American Isabeau Levito skates to silver at world championship

MONTREAL -- Isabeau Levito, an American teenager, has been on the verge of becoming one of the world's top figure skaters for two years. However, minor errors prevented her from joining the elite.

Then, during Friday's ISU World Figure Skating Championships, she landed jump after jump, appearing to get stronger with each one until she ended and realized she had completed every component of her free skate program.

She stared around Bell Centre with wide, astonished eyes. Her jaw dropped open, and she smiled. A few minutes later, her silver medal was confirmed, earning her the first American woman to medal at Worlds since Ashley Wagner in 2016.

Kaori Sakamoto of Japan extended her dominance run of the past three years with a near-flawless free skate, easily winning her third consecutive global championship. 

 She is the only woman to win three consecutive races since American Peggy Fleming did so over 60 years ago (1966–1968).

She's been the top female skater all season, winning all eight of her competitions.

Her silver medal secured a third spot for the Americans at next year's championships in Boston, a vital year since the US will need three skaters to help qualify for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Glenn started brightly Friday, nailing a triple axel, but struggled in the second part of her free skate, finishing 10th.

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