2002 European Figure Skating Championships: Day Five

The 2002 ISU European Figure Skating Championships continued in Lausanne with the Ladies Short Program and the conclusion of the Ice Dance competition.

Ladies, Short Program

The Ladies started today's competition with the Short Program. Three Russians dominated the competition and are standing in first, second and third after the Short Program. Maria Butyrskaya took the lead ahead of Viktoria Volchkova and Irina Slutskaya.

Butyrskaya, who was tied in first place with Slutskaya after the Qualifying Round, delivered a clean and lyrical performance. The program set to "Tune of the White Nights" featured a triple flip out of footwork, a triple Lutz-double toeloop a double Axel and nice spins. Her marks went up to 5.8 for required elements and up to 5.9 for presentation. "There is no "most difficult" element in the short for me, they are all equally important", the 1999 World Champion said. "If you miss one, it costs you dearly. I was nervous, as always. I'm even nervous before skating in an exhibition! I'm happy with this program, it was well done."

Volchkova turned in a clean performance as well, although she had a tooth-ache. She hit a high triple Lutz-double toeloop, a triple flip and showed nice spirals in her routine to "Moonlight Sonata". The judges awarded her marks ranging from 5.5 to 5.8 for required elements and from 5.8 to 5.9 for presentation. "I skated very well today and hope to do the same tomorrow", the Muscovite told the press. "I don't think about a place or a medal; I concentrate on my skating. I had some problems with my tooth, but did not even think of that."

Skating to a Serenade by Franz Schubert, four-time and defending Champion Slutskaya took an unexpected fall on the flip, but she produced a triple Lutz-double loop combination and excellent spins to place third. "Nothing really happened. I just fell", the 22-year-old shrugged. "Tomorrow, I'll come back strong and win."

Ukraine's Elena Maniachenko came in fourth today. She landed a triple Lutz-double toeloop and a triple flip, but touched down with her hand on the double Axel.

Butyrskaya collected six first place ordinals and three second places, while Volchkova had the remaining three first place ordinals.

Ice Dance, Free Dance

In a thrilling Ice Dancing finale, overnight leaders Marina Anissina/Gwendal Peizerat of France won the Free Dance to recapture the European title they lost last year. Barbara Fusar Poli/Maurizio Margaglio (Italy) settled for the silver medal this time and the bronze went to the Russian team, Irina Lobacheva/Ilia Averbukh.

The defending Champions, Fusar Poli/Margaglio, skated first in the final flight. They put in an energetic disco-dance routine to the hit "I will survive". As the audience clapped along and cheered loudly, the team produced interesting lifts and dance moves. When the program ended, the Italians hugged each other tightly, obviously pleased with how they skated their program. The marks went up to 5.8 for technical merit and up to 5.9 for presentation. "I was thinking a lot during the program, especially about the hard work we did after the Grand Prix Final in Canada",

Margaglio said. "I felt that I skated my program very easily tonight and this makes me happy whatever the result is. The top four ice dancing couples here are simply amazing and the result can vary."

Lobacheva/Averbukh were up next. Their routine was totally different. Skating to the peace song "Turn Turn Turn" the married couple thrilled the crowd with strong lifts and intricate footwork. The panel awarded them marks up to 5.7 for technical merit and up to 5.8 for presentation. "It's only the second time in my life that I got a standing ovation. That's like a victory for us", Averbukh commented. "Our program is dedicated to the events of September 11th in the USA. We want to show the angst, the terror of lives being taken, of loosing loved ones. But we also want to show that there is love. The words of the song emphasize that love eventually will prevail."

Anissina/Peizerat where the last dancers to take on to the ice. The atmosphere in the arena was electric. The French wanted their title back and put their hearts into their program called "Liberta". Displaying deep edges, they performed original lifts and spins and strong footwork. The choreography of the program projected Anissina/Peizerat's artistry and unison. The tension was high as they sat in the Kiss & Cry to wait for their marks. As soon as the marks for technical merit (ranging from 5.7 to 5.9) came up on the score board, Peizerat raised his arms in triumph. Anissina/Peizerat beat Fusar Poli/Margaglio by a majority of seven to two Judges.

Lithuania's Margarita Drobiazko/Povilas Vanagas remained in fourth with an inspiring and passionate performance set to Johnny Halliday's song "Quelques Cris".

The Championships continue tomorrow with the conclusion of the Ladies competition.

