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Mar 15, 2011 12:42 AM by Jeannette Hynes

Figure skaters on ice for world championships

The International Skating Union is working on a backup plan for the World Figure Skating Championships. The event was supposed to start in Japan next week, but the ISU postponed it, because of the crisis in that country. The ISU will try to figure out a new date, and possibly a new venue.

Four U.S. figure skaters who train in Colorado Springs were set to compete. Months and months of training goes into making sure figure skaters are at the top of their game for the world championships.

"Day six out we do a certain routine. Day five out, a different routine, so it's really tricky. Now all of the sudden we don't know when we're leaving, where we're going, if we're going," explains Ryan Bradley, U.S. Men's Figure Skating Champion.

These athletes are ready to skate the best performances of their lives, but they'll have to wait as the International Skating Union decides what happens with the championships.

"We just have to be flexible and hope that the International Skating Union is able to figure out what to do and keep everyone safe," says Rachael Flatt, U.S. Figure Skater.

While they wait, they'll continue to practice, but their routines in the days ahead will be lighter than normal.

"We can't cut too far back because we're not really sure when it's going to actually occur and hopefully it will," says Tom Zakrajsek, Figure Skating Coach. "I teach my athletes to be flexible under all circumstances, and this is obviously the extreme of that circumstance."

The world championships are very big for these skaters, but they realize, the tragedy in Japan is much bigger."

"In the big scheme of things as to what's going on in the world right now, it's a minor problem," says Bradley.

"It's been tough not really knowing what's been going on," says Flatt.



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