2018 Rostelecom Cup
Russia’s Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin won their second consecutive Grand Prix gold at 2018 Rostelecom Cup on Saturday afternoon in Moscow, Russia. Sara Hurtado and Kirill Khaliavin of Spain edged out USA’s Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko, who are making their Grand Prix debut, to take the silver.
Stepanova and Bukin put out a sultry routine to “Am I The One by Beth Hart” which featured level 4 lifts and strong level 3 diagonal steps. Stepanova received a level 3 on the twizzles, but all elements were strong and the team earned high grades of execution (GOE) throughout. They scored a season’s best of 124.94 for first-place finish in the Free Dance and overall (199.43).
“We are very happy to come back after yesterday,” said Stepanova. “We haven’t made a mistake in a long time and it was a good lesson for us. We make the Grand Prix Final for the first time at the senior level and two first places in the Grand Prix series are a great success for us at this time.”