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Friday, March 31, 2000
Pro skaters snubbed for 2002
NICE, France -- International Skating Union chief Ottavio Cinquanta slammed the door on ineligible skaters who would want to compete at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
Unlike the 1994 Lillehammer Games, when the ISU decided to let skaters who had turned pro back into the Olympics, Cinquanta said yesterday that there would be no repeat of six years ago.
A number of well-known skaters, including Brian Boitano of the U.S. and 1992 Olympic champion Viktor Petrenko of Ukraine, returned for the Games.
However, Cinquanta's announcement yesterday means that 1998 Nagano queen Tara Lipinski et al will not be back.
DRUG TEST: Russian skater Viktoria Volchkova was forced to undergo a drug test yesterday at the insistence of the French sports ministry. According to a French newspaper, Volchkova was spotted beside the ice sniffing something. That prompted the target drug test. No result is in yet.
ICE DANCE: Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio of Italy lead the ice-dance parade after yesterday's original program, ahead of French favourites Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat.
Canadians Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon, and Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe sit 11th and 16th respectively.