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1998 Goodwill Games

SP : 1 | LP : 1 | Final : 1 | Photos
Date July 29 - 31
Location Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, USA
Short Program (1) Review Elena and Anton hit their short program to "Swan Lake" perfectly. First, both landed the side-by-side triple toe loops solidly. Next came a HUGE double twist, lots of height, followed by side-by-side camel into sit spins, a footwork sequence, a back press lift (flipping dismount), and a spiral sequence. The program concluded with a great twice-around back outisde death spiral and a pair combination spin. The marks for technical merit were 5.7's and 5.8's, while the presentation scores ranged from 5.8 to 5.9. Elena and Anton were the first of seven pairs to skate; had they skated earlier, the marks would have been even higher. Nevertheless, they were in first place after the short program. In second place were B&S's training partners, Oksana Kazakova and Artur Dmitriev. They also hit SBS triple toe loops (Oksana was slightly forward on the landing), but were placed behind B&S because of Artur's poor extension on his spiral, a small unison problem on a spin, and a less than perfect death spiral. The Chinese pair of Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao were in third.
Long Program (1) Scores Coming soon.
Long Program (1) Review The long program was a different story. B&S did not look as relaxed as they did in the short program. Elena doubled her triple toe loop, while Anton landed sloppily. The throw triple salchow was nice, but Elena stepped out of the throw triple loop. B&S also had a unison problem on their side-by-side spins. However, they still managed to remain in first place due to lackluster performances by Kazakova & Dmitriev and Shen & Zhao.
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Standings After SP
  1. Elena Berezhnaya & Anton Sikharulidze - RUS
  2. Oksana Kazakova & Artur Dmitriev - RUS
  3. Xue Shen & Hongbo Zhao - CHN
  4. Dorota Zagorska & Mariusz Siudek - POL
  5. Sarah Abitbol & Stephane Bernadis - FRA
  6. Kristy Sargeant & Kris Wirtz - CAN
  7. Tiffany Stiegler & Johnnie Stiegler - USA
Final Standings
  1. Elena Berezhnaya & Anton Sikharulidze - RUS
  2. Oksana Kazakova & Artur Dmitriev - RUS
  3. Dorota Zagorska & Mariusz Siudek - POL
  4. Xue Shen & Hongbo Zhao - CHN
  5. Kristy Sargeant & Kris Wirtz - CAN
  6. Sarah Abitbol & Stephane Bernadis - FRA
  7. Tiffany Stiegler & Johnnie Stiegler - USA

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