edged Switzerland 5-4 to win the 2001 European championship, will atone for a
disappointing sixth-place finish in Nagano
Canada has taken
the last two world titles and will win again despite the loss of longtime skip
Sandra Schmirler, who died of cancer two years ago at 36
[Gold]Evgeni Plushenko, Russia
[Silver]Alexei Yagudin, Russia
[Bronze]Timothy Goebel, U.S.
Yagudin won the
European title last month while world champ Plushenko was sidelined with a
[Gold]Michelle Kwan, U.S.
[Silver]Irina Slutskaya, Russia
[Bronze]Sarah Hughes, U.S.
No Soviet or
Russian woman has ever won the ladies' singles title
Russians have won 10 in a row