2002 European Figure Skating Championships: Day Four

The 2002 ISU European Figure Skating Championships continued in Lausanne with the Original Dance and the conclusion of the Men's competition.

Ice Dance, Original Dance

The Ice Dance competition continued with the Original Dance. Marina Anissina/Gwendal Peizerat of France won this part of the competition and moved ahead of Barbara Fusar Poli/ Maurizio Margaglio (ITA). The two couples were tied in first place in the Compulsory Dances. Russia's Irina Lobacheva/Ilia Averbukh remained in third place.

Anissina/Peizerat put out a sizzling Flamenco and an elegant Tango that featured intricate footwork and captured the character of the dances perfectly. Their marks ranged from 5.7 to 5.9 for composition and from 5.7 to one 6.0 for presentation. "We felt great in our OD today", a happy Anissina told the press. "Everyone knows that we have the best OD, but we have to skate it well. That's exactly what we did today, we skated it with our heart. We are much better prepared this year than last year at this time."

Fusar Poli/ Margaglio have made some changes in their routine since the Grand Prix Final. The current World and defending European Champions displayed impressive speed and power in their dance to the rhythms of the Paso Doble and Flamenco. They too produced a very characteristic Dance for which they earned marks up to 5.8 for composition and up to 5.9 for presentation. The French couple had seven out of nine first place ordinals, while the Italians picked up two. "We changed the music in the first part of the dance, in order to express the character in a stronger and better way. This is a music that is easier to understand and to feel for the audience", Margaglio commented. "We stay calm and we'll see what happens tomorrow."

Lobacheva/Averbukh excited the crowd with a passionate Tango and Flamenco that featured difficult footwork and an original rotational lift. The husband and wife team received marks up to 5.7 for composition and up to 5.8 for presentation. They stayed ahead of Lithuanian's Margarita Drobiazko/Povilas Vanagas on a three to four split on the panel of Judges.

Men, Free Program

The Men's event concluded tonight with the Free Program. In a close final, Russia's Alexei Yagudin prevailed over a tough challenge by teammate Alexander Abt (who was European bronze medallist in 1998), to capture his third European title. So Abt picked up a silver medal, while newcomer Brian Joubert of France clinched the bronze at his first European Championship.

Yagudin was first to skate of the three leading skaters. The three-time World Champion had to overcome a shaky start when he stepped out of his opening quadruple toeloop, but he rallied back to nail the quadruple toeloop at the next attempt. The Russian also completed a triple Axel-half loop-triple Salchow combination, a triple Axel-triple toeloop combination, two more triples and fast footwork in his emotional "Man in the Iron Mask" routine. However, he doubled the loop twice. The technical marks ranged from 5.7 to 5.8, while the presentation marks were all 5.8s and 5.9s.

Next up was Joubert. Today, the 17-year-old seemed a little nervous, as he stumbled on his quadruple toeloop at the opening of his program. The Frenchman recovered quickly to pull off five triples, but some of his landings were wobbly and he fell on the final jump, a triple Salchow. "I felt stressed out today, it was physically hard to skate", Joubert commented. "I was stiff on my legs. I don't know what happened on the triple Salchow. On the quad, I didn't have my shoulders right." Joubert was ranked sixth in the Free Skating but managed to hold on to the bronze medal, as the standings above and below him shuffled.

Abt went out to skate with starting number 23. The Russian appeared serene and calm, although the audience just had gone wild over the performance of the Swiss skater, Stephane Lambiel. Abt reeled off a quad-triple toeloop combination, a triple Axel-triple toeloop, triple Lutz and five more triples in his flowing program to Rachmaninov's third Piano Concert. The crowd gave the skater a standing ovation. Abt received marks as high as 5.9 for both technical merit and presentation, but he lost the gold medal on a split of six to three Judges in favor of Yagudin. "At the end of the program, I just was glad that I skated well", Abt smiled. "I'm not upset about not winning tonight. The crowd was very loud for Stephane Lambiel, but that didn't bother me. On the contrary, it set me up for a good skate."

Yagudin felt that he had improved his performance since the last competition. "I skated faster and better than at the Grand Prix Final", he explained. "I was not nervous but I lost my concentration on the first quadruple toeloop, maybe I thought it would take less energy. The second one was good. Still, I think the rest of my performance was good enough."

To the delight of the home crowd, Lambiel finished fourth with an inspiring performance to a music selection from "Cirque du Soleil". The 16-year-old who trains in nearby Geneva had the performance of his life and landed all of his jumps, including a triple Lutz-triple toeloop combination. "This competition was almost perfect for me, I did three very strong programs", Lambiel said. "I cannot believe it! I never did so well in practice!"

