Monday, December 10, 2012

Golden Spin of Zagreb: schedule and preview

all times are GMT+1

Thursday, December 13th
Men short program: 19.00

Friday, December 14th
Short dance: 12.30
Ladies short: 15.30
Pairs short program: 19.00
Men free skate: 20.00

Saturday, December 15th
Pairs free skate: 11.45
Free dance: 13.00
Ladies free skate: 16.00

Continuing with the Senior B competitions, the Golden spin of Zagreb will take place this week in the same venue as the next European Championships. The competition won't be as intriguing as NRW Trophy where Savchenko/Szolkwy and Yuna Kim made the event followed by so many people even with the Grand Prix Final going on. However, the ladies competition will have some very interesting entries.
Carolina Kostner, reigning world champion, will be the frontrunner there. She took some months off the ice for recovering from a brilliant yet exhausting season for her (she competed three grand prixs and the final and did four competitions between January and April) and this week she makes her season debut. She will show her new programs for the first time, having a vampire medley for the short (Transilvanian Lullaby and Tartini's violin concerto), that could inspire some comparisons with Kim's Vampire Kiss program, and will skate to Bolero for the free. 
After last year's results (gold at Cup of China, Grand Prix Final, European champioships and World championships) she thought about retirement, but then decided for an Olympic finish to her career so we will se her around until Sochi. With all the female skaters improving, I don't know if she will be good enough for gold this season, anyway she accepted the challenge and she should be praised for that.
Polina Shelepen and Adelina Sotnikova will attend the competitio too. The Russian ladies didn't have a brilliant start to the season and will have to fight for a Worlds' spot during Nationals that will take place in two weeks.

Official result page

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