Winter Olympics figure skating results: 2 pairs qualify for Team USA

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The pairs event started on Monday and Team USA has two chances at the podium.

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A total of 20 duos took to the ice at the Iceberg Skating Palace to begin the Pairs Short Program. Two pairs qualified for Team USA, both are positioned for a chance at the podium in Sochi with a good final day.

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir followed up on their bronze medal in the team event by posting a 67.44 in the short program. It was a similarly skilled routine to their attempt in teams, but improved their overall score by over three points thanks in part to a higher technical score.

They will be joined in the free skate portion by fellow Americans Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay who posted a weaker score at 56.90.

Similarities between the team and pairs competition continued with scores being eerily similar across the board. The top three almost followed their placing in the earlier event, but the German pair of Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy posted a huge score of 79.64.

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia posted the highest score of the day with a 84.17. They will be the team to beat when the event résumés.

You can find the full results here, but these are your finalists who will compete in the free skate.

Place Country Name Score
1 RUS Tatiana Volosozhar/ Maxim Trankov 84.17
2 GER Aliona Savchenho/ Robin Szolkowy 79.64
3 RUS Ksenia Stolbova/ Fedor Klimov 75.21
4 CHN Qing Pang/ Jian Tong 73.30
5 CAN Meagan Duhamel/ Eric Radford 72.21
6 CAN Kristen Moore-Towers/ Dylan Moscovitch 70.92
7 CHN Chang Peng/ Hao Zhang 70.59
8 RUS Vera Bazarova/ Yuri Larionov 69.66
9 USA Marissa Castelli/ Simon Shnapir 67.44
10 FRA Vanessa James/ Morgan Cipres 65.36
11 ITA Stefania Berton/ Ondrej Hotarek 63.57
12 GER Maylin Wende/ Daniel Wende 59.25
13 CAN Paige Lawrence/ Rudi Swiegers 58.97
14 USA Felicia Zhang/ Nathan Bartholomay 56.90
15 ISR Andrea Davidovich/ Evgeni Krasnopolski 53.38

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