It was the second day of competition at the Nebelhorn Trophy today, Sept. 25 in Oberstdorf, Germany. It was a full day of skating starting with the ladies short, pairs free skate and the men’s free skate. The Canadians, Russians and Americans are exceeding expectations in this event.
Leading the ladies after the short program is Kaetlyn Osmond from Canada who is returning back to competitive skating following an injury. She skated an elegant performance that gave her the lead despite a fall on her opening jumping pass. Teammate Alaine Chartrand is following behind by less than one point. Currently in third place is American Courtney Hicks who had a strong showing. Hicks opened with a triple flip-triple toe combination, which was slightly under-rotated, but her power and speed carried her through and she is only two points away from the leader.
Not long after the ladies completed their short program, the pairs took to the ice for their free skate. Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov may have had one semi-flawed performance in the short program but they were sure not to repeat those mistakes in the free skate. Volosozhar and Trankov skated beautifully to “Dracula” hitting each of their elements, including an amazing triple twist along with two fantastic throw triple jumps. They hit each element with their usual precision and perfection giving them yet another gold medal.
Claiming the silver was Americans Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim who came from fourth place after the short to get their spot on the podium. They opened with a solid quad twist, which was the only one attempted in this event. They managed to hold onto the landings of their side-by-side jumps and gave a stellar performance. France’s Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres skated to Romeo and Juliet and took home the bronze.
The highlight of the men’s event was a performance given by Canadian Elladj Balde. Balde wowed the audience nailing a quad toe, triple axel-triple toe and a triple flip right out of the gate. His program continued to build as he landed another five triples. It was an exciting program worthy of winning first place and his first international gold medal.
Snagging the silver was American Max Aaron. Max struggled with his quad salchow, but managed to hold onto his focus to complete his other elements well. The quads may not have been with him today, but his triple axels were beautifully executed along with the rest of his triples. Konstantin Menshov from Russia, opened with a nice quad toe-triple toe combination, but made some errors later in the program, but was still able to capture the bronze.
The ladies free and the free dance take place tomorrow as the Nebelhorn Trophy comes to a close. Live streaming is available through the Daily Motion.
Ladies short program results:
1. Kaetlyn OSMOND, CAN – 59.67 (WATCH NOW)
2. Alaine CHARTRAND, CAN – 58.73 (WATCH NOW)
3. Courtney HICKS, USA – 57.65 (WATCH NOW)
4. Alena LEONOVA, RUS – 56.41 (WATCH NOW)
5. Mariko KIHARA, JPN – 54.72 (WATCH NOW)
6. Brooklee HAN, AUS – 51.92
7. Juulia TURKKILA, FIN – 51.13
8. Kailani CRAINE, AUS – 50.42
9. Karoliina LUHTONEN, FIN – 48.59
10. Nathalie WEINZIERL, GER – 48.22
11. Mirai NAGASU, USA – 48.09 (WATCH NOW)
12. Tanja ODERMATT, SUI – 45.20
13. Lea Johanna DASTICH, GER – 43.80
14. Niki WORIES, NED – 41.07
15. Matilde GIANOCCA, SUI – 35.87
16. Elizaveta UKOLOVA, CZE – 30.21
Pairs final results:
1. Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Traknov RUS – 202.79 (WATCH NOW)
2. Alexa Scimeca/Chris Knierim USA – 179.56 (WATCH NOW)
3. Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres FRA – 172.18 (WATCH NOW)
4. Mari Vartmann/Ruben Blommaert GER – 166.50 (WATCH NOW)
5. Julianne Seguin/Charlie Bilodeau CAN – 150.32 (WATCH NOW)
6. Minerva Fabienne Hase/Nolan Seegert GER – 130.06
7. Paris Stephens/Matthew Dodds AUS – 86.48
WD Amani Fancy/Christopher Boyadji GBR
Men’s final results:
1. Elladj Balde CAN – 242.36 (WATCH NOW)
2. Max Aaron USA – 222.94 (WATCH NOW)
3. Konstantin Menshov RUS – 218.14 (WATCH NOW)
4. Florent Amodio FRA – 207.96 (WATCH NOW)
5. Peter Liebers GER – 204.41 (WATCH NOW)
6. Michal Brezina CZE – 203.61
7. Grant Hochstein USA – 194.88
8. Jorik Hendrickx BEL – 193.72
9. Julian Zhi Jie Yee MAS – 191.27
10. Phillip Harris GBR – 172.62
11. Franz Streubel GER – 172.12
12. Valtter Virtanen FIN – 168.88
13. Marcus Bjork SWE – 146.12
14. Andrew Dodds AUS – 139.62
15. Conor Stakelum IRL – 112.47