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

Gracie Gold
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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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