They started the night in first place, much to the delight of the Italian, flag-waving crowd. They finished on their backsides, shaking up the standings and glaring at each other for several long seconds before taking a final bow.
The fall wasn't so bad, but the drama that followed was pure theater.
Fusar Poli and Margaglio were doing a lift when she seemed to get out of position, he lost his balance and they both crashed to the ice.
They got up, but instead of nodding to the judges and acknowledging the crowd, they stood apart and stared each other down. Neither was giving much ground and watching them made you wondered if fists would start flying.
No hugs for this couple.
Finally, they turned, smiled and left the ice.
While awaiting their marks, Fusar Poli buried her head in her hands -- and that was before she saw the marks that dropped them to seventh.