Torino 2011 – Pairs Short program

Maria Mukhortova and Alexander Smirnov Once again in the pair skating we have some questions. But not for the athletes, we have them for judging system. No questions about Chinese Qing Pang/Jian Tong leadership. They were the best this evening. Very clear technique combined with the high level components.

But I don’t think that Russians Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander Smirnov skated for their so high points. I agree with their nice program. But the over Russian pair Maria Mukhortova/Maxim Trankov performed just perfectly too. I heard the negative stand’s reaction after their result. Maybe Kavaguti/Smirnov were better in components but not for so big difference in points.

Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy unfortunately made a mistake but their very low points make people ask the new questions. The same situation with over Chinese pair Dan Zhang/Hao Zhang.

At the beginning of the article I said “once again we have some questions”. It’s because the similar situation was at the European Championships this year.
In addition I would like to say many thanks for every skater. They don’t rule the system, but they gave us a lot of very good programs, emotions, beauty. They are the figure skating, no one else.

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