2012 World Figure Skating Championships

The World Figure Skating Championships 2012 took place from 26 March to 1 April 2012 in the French coastal city of Nice, at the Palais des Congres Acropolis instead.

The International Skating Union ( ISU ) announced on 30 November 2009, the city known as the host. France was thus host a World Figure Skating Championships for the eighth time. Most recently she had been 2000, also held in Nice.

Starting places

Following countries were to several places in the World Championships in 2012 based on the results of the World Cup last year.



Monday, March 26

Tuesday, March 27

Wednesday, March 28

Thursday, March 29

Friday, March 30

Saturday, March 31

Sunday, April 1


Medal Tally



Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 17:00 clock qualification = Q; Friday, March 30, 2012, 12:30 Clock Short Program = KP and Saturday, March 31, 2012, 12:55 clock freestyle = K

Z = Withdrawn

The Canadian Patrick Chan managed to defend the title. Despite ranking first in the short program and free skating of the points lead was lower compared to its überragendem victory in the previous year. This was due mainly two mistakes in his free program to the music of Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. As Chan already two quadruple Toeloops had stood ( one of them in a quadruple - triple toe loop combination), and a triple axel, he bailed on his triple Lutz Half - toe loop - triple Salchow combination and missed the double Axel jump completely. Even throughout the season Chan had had problems with the Lutz, this time led the shaky landing to the impossibility of perfect execution of the next two jumps in the combination. The omission of his Axel Chan founded with the residue behind the music, he had to catch up and thus hasty receipt of the jump. In the end, Chan was next to the Einpunkteabzug for the overthrow also a point deduction for exceeding the time. For Chan had the day of the profits of his second world title and an emotional component, because it was the day on which Osborne Colson, who had taught him to figure skating, birthday would have been.

The silver medal went to the 2010 world champion and reigning Japanese champion Daisuke Takahashi. In both the short program and in the free skate, he reached the third place. His freestyle Eddy Louis's ' Blues for Klook was used artistically safe. Despite a surgery before the season, he managed to show a clean quadruple toe loop in competition again. Its flip was however unterrotiert. At the end of Takahashi missing 6.45 points to Chan.

Takahashi's biggest challenger in the battle for silver was his own compatriot, the 17 -year-old World Cup debutant Yuzuru Hanyū. The Junior World Champion in 2010 had stood after the short program in seventh place, as he had his Lutz simply is rotated, however, showed the freestyle his young life. For film music of Romeo and Juliet and Escape from Plunkett & Macleane he started with a safe and beautiful quadruple toe loop and stood all other jumps, including eight triple jumps, impeccable. He did not get a negative rating in the execution of its elements ( GOE ). Only at a run he once fell to the ground, what the overall picture is not negatively influenced. His artistically mature and highly emotional freestyle brought him a standing ovation at the end and loud shouts of admiration from the audience. Hanyū himself, who had crossed himself several times before the long program, could hardly believe his performance and got after the freestyle a crying fit. His freestyle was rated as the second best of the field, he even beat his compatriot Takahashi by 0.05 points in this segment and was rewarded with the bronze medal total. Hanyū increased his personal best in the freestyle and broke through with his 251.06 points in the overall performance for the first time the 250 -point mark. For the first time in the history of Lord competition Figure skating World Championships Japan was able to win two medals at a World Cup.

After many disappointing performances of world champion of 2007, Brian Joubert, he was able to convince back on home turf. He was solid in both segments in leaps and remained free of falls. Only for two jumps he got in the freestyle deductions due to low rotational and incorrect landing. For his routine he returned to his best freestyle music to matrix. After the freestyle, which was supported by the euphoric home crowd, Joubert fell on his knees and kissed the ice. On his eleventh world championship is Joubert missed a seventh medal only because of the outstanding performance of Yuzuru Hanyū.

Joubert's compatriot Florent Amodio was before a home crowd also a strong performance. His freestyle he opened with a quadruple Salchow. At the end Amodio finished fifth in a strong field and thus its best World Cup placing. He also improved his personal best in each segment and overall performance.

After two fourth places at world championships it had looked even more promising after the short program for the Czech Michal Brezina. With a personal best of 87.67 points, he was in second place, no two points behind Patrick Chan. He showed on his birthday including a clean quadruple Salchow and got for pirouettes and footwork only level 4 Reviews. However, his good starting position could not use Brezina. In the long program he made ​​numerous costly mistakes, so when his two quadruple jumps and triple Axel - triple toe loop - combination. In the end it was enough even for sixth place.

