econd in the short program behind Olympic champions Volozojar-Trankov, the Franco-German couple did not disappoint.
Expectations were high around Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot. Five-time world champion Robin Szolkowy skater skated Friday for the first time in a big competition with his new partner. For only last October that Massot, who had represented France at three European Championships but trained with Savchenko since spring 2014, received its proper exit from the French federation. The couple skated early afternoon due to its lack of references but received a very warm welcome from the public in Bratislava. Despite a small mistake on the triple toe loop individual, the couple raised a total of 75.54 pts.