An international figure-skating tournament, popularly known as the "Moscow Skates" attracted many of the world's top ice stars to the Soviet capital earlier this month.
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SPORT: ICE SKATING
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Background: An international figure-skating tournament, popularly known as the "Moscow Skates" attracted many of the world's top ice stars to the Soviet capital earlier this month.
Held for the fifth time at the Sports Palace in Luzhniki, more than 70 of the foremost figure-skaters have been competing on the rink.
Besides Russian stars competing on home ground, there were skaters from most Warsaw Pact countries, from West Germany, Sweden, Italy and Switzerland, and even from Japan.
The Pairs event produced a major upset. The reigning Russian world champions Irina Rodnina and Alexei Ulanov, who led after the compulsory programme, later withdraw because Miss Rodnina was ill.
Their withdrawal let in the Soviet pair who were runners-up in both the World and European championships, Lyudmila Smirnova and Andrei Suraikin of Leningrad. The winners totalled 231.2 points. The best placed overseas pair were West German Almuth Lehmann and Herbert Wiesinger, who came fifth with 218.5 points.