Domnina and Shabalin maintain lead at Russian Nationals

The event continued with the OD in which the dance for the 2006-2007 season is the “Tango”. Couples can choose one to three tango rhythms. If two rhythms are used, one can be repeated. Vocals are permitted.

Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin were sharp and precise in their routine, earning a level four on all elements. The current national silver medalists produced excellent synchronized twizzles, a midline step sequence, a diagonal step sequence, and a rotational lift. Their straight line and diagonal step sequence was very good, as was their dance spin. The team earned 63.67 points for a first place finish in the OD and overall (104.93 points).

“I think each time we perform this dance, we perform it better and better,” Domnina said during a press conference. “It’s a very good program now, but we will try to make if perfect.” Asked if they were affected by the starting order (they were first to skate of the eight teams) she replied: “We are always skating before our rivals this year. It’s almost a tradition now, but so far it has been a good omen.”

Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski almost flew across the ice in their performance of Tango Jalousie. In some places, the students of Irina Zhuk and Alexander Svinin were too wrapped up in the emotions of their performance and as a result, had a couple of minor glitches, which, however, did not impact either the dramatic expression or the scores. They also received level fours for their elements, except for the diagonal footwork sequence, which was very good. The reigning national bronze medalists produced a smooth midline and straight line step sequence, as well as two excellent lifts, and a very good dance spin. They placed second with 60.11 points, maintaining second place overall (97.26 points).

Ekaterina Rubleva and Ivan Shefer displayed good expression and attack in their dance, producing level four side-by-side twizzles, two very good level four lifts, and a level three diagonal step sequence. However, their combination dance spin was a bit wobbly and was graded a level two. The team was awarded 51.47 points, placing third in the OD and overall (83.98 points).

Platonova and Maximishin displayed a lot of attack in their dance, but overall their program wasn’t as expressive and smooth as Rubleva and Shefer dance. They included two very good level four lifts and a good level three combination dance spin. The current junior national bronze medalists placed fourth (51.09 points) in the OD and overall (82.95 points).

Gmyzina and Lobanov delivered two very good level four lifts in their routine, but one was extended, resulting in a deduction. The team placed fifth (44.10 points) in the OD and overall (70.19 points).

Shmyrina and Bazdyrev, who were seventh after the CD, placed sixth in the OD (43.74 points) and overall (67.89 points), while Yakovleva and Manvelov placed eighth in the OD (42.11 points), dropping to eighth overall (66.51 points).

Zlobina and Sitnikov placed seventh in the OD (42.60 points) and overall (58.83 points).

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