Ice dancer takes fall during competition

The Gazette Updated: January 26, 2006 at 12:00 am • Published: January 26, 2006
The Four Continents Ice Skating Championships hasn’t been such a great event for American ice dancer Jamie Silverstein. During Thursday’s Original Dance competition, Silverstein, coming out of a turn and setting up for a series of twirls, caught the tip of her right skate on the ice and did a belly flop.
Silverstein and her partner Ryan O’Meara finished the rest of the routine without incident. “You know, I don’t really keep a record,” Silverstein said when asked about the last time she fell in competition. "I don’t think Ryan and I have ever dove. But it was probably back in 1999. Actually, I think it might have been at a Four Continents.” Silverstein and O’Meara earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team and a trip to Turin, Italy, with a bronze - medal finish at the U.S. National Championships earlier this month. “It’s good for them,” Silverstein’s and O’Meara’s coach, Marina Zoueva said. “They have to learn how to compete back to back. … Physically, emotionally, everything, it will be a good lesson for them.” After two days of ice dancing competition, Silverstein and O’Meara remain in fifth place. Americans Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto took first place in the Original Dance competition, earning 59.28 points for a two-day total of 97.51. They expanded their lead over second place Morgan Matthews and Maxim Zavozin who stand at 83.73 points after two days.
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