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  • Tuesday, March 28, 2000

    Ice dancers can't savor lead

     NICE, France (AP) -- French ice dancer Gwendal Peizerat and Marina Anissina had little time to savor their lead in the World Figure Skating championships after compulsories today.

     Coming off the ice, they were told that teammate Stephane Bernadis had been attacked by a man in his hotel room.

     Peizerat, who received threats following the 1998 Olympics, rushed to see Bernadis.

     "He was in shock, but in good shape," Peizerat said.

     Bernadis and his partner, Sarah Abitbol, are in medal position after finishing fourth in the short program Monday night. Their manager, Gilles Beyer, said they would practice tonight to prepare for Wednesday's final long program.

     Bernadis received a long, superficial cut requiring three or four stitches, said Didier Gailhaguet, head of the World Figure Skating Championships organizing committee and president of the French skating federation.

     Anissina and Peizerat led the ice dance compulsory dances -- the Viennese Waltz and Argentine Tango -- over Italians Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio. Third were Russians Irina Lobacheva and Ilya Averbukh.

     The ice dance continues Thursday with the original dance before the free dance Friday.



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