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2012 WORLD FIGURE SKA TING CHAMPIONSHIPS Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, with


Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker, led the U.S. to eighth- and 10th-place finishes in the elite field. For both partnerships, it was their first Worlds. “You only get one first Worlds and we’re go-


ing to leave this one with a good feeling,” said Coughlin, who joined forces with Denney less than a year ago. “It’s something to build on and give us that recharge; we need to tackle new and harder choreography and grander tricks.” “From where we’ve come and what we did


this year, it’s been a big year all around and I think it’s a solid way to end,” Brubaker said. Denney and Coughlin, the U.S. pairs cham- pions, finished seventh in the short program and eighth in the free skate for a total score of 180.37 points. Tey felt right at home, they said, in their warm-up with many of the sport’s top teams. “We were in a warm-up with people that,


on any given day, could be World medalists,” Coughlin said. “Te people skating after us are World silver medalists, the people before us, (Wenjing) Sui and (Cong) Han are three-time World Junior champions and Four Continents champions. We just overtook them, which is huge for us. We answered the bell when they had brought the crowd to its feet right before us. Te program felt easy, our training at home was awe- some.” Denney and Coughlin, performing their


free skate to “Nessun Dorma,” shone brightly from their opening triple twist to their electrify- ing closing lift. “I always have a great time when I perform


in front of a big crowd,” Denney said. “With me and John, we learn from each competition and we go and try to build on that, especially look- ing forward to the future. I had one mistake [sin- gling] the Axel but overall it was fun.” Marley and Brubaker finished 10th in both segments of the competition. In their Rach- maninoff free skate, the U.S. silver medalists con- nected on most of their elements, including their opening triple toe-double toe combination and throw triple Lutz. Marley fell on the team’s side- by-side double Axels and two-footed their throw triple Salchow.


Tey finished with a total of 170.90 points. “Doing those lifts and elements at that


speed requires a lot of control, and that is what we try to do in practice,” Brubaker said. “Now we need to work on the way we finish our lines and movements. Tis, combined with our speed, should lead us to the results we want to achieve.” Te German team of Aliona Savchenko and


Robin Szolkowy captured their fourth World ti- tle, by the slightest of margins — 201.49 points, to 201.38 — over the Russian team of Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov. Te Germans beat the same Russian team by 0.18 points at the Grand Prix Final in December. Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran secured


the first-ever World pairs medal for Japan, win- ning bronze with 189.69 points.


SKATING 27


Caydee Denney and John Coughlin


Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker


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