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2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver / Israel's team: Two skaters, a skier
By Oren Kessler

The Olympic Committee of Israel announced yesterday that the sibling ice dancing pair of Roman and Alexandra Zaretsky would represent the country at next month's Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Alpine skier Mikahil Ranzin will round out Israel's delegation to the Games, the committee said.

The Zaretskys put on an impressive show at this week's European Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, finishing 7th among 26 teams with 174.91 points after three days. The Olympic Committee requires candidate athletes to finish in the top 10 in order to qualify.

Another Olympic skating hopeful, Tamar Katz, will not be joining the delegation, as the IOC said her performance did not meet qualification criteria. Katz finished 21st in Estonia.

Italy's Carolina Kostner won her third European figure skating title on Saturday, but the standard of the error-ridden women's competition is unlikely to trouble Olympic rivals from other continents. Kostner took gold despite falling over during her performance.

Kostner was glad to snatch back the crown she lost to Laura Lepisto of Finland last year, but knows she cannot afford to fall down - as she did in the free skate - when she faces the Asian and North American favorites in Vancouver.
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