Isabeau Levito delivers for her psyche, U.S. figure skating with world champs silver medal

MONTREAL — Isabeau Levito's maiden world championship medal couldn't have come at a better time for her or for American figure skating.

Levito needed to win a medal on the ice Friday night to secure the United States' third place at the 2025 World Championships in Boston.

And, after finishing second in Wednesday's short program, a medal would be the ideal way to restore Levito's recently shattered confidence.

"I had two goals for this world championships, getting on the podium and securing the third spot for the American women," she told reporters. "It was extremely satisfying."

It didn't matter that she finished second to Japan's Kaori Sakamoto, who became the first woman to win three straight world titles since Peggy Fleming of the United States in 1966-1968.

Sakamoto, 23, has dominated women's singles with her big jumps and outgoing personality. This season, she was undefeated in international competition.

Regardless of how the free skate performances of the two skaters after Levito affected her finish, the 2023 U.S. champion finished the season with two straight outstanding skates after tripping poorly in her previous two contests.

Because the other American competitor, reigning U.S. champion Amber Glenn, faltered in a free skate that began with a successful triple Axel (as at nationals), Levito could finish no lower than third for the U.S. 

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