The young Kazakh Denis Ten drew on his strong World Cup debut in 2009 and finished the competition in seventh place. He opened the long program with a quadruple toe loop successful, but stumbled out of the following triple axel. He recovered from this mistake and landed a strong triple Axel in combination with a double toe loop, the end of the free program, however, went out to him the power off and was followed by other minor bugs.

On the eighth ended with Jeremy Abbott of the best Americans. He could once again its full potential not exhaust and had to fight for every jump.

The Spaniard Javier Fernández López did manage to improve his position in comparison to last year and to deliver to the ninth place for the first time a single-digit result at World Championships, nevertheless outweighed by the freestyle disappointment. After the short program Fernández had stood on the fifth place. After a strong start of the season he lost but with the beginning of the security, especially in the triple axel was concerned. He called thought about as a possible reason for the faulty freestyle.

The starting for Italy Frenchman Samuel Contesti succeeded after a long time once again a rousing freestyle that brought him into the final bill to tenth place. To French chansons and a lively presentation and winking he jumped solid and without major error, albeit without quadruple jump.

The silver medalist last year, Takahiko Kozuka came in eleventh place, for last year's bronze medalist Artur Gatschinski it was enough after numerous errors even only for 18th place.

Kevin Reynolds of Canada showed wiedererstarkt and reached the twelfth. He showed in an artistically challenging freestyle also a quadruple Salchow.

The second American Adam Rippon finished in 13th place. The Chinese Nan Song was 14 He was in the freestyle a clean quadruple toe loop - triple combination, but fell on his quadruple toe loop individual. After a botched short program of the Belgian Kevin van der Perren showed a strong Kürleistung and moved up from 18th to 15th place before. For Tomáš Verner of the Czech Republic it was enough after numerous errors only for 16th place.


Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 10:30 AM clock qualification = Q; Thursday, March 29, 2012, 12:30 Clock Short Program = KP and Saturday, March 31, 2012, 18:30 clock freestyle = K

The tenth World Cup participation brought the 25- year-old Carolina Kostner of Italy their first world title. They convinced primarily with their artistic performance in the free skate to Mozart Piano Concerto 23.

The silver medal went to the Russian Alena Leonova, who had even located after the short program in the lead.

Bronze was awarded the already 27 -year-old Japanese girl Akiko Suzuki.


Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 13:00 Clock ( short program = KP) and Friday, March 30, 2012, 19:30 clock ( Freestyle = K)

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy were for the fourth time world champion.

Already after the short program in which Savchenko and Szolkowy had successfully demonstrated for the first time a triple throw Axel, they took the lead. In their great rivals Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia they could bring out even 8.15 points ahead because Trankov had to get out of the death spiral. This meant for the Russians after the short program even only eighth. In the freestyle, it was in spite of everything again unexpectedly exciting. Volosozhar and Trankov had nothing to lose and electrified the audience with her ​​powerful and flawless freestyle to the soundtrack of Black Swan. Savchenko and Szolkowy remained in her novel, inspired by the dance theater of Pina Bausch and high-quality artistic freestyle, however, not free of errors. Szolkowy showed a simple planned instead of the double Axel jump and went the wrong way in a pirouette. In the end they lost in the freestyle almost all their lead over the Russians. 0.11 points remained to them, however. With their fourth title win Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy stopped the German title record of Maxi Herber and Ernst Baier, who also won in the period 1936-1939 four times at the World Championships. In the pairs figure skating history ( six items) were only Irina Rodnina and Alexander Zaitsev often victorious at the World Championships.

For a surprise Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran attended that have won by winning bronze medal for Japan in the first pair of running at all.

Ice Dancing

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 19:00 Clock (short dance = KT) and Thursday, March 29, 2012, 19:00 clock ( Freestyle = K)

Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir gained revenge for their defeat by the Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White at the last World Cup and won after 2010 their second world title. The distance between the two pairs was dominant as last year, only four points, this time for the benefit of Canadians.

Local heroes Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat won on home soil in the ninth starting with their long-awaited world championship bronze medal.

The second Canadian ice dance Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje finished fourth. With their Free Dance to the sad song Je Suis Malade they made an emotional performance that was enthusiastically received by the audience. Even trainer Anschelika Krylova was deeply touched by the freestyle.

Fifth were the Russians Jelena Ilinyh and Nikita Kazalapow and Seventh their compatriots Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev. The Italians Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte occupied the sixth place and so her best career result. In their Free Dance to Nino Rota Film Music for La Strada they touched and showed besides clean lines and her dramatic talent.

The eighth place went for errors last year's bronze medalists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the United States.