Skating Expert Alina Sivorinovsky Adams Shares Her Olympic Predictions

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Ice Skating Researcher and Author foresees Russian Sweep

With the Winter Olympics a mere 5 days away, inquiring minds are turning to the experts for their picks and pans of the upcoming medal fest. Alina Sivorinovsky Adams, a former researcher for ABC, NBC, TNT and ESPN, Sivorinovsky Adams is also the author of SARAH HUGHES: SKATING TO THE STARS and the coffee table book INSIDE FIGURE SKATING. The first two novels in the series are MURDER ON ICE (Berkley, 2003) and ON THIN ICE (Berkley, 2004). The skating expert and mystery writer draws from her own experience of real-life stories from behind the competition and drama, both on and off the ice, to create what critics have called a “must-read” series.

Sivorinovsky Adams, who has created the first mystery series of its kind set in the world of competitive figure skating, shares her predictions for the medal race in Turino. According to Sivorinovsky Adams:

“Unfortunately for the U.S. Figure Skating Team, it's looking to be an unprecedented all-Russian sweep at the Winter Games in Turino.

In the LADIES, defending World Champion and 2002 Olympic Silver Medalist Irina Slutskaya is on a roll. Her only loss this season was at the Grand Prix Final to Japan's Mao Asada -- but Mao is too young to compete at the Olympics. Americans Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen are always contenders, but both have sat out this season with injuries, losing the opportunity to test-run their latest programs under the new judging system. And don't count out 2005 World Bronze Medalist – and home-country favorite! - Italy's Carolina Kostner.

In the MEN, Switzerland's Stephane Lambeil and Canada's Jeffrey Buttle finished the Grand Prix Final 1-2, just like last year at the World Championship. But Russia's 2001, 2003 and 2004 World Champion Evgeny Plushenko (who withdrew from last year's Worlds due to injury), just won the Russian Nationals for the seventh time. No American man qualified for the Grand Prix Final, though Evan Lysacek is the defending World Bronze Medalist.

No American PAIR qualified for the final, either. The winners were Russia's Totmianina and Marinin (best-known in the US for the horrific fall she took in competition, last season). Their biggest competition should have been China's phenomenal, two-time World Champions Shen and Zhao; the Bronze Medalists from the 2002 Olympics who almost landed a historic Throw Triple Axel at those Games.

Unfortunately, Zhao missed months of crucial practice time due to an injury, and only returned to the ice in December.

Finally, Russians always win ICE DANCE (unless Torvill and Dean are competing, and they even overcame them in 1994). Russians will continue to win Ice Dance, including Navka and Kostamarov this year.

However, the US did get some good news in this discipline: Defending World Silver Medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto overcame her citizenship problems to secure a spot on the World Team, meaning the U.S. might win their first Ice Dancing Olympic medal in exactly 30 years!”

Born in the Soviet Union and raised in San Francisco, Sivorinovsky Adams sold her first novel when she was just 23. Successful mystery writer, contributing editor to a national ice skating magazine, and producer for two soap opera websites, Sivorinovsky Adams is both versatile and prolific, working across a variety of genres with a unique voice and trademark wit.

Please contact Gayle Khait or Debra Burley to request review copies and/or interview opportunities with this dynamic and vivacious young writer.

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