Finlandia Trophy, the international figure skating competition that took place over the weekend in Espoo, Finland, ended with the free dance segment on Sunday. The overall standard of the competition was high, but France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron were clearly ahead of the rest of the field with a total score of 188.25. Russia’s Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin were second with 166.88 points, and the Danish team of Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sørensen rounded off the podium with a total score of 158.21. None of the top teams were immune to mistakes, though.
-The fall at the end of the step sequence was surprising and cost us a lot of points. However, our dance had many positives. This competition was good practice at this point in the season since it helped us to find out what we need to work on. It’s always good to get used to skating the routines in front of a bigger audience, the French couple explained.
Stepanova and Bukin of Russia came in second, but were not fully satisfied with their performance.
-We love our free dance, but today it wasn’t entirely successful. We were a bit nervous beforehand, even though we had no reason after such a good short dance. It’s good to get some competitive experience in the early season, so that we know what we need to improve.
Denmark’s Fournier Beaudry and Sørensen struggled with a lift in their free dance.
-That almost never happens; the mistake was a complete fluke. This was a great competition, and very well organized. We love our Finnish fans!