Sports Briefing | Figure Skating Setting Records Russians Take World Pairs Title

New York Times
Saturday 16th March, 2013

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov gave Russia its first pairs title in eight years at the World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario, on Friday, shattering world records for total score and free skate. The four-time world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany finished 20 points behind with a subdued and sloppy performance.

The Americans Alexa Scimeca and Christopher Knierim were ninth, and the United States champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir were 13th, ensuring that the United States will send two pairs to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.


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