This page has predictions and TV schedule for 2013 World Figure Skating Championships. Outside of the Olympics, this is the most important event for figure skaters. The defending champions are Patrick Chan (men) and Carolina Kostner (women). The 2013 World Figure Skating Championships are scheduled for March 10-17 at Budweiser Gardens in Ontario, Canada.
*Subject to change
March 13 - Pairs Short Program - CBC (3 PM ET/PT)
March 13 - Pairs & Men's Short Program - CBC (7 PM ET/PT)
March 14 - Women's Short Program - CBC (3 PM ET/PT)
March 14 - Women's & Dance Short Programs - CBC (7 PM ET/PT)
March 15 - Pairs Free Program - CBC (3 PM ET/PT)
March 15 - Pairs Free & Men's Free Programs - CBC (7 PM ET/PT)
March 16 - Dance Free Program - CBC (4 PM ET | 1 PM PT)
March 17 - Women's Free Program - CBC (3 PM ET/PT)
Video coverage on www.cbcsports.ca (Check schedule)
March 13 - Pairs Short - Universal Sports (12 PM/noon ET)
March 13 - Men's Short - Universal Sports (7 PM ET)
March 14 - Women's Short - Universal Sports (1 PM ET)
March 14 - Dance Short - Universal Sports (7 PM ET)
March 15 - Pairs Free - Universal Sports (1:30 PM ET)
March 15 - Men's Free - Universal Sports (8:30 PM ET)
March 16 - Dance Free - Universal Sports (4:30 PM ET)
March 16 - Women's Free - Universal Sports (9:30 PM ET)
March 23 - Championship Replay - NBC (12 PM ET | 9 AM PT)
Live stream on UniversalSports.com (TV subscribers only)
2) Women's Top Favorites: 1. Mao Asada | 2. Ashley Wagner (Enjoy terrific form - U.S. champion, 2 grand prix titles) | 3. Kim Yu Na (The most talented skater in this field, but the lack of competitive skates will be a big problem) | 4. Carolina Kostner (Defending champion, excellent technical skater) 5. Akiko Suzuki (Hugely underrated, could surprise if the other favorites falter) | Dark horse: Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (The best of Russia's young guns).
3) Men's Winner Prediction: Patrick Chan. Picking a men's winner is usually an easy job. Chan is arguably the most dominant skater in the last three years, winning two consecutive world titles. Moreover, judges seem to adore the Canadian's skating often giving him surprisingly high marks that leave his critics scratching their heads. The only way Chan could lose a competition is for him to deliver a disastrous skate, while his rivals perform solidly. Even though the defending champion is not in top form, neither are his competitors. Takahashi can't deliver a quad anymore, and Hanyu is so inconsistent. The remaining elite skaters do not have the artistry or experience to match Chan. The Canadian does not need a perfect skate to win; he only needs a solid performance.
4) Men's Top Favorites: 1. Patrick Chan | 2. Yuzuru Hanyu (The best technical skater in this competition, lack of endurance and inconsistency are his biggest weaknesses) | 3. Daisuke Takahashi (If only he could make the quad?) | 4. Javier Fernandez (A fantastic technical skater, won 2013 European championship) 5. Kevin Reynolds (His trump cards are clearly the quads, but the rest of his skating needs to improve to contend for a world/Olympics title) | Dark horse: Brian Joubert (Does the former world champion have one more title run in him?).