[Turning Edge Magazine – Worlds like we’ve never seen them before! – Published March 23rd, 2020]
CORDERO DEFENDS GOLD
Where there are expectations, there’s Micah Cordero . The twenty-two-year-old from the USA wowed the Montreal crowd by claiming his second consecutive World Championships gold, a feat last achieved by Nicodemus Petty in 2001.
When it comes to winning gold, Cordero makes sure to do it in style. His winning performance earned him two new world records, a 198.26 in the Free Program score and a 299.32 in the Combined Total score. This marks his second season undefeated and Micah is looking to make that three next season. Read more about his plans for next season in our exclusive interview on Page 52.
THE PITCH NAME RISES BACK TO GLORY
After a rough season last year, missing both Europeans and Worlds podiums, Tyrannus Basilton Grimm-Pitch made a comeback this week by winning a silver medal, only two points behind Cordero . Having just turned twenty last month, this marks the first World Championships medal for the Briton and the first World Championships medal for Great Britain since 1992, when the World Champion title was claimed by his own mother, Natasha Grimm-Pitch.
It’s no coincidence that we see the Pitch name at the very top of elite figure skating again. Basilton started skating at just three years old, under the watchful eye of his mother, who remained his coach until her tragic death in 2009. Pitch now lives and trains in Moscow full time, under Coach Alexander Ryabkov , who also coached the young Angelina Nuriyeva to her World Championships gold this week. (More on the ladies’ event on the next page.)
When asked about his plans for next season, the twenty-year-old was reticent, saying he will reveal everything in due time.
BRONZE MEDAL FOR THE YOUNG RUSSIAN STAR
Possibly one of the biggest surprises of this World Championships was seventeen-year-old Russian, Kirill Sokolovsky . Living and training in Saint Petersburg, this marks Sokolovsky’s first season as a senior. The 2019 Junior World Champion suffered a fall in the Short Program but made a strong comeback in the Free Skate, scoring three points behind Pitch and taking third place overall.
Young Sokolovsky has ambitious plans for next season, saying that he wants to be the first man to break the 200-point barrier in the Free Program and the 300-point barrier in the Combined Total score.