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Tight squeeze on ice dance podium


Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (ITA) led Kaitlin Weaver/Andrew Poje (CAN) by less than a point. Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat were a close third.

Cappellini/Lanotte earned Level4 for the twizzles, lift, and first Finnstep. The Italians chose 42nd Street and “Lullaby of Broadway” for the Quickstep and Foxtrot. “We’re really happy, especially since it’s the last time we’re dancing this dance”, quipped the animated Cappellini. They scored 69.70 points.

Weaver/Poje also chose 42nd Street but added tap dance sounds and steps.  The Canadians received Level4 for the twizzles and lift.  The Finn steps and footwork were Level3. “We had fun, we enjoyed the crowd. The atmosphere was incredible”, said Weaver. The program earned 69.20 points.

Pechalat/Bourzat earned Level4 for the first Finnstep and lift.  The footwork was Level3, and the second Finnstep Level2. “We are not 100% happy. We skated much better at the Olympics.  Tonight we had two little mistakes”, said Pechalat. The two-time European Champions received 68.20 points and were third.

Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) were close behind in 4th place.  The Olympic bronze medalists, Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov were 5th after a missed twizzle, and Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA) finished 6th.


Capellini/Lanotte were fourth in the Free Dance but held on to win the gold medal.  The lifts, spins and twizzles were Level4, while the footwork earned Level3.  The Barber of Seville opera highlighted by excellent unison and timing received a strong performance mark and scored 105.73 points. “We have no words; we are shocked.  We had to work so much to block out the pressure of being first in the SD”, said Capellini.  The European Champions earned a personal best 175.41 total score.

Weaver/Poje earned a personal best 106.21 points for their passionate performance to “Maria de Buenos Aires”.  Like the winners, their lifts, spins and twizzles were Level4, while the footwork earned Level3. Their dance included actual tango elements and a strong relation to the music. “I can’t believe we skated that way, let alone achieved a podium finish.  It’s so emotional.  We’ve learned it doesn’t pay to hold back”, said Weaver. The Canadians were just a whisker out of first place with a 175.41total score.

Pechalat/Bourzat skating in their final competition were second in the Free Dance, but third overall. The Le Petit Prince program earned a personal best 107.17 points and was the most difficult technical program with six Level4 elements. “Before we went on the ice, our coach told us to skate from our heart. I think that was what we did tonight.  We finally managed to get emotional.  It was a good place to do it in front of this audience,” Bourzat commented.  They received a total 175.37 points, just .06 behind the winners.

Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov (RUS) won the Free Dance and moved up to 4th place. Madison Chock/Evan Bates and Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani, both USA finished 5th and 6th.

Figure skating medals are won and lost by the Short Dance/Program performance.

  • Ilinykh/Katsalapov zeroed out on the SD twizzles and lost a base value of up to 6 points. If everything else had remained the same, they would be World Champions.
  • Cappellini/Lanotte and Weaver/Poje received the same Base Value for their SD (28.50) but the Italians earned .27 more points for their elements.
  • Pechalat/Bourzat’s twizzles earned only a Level3, which put them behind the Italians and Canadians in the elements base value (27.50). Even though their Component mark was the highest of the three, they were still 1.50 points behind after the Short Dance.

Short Dance:

  1. 1.    (69.70) Cappellini/Lanotte
  2. 2.    (69.20) Weaver/Poje
  3. 3.    (68.20) Pechalat/Bourzat
  4. 4.    (67.71) Chock/Bates
  5. 5.    (65.67) Ilinykh/Katsalapov

Free Dance

  1. 1.    (108.71) Ilinykh/Katsalapov
  2. 2.    (107.17) Pechalat/Bourzat
  3. 3.    (106.21) Weaver/Poje
  4. 4.    (105.73) Cappellini/Lanotte

Final Ranking

  1. 1.    (175.43) Cappellini/Lanotte
  2. 2.    (175.41) Weaver/Poje
  3. 3.    (175.37) Pechalat/Bourzat
  4. 4.    (174.38) Ilinykh/Katsalapov


Conclusion: Close only counts in horseshoes- not in Ice Dancing.

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