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Last Updated: Monday February 20 2006 15:56 GMT

In pictures: Icy end for Italian skaters

Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio

It all started so well at the Winter Olympics for Italian skaters Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio.

Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio

They looked in great form and were leading after the first of three routines, with two stages of the event still to go.

Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio

But things can very quickly go wrong on ice, even for experts like Olympic skaters.

Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio

Poli and Margaglio had got right to the end of their routine when the trouble started.

Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio

No-one seems sure if Poli or Margaglio was first to lose balance, but once the fall started, they both hit the ice fast.

Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio

When they'd finished there was a bit of frostiness to say the least between the pair.

Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio

And things didn't get much better when they got off the ice, in the amusingly named "kiss and cry" zone.

Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio

And then they got their marks, sending them from all the way from first place to seventh.



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