eiskunstlauf, Reisen

Mountains and Figure Skating: Nebelhorn Trophy 2018 – Day 4

On Saturday we took another cable car, up to „Söllereck“ and from there we took a hike to Riezlern, which is a small touristic village in Austria, part of the tourist region „Kleinwalsertal“. In the morning the weather had been very foggy, which made for some beautiful „mystic“ photos.

hike through a foggy landscape

In Riezlern we spontanously took the „Kanzelwand“ cable car, which was a great decision, because the mountain top was above the fog, so we got a very beautiful view onto mountains Kanzelwand and Fellhorn.

Through the fog
Above the fog

Pretty much a perfect day in the mountains.

Mountain top

We were back in the rink for the second part of the Pairs LP. After the SP had seen relatively many bad skates, I did not expect too much from this competition, but fortunately it was a bit stronger than the SP. Especially the Russian couple Efimova & Korovin had a much stronger skate than in the SP and even managed to grab the gold medal. I enjoyed both their program and their skating style. Knierim & Knierim again had a very complex program, but many technical problems and mistakes. It’s hard to say how much potential they have this season, with such rough skates. Deanna Stellato & Nathan Bartholomay were another interesting couple, since I still remember Deanna Stellato from her Singles career over 15 years ago, when she was considered one of the most promising young female US skaters. Obviously that didn’t work out, but it’s nice to see her back in pairs after all these years and I found their skating style quite pleasant.
The exhibition had a few boring music choices and programs, but overall I found it quite good, there luckily was a good mixture of upbeat music and the inevitable ballads. When the first of those „typical“ exhibition ballads was played at the beginning of the exhibition (I think it was „The Prayer“) my friend S. and I were joking that we’d also „like“ to hear „Hallelujah“, something from James Blunt and Ed Sheeran and „Music was my first love“…Funnily nearly all of those preditions came true (except the last one)…Skating is a lot of things, but not exactly known for all that much innovation 😛 The opening of the competition parts for music with lyrics just leads to all the typical exhibition music now also showing up in the competition parts 😉
I really liked the very traditional „kid’s group number“ to German folk music, that was done as an Opening. My highlight of the exhibition definitely was again Alina Zagitova, her „Survivor“ program was full of energy, entertainment and also high technical difficulties (which is something most other skaters don’t even try in the exhibition). I also appreciated the crowd pleasing programs from Keegan Messing and Alexander Majorov (since we had skipped all the men’s competition due to hiking, it was at least nice to see some of them now).

eiskunstlauf, Reisen

Mountains and Figure Skating: Nebelhorn Trophy 2018 – Day 3

Nebelhorn cable car

On Friday we had originally planned to do a longer hike up „Rubihorn“, but then a couple of things came in the way. First of all our hike from the day before had turned from a short hike to a very long one, the Nebelhorn cable car was out of order for a short while when we arrived there early in the morning (good to hear that they are planning to build a new one, since it’s rather outdated by now) and yesterday I noticed that my hiking boots (admittedly they’re over 10 years by now) were starting to fall apart at the soles. I had brought sneakers when I noticed that the day before, but still I didn’t feel all too comfortable about the thought of having to switch to sneakers in the middle of a hike in a rather alpine environment. Since some of my friends didn’t feel all that fit after the big hike from the day before either, we decided to postpone that hike until another year and went up Nebelhorn instead again and took a smaller hike towards „Seealpsee“.

Beautiful  mountain silhouettes
View towards Seealpsee

Afterwards we arrived at the rink in time to see the whole ladies LP competition. While the first group had some rather weak skates, I still thought overall it was a rather good and entertaining competition. As in the year before I really enjoyed the skating style and choreography of Brooklee Han from Australia, even if her jumps weren’t all clean. The first real highlight was Marin Honda, who had a very lovely program with a very fitting very cute costume to go with it. She was a lot stronger and more confident than in the SP.

While I also really enjoyed the skates from Loena Hendrickx, Mai Mihara, Ashley Lin and Mariah Bell, the biggest highlight of the LP of course was the skating from Alina Zagitova, who had chosen „Carmen“ for her LP music.

Alina Zagitova

A very traditional choice of course, but I really really liked the choreography and the jumps and execution of her program already were pretty much perfect that early in the season. What a great privilege and luck to get to see her skate live at such a small competition, she was as brilliant as one would expect from an Olympic champion.

The Free Dance afterwards did have some nice programs, but also the usual boring parts. Overall I have to say I don’t remember too many dances, but again Gilles & Poirier were very very lovely, skating to some romantic guitar ballad and pulling it off with a lightness that made it very enjoyable. Still my favorites in this FD were another team, that I had never seen before: Fear & Gibson from Great Britain. Their „disco“ FD was pulled off with so much power, energy and expression that it was great fun to watch and I also thought their lifts looked really effortless. They were rewarded with moving up 2 places from 6th to 4th overall.