The Essence of Sport

Thrill of Victory | Agony of Defeat © RolandWhat thousands of followers of this blog got to see here on Saturday was "great sport." In every sense of the two words! The record participation in the 2012 WDSF World Championship Latin made yet another convincing statement about DanceSport's universality.

The enthusiasm of very young couples putting in their first appearance at the highest international level of competition bodes well for the continued development of DanceSport.

It was DanceSport at its very best that the six finalists showed the sell-out crowd at the Stadthalle in Vienna - and to the biggest cumulative audience ever following the 2012 World Latin through this blog, YouTube and the social media.

And that two couples kept everyone in suspense throughout four rounds, through all five dances in the final, and until the very moment that the master of ceremony pronounced country and names of the runners-up, it all reveals just how compelling this artistic sport can be.

"The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat," is how we titled an album (on our facebook page) with superb photographs taken by Helmut Roland of Andrey Zaytsev - Anna Kuzminskaya, RUS, and Aniello Langella - Khrystyna Moshenska, ITA, during the award presentation. Not everybody liked our choice of title (which we actually borrowed from a long-running sportscast on American network ABC). But all sports do have this trait. It is what makes them - and the athletes who play for high stakes, the winners and the runners-up - so great.

Andrey Zaytsev - Anna Kuzminskaya, RUS © RolandAndrey Zaytsev - Anna Kuzminskaya, RUS © RolandAniello Langella - Khrystyna Moshenska, ITA © RolandAniello Langella - Khrystyna Moshenska, ITA © Roland

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  • The Final Post

    22/11/2012 12:04
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  • The World Follows Latin Online ...

    20/11/2012 11:40
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  • La Finalissima

    19/11/2012 17:58
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  • The Essence of Sport

    19/11/2012 09:55
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  • The Final Standing

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  • Langella - Moshenska, ITA | 2012 World Latin Final R

    17/11/2012 23:52
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    17/11/2012 23:33
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  • And The Finalists Are ...

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  • Zaytsev - Kuzminskaya, RUS | 2012 World Latin R3 J

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  • Georgiyev - Khablenko, AUT | 2012 World Latin R3 PD

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  • The Semi-Finalists

    17/11/2012 21:40
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  • Georgiyev - Khablenko, AUT | 2012 World Latin R3 S

    17/11/2012 21:00
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  • Quarterfinal in Progress

    17/11/2012 20:44
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    17/11/2012 19:41
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    17/11/2012 19:24
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    17/11/2012 19:20
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    17/11/2012 19:17
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  • Casula - Jottay, BEL | 2012 World Latin R2 S

    17/11/2012 17:53
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  • Round Two In Progress

    17/11/2012 17:48
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  • Molkin - Chentsova, EST | 2012 World Latin R1 J

    17/11/2012 17:06
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  • Venckus - Dapkeviciute, LTU | 2012 World Latin R1 J

    17/11/2012 16:55
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  • Pictures of the First Round

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  • Zanibellato - Abildtrup, DEN | 2012 World Latin R1 J

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    17/11/2012 16:08
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    17/11/2012 15:59
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    17/11/2012 15:49
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  • Laskin - Libman, ISR | 2012 World Latin R1 R

    17/11/2012 15:43
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  • Zanibellato - Abildtrup, DEN | 2012 World Latin R1 R

    17/11/2012 15:41
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  • Pavlidis - Koliou, GRE | 2012 World Latin R1 R

    17/11/2012 15:38
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  • Langella - Moshensk, ITA | 2012 World Latin R1 R

    17/11/2012 15:35
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  • Frlicka - Guggenbuehl, SUI | 2012 World Latin R1 R

    17/11/2012 15:30
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  • Camacho - Perez, ECU | 2012 World Latin R1 C

    17/11/2012 15:28
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  • Zaytsev - Kuzminskaya, RUS | 2012 World Latin R1 C

    17/11/2012 15:12
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  • Pavlidis - Koliou, GRE | 2012 World Latin R1 C

    17/11/2012 14:54
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  • Langella - Moshenska, ITA | 2012 World Latin R1 C

    17/11/2012 14:47
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  • Belyayev - Popova, CAN | 2012 World Latin R1 C

    17/11/2012 14:43
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  • Romero - Padron, ECU | 2012 World Latin R1 S

    17/11/2012 14:41
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  • LIVE Results

    17/11/2012 14:37
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  • Zanibellato - Abildtrup, DEN | 2012 World Latin R1 S

    17/11/2012 14:29
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  • Lazarev - Isakovich, UKR | 2012 World Latin R1 S

    17/11/2012 14:20
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  • Georgiyev - Khablenko, AUT | 2012 World Latin R1 S

    17/11/2012 14:14
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  • Goffredo - Matus, MDA | 2012 World Latin R1 S

    17/11/2012 13:59
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  • Atlason - Jakobsdottir, ISL | 2012 World Latin R1 S

    17/11/2012 13:46
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  • ITV Martino Zanibellato, DEN

    17/11/2012 13:13
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  • You Ask | We Deliver

    17/11/2012 12:59
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  • ITV Aniello Langella - Khrystyna Moshenska, ITA

    17/11/2012 11:52
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  • Entrevista | Camacho - Perez, ECU

    17/11/2012 11:40
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  • ITV Jose Romero - Veronica Padron, ECU

    17/11/2012 11:32
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  • ITV Zaytsev - Kuzminskaya, RUS

    17/11/2012 11:23
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  • On the Bus

    17/11/2012 10:57
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  • ITV Smolko and Suvorovs | LAT

    16/11/2012 21:03
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  • ITV De Angelis and Flyvbjerg | DEN

    16/11/2012 20:53
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  • Servus from Vienna!

    16/11/2012 19:29
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  • Adjudicators' Congress

    16/11/2012 08:13
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  • In A Nutshell ...

    15/11/2012 20:27
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  • Meeting The Press

    15/11/2012 15:16
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  • Press Conference

    15/11/2012 08:41
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  • Honour Roll

    15/11/2012 08:12
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  • Hands-On Austria

    14/11/2012 16:03
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  • An Austrian Betsy Ross ...

    14/11/2012 12:53
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  • Vienna Adjudicators' Congress

    14/11/2012 12:47
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  • Setting The Scene

    14/11/2012 11:53
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  • 2012 World Latin | Record Breaker

    14/11/2012 11:31
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