Posts Tagged ‘Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov’

Grushina and Goncharov Win Three Grand Prix Golds

For Ukrainian ice dancers Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov, the 2002-2003 season is already their best ever. They won Skate America, Skate Canada and Trophee Lalique, the most dominant performance of this year’s Grand Prix season, to easily qualify for the final in Moscow. Before this year, the dancers had competed in every Grand Prix event at least once since 1995, but had never reached the final. Their best…

2002 Trophee Lalique: Highlights

American Sasha Cohen made it two for two by winning Trophee Lalique, her second consecutive Grand Prix event, and earning herself a trip to the Grand Prix Final in St. Petersburg next March. The eighteen-year-old American won Skate Canada, her first major senior international victory, two weeks ago in Quebec City.

Cohen’s victory did not come without hiccups, though. In the short program, she fell on her double Axel -…

2002 Skate Canada: Highlights

Skate Canada, the second in a series of six Grand Prix events, was held in Quebec City from October 31 to November 3. Many of the original headliners – such as Olympic champions Alexei Yagudin, Sarah Hughes, and Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze – pulled out with injury, but the competition featured strong a level of skating across the four disciplines.

In the absence of Yagudin, the men’s event boiled down to…

2002 Skate America: Highlights

In 1996, Michelle Kwan won her first Skate America title, skating to “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Salome. Forget seven veils. Now she has seven Skate America titles, winning every year since except for 1998, when a dispute with the ISU kept her from entering. Kwan was a last-minute replacement for Olympic Champion Sarah Hughes, out with a muscle tear. In fact, Kwan’s participation was only secured last…