Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates take gold in ice dance at Nebelhorn Trophy
By Olga Fluegge,
special to World Figure Skating
Oberstdorf, Germany - Madison Chock / Evan Bates of the United States won the free dance and the overall competitions with a total score of 147.79 points.
They impressed audience with high level of difficulty of their program. The coach Igor Spilband said that the music choice, which based on “Dr. Zhivago” movie, was very successful for his team.
“We are happy with both performances and made a lot of progress in our second season.” Evan Bates said at a press conference.
Julia Zlobina / Alexei Sitnikov, who skate for Azerbaidshan since 2010, showed a very strong and lively performance. The couple of Alexander Zhulin earned 143.59 points overall. The Germans Nelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi made some small mistakes in their very theatrical routine slipping to third with 142.00 points. “This is the first time we run in front of public. We are pleased overall but not pleased with the result. Next week we are going to compete in Bratislava and hope we can skate our best there,” Alexander Gaszi said.
There were many surprises in the ladies free skating.
Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova, the leader after the short program, fell on her opening triple Lutz and was a little bit nervous. She also popped her flip, but could deliver a good performance with high level footwork and spins taking the silver (168.23 points).
She looked very disappointed after finishing the program. “I am not pleased how I skated today. I couldn’t do planned technical elements, which I normally do in training. Now I should get more prepared for my first Grand Prix stage Skate America.” said Sotnikova.
Adelina’s new style was discovered by Tatiana Tarasova. She also suggested the music. Adelina said she is very happy with her new programs this year. She considered this event as a competition, which will help to overcome herself and get her more prepared for the upcoming season.
Kaetlyn Osmond of Edmonton, Canada won the ladies free skating and overall competitions with 170.19 points. Nebelhorn Trophy was her first international senior event. She started with strong triple Flip – double toe, received an edge call on Lutz, fell on triple toe, but in sum showed a solid level of technical elements. She skated to “Carmen” in an athletic but also very fluid style.
Osmond said, that she chose “Carmen” because was inspired by Katarina Witt’s performances on this music. “I am very happy with my performance today. I am planning to make some improvements to get well prepared for the Skate Canada at the end of October.” Kaetlyn said. She plans to include triple Lutz – triple toe combo to her free skating.
Haruka Imai of Japan won the bronze being able to rise from ninth to third place. Light-footed and elegant Japanese, who trains in Detroit with Jason Dungjen, performed a good routine to the music “My fair lady” opening it with triple Flip, followed by double Axel – triple toe combination, but her Lutz and Salchow were underrotated. She got 153.64 points overall.