Daria Pavliuchenko/Denis Khodykin of Russia skated to the lead in the Pairs Short Program at the Internationaux de France in Grenoble on Friday. Teammates Anastasia Mishina/Alexandr Galliamov took second place while Haven Denney/Brandon Frazier (USA) came third in the first part of the event.
Pavliuchenko/Khodykin performed to ‘The Storm’ by Havasi © International Skating Union
Pavliuchenko/Khodykin put out a strong performance to ‘The Storm’ by Havasi, landing a side by side triple toe, triple twist, throw triple loop and level-four side by side combination spin and Axel Lasso lift. The 2018 World Junior Champions posted a personal best with 76.59 points.
“We are happy to have skated a clean program, but that is already behind us and we focus on the next event tomorrow,” Khodykin said.
Pavliuchenko added: “Our program is called ‘Storm’ and it has something exciting, even alarming which we are trying to bring across. I am Denis’ muse and at first he does not see me, but in the end I inspire him.”
2019 World Junior Champions Mishina/Galliamov earned 73.77 points © International Skating Union
Mishina/Galliamov’s routine to ‘Je suis malade’ was highlighted by a triple twist, side by side triple Salchow, throw triple flip and a reverse Lasso lift. The 2019 World Junior Champions earned 73.77 points.
“We had some mistakes today, but we are still happy, because it is our first senior Grand Prix so far. We hope it will be better tomorrow,” Mishina said.
Denney/Frazier completed a triple twist, throw triple loop and a difficult Axel Lasso lift in their routine to ‘Quidam’ from Cirque du Soleil. She underrotated the triple Salchow, but the 2013 World Junior Champions managed a personal best of 68.65 points.
“We’re happy with how our short went today. We still lost a few levels and points that we need to improve on, but all in all it was a good stride in the right direction for our short and we move on to the free. It’s a new day tomorrow,” Frazier said.
Denney/Frazier managed a personal best of 68.65 points © International Skating Union
Ashley Cain-Gribble/Timothy LeDuc (USA) currently sit in fourth place close to the podium on 66.12 points after she fell on the throw triple Lutz. Rebecca Ghilardi/Filippo Ambrosini (ITA) finished fifth on 59.62 points.
Overall, 59 skaters/couples representing 13 ISU members compete at Internationaux de France November 1-3. The top six qualifiers of the Grand Prix series in each discipline will proceed to the Final in Torino (ITA), December 5 to 8, 2019. Full entry lists, results, the General Announcement of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series are available on isu.org.
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ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2019/20
The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series started in 1995 (previously known as the ISU Champions Series) and consists of six international senior invitational events and the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. The skaters are seeded and invited to the six Grand Prix of Figure Skating events based on the results of the previous ISU World Figure Skating Championships. Competitors collect points in their ISU Grand Prix events towards the qualification for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. Only the top six Skaters / Couples in each discipline can qualify for the Final.