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2015 ITALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

ICE DANCING:

Anna Cappellini+Luca Lanotte, reigning World Champions, scored 113.61 in the free dance and 190.16 total to capture their fourth consecutive national title. Skating to Danse Macabre, the lifts, spin, and twizzles earned Level4. The couple had a difficult Grand Prix Series, finishing 3rd at Cup of China behind a young French team and then withdrawing from Trophee Bompard.

“In the free dance, we have worked on Anna’s character after critics at Cup of China said it was too delicate for the music we were interpreting; there was no connection between the two of us. We tried to change the choreography and the story that lies behind it, using all the energy Anna is able to give. That’s what we have portrayed today in our program,” said Lanotte.

Charlene Guignard+Marco Fabbri won silver with a 102.79 Lord of the Dance program that earned Level4 twizzles, lifts and spin. The footwork was Level3. The 169.74 total was a distant 20 points behind the winners.

“We don’t need to change anything with the elements’ levels, but the execution needs to be improved to get higher GOE’s. Some transitions in both programs need to be changed to make them smoother,” noted Fabbri.

Misato Komatsubara+Andrea Fabbri placed 3rd with 140.43. 2001 World Champion, 2002 Olympic bronze medalist, Barbara Fuser-Poli, coaches both the silver and bronze teams.

Ekaterina Riazanova+Simone Vaturi placed 4th with 136.00. Riazanova formerly skated for Russia with Ilia Tkachenko. The new partnership commenced in May 2014.

Valentina Marchei+Ondrej Hotarek won the gold medal in their debut at Italian Nationals as a new pairs team. Marchei is a former Ladies Champion. Hotarek was the four-time Italian pairs champion and 2013 European bronze medalist with former partner Stephania Berton. The new team held a slim lead after the short, but outscored their closest competitors by 15 points in the free program. Marchei suffered a knee injury at the beginning of their partnership that kept them off the 2014 Grand Prix circuit.

“The knee is now completely healed and is even better than before because a lot of work has been put in strengthening all the muscles involved in its movements,” noted Hotarek.

The team commented on the up-coming European Championships in Stockholm.

“We want to take one step at a time. Our technical goal will be to execute a triple Twist and improve levels in the Axel Lasso lift and Death Spiral in the Long Program. We obviously also want to perform our programs in the same way as we skate them in practice.”

Nicole Della Monica+Matteo Guarise were second with 158.14 points. The team struggled with the spins, Della Monica fell on a throw, and Guarise had to abort the Reverse Lasso Lift. The team expressed their disappointment.

“The competition didn’t obviously go as we expected. Our expectations were quite high because we are able, even in training, to skate good programs. Perhaps we entered the rink too confident. We are sure the experience will help us to approach the European Championships to be at our best,” said Guarise.

 

MEN:

  1. Ivan Righini (206.80) defended his 2013-14 title.
  2. Matteo Rizzo (185.80) placed 2nd at his first Senior Nationals.

 

LADIES:

  1. Giada Russo (162.42) outscored her next competitor by 20 points.
  2. Roberta Rodeghiero (141.44) trains part time in Oberstdorf, Germany.

             

ICE CHIPS:

  • Ivan Righini competed until 2012 in Russia at the international level under the name Ivan Bariev.
  • For the first time since 2006, the Ladies Champion is not Carolina Kostner or Valentina Marchei.
  • Kostner (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013) and Marchei (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014) swapped Ladies’ Championships for eight years.
  • Matteo Guarise was the 2008 World Roller Skating Champion.
  • Ice Dancers, Marco (silver) and Andrea Fabbrio (bronze) are brothers.

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