Russian pair leads, Canadians shine at Worlds
Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov lead in competition among pairs at the 2013 World figure skating championships in London (ON), Canada. Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada, and Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy follow in second and third.
Volosozhar/Trankov skated last out of the 18 couples. Their program to “The Godfather” was highlighted by a triple twist, throw triple loop and difficult lift. The European Champions earned a level four for four elements, but Volosozhar wobbled on the side by side triple Salchow. The two-time World silver medalists picked up a new personal best score of 75.84 points.
“We had some mistakes today, in my solo jump. I put down my foot. But overall, it was a good short program. The key to winning is to just skate, show our emotions and our elements,” Volosozhar said. “It was a good job, last in the group. We keep working, dance to our music and skate well. We like to send good emotions to the audience and they give it back.” Trankov added.
Skating to “La Boheme”, Duhamel/Radford landed a triple twist, side by side triple Lutz and throw triple Lutz to earn a new personal best score with 73.61 points. Three elements merited a level four.
“It was really exciting to land the triple Lutz in our short program that’s the hardest thing in the program. When we landed it, the look on everyone’s face down in the corner of the stands, they were all really excited and I got really excited so going into the throw which came seconds later we just looked at each other and took a moment to take a deep breath and just make sure that we didn’t lose our focus,” Duhamel told the press. “I was so nervous this morning and today. Then we had a wave of calmness. Our confidence was so strong. We knew we could do it and we did.” Radford commented.
Savchenko/Szolkowy completed a throw triple flip, side by side triple toe and five level-four elements in their routine to “Kismet” by Bond. The four-time world champions scored 73.47 points, a seasons best. “It was the last short program of the season. On paper, it was a seasons best, but it wasn’t a seasons best for us. We know how we can skate in practice. It felt a little hard to skate, like the handbrake was pulled,” Savchenko noted.
“We never play it safe. It was a weird feeling. We felt like we weren’t moving while in fact we were ahead of our music after the third element. The World Championships are always the last competition and you never feel fresh and it is never easy.” Szolkowy said.
Men’s SP: 1. Patrick Chan (CAN) – 98.37; 2. Denis Ten (KAZ) – 91.56; 3. Kevin Reynolds (CAN) – 85.16