NRW Trophy opened Friday in Dortmund with the Pattern Dances of the categories Basic Novice B (non ISU), Basic Novice, Advanced Novice and Basic Junior (non ISU). The Results are online now.
Today the youngest athletes (10-12) opened the competition in the category Basic Novice B and already put out very strong performances.
Last years silver medal winner Eva ZAPOROZHSKYA / Alexander BALYKOV of Russia captured the Basic Novice B Pattern Dances (21.86 pt.) with their teammates Anna BOGOMOLOVA / Ivan DESYATOV (15,17 pt.) finishing in second. After the Russian pairs two german pairs lie in the waiting line. Anne-Marie WOLF / Kieren WAGNER GER (14.13) finished third and Maja RÖDER / Samuel STEFFAN (13,17) came in fifth.
Russia’s Daria SHIROKHOVA / Egor POZDNIAKOV skated to the lead in the Basic Novice Pattern Dances (24,48 pt.). Daria POPOVA / Georgiy YAGUDAYEV of Ukraine (16,54) and Germany’s`s Peggy BEECK / Leon WAGNER GER (9,70) came in second and third.
Both leading pairs in the Basic Novice category are coached by Maria Borovikova who is really satisfied with her young couples: „They did a great job. They are first in both groups, it couldn`t be better. They really like to come here, because it’s a great competition. We expect to go home with two gold medals tomorrow.“ Her husband Denis Samokhin, who is the coach of European bronze medallist Nikita Katsalapov/Elena Ilinykh added „We are proud of the young pairs. For me it was planned to be here with my senior pair. But they competed in the Cup of Russia and a competition in Romania, so we decided not to compete in Dortmund. The time between all the competitions is way to short, they need a bit time to relax.“
In the category Basic Junior Alisa RAIKOVSKAIA and Daniil ZVORYKIN (19,35 pt.) from Russia are currently ranked first. They are followed by two German pairs; Flora MÜHLMEYER / Tim OBERLÄNDER (14,52 pt.) came in second and Tabea ABENDROTH / Danny WUTTKE (13,06 pt.) are currently ranked third.
The Ukrainian head coach Galina Churilova underlines the huge variety of categories in Dortmund: “ NRW Trophy is a very good competition for young skaters. There are not many competition for Non ISU categories, so it`s a big opportunity for the kids to get some international experience. They really like the competition and come here every year.“