Olympic Figure Skating Results 2014: Biggest Moments from Pairs Competition

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Olympic Figure Skating Results 2014: Biggest Moments from Pairs Competition
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Russia left nothing but the bronze for other countries to battle over in the pairs figure skating event, as the host nation took the gold and silver. 

After having already taken the gold in the team competition, and with the men's and women's competition still to come, Russia has been absolutely dominant on the ice. 

In the pairs event, the world champion duo of Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov dazzled as they and the adoring fans blew the roof off of a packed house: 

The crowd wasn't just cheering the gold for Volosozhar and Trankov, either. Russians Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov made a surprise run to the silver.

All of this created a scoreboard to celebrate for the hosts: 

In case that proves a little tough to read, this should help: 

 

Medal Winners from Pairs Competition

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

 

Picking up two medals also helps the overall medal board look a little sexier for the hosts: 


 

Event Recap

Stolbova and Klimov brought the audience to their feet with the Addams Family routine that helped them win the the long-program portion of the team competition. 

Despite Klimov's unique jacket, the routine was a hit:

The pair wound up with a score of 143.47 for the routine, which was easily a season's best for them. 

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As spectacular as their routine was, it was quickly blown out of the water. Skating to Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar," Volosozhar and Trankov put on a dazzling free skate that nearly rivaled their record-setting performance in the short program.  

It wasn't a flawless performance, but the mistakes were small and the moves were difficult. 

It was an emotional, beautiful and majestically athletic showing. As soon as it was finished, the pair rejoiced with the crowd. 

Although they just missed out on a new season best with a score of 152.69, they had just put themselves in a great position to capture the gold. 

The German team of Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy also came into the free skate after a solid short program, and they had a slim chance of catching the Russians for gold, but that certainly was not to be.

Skating to Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," Szolkowy fell early in the routine and the duo suffered another slip at the end. It was still a wonderful performance, but there was no chance they were going to run down the Russian leaders.

As it turned out, with a score of 136.14, the team wasn't able to jump either of the Russian front runners and had to settle for bronze.

Meanwhile, the top American team in this competition almost stole some headlines. Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir wound up in ninth overall for the competition. They did, however, have a thrilling performance in the free skate, which saw them come tantalizingly close to being the first team in Olympic competition to land a throw quad Salchow. 

In all, it was a riveting and wonderful close to the pairs competition for the Sochi Games. 

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