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The short program of the ice dance competition was an extremely close contest won by Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy, who finished just 0.04 points ahead of Russians Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov. The Italians scored 69.58 points against 69.54 for the Russian couple.
Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Britain were third with 61.76 points. The event concludes Thursday with the free dance program.
While the free skate on Friday could determine which of the three Russians will fill the host country’s two slots at the Olympic Games in Sochi next month, Sotnikova said she did not have the internal competition on her mind.
“I am only here to skate,” she said.
“It wasn’t perfect yet, there were little mistakes, but overall I am pleased with it,” Sotnikova said. “I got a new season’s best score and this is what I need in this competition.”
Lipnitskaia’s opening triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, the same jump used by American Gracie Gold to begin her short program at the U.S. Championships last week, was the most difficult of all the jumps executed at the event. It also helped her score the highest total for technical elements, 38.06.
Lipnitskaia’s routine was also noticeably faster than the others’, especially her final spin - a change foot combination, though she said it came naturally to her.
“If you skate too slow, it’s not feeling comfortable at all,” she said. “I’m trying to be fast on the ice and I don’t think it’s hard for me because I am little bit smaller than the other competitors.”
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