ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: NHK Trophy
Ice Dancing, Free Dance
The Ice Dancing event concluded with the Free Dance. Isabelle Delobel/Olivier Schoenfelder of France captured the title and their second gold medal on the Grand Prix circuit this year. Canadians Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir earned the silver, and Russia’s Jana Khokhlova/Sergei Novitski claimed the bronze. All three medalists qualified for the Grand Prix Final.
Delobel/Schoenfelder produced a lyrical dance to “The Piano” soundtrack, telling the love story of a deaf woman and a hearing man. The European Champions produced a one-armed rotational lift, a curve-rotational lift, well synchronized twizzles and a difficult side by side step sequence. Their circular step sequence was graded a level three as was a serpentine lift, and their spin again was only a level two. The French received 96.91 points (49.10/47.81), which is a new seasonal best and were ranked second in the Free Dance. Overall they held on to first place at 197.54 points. “We are very happy with this competition. Our Free Dance was good for the moment, we just wanted to skate clean”, Schoenfelder commented. “The technical level of this competition was very high. We know of course that we still need to improve our technical elements, but I think we have a good program and we’ll be able to win the Original and Free Dance once we have the technical elements”, he added.