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Flips, spins and collisions: Figure skaters practice for world championships

Images from practice sessions ahead of the World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario.

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Ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada skate during practice sessions at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario, March 12, 2013.

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Ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada skate during practice sessions at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario, March 12, 2013.

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Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte, of Italy, collide with Neil Brown, of the Czech Republic, during a practice session for the World Figure Skating Championships Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in London, Ontario.

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Anna Cappellini, of Italy, is looked at by her partner Luca Lanotte after she collided with Neil Brown, right, of the Czech Republic, during a practice session for the World Figure Skating Championships Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in London, Ontario.

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Anna Cappellini, middle, of Italy, holds her head as she is examined by a medial person after she collided with Neil Brown, left, of the Czech Republic, during a practice session for the World Figure Skating Championships Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in London, Ontario. Cappellini's parter Luca Lanotte looks on.

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White, of the United States, perform during a practice session for the World Figure Skating Championships Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in London, Ontario.

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Spain's Javier Fernandez listens to coach Brian Orser during a practice session at the World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ont., on Monday, March 11, 2013.

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Spain's Javier Fernandez falls during a practice session at the World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ont., on Monday, March 11, 2013.

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Spain's Javier Fernandez performs his routine during a practice session at the World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ont., on Monday, March 11, 2013.

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Canada's Patrick Chan goes through his routine during a practice session at the World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ont., on Monday, March 11, 2013.

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Canada's Patrick Chan goes through his routine during a practice session at the World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ont., on Monday, March 11, 2013.

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Japan's Kanako Murakami practices her routine at the World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ont., on Monday, March 11, 2013.

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Japan's Akiko Suzuki practices her routine at the World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ont., on Monday, March 11, 2013.

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Gracie Gold of the United States practices her routine at the World Figure Skating Championships Monday, March 11, 2013 in London, Ont. Competition begins Wednesday.

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Gracie Gold of the United States practices her routine at the World Figure Skating Championships Monday, March 11, 2013 in London, Ont. Competition begins Wednesday.

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Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, of Canada, perform during a practice session for the World Figure Skating Championships, Monday, March 11, 2013, in London, Ontario.

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Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, of Germany, perform during a practice session for the World Figure Skating Championships, Monday, March 11, 2013, in London, Ontario.

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Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, of Russia, perform during a practice session for the World Figure Skating Championships, Monday, March 11, 2013, in London, Ontario.

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