5 November 2012

Cup of China - Day 1


The 2012 Cup of China is the third of six events in the 2012–13 ISU Grand Prix. The competition will be held in Shanghai, China from November 2 - 4, 2012. Skaters will earn points toward qualifying for the Grand Prix Final.

The Cup of China opened Friday with the Short Dance, Ladies, Men's and Pairs Short Programs.

Short Dance

Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat of France danced to the lead followed by Canada's Kaitlyn Weaver/ Andrew Poje and Russians Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev.

Pechalat/Bourzat turned in a strong Waltz and Polka set to a French Waltz and Can Can. The European Champions earned a level four for the twizzles, the lift and the first Polka sequence to score 69.15 points.

Weaver/Poje picked up a level four for the same elements in their Waltz and Polka to “The Sound of Music”. The Canadians earned 65.59 points.

Bobrova/Soloviev's dance to music from Russian movies featured level-four twizzles and a level-four straight line lift. The European silver medalists collected 64.32 points.

Madison Chock/Evan Bates are currently ranked fourth at 59.26 points and Charlene Guignard/ Marco Fabbri (ITA) placed fifth with 55.57 points.



Ladies Short Program

Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia captured the lead ahead of Japan's Mao Asada and Mirai Nagasu (USA).

Skating to “Sabre Dance”, Lipnitskaia hit a triple Lutz-triple toe combination, a triple flip, double Axel and level-four spins. The World Junior Champion got 63.06 points.

Performing to “I Got Rhythm” by George Gershwin, Asada completed a double Axel, triple loop and her spins and the footwork garnered a level four. However, the Olympic silver medalist underrotated the triple flip and she was edged out for first place by less than one point at 62.89 points.

Nagasu produced a double Axel, triple loop and strong spins, but underrotated the back end of her triple toe-triple toe combination to score 59.67 points. “I'm happy thatI improved on Finlandia Trophy where I fell on my toe-toe, and this time I only put my foot down. That's a big improvement and my points were lot higher”, the American pointed out.

Kiira Korpi (FIN) finished fifth while Zijun Li (CHN) came fifth. Amelie Lacoste (CAN) rounds up the top six.



Men Short Program

Daisuke Takahashi of Japan grabbed a narrow lead in the Men's Short Program, edging out teammate Tatsuki Machida by 1.31 points. Russia's Sergei Voronov came third.

Takahashi two-footed and underrotated his quad toe but hit a triple Lutz-triple toe combination as well as a triple Axel and two level-four spins in his Rock'n'Roll program. The World silver medalist scored 84.79 points.

Machida's routine to “F.U.Y.A” by C2C was highlighted by a triple Axel, triple flip-triple toe combination and fast, well centred spins.

Voronov completed a quad toe-triple toe combination, a triple Axel and a triple loop in his program to the “Russian Sailor Dance” to earn 73.58 points.

Adam Rippon (USA) placed fourth (71.81 points) ahead of Nan Song (CHN, 70.86 points). Kevin Reynolds (CAN) is ranked sixth at 69.87 points. Brian Joubert (FRA) stand in 7th place after missing two jumps (63.27 points).



Pairs Short Program

China's Qing Pang/Jian Tong took the Pairs Short Program. Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander Smirnov of Russia and Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch follow in second and third.

Pang/Tong produced side by side triple toes, a triple twist, throw triple loop and three level-four elements in their “Paso Doble” program. The two-time World Champions received 68.57 points.

Skating to “The Blue Danube”, Kavaguti/Smirnov landed a side by side triple toe, a triple twist and throw triple loop to score 63.70 points.

Moore-Towers/Moscovitch turned in a clean performance as well with a triple twist, triple toe and throw triple loop to “Motley Crew”. The Canadian couple was awarded 59.12 points.

The new team of Cheng Peng/Hao Zhang (CHN) came fourth with 57.89 points and Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov (RUS) placed fifth at 56.66 points.



Source: ISU

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