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  • Friday, March 31, 2000

    Gold for France; Canadians 10th in final ice dance

    By NEIL STEVENS -- Canadian Press

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     NICE (CP) -- For the first time since 1952, the French are celebrating a world figure skating championship victory on home ice.
     Four perfect 6.0 marks stamped Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat as ice dance champions Friday.
     Flowers are not supposed to be thrown on the ice during these meets anymore, but there was no stopping the screaming capacity crowd of 8,000 from lofting roses towards the feet of the new champions. Many left the rink singing and towards nearby bistros to continue the celebration.
     Jacqueline du Bief won the women's crown in Paris, and 48 years later the thirst for another win on French ice was difficult to quench.
     "There was a lot of pressure but we skated a good free dance," said Anissina, 24, a Russian by birth but now a French citizen. She teamed up with Peizerat, 27, seven years ago.
     The plot of their presentation had Anissina as an apparition. Peizerat portrayed a monk's conflict between his desires and his beliefs. He alternately reached out for her and tried to escape her. It was executed perfectly, and earned them the gold medal and $82,500 US.
     Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio won silver for Italy, which was that country's best-ever result in the sport in any discipline.
     "I will work like crazy and take gold in the next championship," vowed Fusar Poli, who splits $49,500 US with her partner.
     Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas won bronze -- Lithuania's first figure skating medals -- and $33,000 US.
     "It's unbelievable," said Drobiazko. "We are not used to winning medals."
     It was the first time since 1968 that no entry representing Russia or the former Soviet Union made it onto the dance podium.
     Marie-France Dubreuil of Ste-Catharine, Que., and Patrice Lauzon of Boisbriand, Que., were 10th, which represents the best debut result for a Canadian dance entry since Tracy Wilson and Rob McCall were 10th in 1982 at Copenhagen.
     "The only thing keeping us from being in the top five or top seven is experience, and we're getting that every time we perform," said Dubreuil. "So I think we'll be very confident for worlds next season."
     They got $12,375 US.
     Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe were 15th, enabling Canada to come in under the total placement factor of 28 to qualify two couples for the 2001 worlds, which will be held in their home city of Vancouver. They got $4,125 US.
     Earlier in the day, defending champion Maria Butyrskaya of Russia moved into first place in women's singles with the best short program. Compatriot Irina Slutskaya was second and two-time world champ Michelle Kwan of the United States was third.
     Jennifer Robinson of Windsor, Ont., was in 11th place going into the free-skating final today. Robinson finished 18th last year.
     The win by Anissina and Peizerat was the first for France in any discipline since Canadian-raised siblings Isabelle and Paul Duchesney won dance gold in 1991 in Munich.
     Their recent wins at the European championships in Vienna and in the Grand Prix final in Peizerat's home city of Lyon were tipoffs to the ultimate outcome here.
     Choreographic help from former dance champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean of Britain helped them over the top.
     Anissina and Peizerat were second the previous two years to Russians Anjelika Krylova and Oleg Ovsiannikov, who did not compete this season after Krylova suffered a back injury. Their absence created a vacuum into which the French were happy to be pulled.
     On the medical front, Bulgarian ice dancer Albena Denkova was recovering from surgery Friday to repair muscles in her lower left leg severed by the blade of American Peter Tchernyshev during a morning practice.


