SCHEDULE (all times are GMT +1)
Friday, December 7th
Pairs Short program: 19.10
Saturday, December 8th
Ladies Short program: 11.00
Men Short program: 16.00
Pairs Free skate: 21.00
Sunday, December 9th
Ladies Free skate: 11.00
Men Free skate: 16.45
The Pairs event will be dominated by Savchenko/Szolkowy who had to withdraw from a Grand Prix competition and couldn't make it to th final that will take place in the same days in Sochi.
Some competition will come from Berton/Hotarek, who are competing here two weeks before their Nationals. The Italian team looks improved from last year as they got more solid on technical elements such as the triple twist that was a weakness for them last year. This is going to be a test competition for them before Europeans and Worlds where they will need to fight against emerging couples as the French Popova/Massot and James/Cipres also competing at NRW Trophy.
The men's competition seemed to be a lot more interesting few days ago when everybody thought Plushenko would have been there, but he decided to skip this competition in order to prepare for Nationals (24-30 December). Although, the competition hosts some big names as well. Michal Brezina and Artur Gachinsky look for redemption after a not brilliant fall season and try to get in a good shape for Europeans where both have been medalists before.
The ladies competition is the event everyone is looking for for the season debut of Olympic Champion Kim Yuna. She will present her new programs there after a stop season. Other competitors are Valentina Marchei who looks very improved from the last seasons, Viktoria and Joshi Helgesson and Ksenia Makarova who will need to get the minimum technical score for Worlds (if she will qualify against all of her compatriots)