Boikova and Kozlovskii dazzled on their way to a debut Grand Prix title © International Skating Union
Youngsters Aleksandra Boikova/ Dmitri Kozlovskii of Russia shone in the Pairs event to win their first Grand Prix gold medal at Skate Canada in Kelowna on Saturday. Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro skated to the silver medal while top favorites Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov of Russia had to settle for the bronze.
Performing to a James Bond medley, Boikova/Kozlovskii delivered the goods, nailing a side by side triple Salchow, triple toe-double toe-double toe combination, throw triple flip and loop as well as a triple twist and difficult lifts.
The Russian youngsters pulled off a string of technically demanding moves to claim gold © International Skating Union
The 2019 European bronze medalists posted a season’s best of 140.26 points and accumulated 216.71 points to take home the gold. “We feel good, we did our job well and hope to do even better next time,” Boikova said. “It was a great performance, a great day for us. We left all our emotions out there in the arena,” Kozlovskii added.
Moore-Towers and Marinaro collected silver in front of their home fans in Kelowna © International Skating Union
Moore-Towers/Marinaro completed a triple twist, throw triple loop and Salchow, but Marinaro struggled with the solo jumps, singling a toeloop and touching down on the triple Salchow. The Canadian Champions scored 132.99 points and remained in second place at 208.49 points.
“It’s been a bummer day for us. We’re pleased with our score considering the mistakes we made, but we’ve been practicing a lot better. We don’t believe we need to go back to the drawing board, but just adjust our mindset a little bit,” Moore-Towers commented.
Favorites Tarasova and Morozov ended with the bronze medal © International Skating Union
Tarasova/Morozov impressed with their triple twist and triple throws in their routine to a new arrangement of the song “Ti Amo”. But Tarasova stumbled on a doubled Salchow and the couple aborted their Axel Lasso lift. The 2019 world silver medalists earned 128.72 points which added up to 202.29 points overall.
“Today was not the best performance of our team. It is a good lesson for us at the beginning of the season. We’ll just keep working and practicing,” Morozov said.
ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Standings Pairs
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