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ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2008-Day 3
Ice Dancing, Original Dance
The Original Dance of the 2007/08 season is the Folk/Country Dance. The 30 couples in the event presented a wide variety of dances such as Aboriginal, African, French, Polish, Russian, South American, Scottish and Ukrainian.
Isabelle Delobel/Olivier Schoenfelder of France strengthened their lead after the Compulsory Dance. Russia’s Jana Khokhlova/Sergei Novitski egded out Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN) by just 0.42 points to move into second place.
Delobel/Schoenfelder interpreted a charming Gavotte, a French dance from the Bretagne. They
completed a circular step sequence, a spin and a straight line lift in which he used a scarf to hold her.
All six elements in the dance were graded a level four by the Technical Panel. The European silver medalists earned a new personal best of 67.25 points (35.30 element score/31.95 program component score) and now have accumulated 107.98 points so far. “I think we skated well with much pleasure and tried to be very energetic in our skating. Of course we are very pleased with our marks”, Schoenfelder commented. “We try not to think about that (lead of about four points) now, but of course we want to win the free dance tomorrow so that there are no questions”, he added. Khokhlova/Novitski had chosen a Russian Gypsy Dance “Two Guitars”. Their characteristic dance included a straight line lift and a rotational lift that showed off Khohklova’s flexibility, as well as smooth yet difficult footwork. The European bronze medalists received a level four for all elements as well and scored 65.99 points (35.67/30.32), improving their previous personal best by 5.93 points.
They moved up one spot with now 103.97 points. Virtue/Moir are not far behind at 103.52 points overall. Skating to “Dark Eyes”, the Four Continents Champions produced a dance spin, a curve and a one-armed rotational lift, but Virtue did one rotation less on a twizzle in the side by side step sequence. The twizzles were graded a level three, but the other elements were awarded a level four. The Canadians picked up 64.81 points and slipped from second to third.
Ladies, Free Skating
The Ladies event concluded with an exciting Free Skating. Mao Asada of Japan claimed her first World title while Italy’s Carolina Kostner took the silver. Yu-Na Kim of Korea earned her second consecutive bronze medal.
Day 1 Results