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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 Bofrost Cup on Ice: Highlights

The third event of the Grand Prix Series, Nations Cup, was held in Gelsenkirchen, Germany from November 7-10, 2002. Nations Cup was the season debut for World Champions in pairs, Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao of China, and the #1 ranked man in the world, Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko.

Shen and Zhao appeared in top form, skating nearly clean short and long programs. The duo earned marks of up to 5.9…

2002 World Figure Skating Championships: Pairs Highlights

Olympic co-champions Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, of Russia, and Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, of Canada, each elected to skip the World Championships due to a whirlwind of media appearances following the Olympic Games last month. Unlike the pairs judging fiasco that took all of Salt Lake City by storm, the only fiasco of the competition in Nagano was the dreadful level of performances among the top competitors….

2001 NHK Trophy: Highlights

The 2001 NHK Trophy Kumamoto, Japan at the Aqua Dome, November 28 – December 2, 2001, the final event of a series of six competitions before the Grand Prix Final.

Uzbekistan’s Tatiana Malinina took first place in a depleted field to qualify for the final remaining berth in Grand Prix Final. With the controversial last-minute withdrawals of Maria Butyrskaya and Irina Slutskaya, Malinina was able to accumulate enough points to…

2001 Sparkassen Cup on Ice: Highlights

The 2001 Sparkassen on Ice Cup (Nations Cup) figure skating championships were held at the Emscher-Lippe-Halle, November 9-11, 2001, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. This is the third of a series of six competitions before the Grand Prix Final which is to be held in December in Ontario, Canada.

World Champion Evgeny Plushenko made his debut in fine form, sweeping ordinals in both the short and free programs with two rock-solid programs….

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