On the first night of the women’s competition in the World Professional Figure Skating Championships in Washington, Kristi Yamaguchi scored 99.0 out of 100.
Katia Gordeeva was second with 97.5 points. Nancy Kerrigan and Denise Bielmann tied for third, ahead of Josee Chouinard and Oksana Baiul, who took to the ice for her first major competition since a car accident in January.
Kurt Browning edged Rudy Galindo to take the lead in the men’s competition.
France is out, Belgium and Portugal are tentatively still in, and China and South Africa are on standby for the 1998 Formula One season.
The schedule contains 16 events on five continents - starting with the Australian Grand Prix on March 8 and ending with the Japanese Grand Prix on Nov. 1.
Athletes training in U.S. Olympic Committee residence programs in Colorado Springs, Lake Placid and San Diego face no-notice, round-the-clock drug tests under a new plan.