NRW Trophy takes place in the same days of Grand Prix final. The pairs competition is one of the most challenging of the event because it features world champions Savchenko/Szolkowy who didn't qualify for grand prix final because they withdraw from Trophee Bompard. In this competition they have demonstrated that they could have been the leaders in Sochi scoring 73,55 in the short program. They opened with a spectacular throw triple flip and side by side triple toe. They also changed their very bright costumes into some more sober ones.
Here is the video
James/Cipres are in second with 60,49. They have improved a lot in this season both technically and artistically and the short program at NRW showed that. They executed the same technical elements of Savchenko/Szolkowy, but obviously didn't receive the same goes or components.
Berton/Hotarek are in third with 58.85. They performed quite well landing a triple twist and a gorgoes throw triple loop, but the lowest base value of their jumps (they didn't do a throw triple flip as James/Cipres) and a touch down made by Stefania on the triple toe side by side cost them the second place.
All videos are available on the NRW official youtube page (link)