ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: NHK Trophy-Day 1
ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: NHK Trophy Day One
The NHK Trophy in Sendai, Japan opened Thursday with the Compulsory Dance and the Pairs Short Program. The NHK Trophy is the sixth and last event of the 2007/2008 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating and held for the first time in Sendai. The skaters compete for a global prize money of US $ 180, 000 per individual event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating and receive points according to their placements. The top six skaters/couples then qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Torino, Italy (December 13-16). Skaters are vying for the last open spots for the Final at NHK Trophy.
Ice Dancing, Compulsory Dance
The Compulsory Dance at NHK Trophy is the Argentine Tango. The Argentine Tango was created by Reginald J. Wilkie and Daphne B. Wallis. It was first performed in London in 1934.
Isabelle Delobel/Olivier Schoenfelder of France took the lead while Canadians Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir edged out Russia’s Jana Khokhlova/Sergei Novitski by less than one point for second place. Delobel/Schoenfelder turned in a mature and sophisticated performance of the Argentine Tango, showing off strong edges and their experience. The European Champions picked up 38.96 points (19.94 element score/19.02 program component score). “We did a nice compulsory tonight and we’re happy what we did. There were quite a few people in the audience for the compulsories and it was nice to compete for them”, Delobel commented. “We’ll just stay relaxed and we’ll do what we want to do. Each part of the competition is separate and we’re trying to show our best in each part”, she continued, referring to their lead of 4.32 points.