Phaneuf fails in bid for worlds

Cynthia Phaneuf competes in the ladies free skate program during the ISU Four Continents...

Cynthia Phaneuf competes in the ladies free skate program during the ISU Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs, Col., Feb. 11, 2012. (RICK WILKING/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 8:51 PM ET

Cynthia Phaneuf will have to watch the world figure skating championships on TV like the rest of us.

The two-time Canadian champion failed to qualify for the worlds after finishing eighth at the Four Continents event in Colorado Springs, one spot behind 2012 national champ Amelie Lacoste. Phaneuf finished just 0.12 points behind Lacoste, who instead will represent Canada at the worlds next month in Nice, France.

"I'm disappointed not to go to worlds," Phaneuf said. "But I just have to face the reality. It was very close at nationals and very close here. Maybe it's just a sign I need to go back home, keep working hard and get better for next year."

After Lacoste upset Phaneuf at nationals earlier this year, Skate Canada indicated that the higher finisher at the Four Continents would get the lone spot at worlds reserved for Canada. Normally the national champ automatically moves on to the world championships.

"We felt both Canadians have made strides and improved since nationals," Skate Canada high performance director Michael Slipchuk said. "This was a tough situation for them here but they were well aware of why we did it this way."

American Ashley Wagner won the gold medal at the Four Continents.


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