February 12, 1991 |
Experts are to carry out a second test for doping on Soviet ice dancing champion Marina Klimova, whose first test reportedly was positive. The Bulgarian Sport newspaper quoted unidentified sources as saying that Klimova, who won a gold medal with her partner, Sergei Ponomarenko, in the European Figure Skating Championships in Sofia last month, tested positive. The Soviets are two-time world champions in ice dancing.
January 27, 1991 |
Marina Klimova and Sergei Ponomarenko of the Soviet Union won the ice dance title for the third consecutive time at the European Figure Skating Championships at Sofia, Bulgaria.
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 22, 1988 |
The Soviet Union's famed B&B ice-dance champions, Natalya Bestemianova and Andrei Bukin, today took the first steps toward capturing their fourth and final world title by winning the compulsory dances at the World Figure Skating Championships. Their persistent Soviet rivals Marina Klimova and Sergei Ponomarenko were in second, with Canadians Tracy Wilson and Robert McCall in third place.
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.