European Championships: Massot-Savchenko is intallent

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.

Only Russian Olympic champions Tatiana and Maxim Trankov Volozojar did better (79.77 pts). ” We’re really pleased. It is already really happy to be back on the track , reacted Massot, whose best result is now a seventh place in Europe with his former partner Daria Popova. This is the first time I come to a championship Europe with the idea of making a medal first, but almost to earn it. “the duel promises for the free program Saturday (from 10 hours).
Vanessa James and Morgan Ciprès have them, had a very bad afternoon. While the French had successfully passed the most difficult elements, they aborted their death spiral. An error “ridiculous” in the words of the lady, and that costs them dear (5 percentage points). Fifth with 62.10 pts, they do not skate in the last group and points of delay is normally therefore too on the third, the Russians Tarasova-Morozov (70,17) to hope for a podium.
CB, in Bratislava

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