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Age is No Limit for Malinina

Age is No Limit for Malinina

Don’t tell Uzbekistan’s Tatiana Malinina, a two-time Olympian, that she’s too old to compete. “Age has no meaning whatsoever. Some skaters become champions at 15, others achieve this later on….

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Gusmeroli Performs On Ice And Water

Gusmeroli Performs On Ice And Water

France’s Vanessa Gusmeroli used to be better known as a water skier than as a figure skater. The 23-year-old skater explained, “My parents have a passion for water skiing. My…

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2002 World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Highlights

The 2002 World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Hamar, Norway provided much more drama than did the Olympic Games held just a few days earlier. There were new champions in every discipline and history was made in the men’s event. Andorra made its international debut at an ISU championships when Melissandre Fuentes and Marc Casal competed in singles.

Pairs

Three teams won their first Junior Worlds medals in pairs. Russia’s Elena…

Galler-Rabinowitz and Mitchell skate well at first Junior Worlds

Galler-Rabinowitz and Mitchell skate well at first Junior Worlds

The 2002 U. S. junior ice dance champions are Loren Galler-Rabinowitz and David Mitchell, who represent the Skating Club of Boston. The talented dancers, who are in their fourth season together, have…

As the Skate Spins: 2002 Olympic Winter Games

The 2002 Olympic Games, the world’s biggest made-for-TV event, is finished. But just how much of it was real and how much was scripted in advance? Millions of dollars were spent to try to ensure that the ‘right’ people won. TV-linked magazines and sportswriters who have made millions from skating books have glorified their favorites and demonized their competitors. TV commentators, some closely involved with commercial ice shows, declared…

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Canada’s Rochette Aims to Attain Final Goal at Junior Worlds

Canada’s Rochette Aims to Attain Final Goal at Junior Worlds

The surprise medalist at the 2002 Canadian Championships in Hamilton was Joannie Rochette, skating in seniors for the first time. The 15-year-old from Montreal, Quebec, skated like a veteran, winning her qualifying group over…

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Kauc and Bernadowski Work Towards 2006 Olympics

Kauc and Bernadowski Work Towards 2006 Olympics

With the increased revenues resulting from the televising of many international skating events, many countries that have not been traditionally strong in figure skating have expanded their programs. Poland, which has had…

2002 Olympics: Ladies Figure Skating Highlights

The first of the contenders to skate in the short program was U.S. and world bronze medalist Sarah Hughes. Despite a clean program, Hughes received required elements marks as low as 5.1 after being dinged for improper technique on the lutz and flip jumps. It became immediately apparent that Hughes’s medal chances would rest on the performances of others.

Directly following Hughes, U.S. silver medalist Sasha Cohen won over the…

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Lariviere and Faustino Make Olympic Top Ten

Canada has a rich pairs tradition with several highly competitive teams vying for the title each year. This year there were five strong teams battling for the three Olympic spots, with world champions Jamie Sale and David Pelletier a virtual lock for the title. That meant that the remaining teams, all with international experience, had only a 50-50 chance of making the team. Surprisingly, the unheralded pair of Jacinthe…

2002 Olympics: Ice Dance Highlights

Who says ice dance is predictable? None of the medalists in Salt Lake City finished in the same order as they did at the World Championships last March in Vancouver, and the podium was also different from that of the European Championships, held last month in Lausanne. In fact, every major ice dance podium from the 1999 World Championships forward has looked different. Gone are the days when the…

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Years of Hard Work Pay Off for France’s Dambier

Years of Hard Work Pay Off for France’s Dambier

France’s Frederic Dambier has made quite an impression in the last two years after laboring in the shadow of Philippe Candeloro throughout the 1990s. At the age of 24, Dambier…

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2002 Olympics: Men’s Figure Skating Highlights

Following the controversy of the pairs event, there could no better redemption to the reputation of figure skating than the star-studded men’s event. bronze medalist Tim Goebel landed four quadruple jumps over two programs. gold medalist Alexei Yagudin landed three. Silver medalist Evgeny Plushenko landed two. At the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Ilia Kulik landed a quadruple toe loop en route to victory. His was the only quad performed…

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Injuries Dog Abt’s Career

Injuries Dog Abt’s Career

Russia’s Alexander Abt has had so many injuries that you’d think a black cloud was hanging over his head. His career started auspiciously with a silver medal at the 1991 World…

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Langlois and Patrice Still Focused

Langlois and Patrice Still Focused

Just two weeks after they finished third at the Canadian Nationals, Anabelle Langlois and Patrice Archetto won the silver medal at the Four Continents Figure…

2002 Olympics: Pairs Figure Skating Highlights

Russia’s streak of consecutive Olympic gold medals reached 11 as Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, 1998 silver medalists, claimed gold on Saturday. They are the fourth Russian team coached by Tamara Moskvina to take home the top prize at the Olympics since 1984. (Moskvina coached the Olympic silver medalists in the two Olympics she did not coach the gold medalists and also in two of the Olympics where she…

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Kopac Skates to a Different Beat

Kopac Skates to a Different Beat

Mojca Kopac will be representing Slovenia at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City as one of the small European country’s few world-class…

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Canada’s Robinson Finally Achieves Olympic Goal

Canada’s Robinson Finally Achieves Olympic Goal

For Canada’s Jennifer Robinson, representing her country at the Olympics is a dream come true, but it’s a dream that took a long time to fulfill. The under appreciated skater has now medalled…

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Italy’s Dolfini Switches from Skis to Skates

Italy’s Dolfini Switches from Skis to Skates

Italy has had lots of skiers, but few figure skaters in the Olympics. But in 2002, four-time Italian men’s champion Angelo Dolfini will be there. He qualified with a ninth-place finish at the Golden Spin in Zagreb. “My goal…

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Hungary’s Sebestyen Gets Second Olympic Chance

Hungary’s Sebestyen Gets Second Olympic Chance

When opportunity knocked, Hungary’s Julia Sebestyen was ready. After Krisztina Czako’s seventh place finish at the 1997 Worlds gave Hungary two ladies spots at the 1998 Olympics, the three-time Hungarian champion was injured and could not compete. That gave Sebestyen an opportunity…

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Switzerland’s Meier Born to Skate

Switzerland’s Meier Born to Skate

Switzerland’s Patrick Meier was born into the skating world. His mother, a skating coach who had competed in small competitions, started him skating when he was six at an open outdoor rink in his hometown. He once thought…

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