Results

Ladies

FPl.	Name			Nat.	Points	QA	QB	SP	FS

1	Maria BUTYRSKAYA 	RUS	1.0		1	1	
2	Viktoria VOLCHKOVA 	RUS	2.0	2		2	
3	Irina SLUTSKAYA 	RUS	2.2	1		3	
4	Galina MANIACHENKO 	UKR	3.2		2	4	
5	Silvia FONTANA 		ITA	4.2	3		5	
6	Susanna PÖYKIÖ 		FIN	4.8		3	6	
7	Elina KETTUNEN 		FIN	6.2	5		7	
8	Elena LIASHENKO 	UKR	6.8		5	8	
9	Vanessa GUSMEROLI 	FRA	7.0	4		9	
10	Julia SEBESTYEN 	HUN	8.2		4	11	
11	Laetitia HUBERT 	FRA	8.8	7		10	
12	Julia LAUTOWA 		AUT	10.0		7	12	
13	Sarah MEIER 		SUI	10.2	6		13	
14	Zuzana BABIAKOVA 	SVK	11.4		6	15	
15	Mojca KOPAC 		SLO	11.6	8		14	
16	Marta ANDRADE 		ESP	13.6		10	16	
17	Lucie KRAUSOVA 		CZE	14.4		9	18	
18	Vanessa GIUNCHI 	ITA	15.0		12	17	
19	Julia LEBEDEVA 		ARM	15.0	9		19	
20	Idora HEGEL 		CRO	15.8		8	21	
21	Roxana LUCA 		ROM	16.4		11	20	
22	Sara FALOTICO 		BEL	18.4	13		22	
23	Tamara DOROFEJEV	HUN	18.8	11		24	
24	Svetlana PILIPENKO 	UKR	19.4	14		23	
25	Sabina WOJTALA 		POL	20.2		13	25	
26	Asa PERSSON 		SWE	20.2	10		27	
27	Tugba KARADEMIR 	TUR	21.6		15	26	
28	Karen VENHUIZEN 	NED	21.6	12		28	
29	Darya ZURAVICKI 	ISR	23.0		14	29	
30	Georgina PAPAVASILIOU 	GRE	24.0	15		30	
31	Olga VASSILJEVA 	EST		16			
31	Andrea DIEWALD 		GER			16		
33	Gintare VOSTRECOVAITE 	LTU		17			
33	Ksenia JASTSENJSKI 	YUG			17		


Ice Dance

FPl.	Name					Nat.	Points	C1	C2	OD	FD

1	Marina ANISSINA / Gwendal PEIZERAT 	FRA	2.2	1	2	1	1
2	Barbara FUSAR POLI / Maurizio MARGAGLIO ITA	3.8	2	1	2	2
3	Irina LOBACHEVA / Ilia AVERBUKH 	RUS	6.0	3	3	3	3
4	Margarita DROBIAZKO / Povilas VANAGAS 	LTU	8.0	4	4	4	4
5	Galit CHAIT / Sergei SAKHNOVSKI 	ISR	10.0	5	5	5	5
6	Albena DENKOVA / Maxim STAVIYSKI 	BUL	12.0	6	6	6	6
7	Tatiana NAVKA / Roman KOSTOMAROV 	RUS	14.0	7	7	7	7
8	Elena GRUSHINA / Ruslan GONCHAROV 	UKR	16.0	8	8	8	8
9	Eliane HUGENTOBLER / Daniel HUGENTOBLER SUI	18.2	10	9	9	9
10	Sylwia NOWAK / Sebastian KOLASINSKI 	POL	19.8	9	10	10	10
11	Marika HUMPHREYS / Vitali BARANOV 	GBR	22.8	11	12	12	11
12	Federica FAIELLA / Massimo SCALI 	ITA	25.6	14	15	13	12
13	Alia OUABDELSSELAM / Benjamin DELMAS 	FRA	26.6	13	13	14	13
14	Kristin FRASER / Igor LUKANIN 		AZE	28.8	15	14	15	14
15	Natalia GUDINA / Alexei BELETSKI 	ISR	31.2	16	17	16	15
16	Veronika MORAVKOVA / Jiri PROCHAZKA 	CZE	33.0	18	16	17	16
17	Stephanie RAUER / Thomas RAUER 		GER	34.8	17	18	18	17
18	Julia GOLOVINA / Oleg VOIKO 		UKR	37.8	22	20	19	18
19	Roxane PETETIN / Mathieu JOST 		FRA	39.8	20	21	21	19
20	Zita GEBORA / Andras VISONTAI 		HUN	41.8	21	22	22	20
21	Jessica HUOT / Juha VALKAMA 		FIN	44.0	23	23	23	21
22	Anna MOSENKOVA / Sergei SYCHOV 		EST	46.0	24	24	24	22
R	Natalia ROMANIUTA / Daniil BARANTSEV 	RUS		12	11	11	
R	Jill VERNEKOHL / Dmitri KURAKIN 	GER		19	19	20	
25	Tatiana SINIAVER / Tornike TUKVADZE 	GEO		25	25	25	


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