Olympics 2014 pairs figure skating final results: Did Russia pull it out?

2014-winter-olympics-pairs-figure-skating-finals.jpgWarning: Don't keep reading if you'd like to remain unspoiled as to the pairs figure skating results from the 2014 Winter Olympics. The competition will be part of NBC's primetime broadcast Wednesday (Feb. 12), starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

It was expected that the gold medal fight in pairs figure skating would come down to the German pair of Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy and the Russian pair of Tatyana Volosozhar/Maksim Trankov (pictured above), but two costly falls by the Germans let the Russian pair take gold and dropped the Germans down to bronze. Another Russian pair, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, earned silver.

The U.S. pair of Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir finished in ninth place and the other U.S. pair of Felicia Zhang/Nathan Batholomay came in 12th, both respectable skates for the Team USA pairs.

olympics-pairs-figure-skating-quad-twist-peng-chang-hao-zhang.jpgThis is the first time since 1998 that there will be two Russian pairs skating teams on the medal stand. Also noteworthy: Chinese pair Cheng Peng/Hao Zhang pulled off the first verified quadruple twist in Olympics history (pictured at right).

The final free skate standings:

Russia, Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov, 152.69
Russia, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, 143.47
China, Quin Pang and Jian Tong, 136.58
Germany, Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, 136.14
Canada, Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch, 131.18
Russia, Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov, 129.94
Canada, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, 127.32
China, Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang, 125.13
U.S., Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, 120.38
Italy, Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek, 115.51
France, Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres, 114.07
U.S., Felicia Zhang and Nathan Batholomay, 110.31
Germany, Maylin and Daniel Wende, 107.00
Canada, Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers, 103.01
Israel, Andrea Davidovich and Evgeni Krasnopolski, 94.35
Italy, Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise, 86.22

The final pairs standings:

Russia, Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov, 236.86
Russia, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, 216.68
Germany, Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, 215.78
China, Quin Pang and Jian Tong, 209.88
Canada, Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch, 202.10
Russia, Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov, 199.60
Canada, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, 199.53
China, Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang, 195.72
U.S., Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, 187.82
France, Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres, 179.43
Italy, Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek, 179.08
U.S., Felicia Zhang and Nathan Batholomay, 167.21
Germany, Maylin and Daniel Wende, 166.25
Canada, Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers, 161.98
Israel, Andrea Davidovich and Evgeni Krasnopolski, 147.73
Italy, Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise, 137.86
Photo/Video credit: Getty Images
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