Virtue, Moir win short dance at Rostelecom Cup
Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir of Canada danced to the lead in the Short Dance. Russia’s Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov and Victoria Sinitsina/Ruslan Zhiganshin follow in second and third.
Virtue/Moir put out a confident Waltz and Polka to “The Waltz Goes On” by Anthony Hopkins. The World and Olympic Champions got a level four for the twizzles and the rotational lift while the side by side footwork and the second Polka pattern garnered a level three. The Canadian Champions achieved a new seasons best with 70.65 points.
“We wanted to improve on our start at Skate Canada International two weeks ago and I think we did a really good job with that. We had good connection on the ice and it was strong, just like we’ve done in training. We’re trying to maximize our points and getting the most out of the technical side of our skating between here and Sochi. We felt like we did a really strong program.” Scott Moir commented.
Ilinykh/Katsalapov had opted for an Uzbek Polka and produced level-four twizzles and lift. Their side by side circular step sequence and the second Polka pattern merited a level three. The European bronze medalists earned 65.70 points. “This is our first Grand Prix (this season) and we are happy to finally compete. It is nice to compete in our home country and we got many positive emotions from our skate. Our score, however, proves that there are still things left to work on.” Ilinykh noted.
Sinitsina/Zhiganshin turned in a technically solid performance to the “Tennessee Waltz” and a “Country Polka”, picking up a level four for the lift, twizzles and first part of the Yankee Polka. With 60.85 points, the World Junior Champions surpassed their score from the Cup of China last week by almost ten points. “We are very surprised with this result. It was obviously much better than in China. The support of the audience was great and really helped us. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll skate even better.” Zhiganshin said.
Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA) came fourth at 58.26 points followed by Ksenia Monko/ Kirill Khaliavin (RUS) with 55.81 points.
In pair skating, Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov (74.74 points) took the pairs short ahead of teammates Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov (66.02). Americans Caydee Denney/John Coughlin (59.02) came third.