Ice Dance: Zaretskys move up to sixth position at ISU Europe

Brother and sister pairing finishes original dance section with 55.92 points, for a total of 90.55 points ahead of Friday's final section - the free dance.

By JEREMY LAST, AP
January 22, 2010 08:54
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Israeli ice dancing duo Roman and Alexandra Zaretsky moved up a place to sixth position overall at the ISU European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, on Thursday evening.



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The brother and sister pairing finished sixth in Thursday's original dance section with 55.92 points, giving them a total of 90.55 points ahead of Friday's final section - the free dance.



The Olympic Committee of Israel requires the Zaretskys to finish in the top 10 at the Europeans in order for them to compete at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next month.



The pair are likely to be Israel's only representatives at the Games.



Russia's Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin held their lead at the Europeans after the original dance.



Italian rivals Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali slightly outpointed the Russians on Thursday, but the world champions stayed in front overall because of their advantage after Tuesday's compulsory dance.





Domnina and Shabalin got higher artistic marks than the Italians for their highly unusual routine to Australian aboriginal music.



Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski of Russia are third.


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