World Figure Skating Championships 2024 Recap | Scoreography Podcast | Pictured skaters: Ilia Malinin, Deanna Stellato Dudek and Maxime Deschamps

World Championships 2024 Recap

We recap the earth shattering action from World Figure Skating Championships 2024 in Montreal, including Ilia Malinin’s historic 6-Quad winning free skate, the 3-peat gold for Kaori Sakamoto, and Canada’s own Stellato-Dudek & Deschamps finally ascending to the Pairs throne.
March 26, 2024

Recap of World Figure Skating Championships 2024 in Montreal, Canada

The 2024 World Figure Skating Championships in Montreal gave us several moments we expected, others we wished for, and whole lot we never could have predicted. Most of all, it gave us countless extraordinary skating moments we won’t soon forget.

Men’s Competition

The formal coronation of the Quad God, Ilia Malinin, as the biggest rockstar in men’s figure skating happened here—with a program that literally had us screaming in our living room in disbelief.

Coming into the free skate a close third behind reigning World Champion, Shoma Uno, and returning Olympic silver medalist, Yuma Kagiyama, Malinin closed the event with a World Record-breaking free skate that started with a quad axel, ended with a boggling triple lutz-triple axel combination, and found room in the middle for 5 other quads.

At the end of it, Malinin collapsed while the arena went bonkers — knowing they had seen something extraordinary. His first world title is certainly one to remember.

In the silver slot, the utterly brilliant Yuma Kagiyama skated in a way that would have won him any other title on any other night. His continued growth as an artist as much as an athlete is glorious to watch, and while this year gold may not have been his, do not underestimate his potential to win the Olympic gold medal. He’s on a path that could definitely get him there.

In third, with the biggest comeback ever seen in ISU competition, was Adam Siao Him Fa from France. As if jumping from 19th to 3rd with an incredibly powerful free skate wasn’t enough, he was second in the free program only to Ilia — and did that while also including an illegal backflip that cost his 2 points. It was bold, intense, and one of the best stories to come out of the championship.

In fourth, Shoma Uno — who led after the short — had a rougher free skate than we’ve seen from him in quite a long time and couldn’t hold onto a podium position. That said, he was still Shoma — meaning he was still brilliant and amongst the class of the field.

Rounding out the top 5 was Jason Brown — who again competed very little internationally this season, only to come to Worlds with no quads and still skate SO BEAUTIFULLY that he landed amongst the top men in the world. Fingers crossed we see him again next year as the sport is always better for having him still competing in it. 

Pairs Competition

All season long, we’ve been watching Deanna Stellato-Dudek & Maxime Deschamps look like they were ready to take that step into being World Champions — but a few moments during the season had us worried the title may not happen this year.

Our worries were wasted, thankfully, as Deanna and Maxime put down two dazzling programs that led to their history-making win on home soil in Canada. To say this moment was emotional is a massive understatement.

As the oldest woman to ever win a figure skating world title in any discipline at 40 years old, Deanna becomes, not only a legend in the sport, but even more of an inspiration than she’d already proved herself to be. An extraordinary moment for this exceptionally talented team and fans everywhere to share.

Riku Muira & Ryuchi Kihara came to Montreal with a lot of question marks. As the reigning World Champs, they were certainly not to be discounted — but injury had kept them from most competitions this season and it was unclear how they would perform.

With a win in the free skate and a silver medal overall, they silenced all of those who doubted them and shined like the champions they are. In a scary moment, Ryuichi had to be helped by EMTs directly following their free skate — unfortunately meaning they missed the medal ceremony. Thankfully, he bounced back quickly and the organizing committee redid the medal ceremony on Saturday night to allow them to participate.

Taking the bronze medal were the surprise pair of the season, Germany’s Minerva Fabienne Hase & Nikita Volodin. After their misstep at the European Championships, this team came here and showed why they went undefeated in the first part of this season, with two very strong programs that defy their short time together. We cannot wait to see how this team evolves and gets even better with time. 

Women’s Competition

Kaori Sakamoto proved again why she’s in a league of her own right now in the women’s division, coming back from a 4th place finish in the short program to win her third gold medal.

This third world title makes her the first woman since Peggy Flemming in the 1960’s to win three consecutive world championships.

Taking a bit of a surprise silver, Isabeau Levito came back from a rough US Nationals to skate two exceptional programs and earn her first World medal. This is the first silver medal the US has taken in the women’s event since Ashley Wagner in 2016. 

