We had a thread about back to back OGM, and how hard it is to win the gold back to back.
Looking at world championships, it's not easy to win back to back titles even when the competition takes place every year.
Three in a row are very rare. Outside of ice dance, where even 4 in a row (T&D, B&B, G&P)was not too unusual in the 1980s and 90s, there are just a handful of these.
Yagudin (3), R&Z (4), Browning (3), Hamilton (4)- talking of championships in a row (not total, for the skater)
Naturally this back to back (2 in a row) list is longer than the OGM one, but there are some surprises.
G&G- 1986 & 87; 89 & 90 (did it twice, but not 3 in a row)
S&Z- 02, 03
(not sure if S&S won 2 in a row; I think they did)
I hope V&T can join this group.
(Patrick Chan is likely to join this elite group- I don't mean to jinx him)
Michelle- 00,01 (surprising that she did it just once; someone with 5 titles!)
Kristi- 91,92 (those were the only seasons she was at the top)
Katarina-87,88 (did she win 84 & 85 too?)
Did Linda and/or Roslyn win back to back WC?
(Not sure about the 1960s-1970s ladies)
I don't see a dominant singles lady skater right now (Yu na uncertain about next worlds, from what I am reading). May be the next two worlds will bring in a new star.
Did N&K win 04 & 05?
Surprising that Anissina-Peizerat and Usova-Zhulin are not on this list. In the last 5 years or so there has been a new ice dance champion every year. No longer we have the 4 in a row type champions, which is good for the sport.
(not sure about those before 1981)
V&M looked like they could win back to back world titles, but so far it has not happened. D&W have an opportunity in 2012.