ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2010/2011: Samsung Anycall Cup of China
Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat (FRA) dance to lead
Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat of France won the Short Dance ahead of Italy's Federica Faiella/Massimo Scali and Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev of Russia.
Pechalat/Bourzat debuted a new program in competition, set to music from the “Dr. Zhivago” soundtrack. The routine was highlighted by difficult footwork and a one-armed rotational lift. The French received a level four and a level two for the two sequences of the Golden Waltz and scored 64.12 points.”We've changed our program two weeks ago and we only did it about eight times in practice”, Pechalat explained. “It was okay, but I'm not so happy with it as we can skate much better than that.”
Performing to “My Fair Lady”, Faiella/Scali started off strongly with level-four twizzles and a well skated first sequence of the Golden Waltz, but then he caught his blade in the skirt of his partner in the second sequence of the Waltz and stumbled. The World bronze medalists received 57.21 points. “I got stuck in her skirt. It was disappointing as we were skating very well. We lost many points, we lost two key points in the Waltz. It is the first competition of the season for us, which is always a little hard, but tomorrow is a new day”, Scali commented.
Bobrova/Soloviev chose the song “Delilah” by Tom Jones for their Short Dance, their twizzles were a little wobbly but they recovered to produced a good Golden Waltz part with both sequences garnering a level three. The Muscovites picked up 55.85 points. “It wasn't our best performance”, admitted Soloviev. “The twizzles and the side by side footwork were not so good, the Waltz part was fine, but then we got only a level two for our lift. We will analyze everything and draw our conclusions”, he continued.
Nora Hoffmann/Maxim Zavozin (HUN) came fourth at 52.69 points and Xintong Huang/Xun Zheng (CHN) are sitting in fifth with 49.70 points.
Mirai Nagasu (USA) captures Ladies' Short Program
Mirai Nagasu (USA) captured the Ladies' Short Program with Japan's Akiko Suzuki and Miki Ando following in second and third.
Nagasu put out a solid performance to the music from “The Witches of Eastwick” and “Un Sospiro” by Franz Liszt that featured a triple Lutz-double toe combination, a double Axel and three level-four spins, but the triple flip was a little shaky. The American earned 58.76 points. “Today felt lika deja vu because last year I was in the same position. I didn't really attack today in my short program. I did last year. That's a good thing, because I don't want to repeat what I did last year”, the 17-year-old said. Last year, she dropped from first to fifth at this event. ”For tomorrow, I just take what I learned today and put it into my long program and hopefully do my best”, she added.
Suzuki opened her routine to “Tango Jalousie” with a triple flip-double toe combination, but stepped out of her triple Lutz. She scored 57.97 points. “I made a mistake today on the triple Lutz, but I still got a higher score than at the Finlandia Trophy last month. Last year I won my first Grand Prix title here in Beijing and I was able to go to the Grand Prix Final, so China is a lucky place for me”, the Japanese athlete commented.
Ando went for a triple Lutz-triple loop combination, but the second jump was underroated. She also stepped out of the double Axel and her layback spin had only a level one. “I was happy when I landed my triple-triple, but the judges deducted from it. I stepped out of the double Axel, which was a stupid mistake, and I only had a level two for my combination spin and a level one for my layback spin. I know why, I was tired. I think I have to work harder for my spins and steps”, Ando analyzed. Bingwa Geng (CHN) finished fourth (51.06 points) and Alena Leonova (RUS) is currently ranked fifth (50.79 points).