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Russian Skater Ekaterina Gordeeva

Russian Skater Ekaterina Gordeeva - Champion figure skater Ekaterina Gordeeva and former hockey player Valeri Bure won the televised competition after scoring the most viewer votes with two dazzling dance routines that earned stellar praise from judges Sandra Bezic, Jeremy Roenick and guest judge Christopher Dean.

The duo, credited with raising the level of competition with tricky elements that included the show's first double throw — thanked each other and Canadian voters as the audience erupted into cheers at the announcement.

The honour included a crystal trophy for the pair, which Gordeeva promptly dropped onto the ice, shattering it into pieces. That sent her on a sheepish tour of the rink looking for tiny shards before joining Bure for a victory lap.

Backstage, Bure tried to cover up the gaffe by claiming it was actually an old Russian tradition.

"She broke it for luck," Bure insisted as Gordeeva smiled.

"In Russia, what we do, we break the plates and take a piece. And we decided to do it with the trophy!"

The polished pair beat out Canadian pairs Shae-Lynn Bourne and Patrice Brisebois, and Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner.

The Russians were consistent favourites with the judges, earning weekly praise for seamless skating and sophisticated on-ice tricks. But Gordeeva and Bure weren't always the audience's pick — they landed in the bottom pack of weekly vote-getters three times and had to be rescued from elimination by the judges.

After popping a bottle of champagne and sending foam in his partner's direction, Bure said he was in awe of Gordeeva's talent.

"I grew up watching her win Olympic Games; she's sort of been the one that I'm looking up to as a young kid and 20 years later we paired up," said Bure, who was joined backstage by his wife, Candace Cameron, and kids.

"It's a coincidence but it's a fate as well and to be able to spend two and a half months with her here and get to know her as a woman, as a mom, as a wife, it's been a blessing."

Russian Skater Ekaterina Gordeeva


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