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Plushenko to Miss Worlds; and a European Championships Update

Evgeny Plushenko needs another knee surgery soon and he will miss March's World Figure Skating Championships. So the already-hyped matchup between Plushenko and reigning world champion Patrick Chan will not take place this season. Plushenko is finishing up the competition at the European Championships, currently taking place in Sheffield, UK.

Though the men's short program is going on as I write this, here are some earlier results.

In ice dancing, Russia's Bobrova and Soloviev have a slight lead over France's Pechalat and Bourzat. The French team should be able to overcome the difference in the free dance, though.

FPl. Name Nation Points SD FD
1 Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV
RUS
65.06 1
2 Nathalie PECHALAT / Fabian BOURZAT
FRA
64.89 2
3 Ekaterina RIAZANOVA / Ilia TKACHENKO
RUS
61.34 3
4 Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND
GBR
59.78 4
5 Isabella TOBIAS / Deividas STAGNIUNAS
LTU
59.66 5
6 Anna CAPPELLINI / Luca LANOTTE
ITA
59.62 6
7 Elena ILINYKH / Nikita KATSALAPOV
RUS
59.49 7
8 Pernelle CARRON / Lloyd JONES
FRA
57.40 8
9 Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI
GER
56.79 9
10 Charlene GUIGNARD / Marco FABBRI
ITA
52.45 10
11 Julia ZLOBINA / Alexei SITNIKOV
AZE
49.66 11
12 Sara HURTADO / Adria DIAZ
ESP
49.35 12
13 Tanja KOLBE / Stefano CARUSO
GER
49.07 13
14 Louise WALDEN / Owen EDWARDS
GBR
48.36 14
15 Lucie MYSLIVECKOVA / Neil BROWN
CZE
47.47 15
16 Siobhan HEEKIN-CANEDY / Dmitri DUN
UKR
46.71 16
17 Gabriela KUBOVA / Dmitri KISELEV
CZE
45.88 17
18 Zsuzsanna NAGY / Mate FEJES
HUN
44.99 18
19 Irina SHTORK / Taavi RAND
EST
44.97 19
20 Nadezhda FROLENKOVA / Mikhail KASALO
UKR
42.60 20

In pairs, world champs Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany withdrew from the competition due to a ruptured thigh muscle for Savchenko. So Russia's Volosozhar and Trankov were left with very little competition (Kavaguti and Smirnov had already pulled out a few weeks ago).

Pairs Short Program

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Maxim TRANKOV

RUS
72.80 1
2 Vera BAZAROVA / Yuri LARIONOV

RUS
66.89 2
3 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV

RUS
58.66 3
4 Stefania BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREK

ITA
54.38 4
5 Maylin HAUSCH / Daniel WENDE

GER
54.03 5
6 Daria POPOVA / Bruno MASSOT

FRA
53.91 6
7 Mari VARTMANN / Aaron VAN CLEAVE

GER
52.00 7
8 Vanessa JAMES / Morgan CIPRES

FRA
51.81 8
9 Stacey KEMP / David KING

GBR
45.75 9
10 Alexandra HERBRIKOVA / Rudy HALMAERT

CZE
42.99 10
11 Carolina GILLESPIE / Luca DEMATTE

ITA
42.75 11
12 Danielle MONTALBANO / Evgeni KRASNOPOLSKI

ISR
41.69 12
13 Anais MORAND / Timothy LEEMANN

SUI
41.48 13
14 Lubov BAKIROVA / Mikalai KAMIANCHUK

BLR
39.06 14
15 Stina MARTINI / Severin KIEFER

AUT
38.05 15
16 Sally HOOLIN / James HUNT

GBR
33.41 16
17 Elizabeta MAKAROVA / Leri KENCHADZE

BUL
FNR 17
18 Maria PALIAKOVA / Mikhail FOMICHEV

BLR
FNR 18
WD Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY

GER