Olympic silver medalists Wenjing Sui/Cong Han of China edged Russia’s Aleksandra Boikova/Dmitrii Kozlovskii in the Pairs Short Program at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Torino (ITA) on Thursday. Daria Pavliuchenko/Denis Khodykin also from Russia, are currently ranked third.
Wenjing Sui / Cong Han of China 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)
Sui/Han produced a triple toe, triple twist and level four footwork and a level four death spiral. However, Sui touched down with her hand on the throw triple flip and the reverse lasso lift was rated a level two. The two-time World Champions scored 77.50 points. “We were not really satisfied with our today’s performance. The skating and execution was a little tight, and we also made some small mistakes. We haven’t looked into the detailed score yet, but maybe we also lost some levels. As for tomorrow’s free skating, we just want to do our best,” Sui told the press.
Aleksandra Boikova/Dmitrii Kozlovskii of Russia 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)
Boikova/Kozlovskii put out a strong performance to an instrumental version of “My Way”, landing a side by side triple Salchow, throw triple flip, triple twist and four level-four elements. The Skate Canada Champions earned 76.65 points. “Today we were both a little bit nervous and I think we can show more emotion, and more confidence in our skating,” Boikova said. “It (the program) is one of the variations of the famous song by Frank Sinatra. It’s an interpretation of ourselves, our souls. In it we try to find ourselves, our right road, our way,” Kozlovskii added.
Daria Pavliuchenko/Denis Khodykin of Russia 2019©International Skating Union (ISU)
Pavliuchenko/Khodykin’s performance to “The Storm” by Havasi featured a side by side triple toeloop, throw triple loop and a difficult reverse lasso lift. The 2018 World Junior Champions scored 75.16 points. „There are always things to work on, but there’s still the free program to go and we didn’t skate badly today,” Pavliuchenko commented. “We’re happy, we got more or less everything. There are some technical levels we can work on, but we’re happy with the skate. It’s our third time here (at the Grand Prix Final - once Junior and twice Senior) so we are just focusing on the skate,” Khodykin noted.
2019 World Junior Champions Anastasia Mishina/Alexander Galliamov (RUS) turned in a solid skate to remain close to the podium in fourth place (71.48 points). Current ISU Grand Prix Final silver medalists Cheng Peng/Yang Jin (CHN) finished fifth (69.67 points) and Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro (CAN) came sixth (67.08 points).
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Schedule of the event
Thursday, December 5: Junior Men, Junior Pairs & Junior Ladies Short Programs, Pairs & Men’s Short Program
Friday, December 6: Junior Rhythm Dance & Junior Ladies Free Skating, Rhythm Dance, Ladies Short Program, Pairs Free Skating
Saturday, December 7: Men’s Free Skating, Junior Pairs & Men’s Free Skating, Junior Free Dance, Free Dance & Ladies Free Skating
Sunday, December 8: Exhibition Gala
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