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Pairs, Mixed

Date14 – 16 February 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Saddledome, Calgary / Stampede Corral, Calgary
Participants30 from 8 countries
FormatThe pairs were ranked on Ordinal Placement for each section of the competition, based on judges' points, with final placement for each section determined by Majority Placements. The tiebreaker for the Original Program was the Required Elements score, while the tiebreaker for the Free Skating was the Artistic Impression score. Thus, if a pair was ranked first by a majority of the judges, that skater was placed first overall for that section. Ties were broken by a Subsequent Majority rule. The tiebreakers were then, in order, 1) Number of Majority Placements, 2) Total Ordinals of Majority, 3) Total Ordinals. Final placement was determined by factored placements. The placement for the Original Program was factored by 0.4 (28.57%), and the placement for Free Skating was factored by 1.0 (71.43%). The sums of the factored placements were then used to determine final placement, with the Free Skating being the tiebreaker.

The Soviets had continued their dominance of pairs skating, now led by the tandem of Yekaterina “Kati” Gordeyeva and Sergey Grinkov, who had won the 1986-87 World Championships. But until 1988, they had yet to win the Europeans, those titled going to their teammates Yelena Valova and Oleg Vasilyev in 1985-86 and Larisa Seleznyeva and Oleg Makarov in 1987. However, only a few weeks before Calgary, Gordeyeva and Grinkov won the European title, establishing themselves as the favorites, although Valova and Vasilyev did not take part, as Valova was recovering from a foot injury that saw her hospitalized for almost a month. G&G were dominant in Calgary, winning both the short program and free skating easily, giving the Soviets their seventh consecutive gold medal in this event. Valova/Vasiliyev won silver, but the bronze was a surprise, going to the American pair of Jill Watson and Peter Oppegard. When Watson and Oppegard skated their free program, a photographer dropped his camera on the ice and crawled out to retrieve it, with Oppegard noticing him in the corner of his eye, but they continued their routine.

PosSkaterNOCTotalShortFree
1Katya Gordeyeva / Sergey GrinkovURS1.40.41.0Gold
2Yelena Valova / Oleg VasilyevURS2.80.82.0Silver
3Jill Watson / Peter OppegardUSA4.21.23.0Bronze
4Larisa Seleznyova / Oleg MakarovURS6.42.44.0
5Gillian Wachsman / Todd WaggonerUSA6.61.65.0
6Denise Benning / Lyndon JohnstonCAN9.02.07.0
7Peggy Schwarz / Alexander KönigGDR10.44.46.0
8Christine Hough / Doug LadretCAN11.23.28.0
9Isabelle Brasseur / Lloyd EislerCAN11.82.89.0
10Kim Seybold / Wayne SeyboldUSA14.04.010.0
11Brigitte Groh / Holger MaletzFRG16.25.211.0
12Cheryl Peake / Andrew NaylorGBR16.84.812.0
13Lisa Cushley / Neil CushleyGBR18.65.613.0
14Mei Zhibin / Li WeiCHN20.06.014.0
ACLenka Knapová / René NovotnýTCH3.6DNF

Short Program (14 February 1988)

Judge #1Mikhail DreyURS
Judge #2Elfriede BeyerFRG
Judge #3Claire FergusonUSA
Judge #4Sally-Anne StaplefordGBR
Judge #5Suzi MorrowCAN
Judge #6Shirley TaylorAUS
Judge #7Gerhardt BubníkTCH
Judge #8Günter TeichmannGDR
Judge #9Maria ZuchowiczPOL
PosOrdSkaterNOCPlacementMaj. OrdinalsPointsJudge #1Judge #2Judge #3Judge #4Judge #5Judge #6Judge #7Judge #8Judge #9
1Katya Gordeyeva / Sergey GrinkovURS1.09×1+9.09.0104.811.8 (1)11.5 (1)11.7 (1)11.6 (1)11.6 (1)11.7 (1)11.7 (1)11.6 (1)11.6 (1)
2Yelena Valova / Oleg VasilyevURS2.09×3+25.025.0101.211.5 (2)11.1 (3)11.5 (3)11.5 (2)11.1 (3)11.2 (3)11.1 (3)11.0 (3)11.2 (3)
3Jill Watson / Peter OppegardUSA3.06×3+29.014.0100.811.4 (3)11.2 (2)11.6 (2)11.2 (3)11.0 (4)11.1 (4)11.2 (2)10.8 (7)11.3 (2)
4Gillian Wachsman / Todd WaggonerUSA4.07×5+44.029.098.610.9 (5)11.0 (5)11.3 (4)11.0 (4)10.4 (8)11.3 (2)11.0 (4)10.9 (5)10.8 (7)
5Denise Benning / Lyndon JohnstonCAN5.06×5+43.023.098.611.0 (4)10.7 (6)11.2 (5)10.7 (7)11.2 (2)10.8 (7)10.8 (5)11.1 (2)11.1 (5)
6Larisa Seleznyova / Oleg MakarovURS6.07×6+54.039.098.010.9 (6)10.6 (7)11.1 (6)10.7 (8)10.9 (5)10.9 (6)10.8 (6)11.0 (4)11.1 (6)
7Isabelle Brasseur / Lloyd EislerCAN7.06×6+53.031.097.510.7 (8)11.0 (4)10.9 (7)10.7 (6)10.6 (6)10.9 (5)10.7 (7)10.8 (6)11.2 (4)
8Christine Hough / Doug LadretCAN8.06×8+71.043.095.910.8 (7)10.4 (9)10.8 (10)10.9 (5)10.5 (7)10.5 (9)10.7 (8)10.6 (8)10.7 (8)
9Lenka Knapová / René NovotnýTCH9.05×9+85.043.093.210.6 (9)10.2 (11)10.9 (=8)10.2 (10)10.2 (10)10.5 (8)10.3 (9)10.4 (9)9.9 (11)
10Kim Seybold / Wayne SeyboldUSA10.08×10+87.076.093.510.4 (10)10.3 (10)10.9 (=8)10.4 (9)10.1 (11)10.4 (10)10.1 (10)10.4 (10)10.5 (9)
11Peggy Schwarz / Alexander KönigGDR11.07×11+95.071.091.610.3 (11)10.5 (8)10.0 (12)10.0 (12)10.4 (9)9.7 (11)10.1 (11)10.3 (11)10.3 (10)
12Cheryl Peake / Andrew NaylorGBR12.05×12+110.058.088.410.1 (12)9.5 (13)10.1 (11)10.2 (11)9.6 (13)9.5 (13)9.8 (12)9.8 (13)9.8 (12)
13Brigitte Groh / Holger MaletzFRG13.09×13+113.0113.087.29.9 (13)9.6 (12)9.4 (13)9.3 (13)10.0 (12)9.6 (12)9.7 (13)10.0 (12)9.7 (13)
14Lisa Cushley / Neil CushleyGBR14.08×14+127.0112.083.39.5 (14)9.3 (14)9.3 (14)9.0 (14)9.4 (14)9.1 (14)9.4 (14)9.0 (15)9.3 (14)
15Mei Zhibin / Li WeiCHN15.09×15+134.0134.080.99.0 (15)9.1 (15)9.0 (15)8.6 (15)9.0 (15)9.0 (15)9.1 (15)9.1 (14)9.0 (15)

