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    A 12-year-old Soviet schoolgirl, Yelena Vodorezova, won the Open Women's skating title at the "Nouvelles de Moscou" International skating competition in Moscow.

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    A 12-year-old Soviet schoolgirl, Yelena Vodorezova, won the Open Women's skating title at the "Nouvelles de Moscou" International skating competition in Moscow.

    Miss Vodorezova -- taking part in her first senior contest -- put on a free-skating display filled with complex and enthralling moves to take the competition first prize with 177.68 points and 12 ordinals.

    The runner-up was Wendy Burge of the United States, who finished fourth in this year's World championships. Miss Burge, who led before the free-skating section, had 175.44 points and 17 originals.

    Third place went to Karin Enke of West Germany, with 171.52 points and 28 ordinals.

    The young Miss Vodorezova amazed opponents, spectators and judges alike with her free-style compositions. Her jumps of three and two-and-a-half turns in different combinations and cascades, with great speed and swings, were wildly acclaimed by the large crowd.

    The verve, style and spirit she showed could make Yelena a top skating star, with an affectionate world following....trailing the path blazed by young Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut at the last full Olympic Games in Munich.

    In all, 82 competitors, representing 16 countries, took part in the various sections of the championships, enabling Soviet national team selectors to study the cream of Soviet skating and the strength of their international competition.

    Yelena Vodorezova's performance must make her a definite challenger for a place in the Soviet national team to compete in the forthcoming Winter Olympics in Innsbruck early next year.

    SYNOPSIS: A brilliant young Soviet schoolgirl, Yelena Vodorezova amazed opponents, spectators and judges alike at the "Nouvelle de Moscou" International ice skating championships in Moscow recently. The twelve-year-old newcomer gave a scintillating display in the free-skating section of the Women's Open section to capture the title.

    Before the start of the section, Miss Vodorezova had been trailing United States skater Wendy Burge...but her sparkling performance overshadowed all opposition. With a series of three and two-and-a-half turns in her jumps, speed, skill and cascades, the young Soviet challenger swept to victory.

    Her success was all the more remarkable because this was Yelena's first senior competition....against skaters of world rank, like Miss Burge, who came fourth in this year's World Championships.

    The Moscow Championships gave Soviet team selectors a chance to study the cream of Soviet skating for next year's Winter Olympics...and their international competition. With such performances, Yelena Vodorezova seems a definite challenger.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE6KZECYVS6RDI08PU53Z44UDH
    Media URN:
    VLVAE6KZECYVS6RDI08PU53Z44UDH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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