Daily Archives: 2 May 2011

Wonderful World Championships

By Sonia Bianchetti Garbato 

The World Figure Skating Championships were successfully held in Moscow at the Megasport Palace from April 25 to May 1, 2011. These championships, which were supposed to be held in Tokyo at the end of March, had to be moved because of the tragedy that hit Japan. They were a perfect way to honour the Japanese skaters and the Japanese people, to whom I want to express all my admiration for the dignity, the courage and the strength with which they have faced the biggest natural catastrophe of their history. No tears, only a strong will to fight and go on. Even before such a disaster, with thousands of people who lost their lives, they did not scream, they did not complain, they just got together and as a team they started to work for their future. Just marvellous. A great example from which we all can learn.

In Moscow, all the Japanese skaters were wearing black ribbons pinned to the left shoulder of their warm up jackets and they all seemed willing to skate to deliver courage to those who were affected by this immense tragedy.

Surely it was not easy for most of the skaters to handle the month-long postponement of the most important event of the season, both mentally and physically, and there was concern that the skating could suffer from this delay. But it was not so! On the contrary, these championships, in all categories, were one of the best I can remember in recent years.

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