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In the short program at the Champions Series Final.

Despite several mistakes at the world championships, Elena and Anton easily won gold after Kazakova and Dmitriev withdrew. They were second after the short program to Jenni Meno and Todd Sand of the U.S., who wound up with the silver medal.



Elena and Anton didn't skate their best at the Olympics, and they ended up finishing second to their teammates Oksana Kazakova and Artur Dmitriev. Bronze went to Mandy Wotzel and Ingo Steuer of Germany.



Congratulations to Elena and Anton, the 1998 European Champions! Most of their toughest competition was eliminated, with world champions Mandy Wotzel and Ingo Steuer, and world silver medalists Marina Eltsova and Andrei Bushkov, withdrawing. It was a solid victory, with wins in the short and long programs.



According to an article in the January/February 1998 issue of International Figure Skating, Tamara Moskvina--along with her top skaters--will have to temporarily find another training facility while the skating rink in St. Petersburg is undergoing renovations. It seems impractical to work anywhere else in Russia (there is no available ice in St. Petersburg, and Moscow is too expensive) and Moskvina says "The whole skating scene is really in North America." The article also mentions that Moskvina has had offers to publish a book about her skating experiences.



Congratulations to Elena and Anton on their victory at the Champions Series Final in Munich, Germany! For the second time this season they defeated world champions Mandy Wotzel and Ingo Steuer. Final standings are as follows:
1. Elena Berezhnaya / Anton Sikharulidze, RUS
2. Mandy Wotzel / Ingo Steuer, GER
3. Oksana Kazakova / Artur Dmitriev, RUS
4. Xue Shen / Hongbo Zhao, CHN
5. Evgenia Shishkova / Vadim Naumov, RUS



Russian Nationals took place December 11-14, and Elena and Anton won their second straight silver medal. The title went to Marina Eltsova and Andrei Bushkov, with Oksana Kazakova and Artur Dmitriev third. This means that Elena and Anton have earned their spot at the Olympics, and these will be the three teams competing for Russia.



Congratulations to Elena and Anton on the first victory of their career together--a win at the Trophee Lalique over the German world champions Mandy Wotzel and Ingo Steuer. It was a solid victory, as they won both the short and the long programs.

This should be the first of many gold medals for them!



Elena and Anton finished second at the Nations Cup behind world champions Mandy Wotzel and Ingo Steuer. They were second to the Germans in both the short and the long programs.



Ekaterina Gordeeva chose Elena and Anton to portray herself and Sergei Grinkov in the skating scenes of the upcoming TV movie My Sergei, which will be shown on CBS shortly before the Olympics.