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Rostelecom Cup: RUSSIA SWEEPS PAIRS’ PODIUM

Ksenia Stolbova+Fedor Klimov (RUS) won the free program with a powerfully athletic and artistic interpretation of Notre Dame de Paris. The speed and natural flow from element to element, meshed with intricate transitions and musical crescendos were mesmerizing.

The 2014 Olympic silver medalists received the highest free program score in the current Grand Prix Series – Technical 71.00 / Component 71.88 = 142.88 Total. A huge throw-triple Salchow accented by the orchestra’s final musical notes climaxed a flawless program and brought the home audience to its feet.

“We are happy to have skated well and to have finished first for the first time,” noted Klimov.

Evgenia Tarasova+Vladimir Morozov (RUS) held on to win silver after a disappointing 5th place free program to “Hello” by Lionel Richie.

The World Junior silver medalists opened with a sky-high triple twist, but falls on the s-b-s jumps and throws interrupted the flow of the program. The lifts and combination spin earned Level4.

Robin Szolkowy, German Olympic and World Pairs Champion, is now assisting in the training of the Skate Canada bronze medalists.

“We are not pleased with our performance; we missed many elements, even some where we didn’t expect mistakes.  We need to continue to work on our free program,” commented Tarasova.

Kristina Astakhova+Alexei Rogonov (RUS) won bronze with a 4th place free skate to the Master and Margarita soundtrack.

The s-b-s triple Salchows and the triple Flip and Loop throws were the highlights. Rogonov struggled with the Axel Lasso lift and the team received no points for the element.

The event is their first GP Series competition after just partnering in early 2014. Coach Artur Dmitriev is a two-time Olympic Paris champion (1992 with Natalia Mishkutienok and 1998 with Oksana Kazakova)

”We are happy that Kristina and I had a GP debut.  We dealt with our program and did many elements. For some of them we had to fight”, said Rogonov.

Haven Denney+Brandon Frazier (USA) placed 2nd in the free program, but were edged off the podium by 0.01 points and finished 4th. The jam-packed Renee Roca choreographed program to Lion King lost points on the s-b-s jump errors. That coupled with a less than stellar short program destroyed their hope for a trip to the GP Final.

World bronze medalist and three-time US Pairs champion John Zimmerman, Italian Ladies champion, Sylvia Fontana, and German Olympic bronze medalist and World Champion, Ingo Steur, coach the Skate America silver medalists.

Jessica Calalang+Zack Sidhu (USA) placed 3rd in the free program, but 5th overall. The team bested their last week 7th place Cup of China free score by 13 and total score by 10 points. They earned a personal best 157.45.

Jenny Meno+ Todd Sands, three-time US and two-time World medalists coach the second year senior team.

The Rostelecom Cup Pairs teams will compete at the following GP events:

  • Stolbova+Klimov – Tropee Bompard
  • Lang+Shnapir – NHK Trophy

 

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