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Adelina Sotnikova listed as substitute for World Championships; entry list highlights

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Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova is listed as a substitute for the World Championships later this month with Russia entering Yulia Lipnitskaya and Anna Pogorilaya instead.

Since Sotnikova is listed as a sub, she could still be entered in the Saitama, Japan, event beginning March 26 instead of Lipnitskaya or Pogorilaya given injury, etc. (full entry lists here)

Russian Olympic pairs champions Maksim Trankov and Tatyana Volosozhar were also listed as subs on entry lists published Wednesday.

Other decorated skaters left off completely — Yuna KimPatrick ChanMeryl Davis and Charlie White and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir — were previously announced to skip worlds.

Here are the key competitors who are entered for worlds:

Men
Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) — 2014 Olympic champion
Javier Fernandez (ESP) — 2013 World Championships bronze medalist
Tatsuki Machida (JPN) — 2014 Olympics, fifth
Yan Han (CHN) — 2014 Olympics, seventh
Peter Liebers (GER) — 2014 Olympics, eighth
Takahiko Kozuka (JPN) — 2011 World Championships silver medalist
Maksim Kovtun (RUS) — 2013 Grand Prix Final, fifth
Kevin Reynolds (CAN) — 2013 World Championships, fifth
Florent Amodio (FRA) — 2013 European Championships silver medalist
Jeremy Abbott (USA) — 2014 U.S. champion
Max Aaron (USA) — 2013 U.S. champion

Hanyu is a runaway favorite at home and with three-time reigning world champion Chan and Olympic bronze medalist Denis Ten absent. Fernandez, who missed bronze in Sochi by 1.18 points, leads the rest of the pack.

Abbott and Aaron could fight for a medal at their best, but it would also be a success if their combined placements were 13th or better to earn the U.S. the maximum three men’s entries at the 2015 World Championships. For example, if Abbott finished sixth and Aaron finished seventh.

The U.S. has not earned three men’s entries at a worlds or Olympics since the 2011 World Championships.

Women
Carolina Kostner (ITA) — 2014 Olympic bronze medalist
Mao Asada (JPN) — 2013 World Championships bronze medalist
Gracie Gold (USA) — 2014 Olympics, fourth
Yulia Lipnitskaya (RUS) — 2014 Olympics, fifth
Ashley Wagner (USA) — 2014 Olympics, seventh
Akiko Suzuki (JPN) — 2014 Olympics, eighth
Polina Edmunds (USA) — 2014 Olympics, ninth
Kanako Murakami (JPN) — 2013 World Championships, fourth

Kostner, Asada and Suzuki are the only women in the field with Olympic or World Championships medals already to their name.

The U.S. has a shot at two medals here, though if one American could land on the podium it would be a success. No U.S. woman has won an individual Olympic or World Championships medal since Kimmie Meissner and Sasha Cohen won gold and bronze at the 2006 worlds.

Pairs
Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov (RUS) — 2014 Olympic silver medalists
Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (GER) — 2014 Olympic bronze medalists
Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch (CAN) — 2014 Olympics, fifth
Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford (CAN) — 2013 World Championships bronze medalists
Peng Cheng/Zhang Hao (CHN) — 2013 Grand Prix Final, fourth
Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir (USA) — 2013-2014 U.S. champions
Caydee Denney/John Coughlin (USA) — 2012 U.S. champions

If the Olympic and world champions Volosozhar and Trankov skip the event, it opens the door for either the other Russian pair of Stolbova and Klimov or the Germans Savchenko and Szolkowy to win their fifth world title.

A medal is likely out of reach for the American pairs, but the combined placement of 13th is possible to earn three entries next year. The U.S. hasn’t earned three pairs spots at an Olympics or worlds since 2003.

Ice Dance
Yelena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov (RUS) — 2014 Olympic bronze medalists
Nathalie Péchalat/Fabian Bourzat (FRA) — 2014 Olympics, fourth
Yekaterina Bobrova/Dmitry Soloviyev (RUS) — 2014 Olympics, fifth
Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (ITA) — 2014 Olympics, sixth
Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje (CAN) — 2014 Olympics, seventh
Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) — 2014 Olympics, eighth
Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA) — 2014 Olympics, ninth
Alexandra Aldridge/Daniel Eaton (USA) — 2012-13 U.S. junior champions

The gold and silver medalists at the last two Olympics and four World Championships are missing in the form of Davis and White and Virtue and Moir.

The rest of the top Olympic couples are competing, though, meaning it’s not assured the U.S. can get the combined placement of 13 from its top two finishers to ensure three couples at next year’s World Championships.

The last time the U.S. did not earn three ice dance spots at an Olympics or World Championships was 2005.

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Gracie Gold qualifies for nationals, Polina Edmunds shut out

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2014 Olympian Gracie Gold qualified for the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships by virtue of a third-place finish at the Eastern Sectional Singles Final on Saturday in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

“Bronze: so hot this fall,” Gold posted on Instagram. She last competed at U.S. nationals in 2017, when she finished sixth. She won the national title in 2014 and 2016.

Gold sat second after the short program with 63.55 points, and ultimately finished third overall with 109.90 points in the free skate for 173.45 points. The top four at the event qualify for the national championships in Greensboro, North Carolina in January.

Her free skate included a fall on the opening triple Lutz and an under-rotation on the triple Lutz, double toe loop combination. She also put a hand down on the landing of a double Axel. The rest of the program, though, was clean.

Her performance, set to “She Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles, can be found at the 2:05 mark of the on-demand stream of the event for NBC Gold Pass subscribers.

Meanwhile, her Sochi teammate Polina Edmunds was shut out of nationals based on a fifth-place finish at the Pacific Coast Sectional Singles Final (top four qualify). Her performance can be found for NBC Gold Pass subscribers at the 1:50 mark of the on-demand stream for the event. Edmunds last competed at Nationals in 2016, when she earned the silver medal behind Gold.

As a reminder, you can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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Brittany Bowe extends unbeaten streak to open speed skating World Cup

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Brittany Bowe extended one of the most dominant runs for any U.S. Winter Olympian, earning her first straight World Cup 1000m win to open the season on Sunday.

Bowe, fourth and eighth in the event at her two Olympics, clocked 1:15.35 in Minsk, Belarus, to beat PyeongChang gold medalist Jorien ter Mors by six tenths. Ter Mors missed all of last season after knee surgery.

Bowe won every World Cup 1000m dating to last December, plus her second world title in the event last February, lowering track records at each stop.

She ended last season by breaking the world record by .48 of a second on the fast ice of the 2002 Olympic oval in Kearns, Utah. That time — 1:11.61 — would have been the men’s world record as recently as 1997.

Bowe, a former Florida Atlantic point guard who missed all of 2016-17 with a concussion, is up to 23 career World Cup wins. That’s fifth on the U.S. all-time list behind Bonnie Blair (69), Shani Davis (58), Dan Jansen (46) and Heather Bergsma (34), according to schaatsstatistieken.nl.

The World Cup moves to Poland next week.

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