October 21, 2005 |
Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto make ice dancing palatable, infusing athleticism and verve into a discipline known mostly for melodrama and crooked judging. Their silver medal at this year's world championships was the best result for a U.S. ice dance team in 30 years, and they're the best U.S. hope for a figure skating medal at the Turin Olympics. But only if Belbin's application for citizenship is granted in the next few months, and it's plodding through a bureaucratic maze.
January 13, 2000 |
Last year's edition of Stars on Ice welcomed five new cast members to its roster of figure skating champions, including current Olympic gold medalists Tara Lipinski and Ilia Kulik. The changes to this year's production, which plays San Diego, Anaheim and Los Angeles this weekend, involve what is being performed, not who is doing the performing. It's part of the show's continuing artistic evolution, according to Scott Hamilton, the 1984 Olympic skating champion.
February 21, 2002
The International Skating Union on Wednesday rejected a protest filed by Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas of Lithuania over what they felt was unfair judging in the free dance portion of the ice dancing competition. The couple contended judges didn't follow the rules in scoring the performances of the third-place Italian duo and the fourth-place Canadian duo. Both of them fell but still finished ahead of the Lithuanians, who were fifth.
January 23, 2010 |
For years, ice dance costumes and programs have been so over-the-top they made it almost ridiculous to think this was a sport worthy of Olympic medals. Then the International Skating Union turned what was only a farce into an opportunity for cultural insensitivity as well as bad taste when it decided the dancers should use folk themes for their original dance in this Olympic season. That led Russians Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, the reigning world champions, to create a program with allegedly Australian aboriginal music and to perform it wearing brown face, tribal paint and costumes with clumps of faux foliage.
March 14, 1987 |
Soviet ice dancers Natalia Bestemianova and Andrei Bukin skated a nearly flawless free dance Friday night to win their third straight gold medal in the World figure skating championships. Skating to music from "Cabaret," Bestemianova and Bukin enchanted the Riverfront Coliseum crowd of 14,304 with their theatrics, including some spectacular footwork by Bestemianova. They also impressed the judges, who awarded the couple six perfect 6.0 scores for artistic impression.
February 5, 1986 |
Renee Roca and Donald Adair, the favorites in dance competition, grabbed the lead as the National Figure Skating Championships began Tuesday. Roca and Adair, winners in their last two international competitions and second in the 1985 nationals behind Judy Blumberg and Michael Siebert, who have since turned professional, scored 149.90 points and 10 ordinals. They were first on all but one of the nine judges' cards. "We felt really relaxed and great out there," Adair said.
January 24, 1991 |
Soviet skaters tied for first after the first portion of the ice dance competition in the European Figure Skating Championships today. Defending champions Marina Klimova and Sergei Ponomarenko came from behind to tie fellow Soviets Maia Usova and Aleksandr Zhulin after the two compulsory dances which count for 20% of the total score.
March 17, 1989
Marina Klimova and Sergei Ponomarenko, runners-up the last four years, earned two perfect 6.0s to take the original set pattern portion of the ice dance competition at the World Figure Skating Championships Thursday in Paris. The Soviet couple gained top marks from the Soviet and Czechoslovakian judges with a Charleston routine that kept them on course for the gold medal with only the free dance to come. Susan Wynne and Joseph Druar of the United States stayed in fifth place in the ice dance.
February 26, 1994
And I thought Tonya Harding would be a lead-pipe cinch to win. BILL STEIN Cambria I find it interesting, and sweet justice, that Mike Downey (Feb. 19) lost the chance to see Dan Jansen win the gold medal while covering the Tonya Harding story. It appears a journalist is finally the victim to his--and the industry's--own journalistic hype. Don't blame Tonya for your misplaced values. It was your choice, not Tonya's, to cover her unimportant story. TERENCE RICE Los Angeles What's the matter, Mike, not so enamored with Tonya anymore now that you've had a chance to meet her up close and personal?
March 16, 1989 |
Marina Klimova and Sergei Ponomarenko, runners-up the past four years, earned two perfect 6.0s to take the original set pattern portion of the ice dance competition at the World Figure Skating Championships today. The Soviet couple gained top marks from the Soviet and Czechoslovakian judges with a neat and tidy Charleston routine that kept them on course for the gold medal with only the free dance to come.