31 March 2012

Worlds 2012 - Pairs FP and RESULTS

Fifth day of these 2012 World Championships, and we go on with another medal awarding, this time in the pairs event. The unexpected continues in Nice: Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy struck gold, Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov surged from eighth to take silver and Narumi Takahashi/Mervin Tran made history when they claimed Japan's first Pair Skating medal, the bronze.


Savchenko/Szolkowy's “Pina” program was highlighted by a throw triple flip and Salchow, a triple twist and difficult lifts, but Robin singled the Axel and wobbled on the pair spin (level one). “Everything was going well until I singled the Axel. Then my power was gone. I don't really know why but I forgot the spin, starting it on the wrong foot. It has never happened to me before but we just tried to make the best out of it”, Szolkowy said. “We were obviously a little nervous to skate tonight, having already won three Worlds. But now we can be proud of having won our fourth title and look into the future”, he continued.


Volosozhar/Trankov redeemed from their incomprehensible error in their Short Program by skating an excellent performance of their “Black Swan”. They hit a triple twist, a side by side triple toe-double toe combination, triple Salchow, throw triple loop and Salchow and picked up a level four for their lifts and spins. “It feels special. We were eighth in the short program, we were so far behind. But everything can happen. The short program was horrible, completely disappointing, but we found motivation for the free skating”, Trankov commented.
After seeing Maxim cross/frustrated expression after the SP, I was so happy to watch their breathtaking performance of their beautiful FP!


Takahashi/Tran gave a solid performance to “Concerto de Quebec” and produced a triple twist, triple toe-double toe sequence, throw triple toe and six level-four elements. “I love to collect medals. I was so happy to get a small medal, now I added a big one. It's amazing. We are so honored to be the first Japanese pair skaters to win a world medal. I cannot describe this feeling”, Takahashi told the press.

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