Maria MARCHENKO / Egor POZDNIAKOV danced to the gold medal in the category Advanced Novice and led a Russian sweep in the Junior Ice Dance event. Ekaterina ANDREEVA / Ivan DESYATOV claimed the silver medal and the bronze went to Irina KHAVRONINA / Nikita TASHIREV.
Maria MARCHENKO / Egor POZDNIAKOV put out a strong performance to classical music, picking up level three for all elements to score 56,86 points and accumulated 82,44 points overall to claim the gold. “We are very happy with our program. I am especially pleased with the twizzle we showed. It worked out really well,” Maria MARCHENKO noted. “The competition here in Dortmund is a good one, I think everybody like it here ,” here partner added.
The silver medal of last years Basic Novice winner Ekaterina ANDREEVA / Ivan DESYATOV linked seamlessly to the successes of the previous year. They produced two level three lifts and level-three twizzle, a level three spin while the circular footwork was rated a level two. The couple from Russia earned 55,34 points and had 79,47 points overall to take silver at NRW Trophy 2015.
“The twizzle was very good today. And I am happy that the lift worked out today,” Ekaterina ANDREEVA stated. “It was a good performance today, but wee always want to be better,” Ivan DESYATOV explained.
Irina KHAVRONINA / Nikita TASHIREVcompleted a level-three spin and lift, but the serpentine footwork garnered a level two as well as the rotational lift. The young couple scored 52,10 points and with 131.88 points took the bronze in Dortmund.
Zlata IEFYMENKO / Vadym KOLESNYK (UKR) placed fourth with 71,22 points followed by Darya MITRAKOVA / Ilya DRANTUSAU (BLR) with 61,75 points.
Dortmund’s Lara LUFT/Asaf KAZIMOV placed 10th in their first international competition with 45,80 points. „We are pleased with our first performance here. We know what to work on now,“ Lara LUFT noted. „We have to improve the lift and it’s our aim to get more keypoints in the Pattern Dances,“ Asaf KAZIMOV added.