Canadian “Carmen” gets standing ovation in Moscow

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir at their FD at Rostelecom Cup 2012

Reigning World and Olympic champions Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir of Canada collected the gold medal at the conclusion of the competition at Rostelecom Cup 2012.

Russia’s Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov danced to the silver and their teammates Victoria Sinitsina/Ruslan Zhiganshin took the bronze medal.

Virtue/Moir‘s passionate “Carmen” Free Dance was highlighted by innovative lifts and smooth step sequences. They picked up a level four for the lifts, the twizzles and the spin to score 103.34 points. Canadian team totaled 173.99 points. Their passionate performance got standing ovation by Moscow audience.

“It was a very strong skate for us. We are happy with how we have started the season so far. At the first two competitions, we learned a lot and we’re looking forward to improve on that moving forward to the Grand Prix Final.” Moir commented at press conference.

Ilinykh/Katsalapov‘s dance to “The Ghost” musical included level-four twizzles and lifts while the two step sequences were a level three. However, Ilinykh fell on a transition move early on in the program. The European bronze medalists earned 92.76 points and remained in second place at 158.46 points. “We were a little nervous today, more to than yesterday,” said Katsalapov. “In spite of the fall, it felt comfortable to skate today. Our elements were decent, but we still have to work. Now we have one week to fix some things before (the Grand Prix in) Japan.” he added.

Sinitsina/Zhiganshin turned in a solid Tango routine and got a level four for five out of eight elements.The 2012 World Junior Champions posted a new seasons best with 84.23 points and held on to third place at 145.08 points. “We skated at home and the support helped us a lot. China was our first Grand Prix and we were a little tense, but now we had nothing to lose and just enjoyed skating.” Sinitsina noted

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