Free Skating (16 February 1988)

Judge #1Mikhail DreyURS
Judge #2Elfriede BeyerFRG
Judge #3Claire FergusonUSA
Judge #4Sally-Anne StaplefordGBR
Judge #5Suzi MorrowCAN
Judge #6Shirley TaylorAUS
Judge #7Gerhardt BubníkTCH
Judge #8Günter TeichmannGDR
Judge #9Maria ZuchowiczPOL
PosOrdSkaterNOCPlacementMaj. OrdinalsPointsJudge #1Judge #2Judge #3Judge #4Judge #5Judge #6Judge #7Judge #8Judge #9
1Katya Gordeyeva / Sergey GrinkovURS1.09×1+9.09.0105.811.8 (1)11.8 (1)11.7 (1)11.6 (1)11.7 (1)11.8 (1)11.8 (1)11.8 (1)11.8 (1)
2Yelena Valova / Oleg VasilyevURS2.09×2+18.018.0103.111.4 (2)11.5 (2)11.5 (2)11.1 (2)11.5 (2)11.5 (2)11.5 (2)11.5 (2)11.6 (2)
3Jill Watson / Peter OppegardUSA3.06×3+31.018.0101.811.3 (4)11.4 (3)11.3 (3)11.0 (=4)11.1 (5)11.4 (3)11.4 (3)11.4 (3)11.5 (3)
4Larisa Seleznyova / Oleg MakarovURS4.06×4+39.022.0100.411.3 (3)11.0 (5)10.9 (6)10.9 (6)11.2 (3)11.3 (4)11.2 (4)11.3 (4)11.3 (4)
5Gillian Wachsman / Todd WaggonerUSA5.05×6+56.025.098.711.0 (5)10.8 (7)11.1 (4)10.7 (8)11.0 (6)11.2 (5)11.2 (5)10.9 (8)10.8 (8)
6Peggy Schwarz / Alexander KönigGDR6.05×6+59.029.097.610.7 (6)10.9 (6)10.8 (9)10.7 (7)10.7 (7)11.0 (6)10.8 (7)11.1 (6)10.9 (5)
7Denise Benning / Lyndon JohnstonCAN7.08×7+52.044.098.410.7 (7)11.1 (4)10.9 (=7)11.0 (3)11.2 (4)10.9 (7)10.6 (8)11.2 (5)10.8 (7)
8Christine Hough / Doug LadretCAN8.05×8+70.033.097.010.5 (9)10.8 (8)10.8 (10)11.0 (=4)10.6 (8)10.8 (9)11.0 (6)10.9 (7)10.6 (9)
9Isabelle Brasseur / Lloyd EislerCAN9.09×9+72.072.096.210.6 (8)10.7 (9)11.0 (5)10.6 (9)10.5 (9)10.8 (8)10.5 (9)10.6 (9)10.9 (6)
10Kim Seybold / Wayne SeyboldUSA10.09×10+87.087.094.810.4 (10)10.4 (10)10.9 (=7)10.5 (10)10.5 (10)10.7 (10)10.5 (10)10.4 (10)10.5 (10)
11Brigitte Groh / Holger MaletzFRG11.06×11+103.066.085.59.7 (11)9.5 (11)9.8 (11)9.0 (12)9.7 (11)8.9 (13)9.5 (12)9.8 (11)9.6 (11)
12Cheryl Peake / Andrew NaylorGBR12.08×12+106.093.087.09.6 (12)9.4 (12)9.7 (12)9.8 (11)9.5 (13)9.9 (11)9.9 (11)9.7 (12)9.5 (12)
13Lisa Cushley / Neil CushleyGBR13.09×13+115.0115.083.39.5 (13)9.3 (13)9.4 (13)8.9 (13)9.6 (12)9.2 (12)9.0 (13)9.3 (13)9.1 (13)
14Mei Zhibin / Li WeiCHN14.09×14+126.0126.078.48.8 (14)8.8 (14)8.9 (14)8.1 (14)9.0 (14)8.4 (14)8.7 (14)8.9 (14)8.8 (14)
DNSLenka Knapová / René NovotnýTCH