An Olympic Ice Storm

Two powerhouse coaches will see their bitter feud play out in Sochi

For more than a decade, coaches Igor Shpilband and Marina Zoueva have been the go-to taskmasters of ice dancing. He made the U.S. relevant by demanding that athletes stop treating ice dancing as an also-ran event; she insisted on seemingly impossible precision moves and conditioning to turn dancers into athletes. Together, their renown has helped them attract the sport's top talent, including nearly half a dozen teams who are contenders for a medal in Sochi. Together, they became the winningest coaching team in U.S. ice-dancing history. Considering the turnaround that has occurred under their guidance, the 2014 Games should be a...

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