Once again, I've been to Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf. I will post pictures from the different parts of the competition and add some personal notes. I decided to do this in English as I think I will reach more interested readers this way.
We arrived on Thursday right before the short dance and would have been just in time for Chock & Bates, the first dance team skating the short dance.
Unfortunately, it took forever to buy the tickets and that's why I could not take pictures of Chock & Bates. They surprised us with their modern short dance consisting of a Blues and "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars.
I don't have pics of Kavaliova & Bieliaiev, either, but would like to mention their music: Adele's "Hello" in a disco version. Quite special...
Speaking of music, we had to search for the rhythm of this season's short dance online... That's how in-the-known we are nowadays. In case someone else does not know: Midnight Blues, Swing, Hip Hop.
|Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier|
Gilles & Poirier's short dance was quite remarkable. Not only because it had a disco theme but especially due to Paul's facial hair.
|Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte|
Cappellini & Lanotte wore one of their typical costumes and skated one of their typical programs.
|Lorenza Alessandrini & Pierre Souquet|
Alessandrini & Souquet are coached by Olivier Schönfelder and their style also reminded me of Delobel & Schönfelder.
|Elliana Pogrebinsky & Alex Benoit|
Pogrebinsky & Benoit have an entertaining short dance where he is playing Elvis. I liked them. One of the reasons may be that he looks a tiny little bit like Vitali Novikov (the hero of our uber-fan days...).
|Katharina Müller & Tim Dieck|
|Kavita Lorenz & Joti Polizoakis|
It would have been such a shame if Lorenz & Polizoakis had really split. They have so much chemistry and it's amazing how much they've achieved in such a short time (plus, they are not one of Germany's usual brother-and-sister-teams...). Their short dance to music by Michael Jackson is also super entertaining.
I was positively surprised by the short dance. I'm not the world's biggest fan of ice-dance post 6.0-system but this wasn't boring and kind of diverse.