place second in the free dance and earn the bronze, a result that elevated them four spots to No. 12..