After barely missing the gold last week at Nebelhorn Trophy, German champions Nelli Zhiganshina and Alexander Gazsi finished the short dance at Ondrej Nepela Memorial with a commanding eight-point lead over the rest of the field. They last won the title in 2008.
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Zhiganshina and Gazsi were technically strong in their short dance, receiving a level four for all but one of their elements. Their 61.15 was a six-point improvement over their short dance score at Nebelhorn Trophy. Although directly comparing scores from two different events is difficult to usually not worthwhile, a good part of the difference in the scores resulted from the higher base value that they received for their elements.
Italian bronze medalists Lorenza Alessandrini and Simone Vaturi is currently comfortably in second, six points ahead of third, which is occupied by Azerbaijan’s Yuliya Zlobina and Aleksey Sitnikov. The battle for the bronze looks to be amongst them and the next five teams, all of whom are within about six points of each other. In this group are Americans Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus, whose 43.04 puts them in sixth and just under four points back of the podium.
DANCE (after the short dance)
1. Nelli Zhiganshina/Alexander Gazsi GER – 61.15
2. Lorenza Alessandrini/Simone Vaturi ITA – 52.97
3. Yuliya Zlobina/Aleksey Sitnikov AZE – 46.75
4. Zsuzsanna Nagy/Mate Fejes HUN – 46.50
5. Gabriela Kubova/Dmitry Kiselev CZE – 43.30
6. Anastasia Cannuscio/Colin McManus USA – 43.04
7. Barbora Silna/Juri Kurakin AUT – 41.93
8. Alexandra Zvorygina/Maciej Bernadowski POL – 40.31
9. Louise Walden/Owen Edwards GBR – 38.70
10. Rachel Hofer/Christoph Klier AUT – 23.60
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