Barbara Fusar-Poli

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 nine Italian titles and competed at three Olympics.

Barbara Fusar-Poli
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Fusar-Poli and partner Maurizio Margaglio compete at the 2001 Grand Prix Final.
Personal information
Country representedItaly
Born (1972-02-06) 6 February 1972 (age 47)
ResidenceSesto San Giovanni, Italy
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
PartnerMaurizio Margaglio
Former partnerAlberto Reani
Matteo Bonfa
Former coachRoberto Pelizzola
P. Mezzadri
Natalia Linichuk
Former choreographerLudmila Vlasova
Skating clubAgora Skating Team, Milano
Retired2002, 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total183.46
2006 Olympics
Comp. dance38.78
2006 Olympics
Original dance51.73
2006 Olympics
Free dance92.95
2006 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 has coached Charlene Guignard / Marco Fabbri,[13] Tanja Kolbe / Stefano Caruso,[14] and junior ice dancers.[15] She is based mainly in Milan at the Agorà ice rink. In 2012, she started to collaborate with Igor Shpilband in Novi, Michigan.[16][17] After Caruso ended his competitive career in 2014, he and Fusar-Poli began a coaching partnership.[18]

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

Personal lifeEdit

Fusar-Poli was born on 6 February 1972 in Sesto San Giovanni, Italy.[19] She married her long-time boyfriend, Olympic short track competitor Diego Cattani, in June 2000. Their daughter, Giorgia, was born in 2004,[5] and their son, Christian, four years later.[18]


With Margaglio
Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition


  • This Business of Love
    (from The Mask)
    by Domino

  • This Business of Love
    by Domino
  • Since I Met You Baby
  • Italian folk music
  • Quickstep
  • Latin mix


GP: Champions Series / Grand Prix

With MargaglioEdit

Event 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 05–06
Olympics 6th 3rd 6th
Worlds 10th 9th 5th 5th 2nd 1st
Europeans 10th 8th 7th 5th 4th 2nd 1st 2nd
GP 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
Autumn Trophy 1st
Lysiane Lauret 1st
Schäfer Memorial 3rd
Italian Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st

With ReaniEdit

Event 1992–93 1993–94
World Championships 22nd 17th
European Championships 17th
Nations Cup 6th
Piruetten 6th

With BonfaEdit

Event 1989–90 1990–91
World Junior Championships 15th 10th


  1. ^ Mittan, J. Barry (1997). "Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio". Archived from the original on May 13, 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 "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 30, 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).
  18. ^ a b Elfman, Lois (9 March 2017). "Fusar-Poli, Caruso embrace teaching roles".
  19. ^ a b "Barbara FUSAR POLI / Maurizio MARGAGLIO: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 April 2006.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  20. ^ "Barbara FUSAR POLI / Maurizio MARGAGLIO: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 June 2002.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  21. ^ "Barbara FUSAR POLI / Maurizio MARGAGLIO: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 April 2001.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  22. ^ a b "Barbara FUSAR POLI / Maurizio MARGAGLIO". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 November 2016.

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