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1997 European Championships

Location-Paris, France

Schedule-

  • Jan 16, 1997-Jan 18-Training
  • 1/19-Mens Qualifying
  • 1/20-Ladies Qualifying
  • 1/21-Ice Dance Compulsories and Pairs Short Program
  • 1/22-Men's short program and Pairs long program
  • 1/23-Original dance and Men's long program
  • 1/24-Ladies short program and Ice dance free program
  • 1/25-Ladies long program
  • 1/26-Gala

Review-

In the short program, Elena and Anton skated cleanly. Going into the free skate, B&S were in fourth place, trailing Sarah Abitbol and Stephane Bernadis of France. The scores were:

Elena and Anton defeated Sarah Abitbol and Stephane Bernadis by a bit to capture the bronze medal and Europeans. This was their first medal at a major international competition, and let the world know that they are among the world's top pairs. The scores improved from the short program:

Standings After Short Program-

  1. Marina Eltsova and Andrei Bushkov - RUS
  2. Mandy Woetzel and Ingo Steuer - GER
  3. Sarah Abitbol and Stephane Bernadis - FRA
  4. Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze - RUS
  5. Evgenia Shishkova and Vadim Naumov - RUS
  6. Dorota Zagorska and Mariusz Siudek - POL
  7. Evgenia Filonenko and Igor Marchenko - UKR
  8. Peggy Schwarz and Mirko Muller - GER
  9. Lesley Rogers and Michael Aldred - GBR
  10. Elena Belousovskaya and Stanislav Morozov - UKR
  11. Elaine Asanaki and Joel McKeever - GRE
  12. Sabrina Lefrancois and Nicolas Osseland - FRA
  13. Inga Rodionova and Alexandr Anishenko - AZE
  14. Svetlana Plachonina and Dmitri Kaplun - BUL
  15. Maria Krasiltseva and Alexander Chestnikh - ARM
  16. Jekaterina Nekrassova and Valdis Mintals - EST
  17. Olga Bestandigova and Josef Bestandig - SVK

Final Standings-

  1. Marina Eltsova and Andrei Bushkov - RUS
  2. Mandy Woetzel and Ingo Steuer - GER
  3. Elena Bereznaya and Anton Sikharulidze - RUS
  4. Sarah Abitbol and Stephane Bernadis - FRA
  5. Evgenia Shishkova and Vadim Naumov - RUS
  6. Peggy Schwarz and Mirko Mueller - GER
  7. Dorota Zagorska and Mariusz Siude - POL
  8. Yelena Beloussovskaya and Stanislav Morozov - UKR
  9. Lesley Rogers and Michael Aldred - GBR
  10. Elaine Asanakis and Joel McKeeve - GRE
  11. Yevgenia Filonenko and Igor Marchenko - UKR
  12. Sabrina Lefrancois and Nicolas Osseland - FRA
  13. Inga Rodionova and Alexander Anichenko - AZE
  14. Svetlana Plachonina and Dmitri Kaplun - BUL
  15. Jekaterina Nekrassova and Valdis Mintals - EST
  16. Maria Krasiltseva and Alexander Chestnikh - ARM
  17. Olga Bestandigova and Josef Bestandig - SVK




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