Thursday, September 24, 2009

Savchenko, Szolkowy rout field in pairs short

Two-time world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany, who are first in the world pairs rankings, won the short program at the Nebelhorn Trophy with a superb program to "Send in the Clowns."

"We always want to try different things," Szolkowy said of the music choice. "It's nice piano music and we can make a story about the clowns."

They scored 72.80 points by completing a throw triple flip, side-by-side triple toe loops, a triple Lutz twist and a Level 4 lift.

"It was good for the first competition," Szolkowy said. "There were some little mistakes like the lift was not completely clean. And we were a little slow in the second half of the program."

Ukraine's Tatiana Volosozhar and Stanislav Morozov, seventh in the world rankings, were second after the short with 59.46 points. They used "Dreams Illusion" as their short program music.

Morozov fell on the landing of their side-by-side triple Salchows, but the couple completed a Level 4 lift and a throw triple loop as well as a triple Lutz twist.

Canada's 2008 pairs champions, Anabelle Langlois and Cody Hay, were third with 57.48 points. They skated to "Fascination".

"I was a lot more nervous at this competition than usual," Hay said, "but it felt really good out there. This program is something that we can be aggressive with. Our spins have been better in practice but overall it was great."

"We wanted to come out really strong at this competition," Langlois said. "Getting a good score was huge for us. I got distracted a bit with the mistakes but I still felt good."

The duo had side-by-side triple toe loops, a throw triple Lutz, a level 4 lift and a double flip twist.

"We're working the elements back in slowly," Hay said. "The triple twist isn't quite ready yet, but we'll put it in when we feel really comfortable with it."

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