By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
Former Israeli ice dance star Galit Chait has paid tribute to Alexandre and Roman Zaretsky after coaching the brother and sister duo to a bronze medal in the Free Dance at Skate America on Sunday.
Chait, who claimed a silver medal at the same event seven years ago with partner Sergei Sakhnovski, was delighted to see her prodigees claim their first Grand Prix podium.
"They were exceptionally good, they skated excellently," Chait said after the free dance finished.
The Zaretskys finished fourth in the compulsory dance, third in the original dance and second in the free dance where they powerfully and emotionally skated to the John Williams-penned soundtrack of Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List commemorating the victims of the Holocaust.
The audience received their performance with a roaring applause.
It was a tense night for the Israelis, who had errors by Russian couple, the current European Champions Yana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski, to thank.
The Zaretskys finished with a total score of 171.77 points.
Roman and Alexandre's mother Sasha was unable to hold back her tears as the siblings took their place on the podium as the Israeli flag was raised. The event was won by 2006 Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto of the USA have won the event.
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