Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. TV

2014 Winter Olympics: Gold and silver for Russia in pairs figure skating

See also

Wednesday night’s primetime coverage on NBC featured figure skating’s free skate in the pair's discipline.

Team USA’s Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir reached their ultimate goal of placing in the top ten. Russia scored a gold and silver in the final freestyle program.

Russian silver medalists, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, skated a flawless routine throughout the telecast. They were the best of the night when many other couples had difficulty with landings, including the gold medalists and Team USA’s Castelli and Shnapir.

One disappointment was not seeing Tampa Bay-trained Team USA pairs, Felicia Zhang and Nathan Batholomay, in their free skate. After their short program on Tuesday night, they were in 14th place. Yet they moved up two spots to claim 12th overall.

It was a night of movie soundtracks when Marissa and Simon skated to a James Bond thriller “Skyfall.” Russia’s Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov went with music from “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

After Volosozhar and Trankov’s routine was over, the pairs were overcome with emotion on the ice. It was then they realized, after skating a fairly clean program, they are gold medalists.

This was the first time a Winter Olympic gold medal was awarded to any Russian figure skater in their homeland for an individual event.

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • Backstreet Boys
    The Backstreet Boys have canceled several upcoming Israel shows, citing safety concerns
    Music Buzz
  • NFL
    The NFL is considering adding a stadium to Los Angeles, but is it a good idea?
    Video
    NFL Buzz
  • Hulk Hogan
    Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin are on board for this year's WWE SummerSlam
    WWE News
  • Paul McCartney
    Get an exclusive look at Paul McCartney's soundcheck for a recent performance
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • Oscar contenders
    Oscar season is about to begin as fall festivals announce films
    Camera
    9 Photos
  • Sammy Hagar
    Sammy Hagar is taking fans on a raucous history of rock on the road
    Camera
    20 Photos