|Olympic medal record|
|Competitor for Italy|
|2002 Salt Lake City||Ice dancing|
Fusar-Poli and partner Maurizio Margaglio compete at the 2001 Grand Prix Final.
|Born||6 February 1972|
|Residence||Sesto San Giovanni, Italy|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Former partner||Alberto Reani
|Former coach||Roberto Pelizzola
|Former choreographer||Ludmila Vlasova|
|Skating club||Agora Skating Team, Milano|
|ISU personal best scores|
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. 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. 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. The result was protested by the Lithuanian team, who had finished fifth, but the protest was denied. 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. 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". 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. 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. 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. 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, Tanja Kolbe / Stefano Caruso, and junior ice dancers. She is based in Milan at the Agorà ice rink and, since 2012, she also collaborates with Igor Shpilband in Novi, Michigan.
Fusar-Poli has also worked as a reporter for Italian TV and Eurosport coverage of skating events.
|Season||Original dance||Free dance||Exhibition|
||The Prince of Egypt
by Hans Zimmer
|Unchain My Heart
by Joe Cocker
|I Will Survive
by Hermes House Band
by Ástor Piazzolla
This Business of Love (from The Mask)
|2000–2001||(Romeo + Juliet)
by Nellee Hooper, Craig Armstrong, Marius de Vries
by Ástor Piazzolla
This Business of Love (from The Mask)
|1998–1999||Nessun dorma from Turandot
by Giacomo Puccini
Since I met you Baby
by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole
|1996–1997||Tango:||Italian folk music:|
by Max Steiner
|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|
|GP = Part of Champions Series from 1995–1996, renamed Grand Prix from 1998–1999|
|World Junior Championships||10th|
- Mittan, J. Barry (1997). "Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio". Archived from the original on May 12, 2012.
- "Italians win first skating gold". BBC News. March 24, 2001.
- "Anissina and Peizerat edge out Russians for gold".
- "Lithuania ice dance protest rejected". BBC News. February 21, 2002.
- "Italians win compulsories, Belbin-Agosto sixth".
- "Italians hold shock ice dance lead". CNN.
- Shipley, Amy (February 18, 2006). "Belbin, Agosto Stand Sixth in Ice Dancing". The Washington Post.
- "Slam dancing: Americans move up to second as competition repeatedly falls".
- "Fusar Poli-Margaglio make up, stay up".
- "Belbin-Agosto, 'Glare' put ice dancing on our map".
- "Ice dance pair continues Russian figure-skating dominance". The New York Times. February 21, 2006.
- "Rings and rinks: The glare, TV ratings and Sasha". Ice Network. February 16, 2010.
- Charlene Guignard / Marco Fabbri at the International Skating Union
- "Tanja KOLBE / Stefano CARUSO: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012.
- Castellaro, Barbara; Sciarrillo, Laura (July 23, 2012). "Barbara Fusar Poli: "We are approaching the new season on the Polka and Waltz rhythms". ArtOnIce.it.
- Castellaro, Barbara; Sciarrillo, Laura (July 22, 2012). "Barbara Fusar Poli to work with Igor Shpilband at the Novi Ice Arena". ArtOnIce.it.
- Castellaro, Barbara (October 31, 2012). "Barbara Fusar Poli: tra l'Italia e il Michigan" [Barbara Fusar-Poli: Between Italy and Michigan]. ArtOnIce.it (in Italian).
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- Barbara Fusar-Poli / Maurizio Margaglio at the International Skating Union
- Official Fusar Poli & Margaglio website
- Fusar Poli and Margaglio