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1998 World Championships

Location-Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Schedule-

  • Sunday, 3/29-Men's Qualifying Rounds
  • Monday, 3/30-Women's Qualifying Rounds
  • Tuesday, 3/31-Dance Compulsories and Pairs Short Program
  • Wednesday, 4/1-Men's Short Program and Pairs Long Program
  • Thursday, 4/2-Men's Long Program and Original Dance
  • Friday, 4/3-Free Dance and Ladies Short Program
  • Saturday, 4/4-Ladies Long Program

Programs-short: Swan Lake; long: Dark Eyes

Photos Online-CTV has an entire list of photos on not only B&S, but also other pairs and other events here. Specifically on B&S (not only CTV)-
Short Program
Footwork
Jumping
Ending
Falling
Long Program
Beginning
Footwork
Lift
Throw
Jumping

Review-

I suppose that Elena and Anton skated alright in short program, but because they're normally so fluid and fast across the ice, this performance seemed sub-par. There were two major errors-Anton touched his hand down on the ice on the triple toe loop, and Elena fell on her triple toe loop. It's difficult to tell from T.V., but I could sense that Elena and Anton were skating slower than usual. They looked kind of cautious. Elena and Anton ended up in second place behind Jenni Meno and Todd Sand. The scores:

In the long program, they looked more free and open. Much better than the short. They performed a lift I don't think I've seen before. Elena kind of kneeled on Anton's arms. Here is a picture of it from CBS Sportsline. There was only one mistake, Elena popped her double axel into a single. Also, not surprisingly, they ommitted the lift at the end that they fell on in Nagano. This competition marked the end of a long season, and Elena and Anton were very pleased. They managed to finish ninth at Worlds one year and take the gold the next year! Long program scores:

Final Standings-

  1. Elena BEREZHNAYA-Anton SIKHARULIDZE-RUS
  2. Jenni MENO-Todd SAND-USA
  3. Peggy SCHWARZ-Mirko MÜLLER-GER
  4. Xue SHEN-Hongbo ZHAO-CHN
  5. Dorota ZAGORSKA-Mariusz SIUDEK-POL
  6. Marina ELTSOVA-Andrei BUSHKOV-RUS
  7. Kristy SARGEANT-Kris WIRTZ-CAN
  8. Sarah ABITBOL-Stephane BERNADIS-FRA
  9. Marie-C. SAVARD-GAGNON-Luc BRADET-CAN
  10. Shelby LYONS-Brian WELLS-USA
  11. Marina KHALTURINA-Andrei KROUKOV-KZK
  12. Evgenia FILONENKO-Igor MARCHENKO-UKR
  13. Marsha POLULIASCHENKO-Andrew SEABROOK-GRB
  14. Katerina BERANKOVA-Otto DLABOLA-CZE
  15. Danielle McGRATH-Stephen CARR-AUS
  16. Elaine ASANAKI-Alcuin SCHULTEN-GRE
  17. Inga RODIONOVA-Aleksandr ANICHENKO-AZE
  18. Olga BESTANDIGOVA-Josef BESTANDIG-SVK
  19. Jelena SIROKHVATOVA-Juri SALMANOV-LAT
  20. Jekaterina NEKRASSOVA-Valdis MINTALS-EST

Oksana Kazakova and Artur Dmitriev withdrew due to food poisoning to Artur. For more complete results and details, please visit the official USFSA 1998 World Championships Site





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