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  1. Today's events

    Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson
    Image caption: Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson competing at the European Figure Skating Championships

    Ice Dance Free Dance

    Today’s competition features one of the great highlights of the skating calendar, the free dance finale of the ice dance event, which will see competing couples given full creative reign as they tango, flamenco and swing across the rink.

    The ice dance was the event made famous by Torvill and Dean’s Bolero - and this year Great Britain’s Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson will be looking to follow their example.

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    Video caption: 'The experience is going to be phenomenal' - PJ Hallam

    Men's Free Skating

    The 2019 World Championships’ final medal event is the men’s free skating and is expected to be one of the tightest contests of the tournament.

    Competitors include the likes of reigning champion Nathan Chen of the United States and Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, the double World and Olympic Champion who is regarded as one of the greatest skaters in the sport’s history.

    Britain's entry was Sheffield's Peter James Hallam, who failed to qualify for the free skating element at his first World Championships.

  2. Know your twizzles from your toe loops? A bluffer's guide

    For the majority of us, shuffling along wearing blue plastic skates at Christmas on a town-centre ice rink is about as close as we get to "figure skating".

    But in 1984, 23.95 million watched Torvill and Dean's iconic Olympic gold-winning Bolero routine and Britain's love of ice dancing took on new life.

    The reality is, no matter how many times we see clips of Gemma Collins on Dancing on Ice, watching the 'pros' whizz around a rink can seem a blur of twizzles, Besti squats and toe loops.

    With the World Figure Skating Championships taking place in Saitama, Japan, BBC Sport is giving you all the help you need to make sure you fully appreciate the beauty, grace and fearlessness of the world-class athletes. Know your Axel jump from your death spiral and impress your mates with your knowledge of what a camel spin is with our bluffer's guide here.

    Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot
  3. What are the World Figure Skating Championships?

    The World Figure Skating Championships, held annually since 1896, are viewed as the most prestigious event in figure skating outside of the Olympics.

    Each year, the world’s finest skaters come together to compete with dazzling routines which are judged on their technical difficulty and execution.

    Contestants must complete a short program set by the judging panel, then compete in a free skate where they have total creative freedom.

    No British competitor has won a medal at the World Championships since 1984, when Olympic champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean claimed their fourth consecutive ice dance gold in Ottawa, Canada.

    This year’s contest sees the event return to the Japanese city of Saitama, which also hosted the 2014 edition.

    Figure Skating
  4. BBC Coverage

    The BBC will have live video coverage available on the BBC Red Button and online, and all of our coverage will be available to view again on the BBC iPlayer. Extended highlights will be shown on BBC Two on Sunday.

    Saturday 23 March

    03:15-07:10 – Ice Dance Free Dance (21:05-00:45, replay, BBC Red Button)

    08:15-12:50 – Men’s Free Skating

    Sunday 24 March

    15:00-17:00 – Highlights, BBC Two

    17:00-21:20 – Men's Free Skating replay, BBC Red Button

  5. Get inpired: How to get into ice skating

    Get Inspired


    Ice skating is for anybody and easy to learn, whether you just want a bit of fun with friends or are serious about joining a team. There's figure skating and speed skating - sports you may have seen at the Winter Olympics.

    But skating doesn't have to be competitive. You can put on a pair of skates (which you can hire at rinks) and start gliding across the ice. It's best to make sure you can skate in a straight line before you attempt jumps and turns.

    If you're a beginner you can check out Skate UK - a 10-stage programme to help get you started.