Russians Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov win ice dancing

Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov of Russia went on to win the Olympic gold medal Monday night. Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto of the United States won the silver and Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov of Ukraine the bronze.

"Physically I feel 70 percent better," Dubreuil said Monday night while supporting herself with crutches. "Yesterday I could not get out of the wheelchair and stretcher.

"I wanted so much to be out there. Emotionally you have to deal with it."

Dubreuil and Lauzon were almost finished with their original dance program when she crashed hard to the ice. During their final lift, she was in a split with both her hands wrapped around Lauzon's arm. But as he spun her around quickly, her hands slipped and she fell hard on her right hip and knee. He fell, too.

She doubled over in pain when they were done, and couldn't put any weight on her right leg as she and Lauzon left the ice. Lauzon carried her out of the arena.

"We were so close to our goal," she said. "To our Olympic dream.", reports AP.

According to People's Daily Online, Navka and Kostomarov, who ranked second in the compulsory, put out a solid performance in the original with a combination spin, a curve lift, a diagonal step sequence and a rotational lift. The two-time world champions scored 61.07 points (30.39 element score/ 30.68 program component score) to clinch the first place with a combined total of 99.27 points.

"We came here for the gold medal and we are quite confident for the next free dance because that is our strong field," said Navka after the original competition.

Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto of the United States convinced with an elegant performance to earn the second place with a total result of 97.89 points.

World bronze medalists Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov of Ukraine were also within the striking distance of the podium with 96.68 points, which gave them a third place after the compulsory and original dances.

"We have to wait for the free dance for which we chosen Pter Gabriel's music. We really like his music and have wanted to skate to it for some years," Grushina said.

Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio of Italy, who claimed the first place after the compulsory dance, stepped out of the top six on Sunday as they committed a mistake in the last rotational lift when Poli fell on the ice. They came in the seventh with a total result of 90.51 points.


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