Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise took the lead after the pairs short program Friday at the Helsinki stage of the Grand Prix figure skating series.

Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert of Russia perform their routine during the pairs' short program at the figure skating Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva via AP)
Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert of Russia perform their routine during the pairs’ short program at the figure skating Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva via AP)

Skating to Joe Cocker’s gravely singing, the Italian pair showed notable speed in completing a triple salchow, triple twist lift and throw triple loop cleanly, but got out of synchronization on some spins.

Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise of Italy perform their routine during the pairs' short program at the figure skating Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva via AP)
Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise of Italy perform their routine during the pairs’ short program at the figure skating Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva via AP)

Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert were 0.6 points behind. The Russians outpointed their opponents on program components for their dramatic interpretation of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevski, but Enbert’s fall on a triple toe loop put them behind technically.

Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert of Russia perform their routine during the pairs' short program at the figure skating Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva via AP)
Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert of Russia perform their routine during the pairs’ short program at the figure skating Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva via AP)

Daria Pavliuchenko and Denis Khodykin, also from Russia, were in third after a short program marked by a soaring triple twist.

Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer of Austria perform their routine during the pairs' short program at the figure skating Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva via AP)
Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer of Austria perform their routine during the pairs’ short program at the figure skating Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva via AP)

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Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer of Austria perform their routine during the pairs' short program at the figure skating Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva via AP)
Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer of Austria perform their routine during the pairs’ short program at the figure skating Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva via AP)

Source: The Associated Press

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