Pairs Figure Skating Results 2014: Olympics Team Trophy Free Points and Recap

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2014

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir of the United States compete in the team pairs free skate figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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The United States came into Saturday in some danger of not even qualifying for the finals in the team figure skating competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Bolstered by a solid strong pairs performance from Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, however, the U.S. now finds itself in third place overall and in excellent position to medal.

The stars of the show for the United States were the ice dancing pair of Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who earned 10 points for the country with a huge score of 75.98, tops among the countries in the qualifying round. Ashley Wagner also gave a strong performance in the qualifying women's free skate, earning seven necessary points for the U.S.

But Castelli and Shnapir kept the United States in the running with a decent performance, albeit one that was fourth-best out of the five pairs team that qualified for the finals.

Below, you'll find the full results from the pairs final, including a recap of the event and the overall standings of the team competition.

 

Team Pair Skate Results
PlaceTeamCountryScoreTeam Points
1Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor KlimovRussia135.0910
2Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan MoscovitchCanada129.749
3Stefania Berton and Ondrej HotarekItaly120.828
4Marissa Castelli and Simon ShnapirUnited States117.947
5Narumi Takahashi and Ryuichi KiharaJapan86.336
Sochi2014.com

 

Overall Team Standings
PlaceCountryPoints
1Russia47
2Canada41
3United States34
4Italy31
5Japan30
Sochi2014.com

 

Recap

The Russian pair of Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov capped off a huge day for the host nation—which earned 28 points in the three events contested on Saturday—by blowing away the competition with a 135.09 score. It was a breathtaking performance and gave the Russians a ton of momentum as the finals began.

And as you might imagine, it had the crowd in a frenzy, as Nick McCarvel of NBC Sports tweeted:

The Canadian pair of Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch also skated well and kept Canada within striking distance of the overall competition, though it's hard to see the hosts botching their six-point lead at this point.

The Italian team of Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek nudged the United States out of third place by less than three points, and it should be noted that the United States has been mathematically eliminated from winning gold.

Still, with three events to go, the U.S. stands in third overall and with an excellent chance to take home a medal. That would certainly be a great start for the figure skating athletes as they head into the individual competition.

 

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