The Russian pairs figure skating teams were hoping to continue their country’s dominance in front of the home crowd, and they were able to do just that on Wednesday with strong performances in the free skating routine to claim the top two spots on the podium.
Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov claimed the gold, while Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov took home the silver.
Third-place went to a disappointed Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany, despite two big falls during their final routine.
The two medals give Russia nine overall in the 2014 Winter Olympics and land them in fourth place in the overall medal count. Germany is now in sixth place with eight medals in the Sochi Games.
Both United States pairs had poor showings, and finished outside of the top ten.
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