Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 Russian National: Kavaguti and Smirnov prevail after Short Program

Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of St. Petersburg (SPB) prevailed over Maria Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov (SPB) with a 3-point-lead in the Pairs Short Program.

The students of Tamara Moskvina were the next to last to skate, and gave a commanding and inspiring performance to Camille Saint Saens' The Swan. The defending champions who kept last season's program, were able to capitalize on the mileage and enchant the audience with their excellent flow and strong elements. The team had minor problems with a catch on the triple twist, but landed clean side-by-side triple toeloops and a throw triple loop to receive 78.01 (41.27/36.74) points.

"Our impression from the performance is very simple: we skated well," said Smirnov. "Both me and Yuko are satisfied. However, we had not have a chance to ask Tamara Nikolaevna [Moskvina] for her opinion, so we don't know whenever we fulfilled her goals or not. The beginning of the season was rather tough for us. I could even say that were discouraged, but we had felt strong support from our team: Tamara Nikolaevna, Igor Borisovich Moskvin, our choreographer Tatiana Druchinina, and all other people who believed in us. We will try to live up to their faith tomorrow."

Mukhortova and Trankov, who skated first out of 12 couples, opened their Appassionata program with a strong triple twist, but Mukhortova stepped out of her triple toeloop. The current silver medalist were otherwise clean, and the overall impression from their performance was very strong. The team appeared to be relaxed on the ice and their lines and unison were the best in the field. They currently sit in second place with 74.82 (38.87/35.95) points.

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