Caroline Green/Michael Parsons (USA) celebrated a golden debut in their first ISU Championship as a team, striking gold at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn (EST) Friday. Japan’s Kana Muramoto/Daisuke Takahashi made history for Japanese Ice Dance by winning the first ISU Championship silver medal. Takahashi is also the first Olympic and World medalist in Single Skating to win an ISU Championship medal in Ice Dance. The bronze went to Christina Carreira/Anthony Ponomarenko (USA).
Caroline Green and Michael Parsons (USA) © International Skating Union (ISU)
Green/Parsons put out an innovative dance to “Eso Concerto” and “Clouds, The Mind on the (Re)Wind” that was highlighted by interesting lifts and smooth footwork. The Americans collected a level four for the lifts and the combination spin while the one foot step sequence was rated a level three. Green/Parsons set a new personal best with 119.97 points in the Free Dance and accumulated 200.59 points overall to win gold.
“It’s just been incredible, this week has been amazing and having such a quick turnaround from nationals is definitely difficult, but definitely so worth it,” Green said. “I feel like we grew so much as a team just from the last competition and coming into this one so much more confident in ourselves and our programs. I think it’s just really representative of the skates we put out,” she added.
Muramoto/Takahashi’s balletic performance to “La Bayedere” was highlighted by level-four lifts, level-four spin and level-three diagonal step sequence. The Japanese dancers scored 109.48 points and totaled 181.91 points overall.
Kana Muramoto and Daisuke Takahashi (JPN) © International Skating Union (ISU)
“Between the Nationals and Four Continents, we focused mainly on the Rhythm Dance and didn't work so much on the Free Dance, but overall, even after yesterday's fall, we were able to pick ourselves up and enjoy our performance,” Muramoto noted.
“I'm very happy to be on the podium for the first time in a championship (as an ice dancer) and I can hardly put my joy into words,” Takahashi said.
Dancing to “Wicked Games”, Carreira/Ponomarenko gave a confident performance and earned 106.32 points, which added up to 175.67 points overall. The two-time ISU World Junior medalists claimed their first senior-level Championship medal.
Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko (USA) © International Skating Union (ISU)
“It was a pretty difficult season for us - we changed coaches, we changed our skating technique so it was a lot of adjustments,” said Carreira, “but we’re happy we’re able to end our season with our best free dance. So yes we’re overall really happy and we want to continue growing into the next quad.”
2018 Four Continents silver medalists Carolane Soucisse/Shane Firus (CAN) danced to “La Boheme” and came fourth at 172.45 points. Emily Bratti/Ian Somerville (USA) pulled up from sixth to fifth (169.54 points) while Marie-Jade Lauriault/Romain Le Gac (CAN) slipped to fifth as she fell on a twizzle (166.89 points).
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