Donovan Carrillo Suazo Breaks Personal Best, Secures Finals Spot at Montreal Worlds

Donovan Carrillo Suazo makes history again! The Mexican figure skater smashes his personal best at the Montreal World Championships, securing a spot in the finals and proving his place among the world's elite.

Donovan Carrillo Suazo Breaks Personal Best, Secures Finals Spot at Montreal Worlds
Mexican figure skater Donovan Carrillo Suazo makes history with a record-breaking performance at the Montreal World Championships. Credit: CONADE

The national figure skating team, Donovan Carrillo Suazo, surpassed his best mark by achieving a score of 80.19 units in the short program competitions during the Montreal 2024 World Championships in Canada. With this result, he finished in 15th place and secured his place in the final round of the competition.

“I've been chasing 80 points for so long, it felt amazing when this number appeared, even with a mistake in the combo. “That shows me that I can achieve even more,” the Mexican declared to the media, at the end of his competition.

The Mexican skater was the third to appear in the competition that brought together 40 athletes. Of these, only the best 24 obtained their place in the decisive phase that will take place this Saturday, March 23, with the presentations of the free program.

After presenting his routine to the strains of “Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, as well as “4 Minutes” by Madonna and Justin Timberlake Timbaland, Donovan Carrillo kissed the Canadian ice and celebrated with his coaches, Jonathan Mills and Myke Gillman, to receive his score with which he surpassed his previous best record of 79.69 points, which he achieved at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games and which granted him a place in the Olympic final.

In his qualifications, Carrillo Suazo, who prepared for this World Cup competition with the support of the National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports (CONADE), added 43.89 points in technical elements and 36.30 in program components, with 0.0 deductions.

The 24-year-old athlete, who made history by being the first Mexican to qualify for a final in the Winter Olympic Games in figure skating, fulfilled his goal of improving his score for the season and placing himself among the finalists.

The native of Jalisco, who trained for several years in Guanajuato, will conclude his 2023-2024 season with this competition, to begin his preparation searching for his second appointment at the Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympic Games.