2008 World Figure Skating Championships
|2008 World Figure Skating Championships|
Scandinavium arena during the championship
|Date:||March 17 – March 23|
Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy
Isabelle Delobel / Olivier Schoenfelder
|Previous:||2007 World Figure Skating Championships|
|Next:||2009 World Figure Skating Championships|
The 2008 World Figure Skating Championships was a senior international figure skating competition in the 2007–2008 figure skating season. Medals were awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. The event was held in Gothenburg, Sweden at the Scandinavium arena from March 17 to 23, 2008.
|Pairs|| Aliona Savchenko /
| Zhang Dan /
| Jessica Dubé /
|Ladies||Mao Asada||Carolina Kostner||Kim Yu-Na|
|Ice Dancing|| Isabelle Delobel /
| Tessa Virtue /
| Jana Khokhlova /
|Men||Jeffrey Buttle||Brian Joubert||Johnny Weir|
Based on the results of the 2007 World Championships, each country was allowed between one and three entries per discipline. National associations selected their entries based on their own criteria.
Due to the large number of entries at the World Championships, only the top 24 single skaters and top 20 pairs advanced to the free skate after the short program. In ice dance, the top 30 couples in the compulsory dance advanced to the original dance, and the top 24 couples after the original dance advanced to the free dance.
The compulsory dance was the Argentine Tango.
European champion ice dancers Oksana Domnina / Maxim Shabalin (RUS) withdrew before the event due to an injury to his knee. They were replaced by Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev. Four Continents and Grand Prix Final bronze medalist Evan Lysacek withdrew before the event due to injury. He was replaced by US pewter medalist Jeremy Abbott.
Jeffrey Buttle was the fourth Canadian man to win the world title. His win set off a controversy because he did not attempt a quadruple jump. Brian Joubert the silver medalist criticized the system for producing a winner who did not complete or attempt a quadruple jump. This set off the first of many debates on the value of the quads and what men's figure skating should be about that would culminate in the 2010 Olympic Quadruple jump controversy.
Multiple spots for 2009 Worlds
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