Some couples who were supposed to take to the floor today at the Ditan Gymnasium will not be able to do so.
The couple did not travel to China: Anastasia apparently injured herself on Wednesday. Notification was not received until late last night.
The couple arrived at the hotel on Friday afternoon, got accredited, and only a few hours later, Gabriele had to be taken to a hospital. The doctors there advised him not to dance today. Let's all wish Gabriele a speedy recovery. Their next competition will be the World DanceSport Games in Kaohsiung, TPE. That's just about ten day to get back to his feet.
On the other hand, some couples who were ominously missing in the starting list did show up in time to get their accreditation and will be dancing today.
They are the highest-ranked among the walk-ons. After their fourth place at the Grand Slam in Stuttgart, they are keen to confirm that they are closing in on their first GrandSlam podium.