Davis, White lead ice dance at Worlds
Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the short dance at 2013 Worlds ahead of reigning world champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada. Russia’s Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev are currently ranked third.
Davis/White’s dance to March, Waltz and Polka from the ballet “Giselle” was highlighted by fast twizzles and smooth footwork. The reigning World silver medalists picked up a level four for the twizzles, the circular footwork, the lift and the second Polka sequence to set a new personal best of 77.12 points, surpassing the previous highest score of 76.17 points, set by themselves at the Grand Prix Final in 2011.
“We are really pleased, it was our best performance yet. We had a good time. We appreciated the audience support,” Davis said. “We take each competition, each event at a time. We want to perform an emotionally-charged performance. We need to put out skates like we do in practice.” she continued.
Virtue/Moir’s dance to “The Waltz Goes On” featured two level-four Polka sequences and a level-four rotational lift, but Virtue wobbled on the twizzle (level three). The defending World Champions picked up 73.87 points. “It was an amazing feeling. We knew it would be exciting and it gave us goose bumps and we had to remind ourselves to bring it in and to focus on our job,” Virtue commented. “Obviously we’re not pleased with how we stand going into the free, marks wise. We really went out there and delivered it was a strong program. Technically, we left some marks on the board. I think in the twizzles we cover a lot of ice and if you do the tiniest little mistake you have to fight for it.” Moir explained.
Performing to a Polka and Waltz from Russian movies, Bobrova/Soloviev produced three level-four elements and earned a new personal best score of 70.05 points. “We gave our best performance as the marks prove. We are very pleased to be in top shape for the most important competition of the season,” Soloviev said. “I really enjoyed performing today, I felt my partner, we really connected. I was living the whole story we had thought of.” Bobrova added.
2012 World bronze medalists Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat (FRA) placed third at 69.65 points with a Polka and Waltz to a French Can Can and Waltz. European bronze medalists Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (ITA) finished fifth with a dance to “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (67.93 points). Kaitlyn Weaver/ Andrew Poje (CAN) round up the top six at 67.54 points.
Ladies’ SP: 1. Yuna Kim (KOR) – 69.97; 2. Carolina Kostner (ITA) – 66.86; 3. Kanako Murakami (JPN) – 66.64