25 January 2012


And so we've entered the real competition with today pairs SP, that will be followed by the FD later this evening.

Unluckly, after some rumours about the possibility of  German couple Savchenko/Szolkowy withdrawal, the news has arrived some minutes before the start of the SP that Savchenko was in no shape to compete and they had to withraw. Poor Aliona, she bursted into tears. They're are the second top pair to withdraw, after former European champions Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov pulled out because of Smirnov's appendix surgery earlier in the month.

But to go back to the competition, the pairs SP ended with a completely Russian podium! The first 16 couples out of 18 will compete the FP on Thursday 26.

Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov

They led a Russian sweep in the Pairs Short Program. Volosozhar/Trankov opened their routine to “Bring Me Back to Life” by Evanescence with a huge triple twist followed by a side by side triple toe. However, Volosozhar put down both hands on the throw triple flip. The World silver medallists picked up a level four for the spins, footwork, lift and death spiral to post a new seasons best of 72.80 points. “We are pleased with the score, but I am not completely satisfied with my throw triple flip, I made an error. Overall it was an okay skate”, Volosozhar commented. “It was like a practice run-through, we can do much better and hopefully we'll get more points at the World Championships because we skated with errors today”, her partner added.

Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov

Bazarova/Larionov, who skated last out of the 18 couples, gave a solid performance to “Tosca” that was highlighted by a triple toe, triple twist and throw triple flip. They scored 66.89 points. “Unfortunately I had a little error on the jump (triple toe) today, it was a little scratchy. We won't relax now, there is another day to come”, Larionov said.


Stolbova/Klimov produced a double twist, throw triple flip and triple toe in their routine to a modern arrangement of “Bolero”. They earned a seasons best of 58.66 points. “That was probably the best performance of the season, we are very happy with it. Obviously we were a little nervous, but not more than at other competitions. It is harder to compete here than in Juniors. There are stronger rivals and the programs are harder, but basically a competition is a competition and there are always rivals and we try to focus each time in the same way”, Klimov told the press.

Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek

Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek are currently ranked fourth at 54.38 points. Unluckly, Ondrej fell in the footwork. Not to mention that damned tie! Glue it better!!! Good luck guys for the FP, you can make the podium!!

And, for your enjoyment and mine, here all the videos of today competition! If you've missed it, or you want to re-watch your favourite pairs, just press play!

I loved Popova/Massot costumes! Just the shade of red I love...

I loved Kemp/King costumes, too! So elegant!

Go guys! For a freshly made couple, that was great!

I loved Montalbano's dress. Ok, I know, it's not a catwalk, but appearances count too!

Awww, Sissi for the Austrian couple. Not very innovative, but always nice. And please, have you seen how their coaches are dressed (min. 3:25)?!

Source: ISU

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