Results

Ice Dance

FPl.	Name					Nat.	Points	C1	C2	OD	FD

1	Marina ANISSINA / Gwendal PEIZERAT 	FRA	1.2	1	2	1	
2	Barbara FUSAR POLI / Maurizio MARGAGLIO ITA	1.8	2	1	2	
3	Irina LOBACHEVA / Ilia AVERBUKH 	RUS	3.0	3	3	3	
4	Margarita DROBIAZKO / Povilas VANAGAS 	LTU	4.0	4	4	4	
5	Galit CHAIT / Sergei SAKHNOVSKI 	ISR	5.0	5	5	5	
6	Albena DENKOVA / Maxim STAVIYSKI 	BUL	6.0	6	6	6	
7	Tatiana NAVKA / Roman KOSTOMAROV 	RUS	7.0	7	7	7	
8	Elena GRUSHINA / Ruslan GONCHAROV 	UKR	8.0	8	8	8	
9	Eliane HUGENTOBLER / Daniel HUGENTOBLER SUI	9.2	10	9	9	
10	Sylwia NOWAK / Sebastian KOLASINSKI 	POL	9.8	9	10	10	
11	Natalia ROMANIUTA / Daniil BARANTSEV 	RUS	11.2	12	11	11	
12	Marika HUMPHREYS / Vitali BARANOV 	GBR	11.8	11	12	12	
13	Federica FAIELLA / Massimo SCALI 	ITA	13.6	14	15	13	
14	Alia OUABDELSSELAM / Benjamin DELMAS 	FRA	13.6	13	13	14	
15	Kristin FRASER / Igor LUKANIN 		AZE	14.8	15	14	15	
16	Natalia GUDINA / Alexei BELETSKI 	ISR	16.2	16	17	16	
17	Veronika MORAVKOVA / Jiri PROCHAZKA 	CZE	17.0	18	16	17	
18	Stephanie RAUER / Thomas RAUER 		GER	17.8	17	18	18	
19	Jill VERNEKOHL / Dmitri KURAKIN 	GER	19.6	19	19	20	
20	Julia GOLOVINA / Oleg VOIKO 		UKR	19.8	22	20	19	
21	Roxane PETETIN / Mathieu JOST 		FRA	20.8	20	21	21	
22	Zita GEBORA / Andras VISONTAI 		HUN	21.8	21	22	22	
23	Jessica HUOT / Juha VALKAMA 		FIN	23.0	23	23	23	
24	Anna MOSENKOVA / Sergei SYCHOV 		EST	24.0	24	24	24	
25	Tatiana SINIAVER / Tornike TUKVADZE 	GEO		25	25	25	


Men

FPl.	Name			Nat.	Points	QA	QB	SP	FS

1	Alexei YAGUDIN 		RUS	2.0	1		1	1
2	Alexander ABT 		RUS	3.6		1	2	2
3	Brian JOUBERT 		FRA	8.6		2	3	6
4	Stéphane LAMBIEL 	SUI	9.2	4		6	4
5	Frederic DAMBIER 	FRA	10.6		4	10	3
6	Ilia KLIMKIN 		RUS	11.2	2		4	8
7	Ivan DINEV 		BUL	11.6	3		9	5
8	Andrejs VLASCENKO 	GER	12.0		5	5	7
9	Sergei DAVYDOV 		BLR	16.6	6		7	10
10	Gabriel MONNIER 	FRA	17.6	5		11	9
11	Dmitri DMITRENKO 	UKR	18.0		3	8	12
12	Stefan LINDEMANN 	GER	21.0		7	12	11
13	Kevin VAN DER PERREN 	BEL	23.2		6	13	13
14	Tomas VERNER 		CZE	27.4		8	17	14
15	Margus HERNITS 		EST	27.6	8		14	16
16	Vakhtang MURVANIDZE 	GEO	29.4		9	18	15
17	Juraj SVIATKO 		SVK	30.2	9		16	17
18	Gheorghe CHIPER 	ROM	32.0		10	15	19
19	Gregor URBAS 		SLO	33.8		11	19	18
20	Sergei RYLOV 		AZE	38.8	11		24	20
21	Kristoffer BERNTSSON 	SWE	39.4	7		26	21
22	Angelo DOLFINI 		ITA	40.0		12	22	22
23	Matthew DAVIES 		GBR	40.4	12		21	23
24	Patrick MEIER 		SUI	42.0		15	20	24
25	Michael SHMERKIN 	ISR			13	23	
26	Markus LEMINEN 		FIN		13		25	
27	Hristo TURLAKOV 	BUL		10		29	
28	Bertalan ZAKANY 	HUN		14		27	
29	Daniel PEINADO 		ESP		15		28	
30	Clemens JONAS 		AUT			14	30	
31	Bartosz DOMANSKI 	POL			16		
31	Aidas REKLYS 		LTU		16			
33	Tayfun ANAR 		TUR		17			
33	Ivan KINCIK 		SVK			17		
35	Aramis GRIGORIAN 	ARM		18			
35	Milos MILANOVIC 	YUG			18		
R	Panagiotis MARKOUIZOS 	GRE					


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