Figure Skating – 1986 – Career Hilites OF Ice Dance Champs USSR Natalia Bestemianova + Andrei Bukin

Andrei Bukin began figure skating at age seven….while entering the Children and Youth Sports School of CSKA in Moscow. The group trained at a small stadium in Chapayevsky Park near Pesochnaya Square.  At age ten, he joined Spartak and began ice dancing….after originally training at the Small Sports Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium.  In his early career, he was coached by Nadezhda Shirokova…..and his…

Figure Skating – 1986 – Highlights Of 1896 World Championships – Narrated By CBS John Tesh

The 1986 World Figure Skating Championships were held in Geneva, Switzerland from March 18 to 23. At the event, sanctioned by the International Skating Union, medals were awarded in men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. The ISU Representative was Josef Dědič from Czechoslovakia….and the ISU Technical Delegate was Elemér Terták of Hungary.  Soviet judge Natalia Danilenko was suspended for ignoring a new rule requiring mandatory deductions…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championship Mens Long Program – CZK Josef Sabovcik – With John Tesh

CZK Josef Sabovčík began skating when he was six years old…..with his main coach being Agnesa Búřilová….but he also worked with Anderlová, Lojkovičová and Hilda Múdra…..and his choreographer was Frantisek Blazak.  Sabovčík won bronze at the 1981 Skate Canada International and 1982 Skate America…..and he was the silver medalist at the 1983 European Championships…..but suffered a knee effusion before the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics….where he…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championship Mens Long Program – CAN Brian Orser – With Scott Hamilton

Brian Orser is a Canadian former competitive and professional figure skater….who is the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics and the  1988 Calgary Winterr Olympic silver medalist….the 1987 World champion…..and an eight-time Canadian national champion from 1981 to 1988.  At the 1988 Calgary Games, the rivalry between Orser and USA Brian Boitano….who were the two favorites to win the gold medal…..captured media attention and was described as…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Ice Dance Championships – USSR Marina Klimova + Serei Ponomarenko

Sergei Ponomarenko is a Russian former competitive ice dancer who competed for the Soviet Union and the Unified team with his skating partner and wife Marina Klimova…..as this ice dance couple were the 1992 Albertvielle Winter Olympics champion….the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics silver medalist….the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics bronze medalist…..plus they were three-time World champion….and four-time European champion.  The Soviet Union dominated ice…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championship Mens Free Skate – USA Brian Boitano – With Scott Hamilton

Following the 1984 Olympics….several skaters emerged as likely medal hopes following the retirement of USA Scott Hamilton…..when Brian Boitano won the 1985 United States Figure Skating Championships….which was the first of his four titles…..and while at the first World Championships of the post-Hamilton era in 1985…..that’s when USSR Alexander Fadeev won, with Brian Orser finishing 2nd and Boitano 3rd…..plus he had injured tendons in…

Figure Skating – 1986 – CBS Sports Special – A Journey Through Time – The Yr 1986 In Figure Skating

CBS Tim Ryan and Anne Butler co-host a special segment of CBS Sports Sunday called A Journey Through Time…..which provides the viewing public highlights and a re-hash of the year 1986 in figure skating…..which was for the most part dominated on the women’s part by USA Debi Thomas and DDR Katarina Witt…..while on the men’s part…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championship Mens Singles Medal Ceremony – USA Brian Boitano Gold

Being a Sportsphile….I have always enjoyed the medal / trophy ceremonies in sports….for any time we at ImaSportsphile hear The Star Spangle Banner being played….we simply stand and salute as these special moments pass by…..as a matter of fact, ImaSportsphile has a really wonderful Star Spangled Banner category in our library….with probably more videos of different performances…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championship Ice Dance Competition – CAN Tracy Wilson + Robert McCall

In the summer of 1981, Tracy Wilson teamed up with Rob McCall in a ice dancing partnership that started at the Elgin Barrow Arena in Richmond Hill, Ontario…..as they trained in Richmond Hill throughout their competitive careers. Together they won the Canadian national championship seven times from 1982 to 1988…..in addition to winning the Skate Canada International competition in 1983 and 1987…..as the 1983 gold was…