Canada Olympic women’s hockey roster led by Marie-Philip Poulin

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Forward Marie-Philip Poulin leads a Canadian Olympic women’s hockey roster that, for the first time since 2006, will not include goalie Shannon Szabados.

Poulin, the 30-year-old team captain, and fellow forward Rebecca Johnston are each going to a fourth Olympics after winning gold in 2010 and 2014 and silver in 2018.

Szabados, 35, started all three of those Olympic finals against the U.S. but in May was not named to Canada’s centralization roster to train for the Games.

“I am still training, working out etc but my little one [daughter Shaylyn] is only 8 months so between having her and covid severely limiting any real opportunities to compete I knew I was no where near where i needed to be to be at Olympic level,” Szabados wrote in an email then. “That coupled with just wanting to be a mom right now, that little girl is my #1 priority at the moment and it wasn’t the right time to make a comeback.”

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Canada may have lost the 2018 Olympic final to the U.S. in a shootout, but last August at the world championship, it beat the U.S. in a major final for the first time in seven years. Poulin scored the golden goal in overtime in Calgary, the latest in a string of clutch goals in 13 years with the national team.

Canada also boasts the MVP from the 2018 Olympics and 2021 Worlds, forward Mélodie Daoust, and veteran forwards Brianne Jenner and Natalie Spooner.

Ann-Renée Desbiens succeeded Szabados as the No. 1 goalie, playing in the medal round at the world championship tournament.

Notable skaters not on the Olympic team include forward Meghan Agosta, who played in the last four Olympics but neither world championship in this cycle, and defender Laura Fortino, who led the team in ice time at the 2018 Olympics and 2019 Worlds. Neither Agosta nor Fortino was named to the national team pool last year.

Defender Meaghan Mikkelson, a three-time Olympian, is the most notable cut from the 2021 national team pool. She missed the world championship after June knee surgery, returning in November.

In Beijing, the U.S. and Canada will play in the last game of pool play. If each team wins the rest of its games, they would play again in the Olympic final.

• Goaltenders: Kristen Campbell (Brandon, Man.)Ann-Renée Desbiens (La Malbaie, Que.) and Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta.)

• Defence: Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont.)Ashton Bell (Deloraine, Man./University of Minnesota Duluth, WCHA)Renata Fast (Burlington, Ont.)Jocelyne Larocque (Ste. Anne, Man.)Ella Shelton (Ingersoll, Ont.)Claire Thompson (Toronto, Ont.) and Micah Zandee-Hart (Saanichton, B.C.)

• Forwards: Emily Clark (Saskatoon, Sask.),Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que.),Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont./Princeton University, ECAC)Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont.)Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont.)Emma Maltais (Burlington, Ont./Ohio State University, WCHA)Sarah Nurse (Hamilton, Ont.)Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.)Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont.), Jill Saulnier (Halifax, N.S.)Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont.)Laura Stacey (Kleinburg, Ont.) and Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton, N.S.)

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Shoma Uno leads Ilia Malinin at figure skating worlds; Japan wins first pairs’ title


Defending champion Shoma Uno of Japan bettered American Ilia Malinin in the world figure skating championships short program.

Malinin, 18, plans one of, if not the most difficult free skate in history on Saturday in a bid to overtake Uno to become the youngest world champion in 25 years.

Uno, who has reportedly dealt with an ankle injury, skated clean Thursday save doubling the back end of a planned quadruple toe loop-triple toe combination. He totaled 104.63 points, overtaking Malinin by 4.25 on home ice in Saitama.

“I was able to do better jumps compared to my practice in my short program today, and even if I am not in my best condition, I want to focus on other details other than my jumps as well,” Uno said, according to the International Skating Union.

Malinin, who this season landed the first quadruple Axel in competition, had a clean short after struggling with the program all autumn. He landed a quadruple Lutz-triple toe combo, a quad toe and a triple Axel. Uno beat him on artistic component scores.

“I was really in the moment,” said Malinin, who plans a record-tying six quads in Saturday’s free skate after attempting five at previous competitions this season. “I was really feeling my performance out there.”

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The quad Axel is not allowed in the short program, but expect Malinin to include it in the free, and he likely needs it to beat Uno.

Malinin has been a force in skating, starting with his breakout silver-medal finish at the January 2022 U.S. Championships. He was left off last year’s Olympic team due to his inexperience, then won the world junior title last spring.

He entered these senior worlds ranked second in the field behind Uno, yet outside the top 15 in the world in the short program this season. After a comfortable win at January’s national championships, he can become the youngest men’s world champion since Russian Alexei Yagudin in 1998.

Two-time U.S. Olympian Jason Brown placed sixth with a clean short in his first full international competition since last year’s Olympics.

The third American, Andrew Torgashev, fell on his opening quad toe loop and ended up 22nd in his worlds debut.

Olympic gold medalist Nathan Chen has not skated this season, going back to Yale, and is not expected to return to competition. Silver medalist Yuma Kagiyama of Japan has been out with left leg and ankle bone injuries. Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu retired.

Earlier Thursday, Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara won Japan’s first pairs’ world title, dethroning Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier, who last year became the first Americans to win a pairs’ world title since 1979.

More on the pairs’ event here.

Worlds continue Thursday night (U.S. time) with the rhythm dance, followed Friday morning with the women’s free skate, live on Peacock and USA Network.

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2023 World Figure Skating Championships results


2023 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan, top 10 and notable results …

Women (Short Program)
1. Kaori Sakamoto (JPN) — 79.24
2. Lee Hae-In (KOR) — 73.62
3. Mai Mihara (JPN) — 73.46
4. Isabeau Levito (USA) — 73.03
5. Loena Hendrickx (BEL) — 71.94
6. Niina Petrokina (EST) — 68.00
7. Nicole Schott (GER) — 67.29
8. Bradie Tennell (USA) — 66.45
9. Ekaterina Kurakova (POL) — 65.69
10. Amber Glenn (USA) — 65.52


Men (Short Program)
1. Shoma Uno (JPN) — 104.63
2. Ilia Malinin (USA) — 100.38
3. Cha Jun-Hwan (KOR) — 99.64
4. Keegan Messing (CAN) — 98.75
5. Kevin Aymoz (FRA) — 95.56
6. Jason Brown (USA) — 94.17
7. Kazuki Tomono (JPN) — 92.68
8. Daniel Grassl (ITA) — 86.50
9. Lukas Britschgi (SUI) — 86.18
10. Vladimir Litvintsev (AZE) — 82.71
17. Sota Yamamoto (JPN) — 75.48
22. Andrew Torgashev (USA) — 71.41

Gold: Riku Miura/Ryuichi Kihara (JPN) — 222.16
Silver: Alexa Knierim/Brandon Frazier (USA) — 217.48
Bronze: Sara Conti/Niccolo Macii (ITA) — 208.08
4. Deanna Stellato-Dudek/Maxime Deschamps (CAN) — 199.97
5. Emily Chan/Spencer Howe (USA) — 194.73
6. Lia Pereira/Trennt Michaud (CAN) — 193.00
7. Maria Pavlova/Alexei Sviatchenko (HUN) — 190.67
8. Anastasia Golubova/Hektor Giotopoulos Moore (AUS) — 189.47
9. Annika Hocke/Robert Kunkel (GER) — 184.60
10. Alisa Efimova/Ruben Blommaert (GER) — 184.46
12. Ellie Kam/Danny O’Shea (USA) — 175.59

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