    Results Friday from the World Figure Skating Championships at the Palais des Exposititions:
     Ice Dance
     Final Standings
     1. Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat, France, 2.6 factored placings.
     2. Barbara Fusar- Poli and Maurizio Margaglio, Italy, 3.4.
     3. Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas, Lithuania, 7.0.
     4. Irina Lobacheva and Ilya Averbukh, Russia, 7.0.
     5. Galit Chait and Sergei Sakhnovsky, Israel, 10.4.
     6. Kati Winkler and Rene Lohse, Germany, 11.6.
     7. Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov, Ukraine, 14.0.
     8. Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev, United States, 16.8.
     9. Sylwia Nowak and Sebastian Kolasinski, Poland, 18.4.
     10. Marie and France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon, Canada, 20.8.
     11. Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder, France, 23.0.
     12. Jamie Silverstein and Justin Pekarek, United States, 25.4.
     13. Anna Semenovich and Roman Kostomarov, Russia, 26.6.
     14. Eliane Hugentobler and Daniel Hugentobler, Switzerland, 29.2.
     15. Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe, Canada, 31.0.
     16. Natasha Romaniuta and Daniel Barantsev, Russia, 33.8.
     17. Alexandra Kauc and Filip Bernadowski, Poland, 37.0.
     18 Nakako Tsuzuki and Rinat Farkhoutdinov, Japan, 37.2.
     19. Stephanie Rauer and Thomas Rauer, Germany, 39.8.
     20. Zita Gebora and Andras Visontai, Hungary, 43.0.
     21.Julie Keeble and Lucas Zalewski, Britain, 44.2.
     22. Zhang Weina and Cao Xianming, China, 45.5.4.
     WD--Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviski, Bulgaria and Federica Faiella and Luciano Milo, Italy.
     Free Dance
     1. Anissina-Peizerat, 1.0.
     2. Fusar-Poli and Margaglio, 2.0.
     3. Drobiazko-Vanagas, 3.0.
     4. Lobacheva-Averbukh, 4.0.
     5. Chait-Sakhnovsky, 5.0.
     6. Winkler-Lohse, 6.0.
     7. Grushina-Goncharov, 7.0.
     8. Lang- Tchernyshev, 8.0.
     9. Nowak-Kolasinski, 9.0.
     10. Dubreuil-Lauzon, 10.0.
     11. Delobel-Schoenfelder, 11.0.
     12. Silverstein-Pekarek, 12.0.
     13. Semenovich-Kostomarov, 13.0.
     14. Hugentobler-Hugentobler, 14.0.
     15. Wing-Lowe, 15.0.
     16. Romaniuta-Barantsev, 16.0.
     17 Tsuzuki-Farkhoutdinov, 17.0.
     18. Kauc-Filip Bernadowski, 18.0.
     19. Rauer-Rauer, Germany, 19.0.
     20. Gebora-Visontai, 20.0.
     21. Keeble-Zalewski, 21.0.
     22. Zhang-Cao, 22.0.
     WD--Faiella-Milo and Denkova-Staviski.
     (After Short Program)
     (Top 24 advance to free program)
     1. Maria Butyrskaya, Russia, 1.0 factored placings.
     2. Irina Slutskaya, Russia, 1.6.
     3. Michelle Kwan, United States, 2.6.
     4. Sarah Hughes, United States, 4.2.
     5. Vanessa Gusmeroli, France, 5.2.
     6. Julia Sebestyen, Hungary, 5.4.
     7. Angela Nikodinov, United States, 5.6.
     8. Victoria Volchkova, Russia, 6.4.
     9. Elena Liashenko, Ukraine, 7.6.
     10. Sabina Wojytala, Poland, 9.0.
     11. Jennifer Robinson, Canada, 9.0.
     12. Mikkelne Kierkgaard, Denmark, 9.8.
     13. Yoshie Onda, Japan, 10.4.
     14. Aleisa Drei, Finland, 11.2.
     15. Diana Poth, Hungary, 12.2.
     16. Galina Maniachhenko, Ukraine 13.2.
     17. Tatiana Malinina, Uzbekistan, 13.4.
     18. Anna Rechnio, Poland, 13.8.
     19. Anna Lundstrom, Sweden, 14.0.
     20. Zoya Doucjine, Germany, 14.4.
     21. Silvia Fontana, Italy, 16.6.
     22. Sun Siyin, China, 18.4.
     23. Shirene Human, South Africa, 19.0.
     24. Ivana Jakupcevic, Croatia, 18.8.
     25. Kaja Hanevold, Norway, 20.4.
     26. Roxana Luca, Romania, 20.4.
     27. Jullia Lebedeva, Armenia, 21.8.
     28. Anastasia Gimazetdinova, Uzbekistan, 21.8.
     29. Valeria Tridancova, Latvia, 22.4.
     30. Marion Krijgsman, Netherlands, 24.0.
     Short Program
     1. Butyrskaya, 0.6 factored placings.
     2. Slutskaya, 1.2.
     3. Kwan, 1.8.
     4. Gusmeroli, 2.4.
     5. Hughes, 3.0.
     6. Nikodinov, 3.6.
     7. Sebestyen, 4.2.
     8. Volchkova, 4.8.
     9. Wojtala, 5.4.
     10. Liashenko, 6.0.
     11. Robinson, 6.6.
     12. Onda, 7.2.
     13. Poth, 7.8.
     14. Drei, 8.4.
     15. Kierkgaard, 9.0.
     16. Maniachenko, 9.6.
     17. Rechnio, 10.2.
     18. Lundstrom, 10.8.
     19. Malinina, 11.4.
     20. Douchine, 12.0.
     21. Fontana, 12.6.
     22. Sun, 13.2.
     23. Human, 13.8.
     24. Hanevold, 14,4.
     25. Jakupcevic, 15.0.
     26. Luca, 15.6.
     27. Lebedeva, 16.2.
     28. Trifancova, 16.8.
     29. Gimetdinova, 17.4.
     30. Krijgsman, 18.0.


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