A daring Yamaguchi wins pro world title Boitano captures 5th championship

December 13, 1992|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Staff Writer

LANDOVER -- Wearing tight red stretch pants and a glittering halter top, Kristi Yamaguchi proved she's not just the little girl next door anymore.

Skating a hot, sultry routine to "My Lovin' (Never Gonna Get It)" byEn Vogue, Yamaguchi beat a hauntingly beautiful performance by Denise Biellmann to win her first Durasoft World Professional Figure Skating Championship in her pro debut last night at the Capital Centre.

"I have to show more now," she said. "And this is a little daring for me. But I can do it now. I couldn't have done it a few years ago. It's pretty sexy."

The performance earned five perfect 10s from the seven judges, despite a slip on the finishing slide. Biellmann, who had no slips but scores that ranged from 10, three of them, to 9.7 for a total of 49.6, lost out by a total of 99.9 to 99.1. Rosalynn Sumners finished third and Jill Trenary fourth.

While Yamaguchi skated the role of sex kitten, Brian Boitano performed in the familiar role of the heavy romantic to Pavarotti to win his fifth consecutive championship. Boitano beat Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie, who totaled 98.9 to Boitano's 99.5. Brian Orser was third with 98.8.

In the pairs, defending champions Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov skated a romantic, graceful and technically perfect artistic program to "Once Upon a Dream" from Jekyll and Hyde to score a perfect 50. Their total score, 99.5, beat Elena Bechke and Denis Petrov, who had 99.1.

In the ice dancing, Natalia Annenko and Genrikh Sretenski scored 99.6, skating to "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole and Nat "King" Cole. That beat defending champions Natalia Bestemianova and Andrei Bukin.

Yamaguchi said she was nervous last night before her pro debut. But the judges certainly didn't notice it and neither did anyone else among the 17,548 fans in the Capital Centre.

Yamaguchi wowed the crowd in the technical program, opening with a triple Lutz followed by a double toe loop. Her reward for the elegantly skated routine to Chopin's "Fantasy Impromptu" was perfect 10s from all seven judges. It was the only perfect score in any of the technical programs.

Her performance had come on the heels of a superb and completely different performance by Rosalynn Sumners.

Sumners, dressed in twinkling teal blue, performed a funny little routine with a touch of Vaudeville to "You Can Always Count on Me," and finished third in the women's technical program with a score of 49.1.

Three-time U.S. national champion Trenary, who defeated Yamaguchi when they last met at the 1990 U.S. National Championships, fell twice during the technical program and came out fourth.

Biellmann skated to "On Golden Pond," and impressed the judges with her Biellmann spin and finished second after the technical portion.

In the men's competition, the expected showdown between Boitano and reigning Olympic gold medalist Viktor Petrenko did not develop.

Boitano, who won the gold medal in 1988, was on his form from the moment he hit an opening triple axel in combination with a double toe loop. The judges awarded him a 49.6 score, which included two scores of 10, in the technical program.

But Petrenko fell twice in two spin attempts and bobbled yet another to be in last place going into the artistic program with a score of 48.2.

In the pairs competition, defending champions and 1988 Olympic gold medalists Gordeeva and Grinkov led after the technical program with a 49.5 score. They also got two 10s.

And in ice dancing, Annenko and Sretenski led after the rhythmic dance portion with a score 39.6, four-tenths of a point better than Bestemianova and Bukin.

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