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Four-time and reigning World champions and 2010 Olympic bronze medalists, Aliona Savechenko and Robin Szolkowy, debuted their new short program to “Kismet” by Bond, earning 72.26 points.

“We are very happy with all of our elements,” Szolkowy said. “We received all of the levels we wanted.”

Canadian champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford gained 64.49 for their short, just shy of their goal of 65.00.

“Things have started to gel,” Duhamel said. “Our elements are smoother, and we have more complicated choreography.”

The team also executes difficult elements, including side-by-side triple lutzes.

Two-time Italian champions Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek, who train in Germany, USA (Detroit) and Milan, stood third after the short program with a score of 59.79.

“We are pretty happy,” Hotarek said. “Our practices were pretty close to this.”

The team credited their improved technique to their coach, Jason Dungjen, a former U.S. pairs’ champion.

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