Russia takes podium in pairs

Russian podium in Sheffield

Russia took all medals in pair skating last night in Sheffield at the European figure skating championships. Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov led a podium sweep and won their first European champions’ title in a convincing fashion.

Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov claimed the silver medal, and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov took the bronze in their debut at the continental competitions. There hasn’t been a Russia’s sweep in pair skating since 2005.

Volosozhar and Trankov’s program to “Black Swan” was highlighted by a triple twist, a triple salchow, triple toe-double toe combo, a throw triple loop and salchow. The World silver medalists earned a level four for the pair combination spin and two lifts. Moscow couple earned 137.65 points and 210.45 overall to win the title in what was their first European championships as a team. “Of course we are very excited to have won. It is our first European Championship together and to win the gold is amazing.” Trankov commented.

Skating to “Doctor Zhivago”, Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov put out a solid performance that featured a triple toe, high triple twist, throw triple flip and loop, but Bazarova stumbled on the double axel sequence. The defending European bronze medalists earned 126.90 points and accumulated 193.79 points overall. “We are extremely happy. We gave everything we had. It was a little hard to skate last as we had to wait so long and it is already late in the evening. We had practice in the morning and waited all day. We are glad that it’s over now.” Bazarova said.

Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov produced a double twist, difficult lifts and rock-solid throw triple flip and throw triple salchow in their program to “Polovetsian Dances” to score 113.15 points, a new seasons best. Their total score added up to 171.81 points. “It is great for us to have won the bronze in our debut at Europeans. Hopefully it will be a good experience for us to build on.” Klimov said to the media.

European figure skating championships 2012 – Pairs, Victory Ceremony

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