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European Championships Update: Pairs Free Skate

Russia's Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov re-established themselves as Olympic medal contenders with their record-breaking score of 139.23 in the free skate.  Is it just me, or did the European skaters suddenly become the greatest skaters in the world this week?  Or maybe it's the judges.  Europe will not be kept down!  Anyway, I am looking forward to seeing this free skate online somewhere. 

More bad news for the German team of Savchenko and Szolkowy.  Despite getting the personal best score of 137.60...they were not able to overcome Kavaguti and Smirnov, and could not defend their crown.  I was very scared of Kavaguti and Smirnov at the beginning of the season - figured that the Tamara Moskvina magic would ensure they were a threat.  Then they were kind of lackluster throughout the Grand Prix season... but I should have known they would peak when the time was right. 

Russians Mukhortova and Trankov did not appear to do as well, getting a lowly (just kidding) 128.49 and finding themselves in third place. 

Full standings after the jump.

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV
RUS
213.15 2 1
2 Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY
GER
211.72 1 2
3 Maria MUKHORTOVA / Maxim TRANKOV
RUS
202.03 3 3
4 Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Stanislav MOROZOV
UKR
187.83 4 4
5 Vera BAZAROVA / Yuri LARIONOV
RUS
159.84 5 6
6 Nicole DELLA MONICA / Yannick KOCON
ITA
156.80 6 5
7 Vanessa JAMES / Yannick BONHEUR
FRA
151.28 7 7
8 Anais MORAND / Antoine DORSAZ
SUI
144.95 11 8
9 Maylin HAUSCH / Daniel WENDE
GER
142.76 9 9
10 Adeline CANAC / Maximin COIA
FRA
139.73 8 11
11 Stacey KEMP / David KING
GBR
137.29 13 10
12 Erica RISSEEUW / Robert PAXTON
GBR
130.09 14 12
13 Maria SERGEJEVA / Ilja GLEBOV
EST
129.46 12 13
14 Joanna SULEJ / Mateusz CHRUSCINSKI
POL
124.79 10 15
15 Jessica CRENSHAW / Chad TSAGRIS
GRE
115.59 16 14
16 Nina IVANOVA / Filip ZALEVSKI
BUL
106.31 15 16