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BOMPARD: RUSSIA AND CHINA PAIRS STAND ON PODIUM

Ksenia Stolbova+Fedor Klimov (RUS) won gold for the second week in a row with another powerfully athletic and artistic interpretation of Notre Dame de Paris.

The 2014 Olympic silver medalists brought the French audience to its feet with a huge throw-triple Salchow that added drama and climax to the performance finale.

“It felt different to skate here. We felt more confident than at Rostelecom. We added some more emotions and choreography. We did almost everything as planned”, Klimov said.

Wenjing Sui+Cong Han (CHN) chose to interpret the dramatic and mature, Francesca da Rimini, to win the silver medal.

The three-time World Junior champions opened with a huge quad twist and followed with two spectacular triple throws that Sui could have easily rotated four times.

“Maybe next season we could have three quads in that program,” grinned Han.

Their speed and energy accelerated through the program as the 2014 Four Continents champions completed one element after another and ended on a strong note with a Level4 Axel Lift. The team earned a higher technical mark than the gold medalists.

“We skated as well as we do in training, but we can still improve some elements and do them better,” noted Sui.

Xuehan Wang+Lei Want (CHN) eked out the bronze with a 4th place free skate to My Fair Lady. The team struggled with their jumps and spins, but earned Level4 lifts and landed clean throws.  The short, free and total scores were all personal bests.

“We are happy that we performed at our level today, but we can still improve some elements and the performance aspect of our programs,” said Lei Wang.

Alexa Scimeca+Chris Knierim (USA) were 3rd in the free skate, but 4th in the overall standings – missing the podium by 2 points.

“It’s a step up for us from Skate America; it was actually our goal here.  It’s great to see the improvement we have been making,” said Knierim.  “This is one of my very best Grand Prix,” added Scimeca.

The following pairs qualified for the GP Final:

  • Ksenia Stolbova+Fedor Klimov (RUS)
  • Wenjing Sui+Cong Han (CHN)

 

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