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America’s Golden Girl’s 56-Year-Old Record Matched by Japanese Olympian at 2024 World Figure Skating Championships

Published 03/23/2024, 1:30 AM EDT

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The 2024 World Figure Skating Championships were held on the 22nd of March 2024 in Montreal, Canada. American figure skater Isabeau Levito, who has been a 2x ISU Challenger Series gold medalist, lost to the Japanese figure skater Kaori Sakamoto, who was a 5x ISU Grand Prix Champion. But that is not the only achievement she picked up.

The NBC Olympics and Paralympics recently posted the victorious splendor of the Japanese 2x World Champion, who etched her name for the third time now in the World Championships. This record matched her with another American figure skating legend.

Kaori Sakamoto, an Olympic bronze medalist in the year 2022, became the first woman to win three consecutive world titles since America’s golden girl, Peggy Fleming (1966-1968), touching her 56-year-old record. Scoring high with 222.96 in this year’s world championship, has etched her name ahead of her fellow competitors.

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Grabbing the second place, was the USA’s Isabeau Levito, who won the silver medal with a total score of 212.16. This was also the first time Levito’s first-ever world championships medal at the mere age of 17. Rounding off to the third position was South Korean Kim Chae-Yeon, who is also the same age as the American figure skater, who took to the bronze recording a 203.59 score. After the win, Levito reflected on that.

Levito earns success after a tough season

“I’m picking up more achievements on my way to the Olympics, learning more experiences and becoming wiser so that I can be the best that I can be by the time of the Olympics.”, said the silver medalist, Isabeau Levito on her latest victory, eyeing the Paris Olympics.

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Notably, This week, she recorded her highest short program and free skate scores of the season. Referring to that, she also spoke about the hardships she faced this season, “For a lot of the season I was so confused with how I was skating, but I’m really proud of myself and my team of coaches,” Levito said. Alongside her, another American contender picked up accolade in the event.

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Amber Glenn, finished tenth in the 2024 World Figure Skating Championships, which resulted her in fetching the title of the second American woman to land a triple Axel at the World Championships. She etched her name behind America’s Tonya Harding’s 1991 record.

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Nandini Khanna is a budding Olympics Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A true sports enthusiast, Nandini covers track and field, equestrian sports, NCAA gymnastics, and wrestling. Rooted in her school days' prowess in badminton and volleyball, Nandini brings a genuine passion to her work.
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