Mao Asada was able to bounce back from a disappointing performance in the Sochi Winter Olympics on Thursday to take the lead at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships with her short program in the ladies competition.
Asada will now be able to win the world title with a strong performance on Saturday, but she has tough competition from the only Sochi medalist competing this week in Japan, Italy’s Carolina Kostner.
Still in striking distance of the podium are Russian sensation Yulia Lipnitskaya, Asada’s countrywoman Akiko Suzuki and Gracie Gold of the United States.
How can you tune in to the ladies free skate on Saturday morning? Here is all of the information you will need to see who can come away with the win at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships:
Date: Saturday, March 29
Start Time: 4: 15 a.m. ET
Location: Saitama, Japan
TV Info: Replay to air on NBC, April 13
Live Stream: Ice Network
Standings entering free skate:
|Rank||Name||Country||Short Program score |
|5||Gracie Gold||United States||5||70.31|
|7||Ashley Wagner||United States||7||63.64|
|12||Polina Edmunds||United States||12||60.59|
|13||Park So-youn||South Korea||13||57.22|
|19||Kim Haejin||South Korea||19||51.83|
|20||Jenna McCorkell||United Kingdom||20||50.56|
|23||Anne Line Gjersem||Norway||23||49.48|
|24||Eliška Březinová||Czech Republic||24||49.34|
Who do you think will come away with the world title? Sound off in the comments section below.