Top Three Pairs: (L to R) Silver medalists Yu Xiaoyu and Jin Yang, Gold medalists Peng Cheng and Zhang Hao, Bronze medalists Wang Xuehan and Wang Lei, all three pairs from China--2014 Lexus Cup of China
Finishing up with my 2014 Lexus Cup of China Costumes Review/Recap--it's now time for the PAIRS and ICE DANCE. In case you missed by LADIES and MEN Blog, click HERE. There was no colliding drama on the ice for the Pairs or Ice Dancers but just some dishy change-of-partner news for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Bronze Medal-winning Ice Dancers...or at least the female half...
Now, let's discuss the COSTUMES. First up, the PAIRS:
HERE . FYI: I LOVE them!
Now onto Ice Dance:
Cartoon" by Raphael Beau, "Oblivion" by Astor Piazzolla, "Assassin's Tango" (from "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" soundtrack) by John Powell. The all black costumes were very intense and followed on the Tango theme. I especially loved hers with its interesting front detail and scooped back.These were modern, very chic and fashionable.
to "Capriccio Espagnol" by Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov arranged by Hugo Chouinard. I thought these costumes were a different take on Spanish flamenco--in terms of not using RED and her longer, multi-tiered black and white costume. Luca was every bit the Toreador hunk with his scooped vest and cropped bolero-like jacket and skin-tight pants.
Danse Macabre" by Camille Saint-Saens, arranged by Hugo Chouinard: I really liked both his and her costumes here. I loved her delicately gathered blush dress with twist-knot center front detail and crystals throughout. She looked very ethereal. Luca looked strong and costume perfect in his deep red and gray fitted jacket top. I usually like it when the pair are more unified in their costumes, but these somehow work perfectly.
Their skate to Tchaikovsky "Swan Lake" was EVERYTHING!
THE DISH: According to the bleacherreport.com article, despite winning bronze at the 2014 Games and facing fierce opposition from the Elena and Nikita are no more. There is still no word on what caused the split.
According to "Nikita came up to me April 4 at our scheduled medical exam and thanked me for my contribution and said that he won't compete with me any more," told R-Sport. "The initiative to split up our pair came from him, I'd like to underline that." All that should be behind them since Ilinykh's new Ice Dance pairing partner, did quite well, thank you very much.
Top Three Ice Dance: (L to R) Silver medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani of the USA; Gold medalists France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizaron; Bronze medalists Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy--2014 Lexis Cup of China