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French silver medalists in ice dancing say rounding up career in elite sports

February 18, 2014, 3:49 UTC+3 SOCHI
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SOCHI, February 18, 3:19 /ITAR-TASS/. Olympic Games in Sochi have become the last sports tournament for the French ice dancers Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat, who took the 4th position in the Olympic figure skating chart upon presenting their free dance program, Pechalat told the French media.

“What’s next? I think the rounding up of the career,” Pechalat said. “We are not going to the world championship in March because we did here at the Games what we were supposed to do.”

“We took coaching from Igor Shpilband for six months and did our best to get here,” she went on. “It’s a pity of course that it ended up in this way but I think we contributed more to figure skating over the course of our career than all the medalists at these Games taken together.”

Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia, who outdid the French by more than six points, took bronze.

Pechalat pointed out the obvious progress of the ice dancing duo at the Games, saying: “They got 110 points versus the 103 in the team tournament that that’s spectacular.”

“My congratulations to the Russian duo, I’m impressed,” she said. “Such a progress with the same program in just one week!”

“But if you take the technical merits, I daresay we were better,” Pechalat said. “As for the artistic impression, that’s arguable.”

Pechalat and Bourzat are two-times winters of the European championships and winners of bronze in the world championships.

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