Maia Shibutani of New York, New York and Alex Shibutani of Boston, Massachusetts won the bronze medal on Saturday in ice dancing at the 2017 International Skating Union World Figure Skating Championships from Helsinki, Finland on Saturday. It is the third time in the Shibutanis careers that they have earned a medal at the World Figure Skating Championships. They previously won a bronze medal at the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow and a silver medal at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships in Boston.
The Shibutanis, who are a brother and sister team, had 185.18 points. They reached the podium by 0.37 points over Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of London, Ontario won the gold medal with 198.62 points and Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France won the silver medal with 196.04 points.The bronze medal will give the Shibutanis confidence as they prepare for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
Virtue and Moir won the gold medal despite the fact that Moir slipped in the free dance. The Canadians had an excellent short dance however as they set a world record score of 82.43 points.
In the women's competition, there was another world record. Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia had a total world record score of 233.41 points. Canadians finished second and third. Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, Newfoundland won the silver medal with 218.13 points and Gabrielle Daleman of Toronto, Ontario won the bronze medal with 213.52 points. It was the first time ever that two Canadian women reached the podium in women's singles at the same World Figure Skating Championship.
In the men's competition, Japan won gold and silver. Yuzuru Hanyu placed first with 321.59 points. Shoma Uno placed second with 319.31 points. Boyang Jin of China won the bronze medal with 303.58 points.
In pairs, Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China won gold with 232.06 points. Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany won silver with 230.3 points. Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia won bronze with 219.03 points.