Sara GHISLANDI / Giona Terzo ORTENZI (ITA) danced to the gold medal in the Ice Dance competition. Eva KHACHATURYAN / Andrey BAGIN (RUS) took the silver medal and the bronze went to Ria SCHWENDINGER / Valentin WUNDERLICH of Germany.
Sara GHISLANDI / Giona Terzo ORTENZI put out an energetic performance to an Elvis Presley medley, completing four level-four elements (rotational lift, Side lift, Twizzle and combination spin). Their step sequence were graded a level two. They got a deduction for a bad fall in the last lift. The Italian couple earned 77,14 points, and totaled 129,29 points to take the NRW Trophy gold medal. “Our new coach Barbara Fusar – Poli picked the music for the free dance. First we were really scared to dance to it, because we are used to perform to musical themes. But we tried it and it is working, so we are happy about the choice,” Giona ORTENZI noted.
Eva KHACHATURYAN / Andrey BAGIN turned in a dance to Armenian music and picked up a level four for the first lift while the straight line lift and midline steps merited a level three. The Russian team scored 74,97 points which added up to 126,88 points. “Our free dance was not that good. We had some mistakes and will work on to improve. I hope we’ll see some progress in the next competitions,” Andrey BAGIN said.
Ria SCHWENDINGER / Valentin WUNDERLICH performance to Marilyn Monroe music included a level-four spin and twizzle. Their lifts merited two times level three. They collected 72,31 points for the Free Dance and accumulated 123,11 points. “In general we are satisfied with the free dance. We have to work on the steps, they should be more fluently. But as I have some problems with my knee, we are overall pleased,” Ria SCHWENDINGER
Anzhelika YURCHENKO / Volodymyr BYELIKOV (UKR) came in fourth with 122.66 points and Katia FEDYUSHCHENKO / Lucas KITTERIDGE (GBR) placed fifth after a great Free Dance (122.23points).