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Russia makes its fifth sweep of the Europeans

Updated: January 29, 2005, 3:40 PM ET
Associated Press

TURIN, Italy -- Irina Slutskaya joined the elite company of Katarina Witt and Sonja Henie by winning a sixth title at the European championships. She did not, however, soar into the record book.

The Russian bungled the first three jumps during Saturday's final, then tumbled to the ice doing a triple lutz. Her footwork looked sluggish, and at times she almost seemed to be in slow motion as she skated to jazzy piano tunes.

Only a day earlier, she was sublime in the short ...

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