Morgan Cipres, the French Olympic pairs skater who is under investigation from the U. The French Federation of Ice Sports announced Tuesday that Cipres, 29, and his pairs partner, Vanessa James, 33, were leaving the sport less than a year and a half before the next scheduled Winter Olympics, the Beijing Games, where they would have been contenders for an Olympic medal. On Dec. I mean, I have nothing to say about this allegation. Zimmerman and Fontana have denied the allegations. When the authorities arrived to interview the girl, she refused to tell them what happened, her parents said.
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As the first and last international figure skating competition of the entire season, the tournament provided an opportunity for the world's top skaters to step on the competitive ice before they converge again in Beijing next winter for the highly-anticipated Beijing Winter Olympics. A qualifying event for Olympic spots, the world championships saw 24 spots in men's singles, 24 in women's singles, 16 in pairs and 16 in ice dance secured for Beijing The ISU will release a full list of the qualifying spots in the coming days. China has been traditionally strong in pairs skating. The country secured two spots in the pairs discipline after two-time world champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong came back strong in their first competition in over a year in Stockholm with a silver medal along with Four Continents medalists Peng Chang and Jin Yang, who placed fifth at the event. Compared to the pairs skaters' stable performance at the event, China's top male skater, former world medalist Jin Boyang failed to continue his good form from the November's Cup of China, placing only 22nd, while his teammate Yan Han finished 13th. They earned 29 points, one point away from securing a second spot in the men's for Beijing
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Chinese figure skaters Hongbo Zhao, 36, and Xue Shen, 31 , who are married harmoniously, took the ultimate prize, declaring, "Maybe it's time to have a baby," after dazzling the judges with their marital on-ice moves. But Russian partners Maria Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov have shown more venom than saccharine since the games began. They placed only seventh, the first time Russia has failed to win a medal in the skating pairs category since The couple -- a Molotov cocktail on ice -- has been waging a cold war behind the scenes in the Olympic village. Trankov, 26, is a fan of Russian hip hop, while Mukhartova, 24, likes to read and go shopping.
But not too close for comfort. Her partner is her year-old brother Roman Zaretsky, as they skate the "Tango Romantica. The siblings are four odd couples of 23 ice-dancing pairs at the Vancouver games. The seductive tango has been mandatory since ice dancing was added to the Olympics in Figure skaters are judged not only on their leaps and turns, but their artistic interpretation of the music.