Articles by Salvatore Zanca



Russia, Sweden Clean Up at Champs

  • 03 August 06
  • The Associated Press
Russia and Sweden won two gold medals each at the European Swimming Championships on Tuesday before a thunderstorm forced the postponement of two events.

Olympic Gold Is a Grown-Up Plushenko's to Lose

  • 08 February 06
  • The Associated Press
Yevgeny Plushenko was a shy, insecure, almost brooding skater four years ago when he entered the Salt Lake City Olympics as a co-favorite.

Plushenko Takes 5th European Gold

  • 23 January 06
  • The Associated Press
Though suffering from the flu, the Russian still destroys the field to win gold in Lyon.

Russians Skate Toward Gold at Euro Champs

  • 19 January 06
  • The Associated Press
Russia's Tatyana Totmyanina and Maxim Marinin overcame recent physical ailments and took their first step toward a fifth-straight continental pairs title Tuesday, leading after the short program at the European Figure Skating Championships.

Russians Take to Lyon Ice Seeking Past Glory

  • 17 January 06
  • The Associated Press
Last year, the Russians swept the titles at the European Championships for the fourth time since 1997.

Back Pain Puts Strain on Plushenko Challenge

  • 15 March 05
  • The Associated Press
Three-time world champion Yevgeny Plushenko had a strong performance Monday in men's qualifying at the Figure Skating World Championships.

Russians Triumph at Grand Prix

  • 20 December 04
  • The Associated Press
Russians Yevgeny Plushenko and Irina Slutskaya reclaimed Grand Prix Final titles Saturday as a Chinese pair took the gold in their home town.

Depleted Russians Look for Success

  • 03 February 04
  • The Associated Press
Yelena Sokolova, who was second to Michelle Kwan at the world championships in Washington last March, and Yevgeny Plushenko, the current men's world champion, lead a Russian squad looking to sweep the titles again at the European figure skating championships that started Monday.

Business as Usual, Despite Absentees

  • 25 March 02
  • The Associated Press
Another protest. Michelle Kwan losing. Alexei Yagudin skating superbly and winning. This year's world skating championships had the look of the Olympics.

Pair Continues Russian Dominance in Europe

  • 18 January 02
  • The Associated Press
For the 35th time in 38 years, a Russian or Soviet pair has won the European pairs figure skating title.

Russians Start Strongly in Switzerland

  • 16 January 02
  • The Associated Press
Despite leaving their best skaters behind, Russians dominated the first day of the European Figure Skating Championships placing one and two in the pairs competition.

Russians Still Hold Cards Going Into World Finals

Berezhnaya Golden in Europe

Yagudin Delivers in Europeans

Butyrskaya Golden in Season Debut

Butyrskaya Begins Quest For Her 2nd World Title

Russians Take Gold, Silver in Finland

Russian Duo Takes Gold for 2nd Year in a Row

Plushenko, Yagudin Set for Showdown

Yagudin Again Skates Away With Gold

Dutch Rider Edges Russia's Zabirova

Russia Skaters Dominate Despite Soviet Breakup

Villeneuve Closes Gap in Austria

Ullrich Rides Into Paris as King of the Tour

Solo Rous Takes 18th For Festina

Mengin Takes 16th Stage as Tour Leaves Alps

Ferrari Shines in Rainy Monaco Win

Russian Skaters Dominate, Cash in on Golds

Ukrainian Wins Men's Title At European Championships

New Partnership Pays For Russian Pairs King