Retrospective moves onto the 1985 World Championships.
The key facts in relation to these championships are:-
- Brian Orser was the favourite for the gold going into the championships, but he lost out to Alexander Fadeev (spelt alternatively 'Fadeyev') for the title. It would be another 2 years before Orser would win his first and only world title.
- Brian Boitano wins his first medal at Worlds (a bronze). He would become world champion for the first time the following year.
- There was much talk about Jozef Sabovčík performing the first ever quad at these championships, but it didn't happen. Ultimately, it would be Kurt Browning who would pull off the first quad (a toe loop at the 1988 world championships). Brian Boitano had attempted a quad toe at the 1987 world championships, but he fell and consequently lost his world title to Brian Orser.
- Katarina Witt retains her world title, which she won for the first time the year before.
- Debi Thomas performs at worlds for the first time, finishing a very creditable 5th. She would win the world title the following year.
- Elena Valova & Oleg Vasiliev regain the world title which they had first won in 1983. They had lost their title at the 1984 world championships to Underhill & Martini.
- With the retirement of Torvill & Dean, Natalia Bestemianova & Andrei Bukin win the world title for the first time. This was the first of four consecutive world titles for them, and they would top it off by becoming the 1988 Olympic champions.
Here are the videos for the medalists:-
Gold: Alexander Fadeev (USSR)
Silver: Brian Orser (CAN)
Bronze: Brian Boitano (USA)
4th: Jozef Sabovčík (CZE)
5th: Vladimir Kotin (USSR)
Gold: Katarina Witt (GDR)
Silver: Kira Ivanova (USSR)
Bronze: Tiffany Chin (USA)
5th: Debi Thomas (USA)
6th: Claudia Leistner (West Germany)
9th: Elizabeth Manley (CAN)
Gold: Elena Valova & Oleg Vasiliev (USSR)
No video available, just this clip from a review of the pairs competition
Silver: Larisa Selezneva & Oleg Makarov (USSR)
No video available
Bronze: Katherina Matousek & Lloyd Eisler (CAN)
No video available
Gold: Natalia Bestemianova & Andrei Bukin (USSR)
Original Set Pattern
Silver: Marina Klimova & Sergei Ponomarenko (USSR)
Bronze: Judy Blumberg & Michael Seibert (USA)