In third for the bronze was Chaeyeon Kim from South Korea — who skated a near flawless free skate to move up from 6th to 3rd. This 17 year-old skater has only been on the ice for 7 years and is already a world medalist — it will be very interesting to see how far she can go!

In a disappointing placement, Loena Hendrickx — who won the short program — ended up in fourth overall after a sluggish, error-laden free skate. 

Ice Dance Competition

The most predictable of the disciplines provided some excellent performances—but stayed to the script in terms of the medals.

Madison Chock & Evan Bates decimated the rhythm dance, earning a sizable lead that they needed after a small mistake in the free dance—which was still absolutely gorgeous and enough to earn them their second world title.

The silver went to the hometown heroes, Canda’s Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier, who won the free dance with the best performance of their Wuthering Heights program of the season. Their rhythm dance again seemed just a bit less impactful and held them back from taking the title.

In the bronze position was Italy’s Charlene Guignard & Marco Fabbri, who turned in two extraodiary performances that may have been the most technically sound of the event. However, a few small issues in their free dance — and a larger one with a scary costume malfunction — dropped them from 2nd in the short to 3rd overall.

Chapters

0:00 — Intro
1:02 — Men’s Competition and Ilia Malinin
5:35 — Yuma Kagiyama
7:38 — Adam Siao Him Fa
11:08 — Evaluating our Men’s Podium Picks
12:21 — Shoma Uno
15:17 — Jason Brown
16:44 — Lukas Britschgi
17:29 — Deniss Vasiljevs
18:18 — Kao Muira
20:00 — Nikolaj Memola
21:09 — Junhwan Cha
22:47 — Aleksandr Selevko
24:02 — Donovan Carillo
25:18 — Montreal Audience Appreciation
26:06 — Roman Sadovsky
27:00 — Boyang Jin
27:51 — Pairs Competition and Deanna Stellato-Dudek & Maxime Deschamps
30:49 — Riku Miura & Ryuichi Kihara
33:05 — Minerva Fabienne Hase & Nikita Volodin
34:00 — Evaluating our Pairs Podium Picks
34:52 — Maria Pavolva & Alexei Sviatchenko
35:58 — Annika Hocke & Robert Kunkel
36:48 — Sara Conti & Niccolo Macii
38:40 — Anastasiia Metelkina & Luka Berulava
39:58 — Lia Pereira & Trennt Michaud
40:20 — Lucrezia Beccari & Matteo Guarise
41:04 — Anastasia Golubeva & Hektor Giotopoulos Moore
41:22 — The American Pairs
42:18 — Women’s Competition and Kaori Sakamoto
43:47 — Isabeau Levito
45:56 — Chaeyeon Kim
48:01 — Evaluating our Women’s Podium Picks
48:36 — Loena Hendrickx
50:46 — Kimmy Repond
52:20 — Haein Lee
53:33 — Mone Chiba
54:30 — Hana Yoshida
55:42 — Livia Kaiser
56:38 — Amber Glenn
58:25 — Ekaterina Kurakova
59:33 — Young You
1:01:46 — Anastasiia Gubanova
1:03:10 — Nina Pinzarrone
1:04:46 — Niina Petrakina
1:05:28 — Ice Dance Competition
1:06:13 — Madison Chock & Evan Bates
1:07:14 — Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier
1:09:26 — Charlene Guignard & Marco Fabbri
1:11:24 — Evaluating our Dance Podium Picks
1:11:51 — Lilah Fear & Lewis Gibson
1:12:44 — Marjorie Lajoie & Zachary Lagha
1:14:44 — Allison Reed & Saulius Ambrulevicius
1:16:09 — Christina Carreira & Anthony Ponomarenko
1:17:54 — Evgeniia Lopareva & Geoffrey Brissaud
1:19:11 — Juulia Turkkila & Matthias Versluis
1:20:19 — Hannah Lim and Ye Quan
1:22:09 — Olivia Smart & Time Dieck
1:23:42 — Emily Bratti & Ian Somerville
1:24:53 — Gold in Our Hearts
1:27:22 — Final Thoughts
1:29:28 — Wrap-Up

Scoreography — A Figure Skating Podcast hosted by Wendy Buske and Adron Buske

Scoreography Podcast

Scoreography is a show about the art, athleticism, culture, and entertainment of Figure Skating. We discuss current competitions, the sports history and legacy, up-and-coming skaters and absolute legends, and the action outside of the rink. 

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