The Ice Skating World Championships are currently taking place in Turin – last night saw the climax of the men’s competition, where Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi won the gold medal by a country mile, making him the counrty’s first winner of a gold medal.
However, while I am a fan of Daisuke and his style, you have to wonder how the competition would have panned out if Evgeni Pluschenko or Olympic Champion Evan Lysacek had been there – not that I’m taking anything away from his wonderful victory, but the competition to a certain point was a little sub-standard, only really picking up in the final couple of performances.
The silver medal went to Canada’s young star Patrick Chan while skating veteran Brian Joubert took home the bronze for France (no mean feat considering he completely bombed and ended up in 16th at the Winter Olympics). The night, however, was ruled by Takahashi who skated perfectly to the music of “La Strada” in the free program. Here he is skating to “Eye” by Coba in the short program: