Hubbell, Donohue dance to gold at Nebelhorn Trophy
By Olga Fluegge
Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue won the ice dance competitions at Nebelhorn Trophy for the second time in their carrier, earning 147.11 points overall.
They lost a few points on the twizzles in the short dance but rallied back with a strong free performance set to “Nocturne Into Bohemian Rhapsody” by Lucia Micarelli. The Americans earned a level four for the lifts, the twizzles and the spin while the footwork sequences garnered a level three and two.
“Today we were very comfortable and could show better result. We love the rink, the crowd and the place.” said the winners.
Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin of Russia took the second place. Russians made no mistake in their dance to music by René Aubry and Gaetano Donizetti .The Muscovites picked up the same levels as Hubbell/Donohue for their elements and totaled 142.14 points.
Hubbell/Donohue, Monko/Khaliavin and Paul/Islam at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy podium
“In the free dance we skated much better but it was not perfect. Levels could be a little bit better. We are happy to move to second place. It is a great start in the Olympic season.” said Khaliavin.
The winners of Friday´s short program Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam of Canada dropped to third place but scored a respectable 141.99 points. They made errors on the side by side twizzles that received no level.
“It was not our best. There were a few babbles in our performance. This competition will help us to prepare for Skate Canada.” athletes commented.
The Spanish couple of Sara Hurtado and Adria Diaz, who impressed the audience with their original performance “Picasso”, together with teams from China, Turkey, Australia and Japan, earned Olympic spots for their countries.
Photo: Olga Fluegge