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On the final day of the ISU Cup of China, over 50 athletes skated their free programs. The total prize money for the Grand Prix event is $180,000.00.

DANCE: Natalie Pechalat/ Fabian Bourzat (FRA) defend their title and win gold.

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

Pechalat/Bourzat overtook the Short Dance leaders with difficult lifts and smooth footwork skated to “Le Petit Prince et Sa Rose”. Their twizzles, lifts and spin earned level fours. The two time European Champions earned 102.08 points and a total of 165.68. “We are really happy to have won the third gold medal at the Cup of China, but feel sad because it’s our last season and our last Cup of China. So it was a great pleasure for us to compete here”, Bourzat commented.

Bobrova/Soloviev skated to “Four Seasons” and “Lacrimosa”. The new program elements garnered them several level fours. “As for our Free Dance, we probably just don’t have enough mileage on this program and we are not in top shape ye3, 2013t”, Soloviev said. The reigning World bronze medalists received 97.72 points and a total of 163.42.

Chock/Bates (USA) performed level four lifts and level three footwork to the popular, “Les Miserables” and received 93.76 points and a total of 150.53. “We are very pleased with our performance. We went in with a plan of attack and just to enjoy and put out our best skate. We are so excited about our first medal at the Grand Prix”, Chock told the press. Chock and Bates are both former World Junior gold medalists with different partners.

Carron/Jones (FRA) with 134.12 points moved ahead of Aldridge/Eaton (USA) into fourth place.

LADIES: Anna Pogorilaya (RUS) jumps up two places and wins gold.

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

Pogorilaya landed seven triples including a 3Loop+1Loop+3Salchow combination and three level four spins en route to a personal best 118.38 points and a 178.62 total. “Today I showed everything I can do and the judges apparently appreciated it”, said the fifteen year old after winning her first senior level GP event.

Sotnikova was credited with only four triple jumps including a 2Axel+3Toe combination and fell from first to second place. “Maybe I just got too nervous as I had to skate last and I had the chance to win. I tried not to think about it and I don’t know why the performance went wrong”, said the Moscow teenager.

Kostner landed only two clean jump passes 3Flip+2Toe and a 3Salchow+2Toe+2Loop. She either doubled or under rotated the other jumps. She received 110.65 points and a total of 173.70. “I usually make mistakes when I’m nervous, but today I was not nervous. Of course I’m not very pleased about the performance, but in the end I am in third place and can go home with a smile”, commented Kostner.

MEN: Han Yan (CHN) skates to gold, but is second in Men’s Free Program…

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

Yan’s 4Toe+3Toe combination, four more clean triples plus three level four spins earned him second place in the Free Skate with 155.48 points and 245.62 total. “I was very nervous in my free skating today, I didn’t skate the complete program. It is very hard and I didn’t show all the difficulty. I am happy the judges appreciated my program”, said the seventeen year old.

Kovtun’s program had two Quad Salchows and four triples, including two Axels. He doubled a planned 4Toe. The young Russian received 156.81 points and totaled 238.65. “To win the silver medal in my first senior GP is very valuable for me and a motivation to train harder and to win more competitions”, he commented.

Kozuka landed five triples after falling on his opening 4Toe and 3Flip. He scored 145.30 points and totaled 226.92. “Today’s performance was the worst in my skating life. I am not injured or sick, but I need to concentrate more on my next competition”, said the Japanese skater.

Denis Ten (KAZ) World silver medalist finished fourth with 224.80 in his first 2013/14 GP event .

PAIRS: Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy skate away with the gold medal in the Pairs Competition…

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

The four time World Champions, Savchenko/Szolkowy, earned level fours on their death spiral, side by side spins and Axel Lasso lift. Savchenko fell on the throw 3Axel at the very end of the program. Both had a mistake on their side by side 2Axels. They received 132.14 points and totaled 201.21. “Today’s program was a little better than the short program. We are satisfied, buy we can get a lot more points”, Szolkowy noted.

Pang/Zhang, the reigning Olympic silver medalists, skated to “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. Again in the Free Program, Zhang had trouble with the solo jumps. The couple received 124 points and totaled 194.38. “We had a few problems and lacked energy”, commented Pang. “ We are not at 100% yet.”

Peng/Zhang’s program to “Yellow River Concerto” included a quadruple twist, triple throws and level four lifts. The team scored 122.95 points and totaled 187.19. “We are glad to have won our first GP medal. We have only skated together for a year “ said Zhang.


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