First, Pairs Champions were crowned yesterday. Volosozhar and Trankov, looking much rested after skippping Russian Nationals, turned in a lovely performance to take the title.
Noticeably absent was Savchenko and Szolkowy who withdrew due to a muscle injury suffered by Aliona. "I was a very difficult decision for us," said their coach Ingo Steuer. "We came to the European championships and now we are unable to compete. The risk is too high to aggravate the injury further." Aliona plans to begin training again in 5 - 7 days.
Russian Teams in fact swept the podium with Bazarova and Larionov taking the silver and Stolbova and Klimov the bronze. See full results here. Top 6 below:
Amongst the men, Artur Gachinski upset Plushenko to take the lead in the mens short program. Plushenko has been complaining of injury and says his participation in worlds is "50/50." Verner and Fernandez were close behind in 3rd and 4th with Amodio and Brezina rounding out the top 6. Brian Joubert was way down in 10th. Full Results.
The Free Dance has also concluded with Pechalat and Bourzat winning after a lot of moving and shaking in the standings. Leaders after the short program Bobrova and Soloviev had to settle for silver and their teammates Ilinykh and Katsalapov moved from 7th all the way to the bronze medal. Full Results.
The ladies short program finds Carolina Kostner leading Kiira Korpi and Ksenia Makarova. Full Results.