Mount Holly, NJ Teen Figure Skater Isabeau Levito Just Misses Podium at World Championships
A 16-year-old Mount Holly native who is also women's figure skating's reigning U.S. champion, just missed the podium during worlds in Japan.
WHO IS ISABEAU LEVITO?
Levito represents Skating Club of SJ, and trains at Igloo Ice Rink in Mount Laurel, according to Wikipedia. Oh, she's also figure skating's reigning Junior Champion.
Isabeau dominated the 2023 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, California in January, taking home her first national title and the gold medal.
WHY IS LEVITO SO FORMIDABLE?
Isabeau has power AND grace on the ice. She skates with style and beautifully executes her routine, even those mind-bending jumps.
Levito delivered a near perfect free skate to earn her U.S. national title, but her free program gave her a bit more trouble during the recent World Championships in Saitama, Japan last weekend.
WHAT WENT WRONG AT WORLDS?
But during a competition where every spin and jump and .10 of a point meant the difference between placing on the podium and not, Levito was undone by a botched Triple Lutz, the opening jump of her free skate.
Isabeau appeared to recover quickly from her fall, and the rest of her routine was breathtaking. She emotes so beautifully, and former gold medalist Tara Lipinksi commented during Isabeau's skate that she's been nicknamed 'hummingbird' for how she floats across the ice.
But she knew a medal has likely slipped through her fingers when her skate was over, a look of disappointment coming over her face.
A favorite going into the competition, that one little mistake put her in fourth place and cost Levito a place on the Worlds podium. Japan's Kaori Sakamoto placed first.
But this is only the beginning as Isabeau is likely to make a run for the 2026 Winter Olympics taking place in Italy.
You can watch Isabeau Levito's free skate from the 2023World Figure Skating Championships below while WE keep watching what she does next!