Barbara Fusar-Poli

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Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Italy
Figure skating
Bronze 2002 Salt Lake City Ice dancing
Barbara Fusar-Poli
Fusar poli margaglio.jpg
Fusar-Poli and partner Maurizio Margaglio compete at the 2001 Grand Prix Final.
Personal information
Country represented Italy
Born (1972-02-06) 6 February 1972 (age 43)
Residence Sesto San Giovanni, Italy
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Partner Maurizio Margaglio
Former partner Alberto Reani
Matteo Bonfa
Former coach Roberto Pelizzola
P. Mezzadri
Natalia Linichuk
Former choreographer Ludmila Vlasova
Skating club Agora Skating Team, Milano
Retired 2002, 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 183.46
2006 Olympics
Comp. dance 38.78
2006 Olympics
Original dance 51.73
2006 Olympics
Free dance 92.95
2006 Olympics

Barbara Fusar-Poli (born 6 February 1972) is an Italian ice dancing coach and former competitor. With partner Maurizio Margaglio, she is the 2001 World champion, 2001 European champion, and 2002 Olympic bronze medalist. They won eight Italian titles and competed at three Olympics.


Early in her career, Fusar-Poli competed with Matteo Bonfa and then Alberto Reani. After Reani retired, she asked Maurizio Margaglio to skate with her.[1] She and Margaglio began skating on the senior level in 1994-95, and enjoyed some success in the first years of their career, including winning several Grand Prix medals. In 1999-2000, they won their first medals at the European and World Championships, finishing in second place at both events.

The following season was very successful for the duo, who won every event they entered and became the first Italians to win a World title in any discipline.[2] They were not as successful in 2001-02, dropping to second at the Europeans and finishing third at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Their medal at the Olympics was not without some controversy, after Margaglio fell during the free dance portion.[3] The result was protested by the Lithuanian team, who had finished fifth, but the protest was denied.[4] Fusar-Poli/Margaglio did not compete at the 2002 World Championships and would not return to eligible skating until the 2005-06 season.

With the 2006 Winter Olympics being held in Turin, Fusar-Poli/Margaglio decided to return and compete in their home country.[5] They did not skate in any international events prior to the Olympics, but did win the Italian National Championships. The Olympics were their first international event under the new scoring system adopted by the ISU, but, Fusar-Poli/Margaglio nonetheless held a narrow lead after the compulsory dance portion of the event, ahead of two-time world champions Tatiana Navka / Roman Kostomarov. This result was described in some news stories at the time as "shocking".[6][7] In the original dance, Fusar-Poli/Margaglio were performing a rotational lift with only seconds left in their program when Margaglio lost his balance, dropped Fusar-Poli, and fell to the ice himself. Following this conclusion to the program, Fusar-Poli stood glaring at her partner for approximately thirty seconds before the couple took their bows and left the ice.[8] They dropped to seventh overall, but moved up to sixth place after a clean free dance, and told the media that the incident at the end of the original dance had reflected their anger at the mistake rather than at each other.[9][10][11] Several years later, Fusar-Poli said that there were Swarovski crystals on the ice from the costumes of earlier competitors, but that the fall was a result of their own mistake and not the ice conditions.[12] The Olympics were Fusar-Poli/Margaglio's final competitive event together, but they continued to perform in shows.

Fusar-Poli coaches Charlene Guignard / Marco Fabbri,[13] Tanja Kolbe / Stefano Caruso,[14] and junior ice dancers.[15] She is based in Milan at the Agorà ice rink and, since 2012, she also collaborates with Igor Shpilband in Novi, Michigan.[16][17]

Fusar-Poli has also worked as a reporter for Italian TV and Eurosport coverage of skating events.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Fusar-Poli married her long-time boyfriend, Olympic short track competitor Diego Cattani, in June 2000. Their daughter was born in 2004,[5] and they later had a second child.[12]


(With Margaglio)

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
2005–2006 Cha Cha: Rye Yllora
Rhumba: Orfeo Negro
Samba: Carnival
The Prince of Egypt
by Hans Zimmer
2002–2003 Adagio
sung by Lara Fabian
1492: Conquest of Paradise
by Vangelis
I Will Survive
(Hermes House Band version)

