Italy’s Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte claimed ice dancing gold as Spaniard Javier Fernandez kept his men’s title defence on track by leading the short programme at the European figure skating championships last Thursday. Cappellini Lanotte are from Milan and won their first major title after the free dance final by just 1.10 point ahead of Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov.
Cappellini, 26, said that they were now heading to the Winter Olympics in Sochi in three weeks’ time with more confidence.”We just want to go to Sochi now and skate as well in our second Olympics,” she said. Cappellini was partnered with Lanotte in May 2005 by the Italian skating federation.Following a strong season together on the junior circuit, Cappellini Lanotte made their senior debut in 2006–07. They finished 8th at their first Europeans.
Cappellini Lanotte won their first European medal, bronze, at the 2013 European Championships.
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