HELSINKI, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) — World bronze medalists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Canada danced to a 6.87-point lead over the second-placed American Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker in Friday’s rhythm dance on the ISU determine skating Grand Prix in Espoo, Finland.
The Skate Canada champions put out an upbeat and exact efficiency to “Do What I Do”, gathering a stage 4 for the twizzles, the sample dance step sequence and the rotational carry, in addition to a level-three midline step sequence to set a brand new private better of 87.80 factors.
“This being the second event of our season, when we first arrived, we were a little bit excited and we really wanted to show our best skating here. So today’s performance took a lot of mental fortitude,” Poirier mentioned.
“We know that there’s still more of us to give, as the season goes on, but we’re really happy with the development of the program,” mentioned Gilles.
Hawayek and Baker, silver medalists of Skate America, scored 80.93 with their entertaining dance, getting over the 80 factors barrier for the primary time and beating their compatriots Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko to 3rd place on 76.20.
China’s pair Wang Shiyue and Liu Xinyu, who ranked twelfth at Beijing 2022 to set a brand new finest consequence for Chinese ice dancers at a Winter Olympics final February and completed seventh on the NHK Trophy final week, stood seventh with a rating of 69.95 whereas heading into Saturday’s free dance.
Kevin Aymoz of France got here out the stunning chief within the males’s brief program on 88.96, edging scorching favourite Ilia Malinin of the United States by 3.39 factors. Japan’s Shun Sato got here third at additional 3.98 factors.
Reigning world silver medalist Loena Hendrickx of Belgium topped the ladies’s brief program with a rating of 74.88, forward of Japan’s two-time Four Continents champion Mai Mihara by 1.30 factors. Another Japanese skater Mana Kawabe sat in third.
Italy’s Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini skated to the lead within the pairs brief program with a private finest rating of 67.31 factors. Anastasiia Smirnova and Danylo Siianytsina of the United States and Georgia’s Anastasiia Metelkina and Daniil Parkman adopted on 63.01 and 62.59 respectively.
The Grand Prix in Espoo, slated on November 25-27, is the sixth and final occasion within the 2022-2023 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.