Bobrova, Soloviev win ice dance at European champ
Ice dance team of Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev of Russia took the gold medal, edging out their teammates Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov by just 0.11 points. Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte of Italy claimed the bronze medal.
Bobrova/Soloviev produced a strong performance to “The Man With the Harmonica” and “Tosca” that featured innovative lifts and smooth footwork. The Russian Champions earned a level four for the lifts, the spin and the twizzles to score a new season’s best of 99.83 points. They were ranked second in the Free Dance but remained in first place at 169.25 points.
”It was not perfect and we did not show everything we can do – the diagonal step sequence only got a level 2 – but nonetheless it was a season’s best for us,” Bobrova said. “I haven’t quite realized it yet. We honestly didn’t think about how our chances are to win, this would have only disturbed us. It was good for us to skate first in the group, we went right out to skate without thinking.” she added. It was the first European title for the couple that had finished second in the past two years.
Ilinykh/Katsalapov put out an excellent performance of their Free Dance to “Ghost” as well, completing six level-four elements. The Muscovites won the Free Dance portion with 99.83 points, a season’s best, and totaled 169.14 points to take the silver, their second medal at Europeans after winning bronze last year. “I don’t know how I feel at this moment. There was a good run-through this morning. We did everything we could today. We were excited. The public was amazing. We’re a little bit disappointed with the marks. We won the Free Dance and we’re less than half a point from the gold. So we will have to do it at Worlds.” Katsalapov told the press.
Cappellini/Lanotte danced to the Carmen Suite by Rodion Shchedrin. Their dance was highlighted by fast twizzles and level-four lifts. The Italians collected 99.27 points and took their first medal at the European Championships with 165.80 points. “We reached our goal tonight. It was a very good performance. There was a small mistake on a step sequence after the twizzle, but the level of competition is very high and even small mistakes are costly.” Lanotte offered.
Photo: Attila Kisbenedek