• Reuters


The absence of most of the Olympic medalists, amid sanctions against Russia, will make this week’s figure skating world championships in Montpellier an unusual affair.

The Russian teenagers who have been stunning fans with their quadruple jumps will be among the absentees. Beijing Olympic champion Anna Shcherbakova, silver medallist Alexandra Trusova and Kamila Valieva — the 15-year-old at the center of a doping controversy at last month’s Winter Games — will all be missing.

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