The pairs event concluded this evening at the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France. As always it was an exciting finish but one that did not include a Chinese pair on the podium.
Aliona Savchenko and Robin Solkowy of GER turned in a skate that was by no means easy, but they fought through the rough spots placing second in the long program, keeping their world title by .11 points.
In an almost unheard of move, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of RUS won the free progam and earned a silver medal. Though Tatiana two-footed the landing on the Th3S, and had one wobbly moment on a lift, they skated with attack and polish that knocked Chinese Olympians Qing Pang and Jian Tong down to fourth place overall.
The most heartwarming reaction came from bronze medal winners Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran representing JPN. Having been plagued by consistency problems most of their junior careers they came into these worlds hoping to put together two solid performances. They did that and more, placing third in the short program with an inspired program to John Lennon’s Imagine. They then faced their nemesis –the long program and keeping the same strategy as the short, were able to stay on their feet for the sbs triples, though they were two footed. The rest of their pairs skills were really well done and featured many connections in difficult holds. They were placed third in the long and earned a bronze medal in their first worlds at the senior level.
Americans Caydee Denney and John Coughlin skated very well and ended up eighth after the shuffle caused by the Russians move up. Denney and Coughlin have been skating together a little less than a year and are coached by Dalilah Sappenfield. US silver medalists Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker stayed in tenth after a very respectable performance with only one fall on a sbs 2A. They have a very bright future ahead of them and are hopefuls for a 2014 Sochi Olympic team berth.
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