Olympics Pairs Free Skate: China And Germany Medal In Finals
The Olympics Pairs Free Skate finals last night at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum saw China's skaters rising to the top, while Canadians witnessed some heartbreaking moments with their skaters. Team China's Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao won the gold medal with their flawless free skate program.
Team China took home the silver medal in the free skate finals. Oing Pang and Jian Tong finished behind Shen and Zhao in 2nd place with 213.31 points. Germany's Aliana Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy won the bronze medal with 210.60 points. Russian skaters Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov finished in 4th place with 194.7 points. Kavaguti and Smirnov finished in 4th perhaps due to the intricacies of their own program. Kavaguti missed the quadruple salchow, and almost fell while going into a triple instead.
Team Canada's Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison finished in 6th place with a free skate performance that left them looking disappointed. Dube fell twice in the program, during the pair's side-by-side triple salchows, and again on the landing her throw triple lutz. 22-year-old Dube admitted she had been over-thinking her first jump in the free skate. Despite the falls, Dube and Davison finished with a season best of 187.11 points. Davison says they are focusing ahead for the Worlds in Turin coming up March 23-28.
Dube, a 22-year-old from St-Cyrille-de-Wendover, Que., said she may have been thinking too much about her nemesis jump, the triple Salchow, which she also missed in the short program.
"I really wanted to do it. Perhaps I was over-seeing it. After that first mistake we were all over the place. It wasn't the performance we expected."
The other Canadian pairs free skate team, Anabelle Langlois and Cody Hay, finished in 9th place overall in the finals. Langlois and Hay earned 179.97 points. Langlois, like Dube, fell on the side-by-side triple salchows early on the in the program. She later put her hand down on the throw triple lutz. Langlois noted after their skate that it is difficult to continue in a program when you have fallen at the start.
Team USA skaters Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig finished in 10th place with 171.92 points but their program seemed to go smoothly. The other USA pairs skaters, Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett came in 13th place with 158.33 points and also had a seemingly effortless performance.
Overall the Olympic Pairs Free Skate finals were a bit of a surprise with so many falls and unexpected turns. China and Germany's competitors rose to the top and the Canadian skaters placed well in the top 10 considering the difficulties of the free skate programs.