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Rostelecom Cup: SAVCHENKO/SZOLKOWY LEAD IN PAIRS; BOBROVA/SOLOVIEV WIN SHORT DANCE

SAVCHENKO/SZOLKOWY LEAD THE SHORT PROGRAM ATTEMPTING A THROW TRIPLE AXEL. BAZAROVA LARIONOV AND MOORE-TOWERS/MOSCOVITCH MAKE MISTAKES ON THE SIDE-BY-SIDE JUMPS AND PLACE SECOND AND THIRD

Former World Champions Savchenko/Szolkowy performed a good Short Program, despite a bad fall from the throw 3 Axel that put Aliona in tears in the Kiss and Cry. The Russians Bazarova/Larionov placed behind the Germans: their only mistake was in the side-by-side 3 Toeloop, as Yuri doubled it and Vera put a hand down in the lading. Moore-Towers/Moscovitch were third as Dylan fell in the side-by-side 3 Toeloop.

Savchenko/Szolkowy received 73.25 points: “Our skating today was better than in China, which was our goal for today. We had a bad fall on the throw, but it’s a risky element and it can happen. I hope that Aljona will be ok for tomorrow’s skate. We tried to put the 3 Axel in several places: in the beginning, in the middle, at the end. After all we found out in the end it’s the best for us – we kind of skate without any pressure and in the end it’s just one element and then the final pose and that’s it. You can let out all the power that is left on that element. ”

Bazarova/Larionov gained 69.72 points: “Comparing our performance to Paris, we were able to avoid mistakes in the death spiral: we changed the entry and received the maximum levels on all the elements. The first jump didn’t work for both of us. I am not sure why, it’s a shame – we did it fine in the practices and in the warm up and in France. We’ll try to overcome this problem tomorrow. We didn’t have time to rest after the French Grand Prix, we just practiced a couple of times. ”

Moore-Towers/Moscovitch earned 65.65 points: “We landed the jumps for the whole week and today a mistake happened. Aside from that, all was good, we are quite happy with the performance. After our first Grand Prix we took a couple of days off and then came back to train. We are excited to be here, we have never done this Grand Prix before, so it’s good to be here.”

BOBROVA/SOLOVIEV IN FIRST PLACE, WEAVER/POJE SECOND WITH AN UNEXPECTED SEVEN-POINTS GAP AND RIAZANOVA/TKACHENKO THIRD

The reigning European Champions received level 3 on the Finnstep and step sequences and 4 on the lift and twizzles, obtaining 68.42 points. Weaver/Poje had troubles with the levels: a 4 on the twizzles, 3 on the steps, 2 on the lift and first Pattern sequence and 1 on the second sequence. Riazanova/Tkachenko received a better technical evaluation, with level 4 on twizzle and lift and 2 on the steps and Finnstep.

Bobrova/Soloviev (68.42 points): “Before the starting pose I said that we are not just skating, but  dancing. I think it helped us skating without feeling tired, just flying through the dance. When you gain energy from your partner and he gains energy from you – I think it’s for those moments that we train so hard. For our relatives, those who support us, it’s different seeing figure skating on TV and live, so we wanted them to feel our programs as we live through them – especially as the crowd here include our relatives and friends.”

Weaver/Poje: (61.50 points): “Andrew and I are very happy with the performance. Unfortunately it was not quite reflected in the technical score. Finnstep is a difficult dance, we will work towards the Grand Prix Final. We are both pleased with the performance tonight, we need to work on some levels and hopefully we will be able to excel in the Final. We actually felt we were better and stronger here than at Skate Canada, so it was quite a surprise to see those scores. We’ll have to go back and figure out what exactly was different here from the previous competitions.”

Riazanova/Tkachenko: (58.59 points): “We are also happy with our skate today. The levels we received today are lower than in the previous Grand Prix, but it’s another sign that we have to keep on working…perhaps to work more with technical specialists – different specialists see different key points. The crowd was great, we are very happy. For us as well it’s a huge thing that relatives and friends could see us skating today. For two years we didn’t participate in the Cup of Russia and the relatives could only see us on TV. Today it reflected in our mood and in our skate, we are thrilled we were able to skate in front not only our fans, but our relatives and friends too.”

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