I decided to write my posts about Nebelhorn Trophy in English in order to reach more readers.
I will start with a post about Volosozhar & Trankov. They were the skaters I was most looking forward to seeing at Nebelhorn. Pairs skating has alwayse been my favourite discipline and I have this huge soft spot for everything Russian in pairs skating. It started with the perfection of Gordeeva & Grinkov went on with a roller coaster ride named Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze and now it's Tatjana and Maxim I like best. I saw Tatjana for the first time in 2002 at Euros in Lausanne and I liked her right away. But it took her sooo long to find a fitting partner. Same can be said for Maxim who I have known since his junior days.
I can't imagine how nervous Maxim must have been before their short program. After all, they haven't competed since the Olympics in Sochi. And it showed. He made two totally untypical mistakes on the triple twist and the throw. Apart from this, I liked their short program even though I prefer their waltz from the Olympic season. But the waltz is also one of my all time favourite pairs short programs - so it's a bit hard to pass it.
Fortunately, the long program was a totally different story and only marred by some small mistakes. I love their music choice ("Dracula"). The dramatic music suits their style and Max is a fabulous Dracula with a great facial expression. This program has a lot of potential and I can't wait to see it at other events.
Their costumes are perfect, too. I also loved Tatjana's hair.
|Isn't the picture with the little boy cute?!|
|Victory ceremony - look at Alexa Scimeca's facial expression on picture #2 :)|
Their exhibition to "Just do it" (which made me think of "nike" when I heard the title...) was so cute. Very playful and they were both totally in character.
They looked head over heels in love off the ice. Seeing Maxim pulling her plus his own skating trolley made me want to find a guy pulling my suitcase. And I'm not talking about my boss who likes to grab my auditor trolley by the wrong handle (the handle intended to pull the trolley and not to carry it) in order to "help" me carrying it down the stairs...