27 January 2012


And yesterday the pairs competition has ended, with the Russian couples still on the podium. Here the final standings after the free program.


John Kerr on Facebook congratulated to the Russian couple on their title: "Congrats to Tatiana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov. European Champion 2012!"
Volosozhar and Trankov rocketed to the top of the standings with a superb free skate to the Black Swan soundtrack. They were not as clean as they skated at the Grand Prix Final, making errors on their side-by-side spins and their final lift. But their big elements were solid. They earned a level four for two lifts and the pair combination spin. This was their first European Championship 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 said.


They skated a strong free skate, but a mistake on their double axel-double axel sequence kept their free skate from being clean. Skating to “Doctor Zhivago”, Bazarova/Larionov's performance featured a triple toe, high triple twist, throw triple flip and loop, but Bazarova stumbled on the double Axel sequence. “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 commented.


They had trouble with their side-by-side jumps but were good enough to win the bronze in their debut at the European Championships. Stolbova and Klimov were replacements for teammates Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov, who withdrew earlier in the month after Smirnov had appendix surgery. “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 told the press.

Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek

The Italian couple came fourth with a solid routine to “Adagio” by Albinoni.

And don't forget to watch also the other performances!

Source: ISU

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