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2005 World Figure Skating Championships: Pairs Highlights

The 2005 ISU World Figure Skating championships took place Mar 11-20 with over 180 skaters participating from 44 countries. Marking the first time this event was ever held in Moscow, Russia, the competition took place in the Luzhniki arena beginning March 14 with the Men’s Qualifying Round and the Pairs Short Program.

Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin of Russia defended their World title, winning their second consecutive gold medal. Teammates…

2005 European Figure Skating Championships: Pairs Highlights

The 2005 European Figure Skating Championships were held Jan 23-27 at the Palavela ice rink in Torino, Italy. It was the third time this event was held in Italy and the first time in Torino.

For the first time since 1994, the Russian pairs swept the European podium. Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin won their fourth consecutive European title, while teammates Julia Obertas and Sergei Slavnov and Maria Petrova and…

2004 Skate America: Pairs Highlights

Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang of China were the gold medal winners in the pairs event while Julia Obertas and Sergei Slavnov of Russia were second and Rena Inoue and John Baldwin Jr. of the United States were third.

The pairs event ended on a scary and solemn night. Russia’s Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin were in first place and last to take the ice for the free skate.

During a…

2004 World Figure Skating Championships: Pairs Highlights

The 2004 ISU World Figure Skating championships opened in Dortmund, Germany Monday with approximately 179 skaters participating from 43 countries. Held in Dortmund for the third time, the event took place in the Westfalenhalle arena beginning March 22 with the Men’s Qualifying Round and the Pairs Short Program.

In their sixth trip to worlds, Russia’s Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin won their first gold medal. China’s Xue Shen and Hongo…

2004 European Figure Skating Championships: Pairs Highlights

For the sixth time in history, the 2004 ISU European Figure Skating Championships were held in Budapest, Hungary – the first time was over a hundred years ago in 1895. The competitive portions of the event were held Feb 2-7 at the Budapest Sport Arena, opening with 140 competitors from 31 countries, and began with the Men’s Qualifying Round and the Pairs Short Program.

Short Program

Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin…

2004 Russian Figure Skating Championships: Highlights

The 2004 Russian Figure Skating Championships were held Jan 7-11 at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Men

In the men’s event, Evgeni Plushenko (St. Petersburg) didn’t have to fear his competitors as they all struggled. He alone put out two splendid performances to claim his fifth national title as well as a lot of 6.0s. Ilia Klimkin (Moscow) won his second silver while Andrei Griazev (Moscow) won the bronze…

2003 Cup of Russia: Highlights

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series continued with Cup of Russia, November 21-23, 2003. The fifth of six qualifying events took place at Luzhniki in Moscow, Russia.

Ladies

Ukrainian Elena Liashenko won her second Grand Prix event of the season with a total score of 149.68 points. Italy’s Carolina Kostner jumped four places to grab the silver (her first senior Grand Prix medal) with 143.53 points, while Galina Maniachenko…

2003 Skate Canada: Highlights

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series continued with Mastercard Skate Canada International, the second of six qualifying events. The event was held from October 30 to November 2 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Current World Champions and World medalists headlined the event.

Men

The reigning European and World champion, Evgeni Plushenko, headlined and won the men’s event. To the delight of the home crowd, Canada’s Jeffrey Buttle,…

2003 World Figure Skating Championships: Pairs Highlights

With the departure of Olympic champions Jamie Sale and David Pelletier of Canada and world bronze medalists Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman of the USA, the pairs competition at the 2003 World Figure Skating Championships in Washington, DC was touted as a battle between the top three Russian and Chinese teams. The Russians took two out of three medals at the European Championships while the Chinese swept the Four…

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: Pairs Highlights

There were only 13 pairs competing at the 2003 European Championships in Malmo, Sweden this January, but they included most of the world’s top couples still remaining in amateur competition. All of the top pairs from the 2002 Europeans returned to compete for the gold and the top four remained the same as in 2002.

The competition itself was marred by errors from all of the couples. In the short,…

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…

2002 European Figure Skating Championships: Highlights

The European Championships, the last major competition before the Olympic Games for most of Europe’s premier skaters, was held in Lausanne, Switzerland from January 14-21. Many European countries use the results of competition, rather than their national championships, to determine their representatives to the Olympic Games and World Championships. Furthermore, several countries also have various Olympic qualification standards that require athletes to achieve a certain placement in order to…