Italian champions Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali skated a superb and confident original dance today to win the second phase of the three-phases ice dance competition at the 2010 European Figure Skating Championships. But the current World champions, Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, are still in first overall due to the lead they had after the compulsory dance yesterday.
Related: Photos from the original dance
Related: More photos from the original dance
Faiella and Scali, the reigning European silver medalists, were fast and precise throughout their Italian folk dance, scoring a 61.68 to move up to the second spot going into the free dance. They have been under the radar this season because they only competed once internationally prior to Europeans. But they are establishing themselves as possible medal contenders in Vancouver today with their performance in the original dance.
Skating an Aboriginal dance that has become somewhat of a polarizing program for them this season, Domnina and Shabalin finished just behind the Italians in the original dance and maintained a five-point lead over the rest of the competition. The dance was somewhat labored and their technical elements did not receive the high levels that those of their closest competitors did. Their dance and costumes have received mixed reviews from fans and skating experts alike, and they are certainly not playing it safe with this program going into the Olympics next month.
2008 World bronze medalists Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski slipped one place to third after Novitski had trouble in their twizzle sequence. They are just over two points behind Faiella and Scali for the silver medal. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat trail them by 0.02 after moving up with their country western original dance. British champions Sinead Kerr and John Kerr round out the top five. The top 16 teams qualify for the free dance tomorrow.
TOP 16 DANCE (after the original dance)
1. Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin RUS – 104.27
2. Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali ITA – 99.15
3. Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski RUS – 96.46
4. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat FRA – 96.44
5. Sinead Kerr and John Kerr GBR – 93.81
6. Alexandra Zaretsky and Roman Zaretsky ISR – 90.55
7. Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte ITA – 88.76
8. Anna Zadorozhniuk and Sergei Verbillo UKR – 86.90
9. Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev RUS – 86.36
10. Alla Beknazarova and Vladimir Zuev UKR – 83.37
11. Nora Hoffman and Maxim Zavozin HUN – 81.55
12. Pernelle Carron and Lloyd Jones FRA – 79.81
13. Christina Beier and William Beier GER – 77.86
14. Zoe Blanc and Pierre-Loup Bouquet FRA – 76.62
15. Caitlin Mallory and Kristjan Rand EST – 76.49
16. Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland GBR – 75.61
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