Chan comes up big in Rostelecom short
Abbott sits second in men's event
|Patrick Chan is planning two quadruple toe loops in his free skate. (Getty Images)|
Chan hit a quadruple-triple toe loop combination and a triple flip in his routine to "Take Five," but had to overcome a fall on his triple Axel. The two-time and reigning world silver medalist scored 81.96 points.
"I was very nervous, as I didn't have a very good short program at Skate Canada. So I really wanted to do a good short here and of course land the quad. That was my main goal and I accomplished it. The [fall on the] triple Axel was just not being able to control my nerves and my excitement from landing the quad," Chan explained.
Performing to "Viejos Aires" by Ensemble Nuevo Tango, Abbott produced a triple flip-triple toe loop, a triple Axel and a triple Lutz as well as difficult spins to earn 77.61 points.
"I was very nervous today, much more so than at my first Grand Prix. I had more to loose with trying to qualify for the Grand Prix Final. I just wanted to stay calm the best I could. I got all my elements completed and I was very happy about that. I'm looking forward to tomorrow and I have a lot more confidence," Abbott said.
Verner's playful program to "Singin' in the Rain" featured a triple Lutz-triple toe, a triple Axel and triple flip. The 2008 European Champion picked up 74.10 points.
"I'm quite satisfied with today because it was an almost clean short program. It's early in my season. It's a good position to be in after the short program," commented the 24-year-old athlete.
Kavagut and Smirnov lead after Pairs Short Program
Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia lead after the pairs short program on Friday at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow. Japan's Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran and Katarina Gerboldt and Alexander Enbert of Russia follow in second and third, respectively.
Kavaguti/Smirnov's performance to "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss included a throw triple loop, a triple twist and a difficult lift, but her triple toe was shaky. The current world bronze medalists picked up 61.91 points.
"For our debut this season, it was a respectable skate," commented Smirnov. "We know what our mistakes are and we think we left a good impression overall. It was hard to compete again after such a long break," he added.
Skating to "Feeling Good," Takahashi and Tran completed a Level 4 double twist, and a throw triple toe loop, but Takahashi under-rotated the side by side triple Salchow. The world junior silver medalists earned 55.90 points.
"It was a relatively good skate for us," Tran told the press. "Practice was hard the past few weeks as we competed in juniors and seniors, so to go out and skate relatively clean was good. We were a little slow today, but we pushed through until the end and got all our levels," he continued.
Gerboldt and Enbert, who only teamed up last spring, gave a solid performance to a Waltz medley that was highlighted by a side by side triple Salchow, a throw triple flip and a Level 4 side-by-side spin. The couple from St. Petersburg collected 53.62 points.
"We are very surprised to be in third place, but we focused on our program and just wanted to show all the elements we've learned in the past few months. We wanted to have fun and to entertain the audience and we didn't think too much about the placement," said Gerboldt.
Suzuki's "Tango Jalousie" routine included a triple flip-double toe loop combination, a triple Lutz, a double Axel and difficult spins. The 2010 Four Continents silver medalist scored 57.43 points.
"It wasn't my best short program but it was good enough. My jumps here were better than at the Cup of China, but I feel that my spins and other things were better today. For tomorrow, I just have to reset my mind and focus on my skating," Suzuki commented.
Zawadzki produced a triple toe-triple toe as well as a triple Lutz and three Level 4 spins in her program to Latin music to score 56.84 points.
"My levels weren't as good as in Skate Canada, but my presentation was, and I was pretty happy about that because I've been working on it," the 16-year-old said.
Wagner went for a triple flip-triple toeloop combination, but two-footed the second jump and also the triple Lutz, but she got a Level 4 for two spins. The American earned a season's-best score of 56.17 points.
"I'm pretty pleased with how my performance went today. I landed a triple-triple and that was my first time doing that combination in competition. The landings on my jumps were a little bit sticky, so I'll just keep on working on the quality," Wagner told the post-event press conference.
Sofia Biryukova (RUS) finished fourth with 54.99 points and Miki Ando (JPN) is sitting in fifth at 54.00 points.
Bobrova and Soloviev dance to the lead
Russia's Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev upset Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali of Italy to take the lead in the short dance. Nora Hoffmann and Maxim Zavozin of Hungary finished third.
Bobrova and Soloviev had chosen a modern Waltz, "Delilah" by Tom Jones, for their Short Dance and completed a solid side by side midline-step sequence and a one-armed rotational lift. However, he briefly slipped in the first sequence of the Golden Waltz part. The Muscovites posted a new seasons best of 60.80 points.
"I think emotionally it was a better performance than at the Cup of China," said Soloviev. "It is difficult to adapt [the Golden Waltz to the modern music], and I feel that we still haven't incorporated it completely, but we'll get more comfortable with it as the season continues," he explained.
Faiella and Scali danced to a Waltz from "My Fair Lady" and gave a solid performance, but the second Waltz sequence, the straight line lift and the midline steps only garnered a Level 2. The world bronze medalists scored 57.65 points.
"We skated very well. It was a little hard for us to skate here in Russia as we came from a bad experience in China [Cup of China]. We are still building confidence," noted Scali. "We still have to work on the technical mark."
Hoffmann and Zavozin's dance set to a Waltz from Sleeping Beauty and the "Skaters' Waltz" was highlighted by a good Golden Waltz and the side-by-side step sequence. The Hungarian Champions picked up 57.24 points.
"We skated much better than in China," Hoffmann offered. "I love the short dance because I love our program. The short dance is new and interesting and I think it is a good idea," she added.
The Cup of Russia continues Saturday with the free dance, men, ladies and pairs free skating.