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Davis and White take first despite stumble

American duo own comfortable lead over Canadians, Russians

Meryl Davis and Charlie White are seeking their second-career gold at the Rostelecom Cup.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White are seeking their second-career gold at the Rostelecom Cup. (Getty Images)

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By Lynn Rutherford, special to icenetwork.com
(11/25/2011) - A stumble from Charlie White sent shockwaves through Moscow's MegaSport Arena, that but didn't stop him and partner Meryl Davis from taking a 5.49-point lead after the short dance at the 2011 Rostelecom Cup.

"I caught an edge on the beginning, turning around the corner, which is just a thing that happens sometimes," White said.

The mistake wasn't on an element, so the reigning world champions lost minimal ground, still gaining 69.94 for their polished routine to rumba and samba rhythms.

The levels for all five short dance elements, including the two rumba sequences, were identical to those awarded to the three-time U.S. champions at 2011 Skate America, but the score -- understandably, considering White's faux pas -- was 0.39 lower overall.

"I was really happy with the skating up to [the stumble] and the skating after it," White said. "I felt we did a really nice short dance besides that, and I was really proud of the way we handled it. I feel our character has improved since Skate America."

Canadian silver medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje continued their string of strong Grand Prix performances this season, earning 64.45 points to take second.

The skaters, who train in Detroit under a group headed by Pasquale Camerlengo and his wife, two-time world ice dancing champion Anjelika Krylova, gained three Level 4 elements, including the second rumba pattern, lift and twizzle sequence.

"Today wasn't our very best performance; however, it was stronger than at NHK and stronger technically than at Skate Canada," Weaver said. "We felt like we had to hold it together in some places, and I think that's just a stepping stone, building to make this program to become automatic with the performance and the energy level. We can take this and be proud of it."

Russians Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev sit third with 61.69 points. The 2011 Cup of China champions, who earned 61.69 points, had higher program component scores than the Canadians (34.04 vs. 32.37) but lost ground when three of their elements -- including both rumba sequences -- gained just Level 2.

"Compared to the Cup of China, we skated with more emotion, but technically it wasn't as good," Soloviev admitted.

Information from the ISU press release was used in this article.