Vera BAZAROVA / Yuriy LARIONOV of Russia took the lead in the Pairs Short Program followed by Germany’s Mari VARTMANN / Aaron VAN CLEAVE and Maylin WENDE / Daniel WENDE.
Performing to Charlie Chaplin music, Vera BAZAROVA / Yuriy LARIONOV produced a throw triple flip and earned a level four for the Reverse Lasso Lift, the combination spin and their footwork. Their triple toe was downgraded because she touched the ice. The Russians scored 63,05 points. Mari VARTMANN / Aaron VAN CLEAVE’s routine to “Where the Light Gets ” was highlighted by a throw triple Salchow and level-four elements (Combination Spin, Step Sequence, Axel Lasso Lift). Their death spiral only earned level one, but their beautiful and harmonious routine earned the highest program components with 27,40 points and they totaled 60,79 points. Maylin WENDE / Daniel WENDE landed a triple toe, but made a little mistake in their throw triple Flip, which cost them some points. Their program to “November Rain” performed by David Garret included a level four combination spin and they picked up 58,23 points.