German Pair Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy have topped off their season with a repeat victory at the World Figure Skating Championships. They were followed by China's Zhang and Zhang and Russia's Kavaguti (holy new name batman!) and Smirnov.
-Savchenko and Szolkowy really won this event. They were amazing from start of the short program to finish of the free skate (with the exception of Szolkowy's random footwork fall). I would have given my fuschia hot pants and legwarmers for better synchronized spins in the free skate, but not too many of the pairs were doing them last night. It would have been icing on the cake. Although I chose Pang and Tong to win, I'm happy that Savchenko and Szolkowy did; I prefer their style.
-I have so much respect for Kavaguti (nee Kawaguchi) actually being able to finish her skate last night after slamming the ice hard enough on a failed throw quadruple salchow that I got a headache just watching. I like watching the pair so maybe next season they'll be a bit cleaner.
-WOW Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett. What an amazing debut! Just a magical moment for those two.
-So sad about McLaughlin and Brubaker. They have just not looked right all season. I hope they can forget about the pressure next year and just skate.
-Two spots for the Americans at the Olympics, no big surprise. A disappointing showing for Canada, although all their teams were in the top ten. They'll only have two berths and their medalists from last year, Dube and Davison, never really had a shot.
-0 for 3 on my medal predictions, but 2/3 on podium prediction. Blergh.
|1||Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY||GER||203.48||1||1|
|2||Dan ZHANG / Hao ZHANG||CHN||186.52||3||2|
|3||Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV||RUS||186.39||2||3|
|4||Qing PANG / Jian TONG||CHN||181.08||5||4|
|5||Maria MUKHORTOVA / Maxim TRANKOV||RUS||177.89||4||7|
|6||Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Stanislav MOROZOV||UKR||175.61||6||5|
|7||Jessica DUBÉ / Bryce DAVISON||CAN||172.82||7||6|
|8||Meagan DUHAMEL / Craig BUNTIN||CAN||165.41||8||8|
|9||Caydee DENNEY / Jeremy BARRETT||USA||156.84||10||9|
|10||Mylène BRODEUR / John MATTATALL||CAN||150.05||11||10|
|11||Keauna MCLAUGHLIN / Rockne BRUBAKER||USA||143.74||9||12|
|12||Vanessa JAMES / Yannick BONHEUR||FRA||139.34||17||11|
|13||Stacey KEMP / David KING||GBR||134.73||13||13|
|14||Anais MORAND / Antoine DORSAZ||SUI||131.46||12||14|
|15||Maylin HAUSCH / Daniel WENDE||GER||125.96||15||15|
|16||Yue ZHANG / Lei WANG||CHN||119.24||14||16|
|17||Maria SERGEJEVA / Ilja GLEBOV||EST||116.54||16||17|
|18||Nicole DELLA MONICA / Yannick KOCON||ITA||108.49||18||18|
|19||Joanna SULEJ / Mateusz CHRUSCINSKI||POL||106.54||19||19|
|20||Jessica CRENSHAW / Chad TSAGRIS||GRE||101.87||20||20|
|21||Ekaterina SOKOLOVA / Fedor SOKOLOV||ISR||FNR||21|
|22||Amanda SUNYOTO-YANG / Darryll SULINDRO-YANG||TPE||FNR||22|
|23||Nina IVANOVA / Filip ZALEVSKI||BUL||FNR||23|
|24||Ksenia OZEROVA / Alexander ENBERT||RUS||FNR||24|
|25||Marina AGANINA / Dmitri ZOBNIN||UZB||FNR||25|