Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez earned himself a spot in the 2018 Winter Olympics after making the cut in the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland.
While Friday's winning margin over Canadian Kaetlyn Osmond in Helsinki was "only" 15.28 points, her points tally was a world record 233.41.
Now, the 21-year-old from Marystown, N.L., sits a mere three points behind defending champion Evgenia Medvedeva, and appears poised to capture Canada's first medal in women's singles at the world figure skating championships since Joannie Rochette won silver in 2009. "I did everything I can do and I felt relief".
"We always want to try and skate our best and to surprise everybody".
Tarasova, who was unsure if she would be able to compete after Morozov's skate sliced into her knee during Wednesday's morning practice, was hailed "a hero" by her partner after finishing third with 79.37, less than half a point behind the Germans.
Facing fierce competition from athletic teenage skaters such as Uno and US champion Nathan Chen, comparative veterans Fernandez and Chan said they were happy to show they still have what it takes to compete. "Especially since I had a clean short program in two competitions", Martinez said.
"We have been through many, many hard things". "Less chatter, more skating!"
Earlier, Spain's Javier Fernandez hit two quadruple jumps to get his bid for a third straight men's title off the mark as Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu trailed in fifth. Her grandmother will be visiting her homeland for the first time in nearly 20 years.
Her new-found joie de vivre helped Sui to immediately forget about her crash landing, which happened less than a minute into their free skate, and she floated through the rest of the free skate which included a quad twist lift.
"I nailed all of my jumps, so I'm extremely relieved", said Higuchi, who is coming off a ninth-place finish at the Four Continents Championships. "I'm unbelievably happy right now", said Daleman, who landed seven triples in her program to George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue".
The two captured Canada's heart when they won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and flip-flopped in global results for eight years with rivals and training partners Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
Virtue, a 27-year-old from London, Ont., and Moir, a 29-year-old from nearby Ilderton, Ont., have dominated this season after taking a two-year competitive hiatus.
Despite being unbeaten since their comeback, Moir said he and Virtue were nervous. "I know for sure I wouldn't be the same athlete I am today if we didn't have trained alongside Meryl and Charlie", Moir said. "I now enjoy every moment on the ice as never before".
With Anna Pogorilaya, Karen Chen and Maria Sotskova filling the slots from fourth to sixth, the battle for the minor medals will be an intense one when the women return for Friday's free skate.