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OLYMPICS: USA LEADS AFTER SHORT DANCE

My Fair Lady’s, Eliza Doolittle daydreamed about dancing all night. On Sunday evening at the Iceberg Skating Palace, Meryl Davis+Charlie White, USA, brought her fantasy to life.

The reining World Champions skated as one: hip hugging hip, skate shadowing skate, and twizzle syncing twizzle. Their connection to each other and the audience was magical.

The University of Michigan students made it look effortless. “We kept in the moment,” White said.  “We were out there enjoying each other’s company. This was special for us.”

Their five Level4 elements earned a Personal Best score of 78.89.

Tessa Virtue+Scott Moir, CAN, were stunning in a classically chic interpretation of an Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong medley.

The reining Olympic Champions were 2nd just 2.56 points behind the leaders. The first section of the Finnstep received a Level3 and lower base mark than Davis+White’s Level4. They scored 76.33.

“I thought our levels were better than the team competition,” said Moir. “I have to really see it.  It’s the slightest little things.”

Elena Ilinykh+Nikita Katsalapov, RUS, claimed 3rd, with 73.04 points. The 2014 European silver medalists teamed up in 2005, then took a sabbatical to learn pairing skills. In 2008 the young Russian team tried again and have been together since.

The 2010 World Junior medalists wowed the partisan crowd with a fast-moving Quickstep to “Sing! Sing! Sing”.

After the 2013 GP Series, Natalie Pechalat+Fabian Bouzarat, FRA, reworked the choreography for their Short Dance and earned Level4 for the Finnsteps, twizzles and lift. They were in 4th place.

Ekatarina Brobova+Dmitri Soloviev, 2014 European bronze medalists, earned a 5th place score.

The Italian team, Anna Cappellini+Luca Lanotte was in 6th place with 67.58 points. The snappy dance to Broadway tunes showed off their effervescent personalities.

Kaitlyn Weaver+Andrew Poje, CAN, did not skate in the Team Event and the pair’s Short Dance looked rusty.  The 2014 Canadian silver medalist’s Quickstep to 42nd Street earned only a Level2 in the first Finnstep pattern. They placed 7th and scored 65.93.

Madison Chock+Evan Bates, USA, and Maia Shibutani+Alex Shibutani, USA, placed 8th and 9th. Alexandra Paul+Mitchell Islam, CAN, were18th.  All three teams train in the Detroit, Michigan area.

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