Alisa AGAFONOVA / Alper UCAR of TUR captured a comfortable lead in the Short Dance over Barbora SILNA / Juri KURAKIN (AUT). Katharina MÜLLER / Tim DIECK of Germany follow in third place.
Alisa AGAFONOVA / Alper UCAR collected a level four for the twizzle and rotational lift while the Waltz pattern merited a level four and three. They earned 60,80 points, which is a new personal best. “We are very pleased with our short dance tonight. We scored a PB and take the experiences we’ve made here to work on for our first Grand Prix in Paris. We hope to skate at the same level tomorrow in the Free Dance,” Alisa AGAFONOVA commented. “I am the fifth time in Dortmund and I like it here very much. The facilities are pretty good and we’ll stay here for two more days after the competition for practice. After that we are leaving to Paris for the Trophée Bompard ,” Alper UCAR explained.
Barbora SILNA / Juri KURAKIN turned in a solid performance to Waltz and Polka from “Die Fledermaus” and had the same levels for their twizzle and rotational lift as AGAFONOVA/UCAR . The Austrian duo posted 53,68 points.
Katharina MÜLLER / Tim DIECK went for Waltz and March to “Micmacs a tire-larigot”. Their rotational lift were rated a level four, but got a deduction for the lift, which was extended. The couple of Dortmund scored 53.33 points. “We skated very well and very much enjoyed our performance today. We are trying to skate our short program consistently and with each competition we are getting a better score. The twizzle didn’t went so well for me, I know that I have to work on it,” Katharina MÜLLER said. “We are pleased with the progress we made in the last competitions and especially the fact, that we feel more confident on the ice. It helped us to skate at home and we enjoyed the support of the audience. We got a lot of positive emotions from that. It was fun to skate , thanks for the audience. We’ll fight tomorrow in the Free Dance to remain on the podium,” Tim DIECK continued.
Yura MIN / Alexander GAMELIN (KOR) placed fourth (53,13 p.) and Anastasiia KHROMOVA / Daryn ZHUNUSSOV (KAZ) are currently ranked fifth (51,10 p.). “We like to dance a waltz, because it’s a soft and gently dance. It’s always a nice experience here in Dortmund, with a lot of teams of different nations. The audience is very nice to the skaters and kind of feels like being at home,” Daryn ZHUNUSSOV told the press.