Night and Day
sung by Frank Sinatra

2001–2002 Flamenco
Paso Doble
I Will Survive
(Hermes House Band version)
by Ástor Piazzolla

This Business of Love (from The Mask)
by Domino

2000–2001 Quickstep: Puttin' on the Ritz
Foxtrot: Slowfox
Quickstep: Puttin' on the Ritz
by Irving Berlin
Oh Verona,
Mercutio's Death,
Oh Verona

(from Romeo + Juliet)
by Nellee Hooper, Craig Armstrong, Marius de Vries

by Ástor Piazzolla

This Business of Love (from The Mask)
by Domino

1999–2000 Cha cha: El Chico
Rhumba: Eres Todo En Mi
by Ana Gabriel
Samba: Mujer Latina
by Thalía
Warriors (from Lord of the Dance)
by Ronan Hardiman
The Dark Night of the Soul
by Loreena McKennitt
by James Horner
Hava Nagila
1998–1999 Swan Lake
by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Dracula (soundtrack)
Interview with the Vampire
Nessun dorma from Turandot
by Giacomo Puccini
Since I met you Baby
1997–1998 Jive: Since I met you Baby Amarcord

by Nino Rota
by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole
1996–1997 Tango: Italian folk music:
1995–1996 España Cañí
by Pascual Marquina
by Max Steiner
1994–1995 Quickstep: Latin mix:


With Margaglio[edit]

Event 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2005–06
Olympics 6th 3rd 6th
Worlds 10th 9th 5th 5th 2nd 1st
Europeans 10th 8th 7th 5th 4th 2nd 1st 2nd
Grand Prix Final 5th 5th 2nd 1st 4th
GP Cup of Russia 1st 1st 1st
GP NHK Trophy 5th 3rd
GP Skate America 2nd 3rd 1st 1st
GP Skate Canada 7th 3rd
GP Sparkassen Cup 1st 1st
GP Trophée Lalique 6th 2nd 2nd
Karl Schäfer 3rd
Lysiane Lauret 1st
Autumn Trophy 1st
Italian Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
GP = Part of Champions Series from 1995–1996, renamed Grand Prix from 1998–1999

Earlier partnerships[edit]

with Reani

Event 1992–1993 1993–1994
World Championships 22nd 17th
European Championships 17th
Nations Cup 6th
Piruetten 6th

with Bonfa

Event 1990–1991
World Junior Championships 10th


  1. ^ Mittan, J. Barry (1997). "Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio". Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Italians win first skating gold". BBC News. March 24, 2001. 
  3. ^ "Anissina and Peizerat edge out Russians for gold". 
  4. ^ "Lithuania ice dance protest rejected". BBC News. February 21, 2002. 
  5. ^ a b "Italians win compulsories, Belbin-Agosto sixth". 
  6. ^ "Italians hold shock ice dance lead". CNN. 
  7. ^ Shipley, Amy (February 18, 2006). "Belbin, Agosto Stand Sixth in Ice Dancing". The Washington Post. 
  8. ^ "Slam dancing: Americans move up to second as competition repeatedly falls". 
  9. ^ "Fusar Poli-Margaglio make up, stay up". 
  10. ^ "Belbin-Agosto, 'Glare' put ice dancing on our map". 
  11. ^ "Ice dance pair continues Russian figure-skating dominance". The New York Times. February 21, 2006. 
  12. ^ a b c "Rings and rinks: The glare, TV ratings and Sasha". Ice Network. February 16, 2010. 
  13. ^ Charlene Guignard / Marco Fabbri at the International Skating Union
  14. ^ "Tanja KOLBE / Stefano CARUSO: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012. 
  15. ^ Castellaro, Barbara; Sciarrillo, Laura (July 23, 2012). "Barbara Fusar Poli: “We are approaching the new season on the Polka and Waltz rhythms". 
  16. ^ Castellaro, Barbara; Sciarrillo, Laura (July 22, 2012). "Barbara Fusar Poli to work with Igor Shpilband at the Novi Ice Arena". 
  17. ^ Castellaro, Barbara (October 31, 2012). "Barbara Fusar Poli: tra l'Italia e il Michigan" [Barbara Fusar-Poli: Between Italy and Michigan]. (in Italian). 

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