Ice Skating: Olympic pairs champions miss worlds

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The Independent Online
Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov, the pair who marked their return from the professional ranks with a gold medal at the Lillehammer Olympics, will not compete at the world championships in Tokyo next month. Natalia Mishkutienok and Artur Dmitriev, who won the Olympic title in 1992 - four years after Gordeeva and Grinkov first won it, are not in the Russian team either. Oksana Gritschuk and Evgeny Platov, who took the ice dance gold medal, will attempt to add the world title to that.