Berton, Hotarek take first Grand Prix gold

Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek wins pairs gold at Skate Canada 2013

Italy’s Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek clinched the pairs gold medal, the first Grand Prix gold medal for an Italian pair team.

Wenjing Sui/Cong Han of China claimed the silver medal while overnight leaders Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford of Canada settled for the bronze.

Performing to “Dracula” by Philipp Glass, Berton/Hotarek completed a triple toe-double toe-double toe combination, a triple twist, throw triple loop and Salchow. The European bronze medalists achieved a level four for two lifts and the pair combination spin and earned a personal best of 124.54 points which added up to 193.92 overall and they moved up from second place to take the title.

“It is a big surprise for us. We just went out today and wanted to do our best like we do every day and today we had also a little bit of luck. In first place we are happy with how we skated, and of course we are happy with the placement.” Hotarek commented.

Sui/Han opened their “Kalinka” program with a quadruple twist followed by a triple toe-double toe-double toe (she underrotated the last jump) combination. The three-time World Junior Champions also landed a throw triple flip and Salchow to score 125.75 points. They won the Free Skating portion and moved up to second at 193.77 points overall.

“I think we are lucky to be in second place today. In this long program today we just failed a little bit, but I think this program is very good for this competition. We did our best for the audience.” Han said.

Duhamel/Radford’s program to “Alice in Wonderland” included a triple twist, throw triple loop and Lutz, but they aborted their Axel Lasso lift and received low levels for the spins and the death spiral. Duhamel/Radford earned 121.05 points and totaled 190.62 points.

“Both Meagan and I felt very happy about the performance but disappointed with the result. It was an unexpected result. Of course, the (missed) lift, we know that is about eight points, but almost every other element we did didn’t get the level we were expecting and that left us in third place.” Radford noted.

Skate Canada 2013 – Other results

Ladies: 1. Julia Lipnitskaia (RUS) 198.23; 2. Akiko Suzuki (JPN) 193.75; 3. Gracie Gold (USA) 186.65.

Men: 1. Patrich Chan (CAN) 262.03; 2. Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) 234.80; 3. Nobunari Oda (JPN) 233.00.

Ice Dance: Virtue/Moir (CAN) 181.03; 2. Weaver/Poje (CAN) 175.23; 3. Hubbell/Donohue (USA) 153.20

Photo: Zimbio

Information from ISU press release was used in this report.

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