Volosozhar and Trankov of Russia win pairs gold

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 12, 2014 at 2:25 pm •  Published: February 12, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Maxim Trankov hopes young figure skaters all over Russia will take inspiration from what he and Tatiana Volosozhar accomplished at the Olympics.

The two restored the country to the pinnacle of pairs Wednesday, and their teammates made it almost total domination. Volosozhar and Trankov won gold, while Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov took silver.

"I think tonight all of the country will celebrate this beautiful victory," Trankov said.

Russia or the Soviet Union had won gold in 12 straight Olympics in pairs before the streak ended four years ago, when the Russians failed to take home any medal in the event. In the stands for both days of the competition in Sochi was the pair who started it all: Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov, the Olympic champions in 1964 and '68.

Trankov and Volosozhar rose to the top of the sport at the perfect time, winning the 2013 world championship. A new generation of Russian figure skating hopefuls will now look up to the two pairs who stood atop the podium Wednesday.

Volosozhar and Trankov scored 152.69 points to finish with 236.86, 18.18 ahead of their teammates. Stolbova and Klimov had a near-flawless free skate to move up from third.

Four-time world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany had to settle for bronze for the second straight Olympics.

Skating to "Jesus Christ Superstar," Volosozhar and Trankov had a few small bobbles. But with a lead after a stellar short program and the difficulty of their elements, they knew when they finished without any big mistakes that gold was in their grasp.

As Russian flags waved throughout the stands, Trankov slid on his knees across the ice like a soccer player celebrating a goal, and Volosozhar buried her face in her hands, the tears flowing.

"To win it here is more special than anything," Trankov said. "But there was pressure. We were nervous, very nervous. It was huge for us to skate in front of this audience in our country, but it was hard, and to do this makes us very happy now."

The two Russian pairs also won gold in the new team event. Trankov and Volosozhar become the first figure skaters to take home two golds from one Olympics.



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