The day 2 of the 2017 Figure Skating World Championships is going to be more entertaining than the day 1 of the championship. Figure skating fans are going to keep their fingers crossed as the men’s short program and pairs free skate gets underway.
There is no denying that the competitions are going to be difficult, in fact very difficult. Even the best of the best tend to make some mistakes that destroy their chances. A small misstep and the work of years is destroyed. Many people who seemed to have a bright future in the figure-skating, lost the interest following such ‘missteps’ and get out of the sport. As far as the girls are concerned, they tend to be out of the game pretty fast and a year lost is of paramount interest.
Everyone is looking forward to 17-year-old American sensation Nathan Chen who starts his quest to become the youngest men’s world champion of all-time. There is no denying that people are pretty sure that he will emerge the winner of the 2017 Figure Skating World Championships.
The young man has already recorded the year’s highest score at the Four Continents Championships to defeat defending Olympic champ Yuzuru Hanyu and no one has any doubt about his capabilities
In the meantime if he does well, it will ensure that America is back in the sports. A report in the USA Today says, “No sport has collapsed in front of our eyes as quickly as this one has. In 1996, when both the women’s and men’s world titles were won by Americans — Michelle Kwan and Todd Eldredge — the men’s long program, shown live on ABC, received a 10.1 rating. It went head to head with the NCAA men’s basketball tournament that day on CBS. March Madness earned an 8.8…Today, the ratings are minuscule and the skaters are household names only in their own households. It’s understandable in many ways: after the Tonya-Nancy saga, and a 48.5 TV rating at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, there was only one way for skating to go, and it wasn’t up”.
In the meantime, China poses a tough challenge before everyone in the tournament. Over in the pairs competition, China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong jumped out to a lead after recording a score of 81.23 in Wednesday’s short program. They’re followed by Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot, while two-time defending world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are in seventh and have some work to do.
People in the USA can watch the championship on Ice Network or Sling TV. you can watch coverage on mobile or other streaming devices via the Ice Network app, though it’s only available via the App Store.
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You can also watch it through NBC Sports Network on mobile or other streaming devices via the NBC Sports app.