Figure skating – illustrative photo.
Calgary (Canada) – Siblings Kateřina and Daniel Mráz are junior world champions in ice dancing. At the championship in Calgary, after the rhythmic dance, they also won the free dance and beat the Korean couple Hannah Limová and Je Quan by about three points. For Czech figure skating, they won the second gold at the Junior World Championships in history. They imitated the seven-year-old success of the sports couple Anna Dušková and Martin Bidař.
Unlike the finals of the junior Grand Prix, where they finished third after falling in both programs, at the world championship they confirmed their role as the best junior couple today. They scored 106.17 points for the free dance, improving their personal best from the Junior Grand Prix in Ostrava by 74 hundredths. It was the best free dance of the day that decided their triumph.
They collected a total of 177.36 points and improved by eighteen hundredths the absolute junior world record of the Americans Avonley Nguyen and Vadym Kolesnik from MSJ 2020. To the Korean figure skaters, who after in the rhythmic dance, they lost only eleven hundredths of a point to the Czech representatives, even a significant improvement in their personal record did not help the title. But they defended their silver position against Canadians Nadia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont. After their triumph in the final of the Junior Grand Prix, they defended the world bronze in this age category.
The success of 16-year-old Kateřina and 19-year-old Daniel Mrázky means the fourth valuable metal for Czech and former Czechoslovakian figure skating at the Junior World Championships. In addition to the title of Dušková and Bidař, Michal Březina won silver in 2010, and the same medal was won in 1978 in Megé by the sports couple Jana Bláhová and Luděk Feňo.