Posts Tagged ‘Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh’

2003 World Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance Highlights

The dance competition at the 2003 World Figure Skating Championships produced a lot of firsts. It was the first time that skaters competed in only one compulsory dance, the first time the Austrian Waltz was skated at Worlds, the first time a North American dance team won the gold and the first Worlds medal of any kind for Bulgaria. It was also the last time that two couples were…

2002-03 Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating: Highlights

Reigning World Champions Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh confirmed their roles as leaders in the sport by dancing to the Gold relatively easily. However, their main rivals for the gold in Washington, Canadians Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz, were not present. Lobacheva and Averbukh’s Original Dance (OD) looked even more polished than at Europeans, and the overall impression was strong. They skated last year’s “Time for Peace” in the…

2003 European Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance Highlights

The dance competition at the 2003 European Championships in Malmo, Sweden featured many changes from last season as couples moved up and down the rankings much more than in previous years. Last year’s gold and bronze medalists were gone, with Gwendal Peizerat appearing on the other side of the boards where he was working with France’s Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder in dance and Stannick Jeannette in the men’s…

2002 NHK Trophy: Highlights

The Grand Prix series concluded in Japan with the NHK Trophy, held in Kyoto from November 28 to December 1. The sixth and final event of the Grand Prix series, NHK was the last opportunity for skaters to earn points toward qualifying for the Grand Prix Final, which will be held in St. Petersburg in March 2003.

Japan’s rising star Yoshie Onda won the ladies event for her second victory…

2002 Cup of Russia: Highlights

Russian skaters dominated the medals at their home Grand Prix event, the Cup of Russia, held in Moscow from November 21-24. Russia took home six medals total, including three of the four gold medals in the competition.

World Champions Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh made their season debut in the dance event. Despite a free dance that wasn’t quite finished and included a few questionable moves, the duo earned marks…

2002 World Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance Highlights

Not surprisingly, controversy clouded the ice dance event once again. And, even less surprisingly, the controversy was baseless and even paradoxical. First, there was no movement in the top ten, and the skaters and media complained about it. Then, there was movement, and 38 skaters signed a petition protesting the judging, which was equally lambasted by the media. The most subjective of the four disciplines to judge, ice dance…

2001 Goodwill Games: Figure Skating Highlights

Still reeling from the last-minute loss of the 2000 World Championships, Australia hosted its first major international figure skating event at the 2001 Goodwill Games. Traditionally held in late July or early August, the Goodwill Games’ September event dates resulted in more skaters electing to debut new programs, programs which will carry many of them to the Olympic games in February.

World Champion Evgeny Plushenko began the season in top…