Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov wore shades of gold for their Olympic free skate Wednesday — a choice that coordinated nicely with with some accessories they picked up at the end of the evening.
The pair, who were favored to take home the gold medal after dominating Tuesday’s short program, didn’t disappoint. As a medley from Jesus Christ Superstar played, the athletes glided through a near-perfect routine. After the triumphant final notes sounded, Volosozhar covered her face and began to cry as Trankov sank to his knees, overcome as well. The crowd went crazy.
Volosozhar and Trankov’s teammates Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov nabbed silver with their Addams Family number seen earlier in the week during the team skate (yes, including the dum-dum-dum-dum-SNAP-SNAP part), ending with a spectacular throw triple salchow.
And though Germany’s Robin Szolkowy fell just moments into his skate with partner Aliona Savchenko — damn those side-by-side triple toe loops! — and she wound up with her tush on the ice at the end of the number, their score still ensured that they’d take home the bronze. This was an unwelcome development for China’s Pang Qing and Tong Jian, who turned in a gorgeous performance set to music from Les Miserables yet wound up placing fourth overall.
What was your highlight from Wednesday’s Olympic coverage? Were you surprised by the tie for women’s alpine skiing gold? Did you cheer when Kaitlyn Farrington got gold in the women’s halfpipe? Did you cringe at Arielle Gold’s horrific accident on that same course? Or did something else catch your interest? Sound off in the comments!