Facts and figures

December 07, 1990

What: NutraSweet World Professional Figure Skating Championships

Site: Capital Centre, Landover, tomorrow, 7 p.m.

dTC Tickets: About 2,000 of 18,000 tickets are left. $35 and $22.50.

Available by calling TicketCenter at 481-6000.

TV: A tape of the 11th annual championships will be televised by NBC on "SportsWorld" Jan. 26-27.

Women: Two-time defending champion Debi Thomas; Denise Biellmann, who defeated Thomas in the Challenge of Champions, the Moscow stop in this event; Elizabeth Manley of Canada, in her first pro competition since upsetting Thomas for the Olympic silver medal in Calgary in 1988; Rosalynn Sumners, the 1984 silver medalist and third-place finisher last year.

Men: Two-time defending champion and Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano; Canadian Gary Beacom, who will take Scott Hamilton's place as crowd-pleaser; Brian Orser, Boitano's rival from the 1988 Games; and Robin Cousins, who returns to this event after winning in 1985 and 1987.

Pairs: Canadians Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini, who steamed everyone's glasses with their version of "When a Man Loves a Woman," return to defend their title; 1988 Olympic gold medalists Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov in their first pro competition; Soviet husband and wife team, Elena Valova and Oleg Vassiliev, 1984 gold medalists; and Larissa Selezneva and Oleg Makarov, Soviet bronze medalists in 1984, also in their first pro competition.

Dance: Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, the groundbreaking 1984 Olympic gold medalists; Susan Wynne and Joe Druar, who successfully defended their 1989 National amateur title in Baltimore this year and turned pro after finishing third in the Goodwill Games; Natalia Annenko and Genrikh Sretenski, who placed second in the Moscow Challenge of Champions last year; Renee Roca and Gorsha Sur, the first Soviet-American dance team, formed after he defected earlier this year.

Prize money: First prize, $40,000; second prize, $20,000; third prize, $12,000; fourth prize, $8,000; fifth prize, $5,000.

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