The pair teams took the ice at the Olympic Games today, February 11, for the short program. It has been highly speculated that the battle for the gold would be between Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov and Germans, Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy.
Volosozhar and Trankov are comfortably in first place with Savchenko and Szolkowy trailing in second. With the gold and silver medal presumably taken by these two teams, the battle for the bronze is intensifying.
Russians, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, have unexpectedly jumped onto the scene and are currently in third place. Stolbova and Klimov have competed in two Grand Prix events this season where they came in third and fourth, but they captured the silver at the European Championships only a few weeks ago. They are now in contention for the bronze medal.
Also trying to fight their way to another medal is veterans, Qing Pang and Jian Tong, who won the bronze at the 2010 Olympic Games. They had a few minor errors today, but overall they skated beautifully and with their artistic ability, connection as a team and experience it would not be surprising to see them land on the podium once again.
Two Canadian teams are trying to fight their way to the top. Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford had another great skate, landing side by side triple lutz’s and a throw triple lutz. It was a strong skate for them, that put them into fifth place.
Teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch are also still in the running as they are currently in sixth place and are only a little over 4 points below the third place finishers.
It will be a fight to the finish as these teams are tightly stacked. The free skate will wrap up tomorrow, February 12, where medals will be earned and lost.
Pairs short program standings:
1. Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov RUS - 84.17
2. Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy GER - 79.64
3. Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov RUS - 75.21
4. Qing Pang/Jian Tong CHN - 73.30
5. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford CAN - 72.21
6. Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch CAN - 70.92
7. Cheng Peng/Hao Zhang CHN - 70.59
8. Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov RUS - 69.66
9. Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir USA - 67.44
10. Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres FRA - 65.36
11. Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek ITA - 63.57
12. Maylin Wende/Daniel Wende GER - 59.25
13. Paige Lawrence/Rudi Swiegers CAN - 58.97
14. Felicia Zhang/Nathan Bartholomay USA - 56.90
15. Andrea Davidovich/Evgeni Krasnopolski ISR - 53.38
16. Nicole Della-Monica/Matteo Guarise ITA - 51.64
17. Miriam Ziegler/Severin Kiefer AUT - 49.62
18. Narumi Takahashi/Ryuichi Kihara JPN - 48.45
19. Stacey Kemp/David King GBR - 44.98
20. Julia Lavrentieva/Yuri Rudyk UKR - 44.30