World Skating: Kostner second after the short

Carolina Kostner

We expected a great show, came something even more amazing. Carolina Kostner, Mao Asada, Julia Lipnitskaya: they were the three great protagonists expectations of this Saitama World Cup and all three have certainly betrayed. A race, despite the absences that made it on the paper of a less senior than the Olympic one, which instead turned out to be extraordinary, almost sidereal when considering the results.

Mao Asada, you know, his body a desire for revenge incredible: after the fall in the short program in Sochi that had in fact prevented him from fighting for the gold, the World Cup in front of the home crowd could only be a goad. And so the result was fantastic thanks to the triple axel that only she knows how to run the world and that he had betrayed the Olympic in the appointment: 78.66 is the new world record, beating the previous Yu Na Kim and pulverizing of more than four points, so to speak, the score that was won Olympic gold at Sotnikova.

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Mao Asada thanked the audience

But if the Asada has enchanted the Kostner It was no exception: his now legendary interpretation of the Ave Maria by Schubert It received an incredible 77,24 one step away from the Japanese, and new European record of 74.64 surpassing the very Sotnikova Sochi. Now our champion will play the Bolero of paper in his long program to give the hunt for gold.
Third and to a great extent, this time without any doubt the "help" from the jury, Julia Lipnitskaya with 75.54 to complete a truly outstanding show who sent in raptures the numerous, competent and sporty Japanese public.
Fourth, but distant, the other Japanese Akiko Suzuki that preceded the American Gracie Gold. He admitted in the final twenty-four but only with the twenty-second even score Valentina Marchei.

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Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy

Berton Hotarek
Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek
Meanwhile ended the race in pairs which was won for the fifth time in their career the German ex-Ukrainian Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy who have passed the Russians Stolbova-Klimov, seconds, and Canadians Duhamel-Radford, third.

Good performance by Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek which, thanks to the seventh score in the free program, they finished in ninth place, a result that is the best placement of an Italian couple in World Cup history, and which helps to increase the regret for a short program short of expectations without which it could aspire to a place in the top eight.

But now is a time of magic. It is time to Carolina.