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Belbin & Agosto win fourth U.S. Ice Dancing Title

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Belbin & Agosto debuted their new free dance to "Amelie" Friday night after their previous program to "That's Entertainment" received lukewarm feedback from fans and judges earlier in the season. Amazingly, they put the new program together in four weeks, and the gamble paid off. With an increase of speed and poetic movements, their new program featured a handstand lift and a lift featuring Belbin in a Biellman position.

"We feel great," Belbin said. "That was a really sound performance. For the first time out to be relatively clean and to feel like we did capture the character here and there was a huge achievement. It's more than we could have asked of ourselves as this point with this program only a few weeks old, and we couldn't be happier or prouder of ourselves."

With this victory, Olympic silver medalists Belbin & Agosto have now won their fourth U.S. title. They were named to the 2007 U.S. World Team, along with Melissa Gregory (Chicago, Ill.) & Denis Petukhov (Hartford, Conn.) - who finished second - and Meryl Davis (West Bloomfield, Mich.) & Charlie White (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) - who finished third in their first year on the senior level.

Gregory & Petukhov skated full out to "Adam and Eve," with deep intensity and powerful emotion. Their silver medal now brings their U.S. total to four, with silvers every year since 2004.

Davis & White had excellent synchronized twizzles and innovative lifts during their "Prince Igor Polovtsian Dances" program. The reigning U.S. junior champions stepped up amidst the talented pool of seniors and proved they belong. As training partners with Belbin & Agosto, the teams will travel together to the World Championships in March.



Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto



Melissa Gregory & Denis Petukhov



Meryl Davis & Charlie White