The USSR figure skating championships on January 9 provided a guide to form for the European titles beginning in Dortmund.
1. SV/GV/SV Marine Pestova and Stanislav Leonovich (3 shots) 0.55
2. SV PULL BACK TO GV Crowd applauding 1.03
3. SV/GV Natalia Bestemianova and Andrei Bukin (2 shots) 2.10
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Background: CHELYABINSK, USSR
The USSR figure skating championships on January 9 provided a guide to form for the European titles beginning in Dortmund. West Germany on January 31st. First place in the pairs competition was won by Moscow students Marina Pestova and Stanislav Leonovich. Eighteen-year-old Marina and 24-year-old Stanislav were silver medal winners at the World and European championships in 1982. However, the Soviet Union's best chance at the coming European championships will rest with the very experienced Natalia Bestemianova and Andrei Bukin. They gained first place in the ice dancing section of the USSR figure skating championships with a superb display and are now considered to be possible 1983 European champions. The couple are silver-prize holders of the 1982 World and European championships. Bestemianova and Bukin are seen as the only serious rivals to reigning European Champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean of Britain.