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.