Saturday Night at the Movies

Hosted by Nick Pilgrim

Susan D. Russell
Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy

Looking Back at Savchenko and Szolkowy

Choreographed by their coach, Ingo Steuer, this short program from 2005 to Jean-Michel Jarre's "Souvenir De Chine" is sensual, fluid and showcases intricate transitions.

Only breaking contact to perform the side-by-side jump and spin elements, notice that the couple is holding hands for the majority of their routine.

Watch particularly for entrances into the throw triple Salchow and the double twist lift. With stylish, aerodynamic costumes to match, it is a masterpiece in modern design.

Winning Skate Canada with ease, it was their first big triumph together on the Grand Prix circuit.

Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin Rebound

Skating is a risky sport, particularly in pairs, where the potential for injury can play on a team’s mind whilst performing difficult lifts and twists.

In November 2004, this possibility became a terrifying reality for the Russian couple of Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin.

Midway through their free program at Skate America, he lost his footing in a lasso lift. Sending her head first towards the ice, the accident was witnessed by thousands of horrified spectators.

To the relief of everyone, Totmianina was diagnosed with only a serious concussion. Stating also that she had no memory of the incident, also made it easier for her to quickly return to training.

Their next competition, 2005 Russian nationals, was a test of courage for this team.

With Rimsky-Korsakov’s powerful "Scheherazade" as the musical backdrop, Totmianina and Marinin not only held it together, they performed the free program of their lives.