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Cup of China: BOBROVA/SOLOVIEV, SOTNIKOVA, YAN, PANG/TONG TAKE LEAD IN SHORT PROGRAMS

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating made its third stop at the Lexus Cup of China. Beijing hosted over 50 skaters from 8 countries. Competitors included Olympic, World, Europeans, Four Continents and Grand Prix medalists.

DANCE: Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev (RUS) led after Short Dance…

  1. Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Solviev (RUS)
  2. Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat (FRA)
  3. Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA

Reigning European Champions, Bobrova/Soloviev (RUS) used a traditional ballroom style Quickstep and Foxtrot to “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”. Their twizzles and straight line lift earned level fours, while the two Finn Step patterns rated levels three and two, the lower score due to a slight scuff on the final twizzle. The new program gave the Russians 65.70 points.

Pechalat/Bourzat (FRA), 2012 World bronze medalists, added the Charleston to their Quickstep and Foxtrot to garner a level four for their twizzles and lift. Their Finn Step patterns received a level three and a one. At the end of the final lift, Pechalat dropped her two knees on the ice. It was given -1 fall deduction, but later removed. They scored 63.60 points.

Chock/Bates (USA) received the highest level…four…for the first part of the Finn Step pattern, but dropped to level one in the second section due to a lack of speed and unison plus a bobble on the final twizzle. Chock lost her balance at the end of the first twizzle and received a level three; their rotational lift was a level four. The current Four Continents bronze medalists chose “There’s No Business like Show Business” and scored 56.77 points.

2013 Junior World bronze medalists, Alexandra Aldridge/Daniel Eaton (USA), ranked fourth with 52.92 points.

LADIES: Adelina Sotnikova (RUS) first after Ladies’ Short Program…

  1. Adelina Sotnikova
  2. Carolina Kostner
  3. Anna Pogorilaya

Skating to “Carmen”, Sotnikova under rotated the triple loop in her 3Lutz+3Loop combination, but landed her 2Axel and 3Flip. Her spins, including a new variation on the camel spin, and footwork received level fours. Sotnikova scored 66.03 points.

Carolina Kostner (ITA) the current European Champion, fell on her3T+3T combination, but landed the 2Axel and 3Loop. Her spins and footwork received levels three and four. She outscored the Russian youngster in her Program Component Score. Kostner’s total points were 62.75.

Anna Pogorilaya (RUS) the Olympic eligible fifteen year old landed her 3Lutz+3Toe combination, 2Axel, and 3Loop. Her lower Program Component Score landed her in third place with 60.24 points.

MEN: Han Yan (CHN) skates to lead in Men’s Short Program…

  1. Han Yan
  2. Maxim Kovtun
  3. Takahiko Kozuka

Yan landed a 3Axel, 4Toe, 3 Lutz+3Toe combination and three level four spins to earn 90.14 points, a new personal best for the 2012 World Junior Champion.

Maxim Kovtun (RUS) also scored a personal best with 81.84 points. He nailed a 4Salcow+3Toe combination, 4Toe and 3Axel, then lost concentration and fell on the straight line sequence.

Takahiko Kozuka (JPN) had a shaky 4Toe and nice 3Axel, but dropped his combination to a 3Lutz+2toe reducing his Executed Element Marks. The 2011 World silver medalist received a season’s best 81.61 points.

Denis Ten (KAZ), 2013 World silver medalist placed fourth with 77.05 points. 2011 European Champion, Florent Amodio (FRA) scored 76.75 points for fifth place.

 

PAIRS: Qing Pang/JianTong (CHN) tight lead after Pairs Short Program…

  1. Qing Pang/Jian Tong
  2. Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy
  3. Cheng Peng/Hao Zhang

Pang/Tong, the 2010 Olympic silver medalists highlighted their program with a triple twist, throw triple loop and reverse Lasso lift. Tong had difficulty with his side by side triple toe jump. The couple earned 70.38 points.

The four time World Champions, Savchenko/Szolkowy (GER), executed a high scoring triple twist and level four footwork and death spiral. Szolkowy under rotated the side by side triple toe jump and Savchenko two footed the throw 3Axel. Their score of 69.07 kept them very close to the leaders.

Peng/Zhang (CHN) completed a huge triple twist, throw triple loop and a level four lift, but Peng stepped out of the side by side triple toe. Peng/Zhang teamed up in 2012 after Zhang’s 2006 Olympic silver medalist partner retired. The 64.24 points set a new personal best record for the Chinese team.

 

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