Russian figure skaters continue to dominate the 2014 Winter Olympics as they won gold and silver in the pairs event on Wednesday.
Russia claimed the gold medal in the new team competition earlier in the Games. In the pairs event, the world champion pairs of Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov skated stunning routines in front of adoring crowds on both days of competition to capture the gold with a total score of 236.86.
The silver medal was the surprise of the competition. Russia's second team of Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov built off a strong free skate in the team competition, performing two technical and entertaining routines to earn a total score of 218.68.
That was enough to edge out the veteran team of Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany. Two falls in their free skate dropped them to an unexpected bronze medal, with a score of 215.78.
The top American team was Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir. With a great overall performance in the free skate, they were inches away from becoming the first-ever team to land a throw quad Salchow in Olympic competition, but finished the day in ninth place. America's other team, Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay, ended the competition in 12th position.
Gold once again, as well as silver, for Russia at the Iceberg Skating Palace!
Gold: Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov - Russia - 236.86 points
Silver: Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov - Russia - 218.68 points
Bronze: Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy - Germany - 215.78 points