Two-time ISU World Champions Wenjing Sui/Cong Han and Cheng Peng/Yang Jin made it one-two for China in the Pairs Short Program at the ISU Grand Prix Gran Premio d’Italia in Turin Friday. Italians Nicole Della Monica/Matteo Guarise came third in the first segment of the event.
Sui/Han delivered a crisp Flamenco-themed program, nailing a side by side triple toeloop, triple twist and throw triple flip. The 2018 Olympic silver medalists collected a level four for the twist, lift, side by side spin, footwork and death spiral to achieve a season’s best score of 80.07 points.
Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China © International Skating Union (ISU)
“After our Grand Prix in Canada last week, we feel a bit tired, but we are very excited to compete here in Italy and to see a lot of audience,” Han said.
“We came to Italy (before the Grand Prix) not with a specific trainings goal, but in order to prepare for our two Grand Prix events in Canada and in Italy.”
Peng/Jin’s performance to “Piano & I: Moonlight Sonata” and “No One” by Alicia Keys featured a triple twist, side by side triple toeloop and throw triple loop. The 2020 ISU Four Continents silver medalists earned a level four for all elements except for the step sequence that was rated a level three. The team picked up 76.71 points.
Cheng Peng and Yang Jin of China © International Skating Union (ISU)
“We felt good today about our performance and we focused on each element and on all the details. We feel that we made improvements since our last competition Asian Open Trophy,” Jin noted.
Skating to “Let It Be”, Della Monica/Guarise both fell on their side by side triple Salchow, but recovered to land a triple twist and throw triple loop. The multiple Italian Champions scored 65.12 points.
Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise of Italy © International Skating Union (ISU)
“We had a big mistake at the beginning, but the rest of the program was good. For sure we would preferred to skate a clean Short Program, but we are satisfied,” Della Monica commented. “We have a good feeling about our practice sessions. It is amazing to skate in front of an audience,” Guarise added.
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