Ice Skating: Sophie Moniotte & Pascal Lavanchy compete in ice dance competition

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Making moves: Sophie Moniotte and Pascal Lavanchy get into their routine during the ice dance competition at the World Figure Skating Championships in Lausanne yesterday. The French pair are in fourth place behind Oksana Gritschuk and Yevgeny Platov, the Russian partnership, who are now close to their fourth consecutive title. In the men's event, Elvis Stojko, of Canada, regained his title utilising a quadruple-triple combination to rally from fourth place. Stojko's task was made easier when Alexei Urmanov, of Russia, who led after the short programme, withdrew with a groin injury suffered on Wednesday after trying to warm up. The day was marred by the death from a heart attack of Carlo Fassi, one of skating's most successful coaches. He was 67.

Photograph: Stu Forster/Allsport

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