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world skating championships

Rough opening night for rookie US skaters

LONDON, Ontario — The planetary reminders were everywhere, inscribed on the ice at Budweiser Gardens, painted on the dasher, hanging from the rafters.

“We know it’s a World Championship,” Simon Shnapir said after he and partner Marissa Castelli had made their global debut Wednesday at the World Figure Skating Championships. “We do our best to ignore the signs, but it is what it is.”

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