Saturday, October 20, 2012
Skate America 2012-Pairs short program
As anyone expected, Volosozhar/Trankov of Russia are leading the pairs short program with 65.78. They perforemed a brilliant yet not perfect short program featuring a stunning triple twist and throw triple loop while Maxim did a little turn after the landing of the triple salchow side by side but that did not affect the technical score too much.
Pang/Tong of China, who were the ones who could challenge Volosozhar/Trankov, are now in second with 61.96. The couple has still some problems in the side by side jumps that negativly marked out their last season. Tong fell on triple toe side by side, then they did a beautiful triple twist but again had a little struggle in landing throw triple loop, that used to be perfect for them. Anyway they showed a beautiful skating quality that is peculiar to them and performed effortlessly in the second half of the program.
Denney/Coughlin ranked third with 60.75. They skated their short to Concerto de Aranjuez which is a truly overused music, so the program does not sound as anything particularly new but it was well skated with a super high triple twist, triple toe side by side and throw triple flip.