Cheng Peng/Lei Wang, who just competed last week at their first ISU Grand Prix as a team in Chongqing, delivered a strong performance to “The Storm Driven Sea” that featured a side by side triple toe, triple twist, a throw triple loop. The Cup of China bronze medalists collected a level four for their spin, death spiral, step sequence and their lift to post a personal best with 65.25 points.
“We are pleased with today’s performance. This is our second time after Cup of China to compete and we feel we have improved,” Wang said at the post-event press conference.
“We hope to skate as well tomorrow in the free skating. Our goal is just to enjoy. When we have fun, everything will be fine,” he added.
Conti/Macii produced a triple twist, triple Salchow and level four lift and combination spin in their routine set to “Cavalleria Rusticana”. However, Conti touched down with her hand on the throw triple loop. The ISU World bronze medalists scored 65.00 points.
“We are pretty happy, but it was not the best short program. We made a mistake on the throw and lost points in the steps and in the death spiral,” Conti said.
“Overall we feel better than in France. We are 0.25 points away from the top. We will do it tomorrow,” Macii shared.
It felt special for the couple to come back to the Metro Arena in Espoo, as they won their European title here in January.
“It’s great, but also strange, to come back to this venue that gave us so many great memories. But I keep telling myself, this is a new season,” Conti said.
Performing to “Stay” by Rihanna, Hase/Volodin completed a triple twist and triple Salchow, but Hase fell on the triple loop. The couple from Berlin, who compete in their first ISU Grand Prix event together, earned 63.59 points.
“We have mixed feelings on our performance today. The fall (on the throw loop) came as a surprise. I somehow slipped. The throw loop is usually a very secure element for us. Tomorrow we’ll fight for all the points that we can get.”
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The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series started in 1995 (previously known as the ISU Champions Series) and consists of six invitational international senior events and the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. The top six of the past World Championships are seeded. Competitors collect points in their events towards the qualification for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. Only the top six Skaters / Couples in each discipline can qualify for the Final.
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