Figure Skating – 1987 – European Championship Ice Dancing – USSR Natalia Bestemianova + Andrei Bukin

CBS Tim Ryan provides a wonderful look at the history of ice dancing in figure skating competition…..with a wonderful stop along the way to remember GBR Jayne Torvil + Christopher Dean…..as he comments on how this outstanding team of Brits were able to break the “death hold” that the ice dancers from the Soviet Union held…

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Figure Skating – 1987 – Womens European Championships – With DDR Katarina Witt – With Scott Hamilton

Katarina Witt won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany (DDR)….and is a four-time World Champion in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988…..and a two-time World silver medalist in 1982 and 1986 …..as Witt made her first appearance in a major international competition at the 1979 European Championships….while finishing 14th at the event.  At the 1981 World Championships, she placed 1st in the…

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Figure Skating – 1987 – European Championships – Scott Hamilton Interviews Winner DDR Katarina Witt

The European Figure Skating Championships is an annual figure skating competition in which figure skaters compete for the title of European champion…..as medals are awarded in the disciplines of men’s singles, women’s singles, pair skating and ice dance. The event is sanctioned by the International Skating Union (ISU)…..and is the sport’s oldest competition. The first European Championships was held in 1891 in Hamburg, Germany….and featured just one…

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Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championships Ice Dance Finals – USSR Natalia Bestemianova + Andrei Bukin

Natalia Bestemianova was coached by Tatiana Tarasova and competed in ice dance with Andrei Bukin…..who capped their lengthy career by winning the gold medal at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and that year’s World Figure Skating Championships. The Besti Squat was Bestemianova’s signature move and is unofficially named for her. Natalia Bestemianova and Andrei Bukin are the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic gold medal winners…..as well as the 1984 Sarajevo…

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Figure Skating – 1987 – European Mens Championships – USSR Alexander Fadeev – With Scott Hamilton

At the 1987 European Men’s Figure Skating Championship….USSR Alexander Fadeev received several perfect 6.0’s and regained his European title…..as seen in this video herewith.  Fadeev also repeated as the bronze medalist at the World Championships….after finishing 3rd again behind CAN Brian Orser and USA Brian Boitano in Cincinnati.      In the 1987–88 season, USSR Alexander Fadeev…

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Figure Skating – 1987 – European Championship Pair Finals – USSR Ekaterina Grodeeva + Sergei Grinkov

Every now and then, we here at ImaSportsphile responsible for posting each of these videos in this awesome vintage video library that simply becomes MUST SEE TV…..and this is one of those…..for our viewers will get to see something that most likely they have never seen before…. I mean, 99.9% of the folks out there…

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Figure Skating – 1987 – Judy Blumberg Interview USA Debi Thomas After DDR Katarina Witt Wins Worlds

Judy Blumberg is an American former competitive ice dancer…..who with partner Michael Seibert were a three-time World bronze medalist from 1983 to 1985…..the 1980 Skate Canada International champion….the 1981 Skate America champion…..and a five-time U.S. national champion from 1981 to 1985.  On the ice from the age of ten….Blumberg trained nearly three hours every morning and a few more hours following school in Tarzana, California. She switched from singles to ice…

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Figure Skating – 1986 – Mens World Championship Free Skate – USSR Alexander Fadeev – With John Tesh

Alexandre Fadeev is a Russian former competitive figure skater that represented the Soviet Union ….who is the 1985 World champion….as well as a four-time European champion…..as Fadeev won bronze at the 1979 World Junior Championships….and then gold the following year.  In the 1983–84 season, he won his first European title….and stepped onto his first World podium and captured the bronze medal. Fadeev won…

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Figure Skating – 1987 – Scott Hamilton Interview DDR Katarina Witt After Winning Gold At World Champ

To hear Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, talk about East German world and Olympic figure skating champion, Katarina Witt, literally took the Western Hemisphere by storm…..for here was this steamy voluptuous German girl from the Eastern Bloc….who skated to the hot music that was from the opera Carmen…..as she stamped her mark all over the ice…

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