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Maurizio Margaglio

Maurizio Margaglio (Italian pronunciation: [mauˈrittsjo marˈɡaʎʎo]; born 16 November 1974) is an Italian ice dancing coach and former competitor. With partner Barbara Fusar-Poli, he is the 2001 World champion, 2001 European champion, and 2002 Olympic bronze medalist. They won nine Italian titles and competed at three Olympics.

Maurizio Margaglio
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Maurizio Margaglio and partner Barbara Fusar-Poli compete at the 2001 Grand Prix Final.
Personal information
Country representedItaly
Born (1974-11-16) 16 November 1974 (age 45)
ResidenceCourmayeur, Italy
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
PartnerBarbara Fusar-Poli
Former partnerClaudia Frigoli
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

Competitive careerEdit

Margaglio began skating at age ten, directly in ice dancing.[1] Early in his career, Margaglio was a three-time Italian junior champion with Claudia Frigoli.[2]

Barbara Fusar-Poli asked Margaglio to skate with her after her partner retired.[2] He and Fusar-Poli 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.[3] 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.[4] The result was protested by the Lithuanian team, who had finished fifth, but the protest was denied.[5] 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.[6] 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".[7][8] 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.[9] 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.[10][11][12] 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.[13] The Olympics were Fusar-Poli/Margaglio's final competitive event together, but they continued to perform in shows.

Later careerEdit

In 2010, Margaglio began working once a month or every two months with senior and junior Finnish synchronized skating teams.[1] In 2011, Margaglio signed a three-year contract to head and develop Finland's ice dancing program, and was appointed to the position of Olympic Youth Coach.[14][15]

His current students include:

Personal lifeEdit

Margaglio was born on 16 November 1974 in Milan.[16] His mother was a housewife and his father an accountant.[17]

He began a relationship with German figure skater Jyrina Lorenz by 1998.[17] They are married and have three sons: Gabriel (born 6 June 2007),[18] Sebastian (born in August 2009)[19] and Julian (born in January 2012 in Helsinki).[20][21]


With Fusar-Poli
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 Fusar-PoliEdit

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 FrigoliEdit

Event 1991–92
World Junior Championships 16th


  1. ^ a b Halonen, Lena; Jangbro, Maria (December 29, 2011). "Maurizio Margaglio: "It is a challenge to be in a country with no tradition in ice dance, and I love a challenge."". Absolute Skating. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Mittan, J. Barry (1997). "Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio". Archived from the original on May 13, 2012.
  3. ^ "Italians win first skating gold". BBC News. 24 March 2001.
  4. ^ "Anissina and Peizerat edge out Russians for gold". ESPN.
  5. ^ "Lithuania ice dance protest rejected". BBC News. 21 February 2002.
  6. ^ "Italians win compulsories, Belbin-Agosto sixth". ESPN.
  7. ^ "Italians hold shock ice dance lead". CNN.
  8. ^ Shipley, Amy (18 February 2006). "Belbin, Agosto Stand Sixth in Ice Dancing". Washington Post.
  9. ^ "Slam dancing: Americans move up to second as competition repeatedly falls".
  10. ^ "Fusar Poli-Margaglio make up, stay up".
  11. ^ "Belbin-Agosto, 'Glare' put ice dancing on our map".
  12. ^ "Ice dance pair continues Russian figure-skating dominance". The New York Times. 21 February 2006.
  13. ^ "Rings and rinks: The glare, TV ratings and Sasha". Ice Network. February 16, 2010.
  14. ^ "Maailmanmestari jäätanssin nuorten olympiavalmentajaksi Suomeen" (in Finnish). 9 April 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  15. ^ Paasonen, Elina (July 16, 2011). "Maurizio Margaglio Heads Finland's Ice Dance Program". IFS Magazine. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014.
  16. ^ 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)
  17. ^ a b Stevens, Neil (30 March 2000). "Canadian pairs 11th, 16th after original dance". The Canadian Press. Archived from the original on 4 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Fiocco Azzurro a Casa Margaglio" (in Italian). 9 June 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  19. ^ Elina Paasonen (16 July 2011). "Maurizio Margaglio Heads Finland's Ice Dance Program". International Figure Skating. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  20. ^ "Margaglio Tripletta". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 11 January 2012. p. 33. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  21. ^ "Doppio Axel" (in Italian). Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  22. ^ "Barbara FUSAR POLI / Maurizio MARGAGLIO: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 June 2002.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  23. ^ "Barbara FUSAR POLI / Maurizio MARGAGLIO: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 19 April 2001.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  24. ^ a b "Barbara FUSAR POLI / Maurizio MARGAGLIO". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 November 2016.

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