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Savchenko and Szolokowy win Skate America pairs

Savchenko and Szolokowy win Skate America pairs

Defending world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolokowy of Germany won the Skate America pairs on Saturday.
Rising American stars Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker finished second, taking advantage of mistakes by Russia's Maria Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov.
The ladies short program and men's free skate was set for later Saturday.
Savchenko and Szolokowy, skating next to last, rallied from second by winning the free skate and posting an overall score of 180.77.
McLaughlin and Brubaker, the 2008 U.S. champions, tallied 172.69.
No one skated a clean program. Savchenko and Szolokowy were out of synch on a triple salchow and subsequent spin, and Savchenko had a rough landing on a throw. But the pair, the first German world champions since 1997, showed poise and creativity, especially with their lifts.
Mukhortova and Trankov finished third with 167.67 points.
"It was difficult for us to perform last in the competition," Mukhortova said. "We have a lot of competitions ahead of us and we can improve a lot."
Silver medalists at last season's European Championships, the pair is hoping to extend a remarkable Russian era of dominance in the sport. Russia has won every Olympic gold medal in pairs since 1964, including a tie for the title in 2002.
However, Saturday was not their day, with three falls. Trankov crashed on a triple salchow on the program's second element, Mukhortova tumbled on a throw triple loop and fell again after a triple toe loop, the first half of a combination jump.
World champions Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder of France continued to lead ice dance after the original dance.
Delobel and Schoenfelder, in their 19th season together, were first overall with 96.75 points after two of three segments of the competition.
Americans Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto were second with 95.10, and Britain's Sinead and John Kerr were third with 92.11. The free dance is set for Sunday.
The pairs free skate, ladies short program and men's free skate were scheduled for later Saturday.
None of the teams showed outstanding form on Saturday. Last year, Delobel and Schoenfelder did not win one free dance, but were strong enough in the two other segments to win the world title.


Updated : 2021-06-14 18:07 GMT+08:00