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January 6, 1994 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A headline in one of the local newspapers Wednesday asked, "Who's No. 2?" The assumption was that 1988 Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano would glide to his fifth U.S. figure skating championship and that the other contenders would compete for the second U.S. men's berth in next month's Winter Olympics in Norway. But after Wednesday night's technical program at Joe Louis Arena, the answer to the newspaper's question could be Boitano.
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January 6, 1994 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A headline in one of the local newspapers Wednesday asked, "Who's No. 2?" The assumption was that 1988 Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano would glide to his fifth U.S. figure skating championship and that the other contenders would compete for the second U.S. men's berth in next month's Winter Olympics in Norway. But after Wednesday night's technical program at Joe Louis Arena, the answer to the newspaper's question could be Boitano.
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January 19, 1993 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She was a former U.S. ice dancing champion who had begun a new career as a choreographer after becoming disillusioned with competition. He was a former world junior champion from Russia with an intense desire to resume competition after beginning a new life in the United States. But he had no partner and not much knowledge of English. A perfect match? Jirina Ribbens thought so.
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January 19, 1993 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She was a former U.S. ice dancing champion who had begun a new career as a choreographer after becoming disillusioned with competition. He was a former world junior champion from Russia with an intense desire to resume competition after beginning a new life in the United States. But he had no partner and not much knowledge of English. A perfect match? Jirina Ribbens thought so.
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March 13, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
U.S. champion Nancy Kerrigan leads 15-year-old Ukrainian Oksana Baiul after the women's technical program at the World Championships at Prague, Czech Republic. Kerrigan is the U.S. team's final chance to take home any kind of medal in these championships. Russian couples swept the ice dancing competition, with the championship going to Maia Usova and Aleksandr Zhulin, the Olympic bronze medalists.
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January 20, 1993 | RANDY HARVEY
Skating for the first time in the U.S. figure skating championships, Russian Gorsha Sur joined with his partner, Renee Roca of Colorado Springs, Colo., to win the favor of the judges Tuesday in the America West Arena in the compulsories of the ice dancing competition. Sur, a Muscovite who defected to the United States in 1990, and Roca, a 1986 U.S. ice dancing champion, have been skating together professionally for three years, but this is their first national competition.
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October 21, 1993 | RANDY HARVEY
Renee Roca and Gorsha Sur, the reigning national dance champions, hope to fare better with the U.S. Congress than they did with judges Wednesday in Skate America, the only major international figure skating competition in the United States this season. The team will not be eligible to represent the United States in February's Winter Olympics unless Sur, a 1990 defector from the former Soviet Union, has the five-year waiting period for citizenship waived by Congress.
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January 20, 1996 | RANDY HARVEY
In perhaps the most intense rivalry in U.S. figure skating, Elizabeth Punsalan and Jerod Swallow on Friday night at the San Jose Arena regained the dance title in the national championships that they lost last year to Renee Roca and Gorsha Sur. Punsalan and Swallow, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., also were the champions in 1991 and '94.
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February 4, 1987 | RANDY HARVEY
Defending champions Renee Roca from Rochester, N.Y., and Donald Adair of Woodhaven, Conn., were in first place through two of the three compulsory dances in the ice dancing competition Tuesday night at the U.S. Figure Skating championships. Suzanne Semanick of Bridgeville, Pa. and Scott Gregory of Skaneateles, N.Y., runners-up in 1986, tied the leaders and Adair in the polka phase of the competition, but Roca and Adair had an edge in the waltz.
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January 8, 1994 | RANDY HARVEY
Local favorites Elizabeth Punsalan and Jerod Swallow of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., won the dance competition in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Friday night at Joe Louis Arena after defending champions Renee Roca and Gorsha Sur withdrew. The two teams were tied for first place after Tuesday's compulsory dances, but Roca and Sur, of Colorado Springs, Colo.
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October 22, 1993 | RANDY HARVEY
When Brian Boitano awoke Thursday morning, he had an ache in his stomach that he hadn't felt for almost six years. "This is the most nervous I've felt since I decided to come back," said Boitano, the 1988 Olympic figure skating champion who left a professional career this year to try for another gold medal. "I had to ask myself, 'What am I doing here?' " The answer became apparent later Thursday. Trying to win.
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February 5, 1986 | Associated Press
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.
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