Linda Fratianne of the United States on Saturday (17 March) won the gold medal in the women's individual event at the World Figure Skating Championships in vienna.
Linda Fratianne of the United States on Saturday (17 March) won the gold medal in the women's individual event at the World Figure Skating Championships in vienna. Miss Fratianne regained the title she won to years ago by beating last year's winner, Anett Poetzsch of East Germany, who came second. Emi Watanabe of Japan was third.
SYNOPSIS: First, the defending champion, Anett Poetzsch, who experts predicted would retain her title with routines like this.
Fraulein Poetzsch's programme was in the Eastern European tradition, with intricate and gymnastic movements given more emphasis than more languid and graceful segments.
A dazzling finale to crown a performance that clearly made her a candidate for another gold medal.
It needed a performance of the highest order to beat the defending champion, and Linda Fratianne provided one. Her triple spins made the slender American, in her burgundy dress, flickers across the ice like a darting flame.
Miss Fratianne was flowing through her programme with verve and confidence, racking up points with more breath-taking spins. Excitement was rippling through the spectators, as they realised that, barring unlikely disaster, they were watching Miss Fratianne win her second gold medal in three years. That disaster did not come, although the lithe American made one rare error when touching down from another triple spin. No matter.. this had been the best performance in the women's free programme.
Miss Fratianne's moment of triumph -- receiving the acclaim from the high point on the rostrum, with Fraulein Poetzsch on her right and Miss Watanabe on her left.