The experienced and highly-talented Soviet ice skating pair of Lyudmila Pakhomova and Alexander Gorshkov have won the pairs ice dancing event at this year's "Nouvelles de Moscou" championships, with a fine free-style composition.
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Background: The experienced and highly-talented Soviet ice skating pair of Lyudmila Pakhomova and Alexander Gorshkov have won the pairs ice dancing event at this year's "Nouvelles de Moscou" championships, with a fine free-style composition.
The pair fought off competition from international rivals and the cream of the Soviet ice skating world.
Eighty-two participants from 16 countries, including contestants from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, took part in this year's competition....but Soviet skaters swept the board in almost all events. Soviet teams took the first three places in the ice dancing ... but, as expected, Pakhomova and Gorshkov -- five times European and world dancing champions were unrivalled on the ice.
The pair have been skating together for nine years -- since they were both aged twenty. Lyudmila is a choreographer and has a Master of Arts degree. Alexander is completing a post-graduate course at Moscow's Institute of Physical Culture. Their ambition is to win a gold medal at the forthcoming Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck early next year.
The Moscow championships gave Soviet national team selectors an excellent opportunity to measure the strength of all Soviet Olympic possible...and the competition they can expect from the rest of the world.
Runners-up in the Moscow event were the younger pair Natalya Liniichuk and Gennady Karponosov. They have earned the nickname "the bronze pair" because they have collected so many third places in major championships. This time they managed enough points to beat fellow Muscovites Lidia Karavayeva and Vyacheslav Zhigalin for second place.
SYNOPSIS: This finals of the ice dancing event at this year's 'Nouvelles de Moscou" skating championships in Moscow.
Eighty-two participants from sixteen countries of Europe, Asia, America and Australasia competed this year. Soviet skaters took the first three places in the ice dancing as they did in several other events. As expected, five-times European and world champions Lyudmila Pakhomova and Alexander Gorshkov were unrivalled....
The competition gave Soviet team selectors a chance to study the cream of Soviet skaters....and the strength of the international competition they can expect to face at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck early next year. Despite a determined home challenge, the ice dancing event undoubtedly belonged to Pakhomova and Gorshkov. They've been skating together for nine years -- since they were both aged twenty. Lyudmila is a choreographer and a Master of Arts. Alexander is completing a post-graduate course at Moscow's Institute of Physical Culture. The pair's ambition is to win the gold medal at the forthcoming Olympics in Austria -- with performances like this their changes must be good.