At the World Figure Skating Championships in Calgary, the Soviet skaters Irina Rodnina and Alexei Ulanov on Thursday (9 March) took their fourth consecutive world title in the pairs event.
SV Russian skaters Irina Rodnina & Alexei Ulanov competing
SV American skaters Jo Jo Starbuck and Ken Shelley on ice
The World Figure Skating Championships in the Canadian prairie city of Calgary. And this is the class that wins world titles. On the ice are the Russian dancers Irina Rodnina and Alexei Ulanov - defending their title in the pairs event for the fourth consecutive year. The performance had particular merit because Miss Rodnina had fallen earlier in the week and hurt herself.
Second place also went to a Soviet pair - Andre Suraikin and Ludmilla Smirnova. But it was the performance of the American duo - Jo Jo Satrbuck and Ken Shelley which really captured the imagination of the capacity crowd. This performance boosted them from sixth place in the championship to their final position, third. Three of the nine judges rated the American pair as good or better than the winning Russian duo.
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SPORT: FIGURE SKATING
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Background: At the World Figure Skating Championships in Calgary, the Soviet skaters Irina Rodnina and Alexei Ulanov on Thursday (9 March) took their fourth consecutive world title in the pairs event.
Their performance was considered particularly good, because Mice Rodnian had been hurt while skating earlier in the week.
Surprise of the pairs event was the performance of the United States skaters, Jo Jo Starbuck and Ken Shelley.
They produced a breathtaking free-style performance which boosted them from sixth place in the championship to third.
Second place went to Ludmila Smirnova and Andro Suraikin of the Soviet Union.