Partners since 1996, Denkova and Staviski had featured on the podium at European and world championships throughout their long careers but had never made it to the top step until their unexpected victory in Calgary.
Leaders after the compulsory and original dance, the Bulgarians only produced the third best free skate but it was just enough to see off a determined challenge from home favourites Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon of Canada (pictured).
FIGURE SKATING 2006 World Championships Canada Debreuil Lauzon
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Meissner masterful in Calgary
Denkova and Staviski posted a winning total of 199.14 points, fractionally ahead of the Canadians on 198.69.
Olympic silver medallists Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto of the U.S. completed the podium, taking the bronze with 196.74.
Crashed but not burned
She's Cohen the distance