Maurizio Margaglio

Maurizio Margaglio
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Italy
Figure skating
Bronze 2002 Salt Lake City Ice dancing
Maurizio Margaglio

Maurizio Margaglio and partner Barbara Fusar-Poli compete at the 2001 Grand Prix Final.
Personal information
Country represented  Italy
Born 16 November 1974 (1974-11-16) (age 37)
Residence Courmayeur, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Partner Barbara Fusar-Poli
Former partner Claudia Frigoli
Former coach Roberto Pelizzola
P. Mezzadri
Natalia Linichuk
Former choreographer Ludmila Vlasova
Skating club Agora Skating Team, Milano
Retired 2002, 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 183.46
2006 Olympics
Comp. dance 38.78
2006 Olympics
Original dance 51.73
2006 Olympics
Free dance 92.95
2006 Olympics

Maurizio Margaglio (born 16 November 1974 in Milan) is an Italian ice dancer. With partner Barbara Fusar-Poli, he is the 2001 World champion, 2001 European champion, and 2002 Olympic bronze medalist. They won eight Italian titles and competed at three Olympics.


Competitive career

Early in his career, Margaglio competed with Claudia Frigoli. He and Fusar-Poli began skating on the senior level in 1994-5, 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.[1] 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.[2] The result was protested by the Lithuanian team, who had finished fifth, but the protest was denied.[3] Fusar-Poli and 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 and Margaglio decided to return and compete in their home country.[4] 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 and Margaglio nonetheless held a narrow lead after the compulsory dance portion of the event, ahead of two-time world champions Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov. This result was described in some news stories at the time as "shocking".[5][6] In the original dance, Fusar-Poli and 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.[7] 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.[8][9][10] 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.[11] The Olympics were Fusar-Poli and Margaglio's final competitive event together, but they continued to perform in shows.

Post-competitive life

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.[12][13] Margaglio and his wife have two sons, Gabriel and Sebastian.


(With Fusar-Poli)

Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
2005–2006 Cha Cha: Rye Yllora
Rhumba: Orfeo Negro
Samba: Carnival
The Prince of Egypt
by Hans Zimmer
2002–2003 Adagio
sung by Lara Fabian
1492: Conquest of Paradise
by Vangelis
I Will Survive
(Hermes House Band version)

Night and Day
sung by Frank Sinatra

2001–2002 Flamenco
Paso Doble
I Will Survive
(Hermes House Band version)
by Ástor Piazzolla

This Business of Love (from The Mask)
by Domino

2000–2001 Quickstep: Puttin' on the Ritz
Foxtrot: Slowfox
Quickstep: Puttin' on the Ritz
by Irving Berlin
Oh Verona,
Mercutio's Death,
Oh Verona

(from Romeo + Juliet)
by Nellee Hooper, Craig Armstrong, Marius de Vries

by Ástor Piazzolla

This Business of Love (from The Mask)
by Domino

1999–2000 Cha cha: El Chico
Rhumba: Eres Todo En Mi
by Ana Gabriel
Samba: Mujer Latina
by Thalía
Warriors (from Lord of the Dance)
by Ronan Hardiman
The Dark Night of the Soul
by Loreena McKennitt
by James Horner
Hava Nagila
1998–1999 Swan Lake
by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Dracula (soundtrack)
Interview with the Vampire
Nessun dorma from Turandot
by Giacomo Puccini
Since I met you Baby
1997–1998 Jive: Since I met you Baby Amarcord

by Nino Rota
by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole
1996–1997 Tango: Italian folk music:
1995–1996 España Cañí
by Pascual Marquina
by Max Steiner
1994–1995 Quickstep: Latin mix:


with Fusar-Poli

Event 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2005–06
Winter Olympics 6th 3rd 6th
World Championships 10th 9th 5th 5th 2nd 1st
European Championships 10th 8th 7th 5th 4th 2nd 1st 2nd
Italian Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Grand Prix Final 5th 5th 2nd 1st 4th
Skate America 2nd 3rd 1st 1st
Skate Canada International 7th 3rd
Sparkassen Cup 1st 1st
Trophée Lalique 1st 6th 2nd 2nd
Cup of Russia 1st 1st 1st
NHK Trophy 5th 3rd
Karl Schäfer Memorial 3rd

with Frigoli

Event 1991–1992
World Junior Championships 16th


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