Bobrova, Soloviev capture short dance

Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev

Russia’s Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev captured the lead in the short dance ahead of defending European Champions Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat of France and another Russian team Ekaterina Riazanova/Ilia Tkachenko.

Bobrova/Soloviev put out a confident performance to samba, rhumba and samba that included a level-four twizzles and a level-four lift. The rhumba sequences and the side by side circular footwork were graded a level three. The reigning European silver medallists picked up 65.06 points, just short of their seasons best.

“Being in first place is a big success for us. We are very happy with the way we performed today. Tomorrow we’ll rest a little and then we’ll fight again.” Soloviev told the press conference. “The score is just a little lower than our seasons best, and it is much higher than at the Grand Prix Final and the Rostelecom Cup, so we are pleased with it.” Bobrova noted.

Pechalat/Bourzat’s lively samba was highlighted by a level-four curve lift and difficult twizzles. Their side by side footwork and the rhumba looked smooth, but garnered a level two and three only. The European Champions scored 64.89 points. “We don’t feel pressure. Sometimes it is better to be the challenger than the leader and maybe it is good for us to be in second place, very close to the first place. We won’t let our title go. We need to skate and fight.” stated Pechalat.

“We thought we showed a good performance, tried to entertain the audience and gave a lot of energy, maybe too much energy for paying attention to all the edges.” Bourzat said.

Riazanova/Tkachenko received a level four and three for the rhumba sequences and a level four for the twizzles and curve lift in their dance to rhumba and salsa to collect a seasons best with 61.34 points.

“It is very surprising for us and we are very happy with this success,” Tkachenko commented. “After Nationals we worked hard on the rhumba and the footwork, maybe therefore we got a level four and three now. We didn’t do anything special and we didn’t make any changes.” he continued.

Penny Coomes/Nicholas Buckland (GBR) came in fourth with a strong performance (59.78 points), just ahead of Isabella Tobias/Deividas Stagniunas (LTU) with 59.66 points and Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (ITA) at 59.62 points.

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