Russia extended their lead over USA on day two in Osaka ©International Skating Union (ISU)
Team Russia built on their lead as the ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating continued on Friday in Osaka with the Pairs Short Program, Free Dance and Men’s Free Skating.
The Russians now have 91 points and are closing in on their first World Team Trophy win. Team USA follows in second place with 83 points, while Team Japan is third on 78 points.
Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov claimed a clean sweep of the Ice Dance events ©International Skating Union (ISU)
The highlight of Russia’s dominant day two came with reigning ISU Ice Dance World Champions Victoria Sinitsina/Nikita Katsalapov, who won the Free Dance with a beautiful dance to “Songs My Mother Taught Me”. The 2020 European Champions collected a level four for five elements to score 130.15 points and 12 team points.
New ISU World Champions Anastasia Mishina/Aleksandr Galliamov also contributed 12 team points with their victory in the Pairs Short Program. Their triple twist and throw triple Lutz were excellent, however Galliamov doubled the side by side Salchow (73.77 points).
Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov made a winning start to their World Team Trophy campaign ©International Skating Union (ISU)
Russia picked up additional points in the Men’s Free Skating, with Mikhail Kolyada and Evgeni Semenenko delivering strong performances to finish third and fifth respectively. Kolyada’s balletic program to “The White Crow” was highlighted by two quadruple toeloops and triple Axels (180.72 points/10 team points). Semenenko landed a quad toe and Salchow (166.33 points/8 team points).
Mikhail Kolyada scooped third in the Men's Free Skating to add more points for Russia ©International Skating Union (ISU)
“All of our team members, the dancers, the pair, the boys, skated great and achieved the best possible placement for them. Everyone is very strong and confident and I am very pleased with how our day went,” team captain Elizaveta Tuktamysheva commented.
“Today when I looked at the result after the boys, I could not be happier, because I don't think we've seen such a score after the second day in a long time. It would be great for me if Russia wins the Team Trophy for the first time with me as captain. But we need to wait for tomorrow and skate well in the Pairs and Ladies,“ she added.
Nathan Chen continued his unbeaten run on the ice in the Free Skating ©International Skating Union (ISU)
Team USA remained in second place. Nathan Chen was the top scoring team member with victory in the Men’s Free Skating. Performing to a selection of music by Philipp Glass, the three-time World Champion landed a quad flip, Salchow and toe. Only the second quad toe was slightly under-rotated (203.24 points/12 team points). Jason Brown under-rotated his quad Salchow, popped an Axel and fell on the triple flip to finish in eighth place (5 team points).
Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker claimed Free Dance third with another emotional performance ©International Skating Union (ISU)
Alexa Knierim/Brandon Frazier came fourth in the Pairs Short Program after missing the throw triple loop (65.68 points/9 team points). Kaitlin Hawayek/Jean-Luc Baker ranked third with their Free Dance to “Heart of Glass” (110.16 points/10 team points).
“I’m very proud of my team's fight today. You know, we really fought out there and I’m proud to be up here again with the two other teams,” Brown said.
“I’m just looking forward to just cheering on my team tomorrow, the final day. We are going to be in the team space, cheering loud and proud.”
Yuzuru Hanyu made it a pair of second place finishes on home ice in Japan ©International Skating Union (ISU)
Two-time Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu kept Team Japan close to the Americans by coming second in the Men’s Free Skating. The two-time World Champion produced a quad loop and two quad toes in his routine to “Heaven and Earth”, but popped the planned quad Salchow (193.76 points/11 team points). Shoma Uno went for a triple Axel-quad toe combination that has yet to be performed by any other skater, but fell. The 2018 Olympic silver medalist finished sixth (164.96 points/7 team points).
Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara's skate to Hallelujah earned them third in the Pairs Short Program ©International Skating Union (ISU)
Pair Skaters Riku Miura/Ryuichi Kihara added 10 points to the team score with their third-place finish in the Short Program. They produced a throw triple Lutz, but she fell on the triple toeloop (65.82 points). Misato Komatsubara/Tim Koleto earned eight team points by coming fifth with their “Love Story” Free Dance.
“As I was saying yesterday, it’s only been a couple of weeks since Worlds, so I know it’s been very hard to prepare for this competition. But all of us in Team Japan really wanted to do this competition for Japan,” team captain Kihara said.
“Everyone did their best, and I really think we all gave courage to each other. I think everyone in our team wants to finish in first place, so if every one of our team is doing their part, I think that the results will follow,” he added.
Adelina Galyavieva and Louis Thauron's passionate performance earned France nine points ©International Skating Union (ISU)
Team France sits in fourth place with 56 points. ISU Grand Prix Final bronze medalist Kevin Aymoz and Ice Dancers Adelina Galyavieva/Louis Thauron finished fourth in their respective segment and added nine points to the team score each. Aymoz hit two quad toes to earn 169.13 points and Galyavieva/Thauron delivered a passionate performance to “Le Parfum”, achieving a personal best with 106.58 points.
Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise finished second in the Pairs Short Program ©International Skating Union (ISU)
Team Italy remained in fifth place on 53 points benefitting from their strong results in the Ice Dance and Pairs. The 2019 European Ice Dance bronze medalists Charlene Guignard/Marco Fabbri gave an emotional performance to “Atonement” to place second in the Free Dance with a season’s best of 124.75 points (11 team points). Pair Skaters Nicole Della Monica/Matteo Guarise ranked second in the Short Program, earning another 11 points for the team’s score. Their program to “Let It Be” featured a triple Salchow, but she stumbled on the throw triple loop (66.09 points).
Team Canada ranks sixth with 42 points.
The ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating continues on Saturday with the Pairs and Ladies Free Skating.
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