1998 Ultimate Four
Date-April 23, 1998
Location-Binghampton, New York
Programs-short: Swan Lake; long: Dark Eyes
After the short program, Elena and Anton were in first place in a field of four pairs. In California where I live, the short program for pairs was not televised.
Elena and Anton won the Ultimate Four. They started out with a triple split twist, which they doubled. I expected it, in a way, because they just mastered that move shortly before the Olympics. They followed with a double axel double toe loop combination. Anton looked very steady in the air, but was just a tiny bit shaky on the landing axel. It was hardly noticed as he covered nicely and performed a great double toe loop. Their lifts were the usual, many innovative lifts. The lift where Elena is carried over Anton's head was great. Elena and Anton scored 5.9's across the board, with one 5.8-every judge placed them in first following an uncharacteristic fall on a throw by Kazakova and Dmitriev. I was shocked! Oksana fell on a throw and slid across the ice, almost crashing into the boards. I've never seen her fall on a throw like that before.
Photos-Ultimate Four Photos by Margaret Burwell
Standings after Short Program-
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