::: WDSF Press Release ::: Issue 31/07/2015 :::
Stuttgart is traditionally the biggest GrandSlam of the Latin Series and the 2015 edition won't change that either. 371 couples are on the preliminary starting list – and that with one week still to go until the entry deadline. Even if some should fail to show up for the first round at 8 a.m. on 13 August, we could have us another record participation. Just for reference: 345 couples danced in 2013, 333 in 2014.
That all the top-ranked couples will be present can easily be confirmed by taking one brief look at the preliminary starting list
The best couples are marked with two stars – very appropriately – as they are exempt from dancing the first two rounds.
Moldovans Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus, who are currently first in the GrandSlam Ranking, are looking for their third successive win after Wuhan and Hong Kong. But reigning European Champions Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno, RUS, who hold the number
one position in the combined World Ranking, should have their say in the matter too. As do the other four couples who also danced the final rounds in Wuhan and Hong Kong: Charles-Guillaume Schmitt - Elena Salikhova, FRA, Marius-Andrei Balan - Khrystyna Moshenska,
GER, Timur Imametdinov - Nina Bezzubova, GER, and Yury Simachev - Anastasia Klokotova, RUS.
Making it to the final and from there onto the podium is probably harder in Stuttgart than at any of the other GrandSlam locations. Even if the finalists don't dance until round three, they will have to dance six full rounds before a winner is declared. And the competition is tougher here than elsewhere. Who would want to miss Stuttgart?
Besides the peer recognition, the applause of an expert public and the generous prize money, new GrandSlam trophies are offered to those who end up on top on 14 August. Just in time for Stuttgart, the WDSF partner Swarovski created a set of GrandSlam trophies. These were developed with new technology and a computer-controlled machine cut that is unique to Swarovski. It produces concave and convex facets that capture all the elegance and precision of the dancers.
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