Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND of Great Britain
danced off with the gold medal in the concluding Senior event at NRW Trophy 2014. Nicholas brothers Joseph BUCKLAND and his partner Olivia SMART claimed the silver medal and the bronze went to Olesia KARMI / Max LINDHOLM of Finland.
Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND put out an almost perfect routine to music of the band Muse. Four elements garnered a level four, while the circular and midline step sequence were rated a level three. They missed their straight line lift, which cost them some points. They remained on the first place with 154.73 overall. “Next week we are participating in the Grand Prix in Moscow, therefore it was important for us, to show our program to the judges. We wanted to know, what kind of levels we will recieve for our elements from the panel. After the judgment we felt confident, but I think we noticed a few things to work on, there’s always growth. I love the competition in Dortmund and the fact that so many categories are competing here. We have a big team of Great Britain here and it’s so good for the young skaters to compare to the rest of the world,” Nicholas Buckland shared.
Performing to “Sunset Boulevard”, Olivia SMART / Joseph BUCKLAND produced an awesome twizzle and difficult lifts, which were rated level four. They set a new personal best for themselves with 82,38 points. Overall they accumulated 135.13 points. “We are very happy with our performance today. We cracked the score for the world championships in Shanghai, which was the goal, we focused on. Of course you always want to do a clean Free Dance and give your best. We have been a bit busy in the last time, because we had three international competitions in a row so we are looking forward to go home tomorrow and get some days off,” Olivia SMART commented. “Overall we are very happy with our performance, we qualified for Shangai and that’s a blast for us. We are pretty happy with the score, but today’s Free Dance was a tough one, because after all that competitions we felt tired from travelling. When we are back home, there are a few things we can work on. We concentrated a lot on the technical skills in the last time, now we have to improve the other components,” Joseph BUCKLAND added. Asked for a rivalry in the competition between him and his brothers Buckland answered quite cleary; “Of course I want to beat my brother, in a competition I want to beat everyone!”
Olesia KARMI / Max LINDHOLM turned in an powerful and passionated tango earning a level four for four elements. The couple
posted a new personal best score with 78,16 points, which added up to 130,44 overall. Olesia KARMI noted: “Our todays performance was ok, but not the best. We have been tired today, because it was the third competition in a short while. The days have been pretty exhausting. Nevertheless, we scored a new seasons best,” In addition to that Max LINDHOLM said: “We are happy with our silver medal, it’s our first podiumsplacement in the senior category. Our skating was quite clean, but a little bit slow. We like to compete in Germany and Dortmund is everytime a nice competition, it’s well organized and the people here try to help, whatever you want. We had our first senior competition here,”
Barbora SILNA / Juri KURAKIN (AUT) finished fourth witz 125,95 points. Peroline OJARDIAS / Michael BRAMANT followed in fifth place with 108,54 points and Germany’s Jennifer URBAN / Sevan LERCHE came sixth (102,07 points). Before the competition Peroline OJARDIAS told us, that the NRW is their second international competition and they only want to get out, skate the best and have fun. After the Free Dance Michael BRAMANT added; “The Free Dance was rough. Not for my partner, she was good, but especially for me. During the warm up I stumbled in the twizzle. In our Free Dance, the twizzle was perfect, but in the next step after the twizzle my blades banged together and I fell down. After that everything was a bit shaky.”
Congratulations to all couples. We hope to see you again next year.