Worlds await RSVP from Russians

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

Organizers expect to hear today if Olympic gold-medallist Shizuka Arakawa and Russian superstars Evgeni Plushenko and Irina Slutskaya are coming to Calgary for this month's world figure skating championships.

Plushenko, men's gold medallist and three-time world champion, and Turin bronze medallist Slutskaya would be highlights of the event, scheduled for March 20-26 at the Saddledome.

Arakawa was the surprise winner in the women's program in Turin. She captured Japan's first Olympic figure skating title.

Among those already confirmed to participate: Canadians Jeff Buttle, who won bronze in Turin, and Joannie Rochette; as well as Americans Sasha Cohen, Olympic silver medallist, and the fabulously flamboyant Johnny Weir.


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