Trailing by under a quarter-point after the free dance, reigning gold medalists Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat made it two titles in two years at the European Figure Skating Championships, moving up and pulling away from Russia’s Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev, who won the silver for the second year.
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Hampered by low difficulty levels for the elements in the short dance, Pechalat and Bourzat had much better luck in the free skate, getting the highest technical scores of any of the ice dance teams and vaulting themselves to the front by almost four points. They finished with a final total of 164.18.
Bobrova and Soloviev also had a strong free skate, but they could not match Pechalat and Bourzat either in the technical elements or in the program components, dropping to the silver medal with a 160.23. The Russians made it two teams on the podium, with former World junior champions Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov moving up from seventh place to win the bronze.
With close scores amongst a number of teams, there was quite a bit of movement in the standings following the free dance. In fact, none of the top 19 teams finished in the same position that they were in after the short dance.
DANCE (final standings)
1. Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat FRA – 164.18
2. Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev RUS – 160.23
3. Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov RUS – 153.12
4. Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte ITA – 153.09
5. Ekaterina Riazanova/Ilia Tkachenko RUS – 152.22
6. Penny Coomes/Nicholas Buckland GBR – 145.31
7. Pernelle Carron/Lloyd Jones FRA – 142.27
8. Nelli Zhiganshina/Alexander Gazsi GER – 140.84
9. Isabella Tobias/Deividas Stagniunas LTU – 139.53
10. Julia Zlobina/Alexei Sitnikov AZE – 133.04
11. Charlene Guignard/Marco Fabbri ITA – 129.46
12. Tanja Kolbe/Stefano Caruso GER – 123.89
13. Louise Walden/Owen Edwards GBR – 122.59
14. Irina Shtork/Taavi Rand EST – 121.09
15. Siobhan Heekin-Canedy/Dmitri Dun UKR – 119.95
16. Sara Hurtado/Adria Diaz ESP – 117.26
17. Zsuzsanna Nagy/Mate Fejes HUN – 114.40
18. Gabriela Kubova/Dmitri Kiselev CZE – 113.51
19. Lucie Mysliveckova/Neil Brown CZE – 111.46
20. Nadezhda Frolenkova/Mikhail Kasalo UKR – 104.74
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