European Championships 2017: pairs’ review
Championships in Czech Ostrava passed for me without beer and something delicious. I don’t drink beer, and as for food, it’s impossble to eat when Tarasova is constantly complaining and reminding about weight) Actually I was so into US and Canadian Nationals that almost forgot about European Championships. Maybe because I considered it boring and didn’t expect that it can surprise me. Well, now I know: call a competitions boring and predictable, be prepared for surprises.
Surprises started from pairs
Yuri Larionov in a suit, behind the board looks better that he has ever looked on the ice. Alexander Smirnov with a new hair cut look damn handsome. With such a hot coach who cares what skaters do on the ice) But for Lithuanian pair it’d be much better if Alexander decided who is he. Coach or skater?
Finally Aliona Savchenko got a strong competitor in terms of “love to figure skating, desire to skate and compete”. Mother of three children (!) Zoe Jones was so impressive that I got a desire to slip down of the couch and at least do some exercises.
Belarusian fans of TV series gave me a light feeling of sadness. Oh, I will miss the boys from Baker Street …..new season of Game of Thrones isn’t soon and I’m not even talking about the book( By the way, open the intrigue, whom you portray in the free program? Just too curiously) Oh, we’re talking about sport here…..ok, well done, you placed in the top-10.
When Matteo Guarise will take off this horror called costume?! He’s such a handsome guy, their pair have nice lines and interesting programs, but the only thing from the short pgoram that I can remember is his man-burn costume!
Young Czechs Anna Duskova / Martin Bidar are charming and touching. Have improved a lot since Junior Grand-Prix Final and had a very decent debut in seniors in front of the home crowd. In SP Anna even had a nice tights … ..but the awful ones returned in the free program( That’s sad. But I’ll cheer for the guys at Worlds, hope they will get what they want – the spot for Olympics.
Valentina Marchei is a star and each her appearance on the ice is an emotional fireworks. And it’s great. But why Ondrej suddenly began to slouch and Valentina forgot that she is from single skating and actually can jump?
Zabijako / Enbert are incredibly beautiful pair. SP is a perfect match, but FP only highlights that they try hard to show their best and skate diligently as a pupils. It’s good, but it’s not enough. To fight with top pairs they need to add speed, amplitude, freedom of skating. But definitely it was their best performance this season.
Stolbova / Klimov‘s programs are very haute couture. Sophisticated and stylish. I have a feeling that now Russian fans will proclaim Smekalov a new panacea in choreography. For everyone from single skaters to ice dancers) I don’t see at all any tragedy in fourth place. Now it’s necessary to get in shape, “fix” the throw and prepare for the World Championships. In the end, this is only second competition for them after a pretty long break.
Vanessa James / Morgan Cipres removed every single rhinestone from their costumes and shone like never before. I like this pair and I often get upset when they lacked a little bit to get on the podium. I also love their free program, this song keeps playing in my head. Frankly, I didn’t believe that they can skate it clean. But they did. Probably, it was the most pleasant surprise of the Championships. Vanessa’s body is an unattainable ideal and the reason of my endless envy. It seems she can’t look even more beautiful. Turned out that actually she can…….you know, medals suit her so much!
Actually all the last warm-up was fantastic like it wasn’t a European Championships) But Savchenko / Massot‘s free program left the strongest impression. I was charmed and got carried away. It was some kind of Papadakis-Cizeron effect……This time even Bruno wasn’t distractive. I also liked that he tucked the shirt, so he looked smaller and more harmoniously with Aliona. Okay, okay Bruno is improving and hopefully Bruno learned German in order to pass the test for citizenship. Ah almost forgot to mention, Aliona also wins the nomination “Best dress of pairs’ event”.
In the short program Tarasova / Morozov looked young, fresh, playful and made a very powerful impression. In the free program on the background of smartly dressed rivals with their exclusive programs Evgenia and Vladimir looked as poor relatives from province. It’s a pity. Well, it’s already nothing you can do with the program, but at least they can fork out on nice costumes for European Champions! But I doubt it’ll happen, seems they consuder this fashion disaster a lucky one.
To be continue…..
Related topics: aliona savchenko bruno massot, Anna Duskova Martin Bidar, European Championships, Evgenia Tarasova Vladimir Morozov, Ksenia Stolbova Fedor Klimov, Natalia Zabijako Alexander Enbert, Nicole Della Monica Matteo Guarise, pairs, Valentina Marchei Ondrej Hotarek, Vanessa James Morgan Cipres