Russian ice dancers win gold at Cup of Russia
Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin of Russia waltzed effortlessly to gold medals in ice dancing at the Cup of Russia in Moscow on Sunday, holding the strong lead they had maintained throughout the competition.
It was Russia's only gold medal at the competition and the first at the Cup of Russia in two years.
Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France finished more than 20 points behind after the free dance in second place. Anna Zadorozhniuk and Sergei Verbillo of Ukraine took bronze.
Domnina wore a long, white dress and Shabalin was in a velvet costume. They gave an inspiring and technically solid performance to Aram Khachaturian's Waltz Masquerade, ending it with a real kiss.
"Technically, we've managed to do everything as we planned," Shabalin said.
Pechalat and Bourzat danced energetically to electronic music and impressed the audience with bold lifts. On one, Pechalat was up in the air, full-length and face-down, holding on to Bourzat's shoulder.
Bourzat said they were not perfect on some technical elements, but were happy with second place because it gave them a spot in the Grand Prix final in Italy.
Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia were third after the original dance, but they fell on a "twizzle" to allow Zadorozhniuk and Verbillo to win their first medal at a major international competition.