C1 C2 OD FD Skater
1. 1 1 1 1 Grischuk / Platov (RUS) 2. 2 2 2 2 Krylova /Ovsiannikov (RUS) 3. 3 3 3 3 Bourne / Kraatz (CAN) 4. 4 4 4 4 Anissina / Peizerat (FRA) 5. 5 5 5 5 Romanova / Yaroshenko (UKR) 6. 6 6 6 6 Lobacheva / Averbuch (RUS) 7. 8 7 7 7 Punsalan / Swallow (USA) 8. 9 8 8 8 Drobiazko / Vanagas (LIT) 9. 7 9 9 9 Mrazova / Simecek (CZE) 10. 12 10 10 10 Fusar Poli / Margaglio (ITA) 11. 10 12 11 11 Nowak / Kolasinski (POL) 12. 11 11 12 12 Stekolnikova / Kazarliga (KZK) 13. 13 13 13 13 Winkler / Lohse (GER) 14. 14 14 14 14 Roca / Sur (USA) 15. 16 17 15 15 Lefebvre / Brunet (CAN) 16. 17 18 17 16 Tsuzuki / Razgulajevs (JPN) 17. 15 15 16 18 Humphreys / Askew (GBR) 18. 18 16 18 17 MacLean / Schaub (AUT) 19. 20 20 20 19 Grushina / Goncharov (UKR) 20. 19 19 19 20 Piton / Piton (FRA) 21. 21 21 21 21 Jacquemard / Gayet (FRA) 22. 22 23 22 23 Vondrkova / Kral (CZE) 23. 24 25 24 22 Chait / Sakhnovsky (ISR) 24. 23 24 23 24 Berkes / Szentirmai (HUN)
Final not reached: 25. 25 22 25 xx Diener / Pospelov (SWI) 26. 29 27 26 xx Hanley / Serkov (LAT) 27. 27 29 27 xx Lai / Lai (TPE) 28. 26 26 29 xx Koinuma / Arakelian (ARM) 29. 28 28 28 xx Loyer / Bell (AUS) 30. 30 30 30 xx Kuusniemi / Walker (FIN) 31. 31 31 xx xx Uotila / Mattila (FIN) 32. 32 32 xx xx Mosenkova / Kurakin (EST) 33. 33 33 xx xx Kim / Kim (ROK)
Notes after the CDs:
Few surprises among the top teams. Bourne and Kraatz who beat Anissina and Piezerat once this season, and were beaten by them once as well, ended up on top in both compulsory dances. They looked confident and prepared, and the crowd senses a medal coming their way this week. Several teams moved up from last years, and Roca and Sur paid for it with sad 14th place finishes in both dances. This has all the signs of the judges sending them a message to hang it up. Punsalan and Swallow, however, who did not have much International exposure this season, placed a respectable 7th. They seem capable of holding that place in the remainder of the event.
Notes after the OD:
In this uncertain world, at least we can count on dance. A few teams changed place, but the top seven are firmly entrenched. The top two teams skated extremely well. Some people thought third and fourth might switch, but that was not the case - making Bourne and Kraatz the Canadians' only serious hope for a medal at these championships. Punsalan and Swallow were hot, while Roca and Sur seemed flat and subdued - which is not surprising considering how they must feel being dumped four places from last year and passed up by much younger and newer teams.
Notes after the free dance:
No surprises here. Grischuk and Platov are in a class by themselves. Despite reported problems between them, they say they plan to go on to the 1998 Olympics, and seemed on good terms here. Punsalan and Swallow end up in seventh with the best finish by a U.S. dance team since Wynne and Druar in Halifax in 1990. Roca and Sur were crucified in 14th place and have basically been "told" to hang it up with these marks.
Grischuk about their third World title: " Every medal is different. You have to
keep working on technique and on improving artistic impression."
On loosing her scrunchies: "It was cute ... Did you see the way the audience gasped. It gave me more energy."
Platov on not tripping on them: "We had to change direction a little bit."
In comparing their three medals they said the first one meant the least, because it was right after the Olympics. The second one means the most because Platov had a difficult year due to a leg injury.
Krylova and Ovsiannikov thanked the people at the University of Delaware club for their help and support in training there for the past two years, where they have been skating since they first teamed up. They said they feel lucky to be able to train there, especially when they talk to skaters still training in Russia, and hear about how bad training conditions are there. According to Krylova, many would like to move to other places to train because of conditions.
Bourne on their result tonight: "I personally am extremely happy how it went today
... It was such an amazing feeling inside ... I can't describe it." She added that it
was also important to her because her mother was there, and it was the first time her
mother had gone to a World Championships.
Kraatz on their result tonight: "It sets us up great for 1998."
Bourne on their style: "We went our own way and kept our own style .. It was good to see it accepted. ... Next year we are going out there with another style, another look."
Bourne on the audience response to them: "I could feel the crowd. It touched me."
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