February 23, 2010
VANCOUVER - The symbolism could not have been plainer. Igor Shpilband and Marina Zoueva climbed the steep steps from ice level to the exit, beaming. They coached the top two couples after the original dance portion of the Olympic ice-dance competition Sunday night. They were poised to at least match the silver medal won by skaters they coached at Turin in 2006. Minutes later, legendary coaches Gennadi Karponosov and Natalia Linichuk descended those same stairs at the Pacific Coliseum, smiling regretfully.
March 30, 2000 |
With one leg extended behind her, Elizabeth Licorish lifted her head close to her partner's as he held her 5-foot-1 frame above the glittering ice. Jonathan Toman then spun and lowered her to the oval surface, whipping his right leg over her head. Just one month after teaming up, ice dancers Licorish, 14, of Audubon, and Toman, 16, of Northeast Philadelphia, are turning heads. They had been dedicated singles skaters ever since starting their competitive figure-skating careers more than six years ago. Now they are aiming for the nationals together.
February 15, 2010
IS IT US OR DOES NBC now stand for "No Bleeping Clue?" On Feb. 21, the peacock network will offer East Coast viewers ice dancing instead of the United States vs. Canada men's hockey game. Granted, it's a preliminary-round game, but we are talking the Flyers' Chris Pronger and Mike Richards, the Penguins' Sidney Crosby, the Flames' Jarome Iginla, and the Ducks' Bobby Ryan (a Cherry Hill native), to name but a few. We're talking a veritable NHL all-star game. To be fair, it's not like the game won't be on TV at all. It will air live on MSNBC.
February 16, 1998 |
Thanks to the Presidents' Day holiday, we get a double dose of CBS coverage, which might be a major bonus if anyone other than schoolkids actually got the day off. Considering the afternoon lineup of events, though, it might prompt a few adults to play hooky. In many ways (i.e. no ice dancing!) it's better than you will get during prime time. The afternoon coverage, 1 to 6 p.m., features Hermann Maier's victory in the men's Super-G and three men's hockey games. The game that will get most of the air time will be the Czech Republic vs. Russia, with sidelight coverage of Finland vs. Kazakstan and Sweden vs. Belarus.
February 11, 1988 |
Britons Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean were among the most elite stars of the 1984 Games in Sarajevo. They were the act that had people around the United States flipping tapes into their VCRs. You would think that the absence of the world's best ice dancers this time around would leave a huge window through which at least a half-dozen teams would be able to climb. Well, there appears little doubt that only one team has a real chance at the gold medal - the Soviets. Get used to watching Natalia Bestemianova and Andrei Bukin, silver medalists at Sarajevo.
February 16, 2002 |
For once, people actually paid attention to the ice dance compulsories. And it had nothing to do with the racy costumes or unfortunate choices in hair and makeup. Hours after Canadian pairs skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier were awarded a gold medal because of judging improprieties, all eyes turned to ice dancing, where complaints are not only common, they're practically expected. Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat, of France, were in first place as expected, and Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh, of Russia, were second.
March 27, 1998 |
The International Olympic Committee will consider dropping ice dancing from the Winter Games after a top official asked for a review of the sport's judging. The IOC executive committee will discuss the status of ice dancing when it meets at the end of April in Sydney, Australia, said IOC spokeswoman Michele Verdier, adding that it remains "a full-medal sport for 2002. " IOC vice president Dick Pound, a Canadian, asked for a review of the sport's judging after the games in Nagano, Japan.
February 16, 2002 |
Hours after International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge assured that the rest of the figure skating competition would not be tainted, the ice dancing compulsories were held last night. Judge No. 2 was Yuri Balkov of Ukraine. In 1998, Balkov was suspended for a year after attempting to rig the voting in the ice dancing competition at Nagano, Japan. The dancers he downgraded in '98 were Canadians Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz, who are contenders for a medal in this year's competition.
November 15, 2009 |
?In the little old arena that long ago made it clear any sports dream is possible, Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto kept marching toward their own miracle on ice. The U.S. champions, training in Delaware County as they attempt to become the first American ice-dancers to win Olympic gold, remained in first place in Skate America after winning yesterday's original dance. This annual Grand Prix event is taking place at the 1980 Rink at Herb Brooks Arena, the aging, renamed facility where, 29 years ago, Brooks' U.S. hockey team upset the mighty Soviets in their legendary Cold War meeting.
February 18, 1992 |
Just when it seemed as if CBS might be finding a reasonable formula at the Winter Olympics, the network sprung last night's show: a disjointed and frustrating melange that had little more to do with sports than the usual Monday-night lineup featuring Murphy Brown and Major Dad. Not even the superb long programs of the ice dancers, doled out in CBS's now-familiar skating dribs and drabs, could save this evening. Over the weekend, CBS supplied coherent coverage of inspiring victories by Finns and Norwegians, and a surprising one by a Canadian.