|Sportsgeist| 2016 Nebelhorn Trophy – pairs free skating

The pairs free skating wasn’t an event with many flawless performances but I still enjoyed it a lot. Probably because I’ll always be a pairs skating fan but also because most programs had some interesting choreography.

The two Suisse pairs were better than I had expected them to be, especially Chtchetinina & Scherer whose biggest weakness was the lifts. Must be a technical problem because Ioulia is really tiny.

Minerva Fabienne Hase from Germany

 

Minerva Fabienne Hase & Nolan Seegert from Germany

Hase & Seegert from Germany had the best skate I’ve ever seen them deliver. It would be great if they could go on in this direction and stop stagnating.

Ashley Cain & Timothy Leduc from the US

 

Ashley Cain & Timothy Leduc from the US

 

Timothy Leduc from the US

My personal highlight (probably of complete Nebelhorn Trophy 2016) were Ashley Cain & Timothy Leduc. They had such a fabulous skate and looked genuinely happy at the end. One can’t mention often enough that they’ve only started skating together this past July. Their music for the long program was „The Prayer“ which is one of the really old skating hits. But one can’t deny: they totally rock drama.

Erika Smith from the US

 

Erika Smith & AJ Reiss from the US

Erika Smith & AJ Reiss had some kind of melt-down in the long program and were overtaken by their teammates Cain & Leduc.

Mari Vartmann & Ruben Blommaert from Germany had one of their typical long programs: the beginning looked promising but then it all went downhill.

Liubov Ilyushechkina & Dylan Moscovitch from Canada

 

Liubov Ilyushechkina & Dylan Moscovitch from Canada

Liubov Ilyushechkina & Dylan Moscovitch were not flawless but had, yet, a solid skate. I like them even though he is not the most elegant male pairs skater. I especially like how happy she looks.

Aliona Savchenko & Bruno Massot from Germany
Aliona Savchenko & Bruno Massot from Germany
Aliona Savchenko & Bruno Massot from Germany

Aliona Savchenko & Bruno Massot have a romantic new long program and generally look much more like a real pair than last year. They had some problems with the elements in the long program but I guess they will get this under control.

Podium with kids in „Dirndl“ and „Lederhosen“

 

Aliona Savchenko during the medal ceremony

 

Ilyushechkina & Moscovitch during the medal ceremony

 

Serafima Sakhanovich during the ladies free skating

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