Inspiration from the 2011 World Pairs Champions, Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy

Watch this video of Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy (Germany), pairs champions from the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow. It’s one of the best pairs programs I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot.

Notice the way Aliona and Robin made it entertaining though their musical interpenetration, strong execution of the elements, and great use of Aliona’s flexibility in various positions. From the beginning, they used their music to communicate with each other and the audience, making the program fun to watch. Then they completed some highly difficult elements flawlessly, such as the huge opening throw triple flip, triple toe sequence, and the middle overhead lift with the spread eagle intro and exit.

A sign of great skaters is they make skating look easy, and Aliona and Robin really made this program look like a piece of cake to the viewers. Also, watch the amazing position Aliona gets to on their pair sit!

May 20, 2011