It didn’t take long for host country Russia to put their mark atop the leaderboard at the Olympic Games. In the Team Pairs Short Program in Figure Skating, the host country sent Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov out to capture victory — and capture they did, posting marks 10 points above the next closest competitor (Canada with 73.10).
Perhaps one reason for the such high marks is the extraordinarily unusual performance costume that Trankov was wearing? It’s possible, I suppose, but the more likely reason is due to the absurd elevation that Trankov was propelling his partner into the Russian atmosphere. It’s quite possible that should Volosozhar’s Olympic dreams go unfulfilled, she can sign up for the Russian Space Program and cite this evening’s performance as previous related experience.
Trankov is a powerful man who has the unique ability to use his height and strength to elevate his partner Volosozhar to heights far above many of the other teams in this competition. More importantly perhaps, she has the finesse and concentration to gracefully stick the landing, which has resulted in an enormous points generation by the judges.
Additionally, this routine wasn’t as riddled with traditional paired jumps and semi-boring dancing. It featured a few high-quality, exciting jumps, which both Trankov and Volosozhar executed in tandem quite perfectly. Paired with the risk of the powerful throws, there’s little confusion as to why the pair received such high marks.
This has been the performance that Russia was hoping to garner from its figure skating team after a disappointing trip to Vancouver in the 2010 Games which saw them take home no medals. This new team event has Russia sitting pretty in first place presently with 19 points, ahead of Canada (17) and China (15). The unfortunate United Kingdom team must not have ice rinks back home, as they are sitting in dead last with three points after two team events.