Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov RUS
2017 NHK Trophy free skate
Skating fans know Carmen like the back of their hands. With the distinction of being one of the most overused pieces of music in the history of everything ever, Carmen gets eyerolled wherever you go.
But once in a while, a Carmen program comes around that reminds you exactly why 1) skaters choose this music, and 2) it is so powerful when it is done right.
And Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov delivered one of the most memorable Carmens that we’ve seen in recent memory, thanks to Stolbova’s knack for the dramatic and Klimov's foil as her support. They performed and delivered this program better here at NHK Trophy than at anywhere else - clearly one of the best pairs programs of the season.