Volosozhar, Trankov take first place in pairs
Russia’s pair skating team of Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov continued their unbeaten season with victory at the Grand Prix Final.
Volosozhar and Trankov flirted with failure in their romantic performance, with Trankov falling twice on his own before a badly misjudged lift left the two tangled together on the ice and spoiled their timings.
The pair was rewarded by judges for the artistic side of their performance and scored 204.55 in total, a season best score.
Another Russian team, Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov skated clear of major errors as they racked up a total score of 201.60 points with a Spartacus routine.
Former world champions Qing Pang and Jian Tong of China had earlier put the Russians under pressure with a season’s best score of 192.81, but were forced to settle for third.