Krisztina Regoeczy and Andras Sallay became the first Hungarians to win the world ice dance title on Friday night (14 March).
SV PAN Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponosov of Soviet Union skating
CU Electronic scoreboard showing marks for artistic impression
SV PAN Hungarian skaters Krisztina Regoeczy and Andras Sallay skating to end of their programme
SV Electronic scoreboard showing marks for artistic impression
SV Winners on rostrum with Hungarian receiving gold medal
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Background: Krisztina Regoeczy and Andras Sallay became the first Hungarians to win the world ice dance title on Friday night (14 March). It was the first time in ten years that the title had not been won by the Soviet Union.
SYNOPSIS: The Soviet couple Natalia Linchuk and Gennadi Karponosov had held the title for the last two years, and ere marginally in the lead at the start of Friday night's event.
But the Soviet pair could not match their performance at Lake Placid last month (February), where they gained the Olympic Gold medal. They were beaten into second place by the fiery, gypsy-style performance of the Hungarians.
This was the Hungarians' eighth entry in this event, and the end of their amateur career as they have announced they will retire from competition. The Hungarians who have been coached by a Briton, Betty Callaway, for many years, put up a sparkling performance. They finished second in Vienna a years ago and only narrowly missed the Olympic gold.
Up until 1970, only British couples and one Czech duo had won the ice dance title, first awarded in 1952, then the Soviet Union monopolised the scene. This new break in tradition received warm acclaim from the audience.
The marks for artistic impression included six 5.9s, compared to only one for the Soviet couple's performance. It was a forceful end to the Hungarians' amateur career.