Ice skating: Butyrskaya sends out a warning to Kwan
Monday 01 February 1999
Before the 1996 Europeans, no Russian or Soviet woman had ever won a world or European championship. Then Irina Slutskaya broke through to win that year and again in 1997 before Maria Butyrskaya unseated her last year.
Butyrskaya won again here with a performance that earned her first-place votes from every judge in all three phases of the competition. "My goal is to be on top in Helsinki and I think I can compete with Michelle Kwan now," said Butyrskaya, 26.
Behind Butyrskaya, though not yet in her or Kwan's class artistically, are Julia Solatova and Viktoria Volchkova. Both are excellent jumpers, the 16-year-old Volchkova looking particularly strong until her legs gave way late in her free programme.
The Russians claim to have 10 good women skaters at home as a new programme to boost their women after previous disappointment bears fruit.
Latest in Sport
- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 3 US? China? India? The 10 biggest economies in 2030 will be...
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
£18000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Chiropractic Assistant is needed in a ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides coaching ...