In Canada the world figure skating championship had a surprise result when Charles Tickner, a 24-year-old American, won the men's title.
GV PAN: Charles Tickner of USA.
GV: Canadian champion Brian Pockar
GV: Bern Taylor of Toronto.
GV PAN: Linda Fratianne of USA.
GV: Anett Poetzsch of East Germany.
REPORTER: "Tickner turned in a strong free skating performance to capture his first world championship. The crowd loved him during his short programme, and even more so when he free skated from third place following his short programme to become the new men's singles champion -- edging out European champion Jan Hoffman.
Canadian champion Brian Pockar, Calgary, finished the world competition in tenth place. Pocker and entered the free style in twelfth position, giving an indication of how well he performed the final event. Pockar is 18-years-old.
Bern Taylor of Toronto, who placed twelfth, did what no-one has ever done in competition before. Completed triple axel, and here it is. Taylor is considered one of the world's most dynamic jumpers. He has a total of five different triples in his long programme.
In the women's singles the defending world champion, Linda Fratianne of the United States, placed first in the short programme and is now in the second place overall with only the freestyle remaining. She still has a chance of retaining her title, but she has to beat out Anett Poetzsch of East Germany, who is first overall. This 17-year-old young woman has been European champion for the past two years and the way she has been skating this week in Ottawa the world championship could very wall be hers. I'm Vic Hultquist, CBC Sports."
SPORT: ICE SKATING
REPORTER: VIC HULTIQUIST
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Background: In Canada the world figure skating championship had a surprise result when Charles Tickner, a 24-year-old American, won the men's title. Tickner took the title on Friday (10 March) when he overtook the European champion Jan Hoffman of East Germany in the free-skating section of the programme. Tickner is the first American to win the men's title since 1970. America also seemed to be in a strong position to win the women's title, with their defending champion, 17-year-old Linda Fratianne, skating well to win the short programme section. But she failed to catch up with the East German, Anett Poetz???, who won the women's title on Sunday (12 March). Here with a report from the championships in Ottawa is Vic Hultquist, of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.