Watch Pairs Free Skating Highlights
Spectacular performances, record-setting programs, surprising newcomers, first-time medalists, personal-best achievements and entertaining show numbers highlighted the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2018 in Milan. Time to look back at some of the best moments that the skaters gave to the audience.
No question, Olympic Champions Aljona Savchenko/Bruno Massot (GER) were mesmerizing again and inspired the crowd with their performances, setting a new highest score for the Free Skating and for the total score. The couple had come to Milan especially for their family, friends and fans that were not able to watch them live in PyeongChang. After the Free Skating, Aljona could hardly stop crying. “These were tears of happiness. There is an incredible story behind all this and I am just happy. I didn’t even want to leave the ice after the awards ceremony, because it was so wonderful,” she said.
Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov (RUS) said “We are happy tonight”. They produced the only quadruple element, a twist, in the Pairs competition and claimed their first World silver medal. “Second place is good. We felt positive emotions because this was the last competition of the season,” Morozov said.
The popular Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres (FRA) came out to take their first world medal, the bronze. “Finally a dream came true. We weren’t expecting to medal at Worlds yet this season, at Europeans yes and at a Grand Prix Event and we also wanted to go to the Final. Today is just like a gift. There hasn’t been a Medal for France in the Pairs‘ event in 18 years,” Cipres commented.
Nicole Della Monica/Matteo Guarise (ITA) achieved a career-best result in front of a home crowd.
“We are really happy about our season this year because we have been very consistent in our results. There was, of course, some better competitions than others but what we achieved is to be more and more constant and one day will come our time to be on that podium. Today we closed the season in the best way we could,” Della Monica pointed out.
Valentina Marchei/Ondrej Hotarek (ITA) ©Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images
Valentina Marchei/Ondrej Hotarek (ITA) aka Barbie and Ken, brought their fun ‘Barbie Girl’ exhibition program to another level and even had a mini-motorcycle on the ice. “Coming from Olympics to Worlds is always hard to find the energy and get that last drop of energy. I first put on a pair of skates at the practice rink here in 1993 and here I am 25 years later and it feels very special to give the people here the last competition of the season. I'm a different person now, as a woman and an athlete,” Marchei shared.
Watch Pairs Short Program Highlights