Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev took 7th place in the last qualifying competition of the Grand Prix – NHK Trophy, in Sapporo (Japan). Our representatives after the short dance with a score of 59.92 occupied sixth place. On the second day of competition, for their free dance they gained a score of 88.01 points and with total score of 147.93 they finally took seventh place. It is worth noting that in Japan, our representatives competed with the world’s best dancers on the ice, and their performance aroused great enthusiasm among the Japanese audience who spontaneously responded with applause.
The debut of our representatives in both competitions of Grand Prix can be considered successful. This is the first, after eight years, start of Polish ice dancers in the prestigious Grand Prix, which brings together only the best skaters in the world. Thanks to the points earned during the Grand Prix our team advanced to 18th place in the world ranking, and to 9th place in the ranking of the season among all ice dancers around the world.