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Cup of China Pairs Free Skate Recap

I didn't get a chance to see the Pairs short programs at Cup of China, but here is a recap of the top performances in the free skate.

Home team Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang won the event with a 115.10 in the free skate. This pair has quite a few tricks and they perform them well. They looked quite good doing it too. There was some incongruous spinning, unfortunately, and she made a mistake with her leg after a lift that was very ugly, but hopefully those were flukes.

Many people expected the Chinese team of Pang and Tong to be in second, but short program issues left the door open for Ukraine's Tatiana Volosozhar and Stanislav Morozov, who also scored better than Pang and Tong in the free skate with a 114.71. They looked very strong, with great jumping and interesting lifts. They definitely earned the second place slot. The most competitive they've been at worlds is 4th place in 2007, but if they can keep skating like this (and if the other couples keep erring), maybe they'll be able to make a move.

Qing Pang and Jian Tong did a tango. They were very impressive. Tong put his hand down on one side by side jump, but that was the only major mistake I saw. I liked their tango and their throws were nice and high. They stayed in third place with a 112.50.

Final Pairs Standings:

FPl. Name Nat. Points SP FS
1 Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG CHN 182.22 1 1
2 Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Stanislav MOROZOV UKR 175.05 2 2
3 Qing PANG / Jian TONG CHN 171.86 3 3
4 Amanda EVORA / Mark LADWIG USA 143.88 4 5
5 Yue ZHANG / Lei WANG CHN 142.10 5 6
6 Mylène BRODEUR / John MATTATALL CAN 141.59 6 4
7 Chelsi GUILLEN / Danny CURZON USA 100.74 7 7