(February 17, 2010) – It was an exciting finish to the pair event in Vancouver on Monday night. The gold medal was awarded to the Chinese team, three-time world champions and two-time Olympic medalists Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao. The pair had made a comeback this year with the hopes and dreams of placing a-top the Olympic podium.
The Chinese pair of Pang Qing and Tong Jian took the silver. They had the night's most stirring free skate which brought the crowd in the Pacific Coliseum to its feet. This was their first Olympic medal.
Current world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, representing Germany, won the bronze medal. The pair had a number of errors in their program, beginning with Savchenko performing a double instead of the triple toe-loop then later in the program Szolkowy fell on a double axel.
Canadian Pair Champions Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison received 121.75 points for their free skate and an overall score of 187.11, which left them in 6th place.
“Today, unfortunately, we didn’t have the performance we had hoped for. After the first mistake, things got worse and worse. We had a little trouble and we left a lot of points out there and I think that cost us.” said Dubé.
Anabelle Langlois and Cody Hay skated to a season’s best score even with a few errors. They received 115.77 points in their free skate with a total score of 179.97.
“We are really happy with our program. Obviously, there are things we would have liked to do better. Overall, though, it was our best performance of the season, so it’s another step for Cody and I.” said Langlois after the free skate.
Langlois and Hay placed 9th in the pair event.
The Olympic figure skating competition continued Tuesday night with the men’s short program competition. Vaughn Chipeur completed his first Olympic experience by qualifying for the Men's free skate with a 24th place finish. Canadian Champion Patrick Chan currently sits in 7th spot going into the free skate on Thursday.