Pairs Podium at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2020©International Skating Union (ISU)
Skating to music from James Bond movies, Boikova/Kozlovskii laid down a flawless performance that featured a triple Salchow, triple toe-double toe-double toe, triple twist, throw triple flip and loop as well as level-four lifts. The 2019 European bronze medalists set a new personal best with 152.24 points and totaled 234.58 points to take the title with almost 26 points to spare.
“This was one of the hardest free skatings we’ve done recently. Usually you focus on the difficult elements and other elements you do on autopilot, but today all elements demanded concentration and we’re happy we were able to deal with that specific pressure. We had to focus and spend our energy to take one element at a time. We really had to fight for this performance,” Kozlovskii shared.
Aleksandra BOIKOVA / Dmitrii KOZLOVSKII (RUS) at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2020©International Skating Union (ISU)
Tarasova/Morozov produced a triple twist, throw triple loop and Salchow and collected a level four for the lifts and the pair combination spin. However, the two-time European Champions struggled with the solo jumps. The two-time World silver medalists moved up to second with a Free Skating score of 135.14 points and a total of 208.64 points. “The feelings are not the nicest, but there are some positive sides. We have a great program and we are managing to bring it across. The elements - we'll nail them, but the emotions and the feelings are one of the most important things to show, something that requires a lot of work,“ Tarasova noted.
Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV (RUS) at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2020©International Skating Union (ISU)
Pavliuchenko/Khodykin completed a rare side by side triple flip that was a bit shaky, triple toe-double toe-double toe, a triple twist and original lifts, but Pavliuchenko fell on the exit of the throw triple flip. The 2018 World Junior Champions scored 131.61 points, which was a personal best, and slipped to third at 206.53 points. “It's our first European medal and our journey just begins. We know what to work on, what to improve and we are enjoying our skating. Even though sometimes we do make mistakes in our skates,“ Khodykin said.
Daria PAVLIUCHENKO / Denis KHODYKIN (RUS) at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2020©International Skating Union (ISU)
Nicole Della Monica/Matteo Guarise (ITA) finished fourth like they had a year ago on 194.44 points. Minerva Fabienne Hase/Nolan Seegert (GER) came fifth (186.39 points) followed by Miriam Ziegler/Severin Kiefer (AUT) on 177.41 points.
The schedule of the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2020 is as follows:
Friday, January 24: Ladies Short Program, Pairs Free Skating
Saturday, January 25: Free Dance, Ladies Free Skating
Sunday, January 26: Exhibition Gala
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