Ondrej Nepela of Czechoslovakia retained his world championship title for the Man's figure-skating event in Calgary last Friday (10 March).
SV Ondrej Nepela (Czech) retaining his world figure-skating championship ZOOM OUT TO people applauding
SV John Petkevich of Great Falls, Montana skating
LV Crowd cheering
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SPORT: FIGURE SKATING
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Background: Ondrej Nepela of Czechoslovakia retained his world championship title for the Man's figure-skating event in Calgary last Friday (10 March). The twenty-one year old law student announced afterwards that he wanted to retire and devote more time to study, but he admitted that he was under pressure from the Czechoslovakian national skating association to compete at the championships again next year, which will be held in his home-town of Bratislava.
He is also the Olympic gold-medallist for the event and has been in international competition since 1964.
The results in Calgary were as follows:
The Leaders# Ordinals
1.#Ondrej Nepela - Czechoslovakia#9
2.#Sergei Chetverckhin - U.S.S.R.#19
3.#Vladimir Kovalov - U.S.S.R.#34
4.#John Petkevich - U.S.A.#39
5.#Toller Cranston - Canada#46
Later the same night Trixie Schuba of Austria won the Woman's World Figure-Skating championships, with Karen Magnussen of Canada in second place and Janet Lynn of the United states in third place.
SYNOPSIS: The world men's figure skating championships in Calgary, Canada, and last Friday's win by Ondrej Nepela of Czechoslovakia, who took the title for the second time. Here he shows off the skill that also won him the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Japan. This is the free-skating event, in which the judges awarded him a perfect six marks. He landed a little shakily after his first two jumps, but recovered will with a series of intricate manoeuvres that earned him the appreciation of the crowd. The twenty-one year old champion has been in international competition since nineteen sixty-four, and also holds the Olympic gold medal for the event.
John Petkevich of the United States, here also skating in the free-figure event, came in fourth place. Second and third places were held by Sergei Chetverukhin and Vladimir Kovalev, both of the Soviet Union. (PAUSE TWO SECONDS). Champion Nepela announced after winning that he will retire from skating to go back to his law studies. He admits, however, that he is under pressure from the Czech Skating Federation to compete in the 1973 world championships.