Sport Shorts: Making a Splash on the Ice and in the Pool
Chan is the man: Patrick Chan dominated the field, winning his first figure skating world championship with a record-setting performance in Moscow. Three world records fell as Chan finished 22 points ahead of silver medallist Takahiko Kozuka of Japan. Chan becomes the first Canadian to win a men’s figure skating world championship since Jeffrey Buttle in 2008.
Golden couple sees silver lining: 2010 Olympic and World Championship ice dance gold medallists Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue took silver at the 2011 edition of the World Figure Skating Championships. The duo from outside London, Ont. led after the short program in their first competition of the season after Virtue underwent compartment syndrome surgery in the fall. The American duo of Charlie White and Meryl Davis became the first American ice dance world champions.
Hockey Night in Slovakia: Canada’s men’s national team is 2-0 in the preliminary round of the IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships in Slovakia. Team Canada topped Belarus 4-1 in the opener before routing France 9-1. The last game of the preliminary round goes Tuesday, May 3 against Switzerland, before Canada moves on to the qualifying round.
Dive right into it: Roseline Filion took gold in the women’s 10m platform competition at the Canada Cup diving competition in Montreal, highlighting a big weekend in diving news. Filion and her partner Meghan Benfeito took silver in the platform synchro event, while three-time Olympic medallist Emilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel earned silver in the 3 m synchro event. Filion, Benfeito, Abel and Heymans have met the qualifying standard for this summer’s FINA world championships in the preliminary rounds, along with Francois Imbeau-Dulac and Riley McCormick.