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Boisterous chants of ‘Raw-see-ya’ from the Russian audience rocked the Sochi Iceberg Palace on Day 2 of the Team Trophy Event.  It precipitated a response of ‘Ca-na-da’ from the competitors wearing the Maple Leaf. It was more like a hockey crowd than ice-skating. “It was definitely different standing in your starting position waiting for the music, and people still yelling and making noise” commented Canadian Dylan Moscovitch.

If it was meant to spur on the host country’s athletes, it worked. As the Zamboni cleared the ice on Saturday night, the scoreboard showed Team Russia ahead by 6 points.

The USA and Italy vaulted into the top five to join them along with Canada, and Japan in the Team Trophy medal hunt.

The points after Day 2 were: Russia (47), Canada (41), USA (34), Italy (31) and Japan (30)



Reining Russian Ice Dance Champions, Bobrova+Soloviev, danced to “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic performance.  Bobrova dressed in a hot pink costume and wearing her long blonde locks in a 50’s big curl hairstyle assumed the role perfectly.  The Finnstep patterns received a Level4 and 3.  Their rotational lift and twizzles earned Level4.  The 3rd place competitors received 8 points.

Fifteen year-old Julia Lipnitskaya skated a masterfully choreographed program to, “You don’t give up on Love” and won the Short Program. Her determination and exquisite extensions caused NBC commentator, Johnnie Weir, to describe the teen as “a hybrid mix of Tara Lipinski, Sasha Cohen and something very special of her own”. Her difficult 3Lz+3T was done with ease and confidence.  The trademark spins demonstrated elastic-like flexibility and earned Level4. The reining European Champion received 10points

Pairs’ Free Skate by Stolbova+ Klimov to the Addams’ Family soundtrack earned 10 points for 1st place.



Canadians, Virtue+Moir, skated a sophisticated, yet fun Short Dance to Etta James and Louis Armstrong songs. Both Finnstep patterns and the rotational lift received Level4.The team received a Level3 on a twizzle after a slight bobble by Virtue. ‘We’re disappointed we didn’t have the skate we wanted to have, but we’re very happy”, Moir told NBC’s Andrea Joyce. The 2010 Olympic gold medalists were 2nd and received 9 points.

Kaetlyn Osmond was the first to skate in the Ladies’ Short Program event. The Canadian’s ‘wild card’ team member had participated in only one competition for the 2013-14 season.  That was the Canadian Nationals where she won gold.  Injuries had forced her to withdraw from her Grand Prix assignment at Skate Canada.  The eighteen year-old landed a clean 3T+3T, 3F and 2A.  Her spin earned a Level4 and step sequence a Level3. The teenager, born in Newfoundland, did her team and country proud. She placed 5th with 6 points.

Pairs’ Free Skate by Kirsten Moore-Towers+Dylan Moscovitch to a Fellini medley placed 2nd and earned 9 points.



World Champions, Davis+White won the Short Dance with a light and lyrical skate to My Fair Lady.  The six time US National Champions received Level 4 for their rotational lift, twizzles and Finnstep pattern 2. Their score moved the US into the top five. “We’re excited to be back in the hunt for a medal”, Davis told reporters.  They received 10 points.

Ashley Wagner, 2014 US Nationals pewter medalist, placed fourth with her Pink Floyd Short Program. Her opening 3Lz+ 3T received a -1.40 GOE for under rotating the back end of the combination. Two spins received Level4. Wagner earned 7 points.

The Californian was visibly surprised in the Team K&C when her mark was posted. “The score was not what I was hoping for. I know what that program is capable of when I skate it well. I’ll have to check the protocols”, Wagner told an NBC reporter.

Pairs’ Free Skate by Cassteli+Shnapir to “Skyfall” (James Bond soundtrack) placed 4th and earned 7 points.



The 2014 European champions, Cappellini+Lanotte, skated a snappy Short Dance to Broadway selections, including 42nd Street. One Finnstep pattern, the rotational lift and the twizzles received a Level4. The step sequence was a Level2. The Italian team trains part time with Igor Shpilband in Novi, Michigan. Their 5th place earned 6 points.

Carolina Kostner, 2012 World Champion, was a picture of balletic elegance as she floated across the ice to the familiar tones of “Ave Maria”. Her jump passes of 3T+3T, 3F and 2A blended into the seamless choreography. The most decorated single Italian skater since Carlo Fossi, celebrated her 27th birthday on the day she guaranteed Italy a spot in the Final Five Teams.  Kostner placed 2nd and scored 9 points

Pairs Free Skate by Berton+Hotarek to Dracula placed 3rd and earned 8 points



Siblings Cathy+Chris Reed, born to an American father and Japanese mother, train in New Jersey, USA, with an Israeli coach, but compete in ice dance for Japan.  They received Level 1 and 3 for their Finnstep, Level 4 for the twizzles and rotational spin, and Level 2 for the step sequence. They placed 8th and received 3 points.

Mao Asada, 2010 Olympic silver medalist, unsuccessfully completed 3A.  The downgrade and fall deductions earned the jump pass only 1.08 points. A clean 2A (3.63 base value) and a plus GOE mark would have raised her total score. Two spins received Level 4 and the step sequence a Level3. Her elegance and beauty on the ice added grace to the performance. She placed 3rd in the Short Program and received 8 points.

Pairs Free Skate by Takahashi+Kihara to Les Miserables placed 5thand earned 6 points.

The final phase of the Team Trophy Competition ends on Sunday with the medal ceremony.

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