The Britons, who skated to "Face the Music and Dance" by Irving Berlin, entered the evening with only the slimmest advantage over the defending world champions, Maya Usova and Aleksandr Zhulin of Russia. Before the evening of free dancing ended, both couples would be upstaged by the second Russian pair of Oksana Gritschuk and Yevgeny Platov, whose exuberant performance earned them the highest scores of the competition, including three 6.0's for artistic impression.
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"We thought we were the winners when we saw those 6's," said Platov, who skated after the other two couples had finished. Mathematics Competition
Instead, those 6's ended up benefiting Torvill and Dean by knocking Usova and Zhulin out of first place in the free dance. By the time the mathematical smoke had cleared, Torvill and Dean were declared the overall winners because six of the nine judges placed them in second while five put Usova and Zhulin in first or second place.
"It was too algebraic," said Zhulin, who ended up settling for the bronze medal with Usova, behind Gritschuk and Platov.
"I'm still in shock," said Torvill.