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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.
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March 30, 2000 | By Tomoeh Murakami, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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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.
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February 16, 1998 | by Lynn Zinser, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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February 11, 1988 | By Al Morganti, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 16, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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March 27, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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February 16, 2002 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 15, 2009 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
?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.
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February 18, 1992 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Television Critic
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.
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February 19, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOCHI - The borders of their uncertainty were broad, from Vancouver to Sochi. From the moment in 2010 when Meryl Davis and Charlie White won an Olympic silver medal, many in the ice-dance world were certain they'd get gold four years later. As splendidly as the American pair performed during that span, there was one stubborn ice rival, and four years was an eternity to wonder. Monday night, as they stood motionless on the Iceberg Skating Palace ice, waiting to start their free skate in the 2014 Olympic finals, they knew, one way or another, there were only four minutes left in their eternity.
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January 13, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - The row of perfect-10 artistry scores they'd just accumulated were visible on an adjacent TV as Charlie White mentioned to reporters that he and Meryl Davis were "lucky to be injury-free. " The phrase animated Davis, who instantly dipped deeply as if performing one final element of the spectacular free-skate that won the ice-dancing duo a sixth national title Saturday at these 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The superstitious White merely was reaching to knock on a wood railing.
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January 12, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - This city, painful as it is for Philadelphians to acknowledge, is a showcase for sports champions. The Red Sox won the World Series last fall. Tom Brady and his Patriots begin their quest for a fourth Super Bowl on Saturday. And the Celtics and Bruins have so many banners that TD Garden's rafters resemble a sports quilt. So what better setting for Meryl Davis and Charlie White to remind the skating world that they are ice dancing's world champions and 2014 Winter Olympic favorites?
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March 29, 2012 | Associated Press
NICE, France - Ice dance Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada took the lead after the short dance program at the figure skating world championships on Wednesday, relegating defending champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White to second place. Virtue and Moir, who clinched the worlds and Olympic double two years ago, posted a score of 72.31 points. Their American archrivals scored 70.98. At this year's Grand Prix final, Davis and White won, but Virtue and Moir bounced back to win last month's Four Continents - beating Davis and White for the first time since the 2010 worlds.
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May 1, 2011
Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States have won the ice dance in the world figure skating championships in Moscow, the first world gold for the country in the discipline. Olympic gold medalists and 2010 world champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada earned silver. The American sister-brother team of Maia and Alex Shibutani won bronze. Miki Ando of Japan won the women's gold, her second world title. Olympic champion Kim Yu-na had gone into Saturday's free skate with a lead of less than half a point over Ando.
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April 27, 2011
Many Division I schools are distorting the number of students participating in sports so they can comply with Title IX, the New York Times reported Tuesday. Among the tactics is to pad rosters of women's teams with unqualified players or even men. The newspaper found schools counted athletes who no longer wanted to compete or never played for that team, listing male practice players as women and trimming the rosters of men's teams. The Times analyzed public records from more than 20 colleges and universities and federal participation statistics from all 345 institutions at the NCAA's highest level.
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February 23, 2010 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The patient crowd sat through 20 pairs of ice dancers, politely applauding each, observing costumes both wild and mild, following all the four-minute performances eagerly if not too carefully. Until finally, the long wait was over. And when Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir concluded their emotional free skate by embracing at center ice last night, the Pacific Coliseum was so noisy, you might have thought Olympic officials had reversed the outcome of Sunday's U.S.A.-Canada hockey game.
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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.
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February 17, 2010
VANCOUVER - You'll watch because she's hot. Tanith Belbin, the kitten half of America's best ice-dancing couple in history, understands her features and her figure have made her more than just a medal contender. She's fine with that. "It's so flattering," she said. "It's also an opportunity to shine light on ice dancing. If my Men's Health cover, albeit quite risque, gets another person - most likely, another man - to tune into these Olympic Games, then I feel like I've done something good for the sport.
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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.
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