Practice Session Pairs
On the Ice were, Mari Vartmann / Aaron van Cleace, Maylin & Daniel Wende andAnabelle Prölss / Ruben Blommaert all Germany.
A full group of Germans, all age groups present. Mari & Aaron were first with their FS, they only performed a few of their elements. Family Wende performed their whole programm with a very high triple throw - Maylin had to work hard on the landing though.
Annabelle & Ruben practiced their SP and you really have to give credit where credit is due, Annabelle even though just 14 has a really great attitude on the ice already and they really have a great harmony in their skate.
On the Ice were from Spain Veronica Grigorieva / Aritz Maestu, Elizaveta Usmantseva / Roman Talan Ukraine, Maria Paliakova / Nikita Bochkov Belarus and from Estonia Natalia Zabijakova / Alexandr Zaboev.
All except the pair from the Ukraine did perform their FS. I really enjoyed Natalia and Alexandr who were skating to conquest of paradise and yes their FS opened the gate to paradise for me. They look so lovely together even in random grey colours and the choreopgraphie worked very good with the music and their attitude on the ice. Definately looking forward to their programms during the competition.
I also want to mention Maria & Nikita - in my eyes she is a lovely skater - the programm is really nice and they are on a steady move forward. I enjoyed them a lot during the previous years, especially at Zagreb where they scored a new PB. Lets hope they get a clean programm, they deserve it!
On the Ice were from the UK Stacey Kemp / David King, Elizaveta Makarova / Leri Kenchadze Bulgaria and from Poland Magdalena Klatka / Radoslaw Chruscinski. The pair from Turkie did not start.
Stacey and David struggled a bit, but I am confident they will improve during competition. All did practice their SP.
On the Ice were from Sweden Ronja Roll / Gustav Forsgren, Andrea Davidovich / Evgeni Krasnopolski, Miriam Ziegler / Severin Kiefer Austria and Nam I Song without his partner So Hyang Pakv Peoples repuplic of Korea.
First of all I have to say that I am a really big fan of Ronja and Gustav. Yes they will never win a medal, trophy etc. but dont they look absolutely charming together? The way how he cares for her on the ice, seriously who needs triple Axels etc. if you have this? I wish pairs would also get points for these type of things but unfortunately not. They kissed the ice alot in the practice but honestly I dont care! Great pair!
The opening scene of the Austrian pair is very charming as well! A special remark also goes to Andrea and Evgeni, really cute SP loved her smile during the routine. Was a great joy to watch!
Now there is one last group to go including Maxim and Tatjana, we also hit ghost hour very soon
Final group, on the Ice were Maxim Trankov / Tatiana Volososzhar Russia, Lindsay Davis / Rockne Brubaker USA, Natasha Purich / Michael Marinaro from Canada and Narumi Takahashi / Ryuichi Kihara Japan
To make things short, Tatjana and Maxim didnt perform a lot at that late hour - a few lifts and some steps, funny was that a part of their music fits well to the ghost hour :D The lift where Maxim has his hand on her back is really great, I dont think I have ever seen something like that before.
The US, Canadian and Japanese pair did run almost the full routine. No major mistakes in my opinion, really looking forward to all their programms.
Thats it for me today, good night :D