We continue with our look back at the four GrandSlam Standard legs held until now. Stuttgart, GER, was host to the second leg in August, but only after the Italian DanceSport Federation had to withdraw from staging one earlier in Rimini, ITA.
There is no GrandSlam Standard bigger than the one traditionally staged as part of the German Open Championships in Stuttgart. 307 entries made it again necessary to extend the competition over eight rounds and two days. With the final broadcast live in Germany and a sell-out crowd at the Beethoven Hall, the focus was on the couple that sought to break yet another record: four-time Stuttgart winners Ferruggia – Koehler danced for a fifth consecutive title.
While Valeri – Kehlet had won the Tango very convincingly in Stuttgart 2011, this time Ferruggia – Koehler made it five out of five dances and ended up winning with 244.32 points out of the “perfect 250.” Runners-up – and not at all far behind with 241.17 points – were once more the Danes.
Between their solo dances in that final, Benedetto was overheard as saying:
“If we win the fifth time, I think we must be very happy and probably – in the future – start to think about turning professional.”
“Five times is a lot,” Claudia seemed to concur.