Figure skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Pairs

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Pairs
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Figure skating pictogram.svg
Figure skating pictogram
Venue Palavela
Turin, Italy
Dates February 11, 2006
February 13, 2006
Winning score 204.48
Medalists
Gold medal    Russia
Silver medal    China
Bronze medal    China
«2002 2010»
Figure skating at the
2006 Winter Olympics
Figure skating pictogram.svg
Individual men ladies
Pairs mixed
Ice dancing mixed

Pair skating was contested during the figure skating events at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

This event is performed by partners consisting of a female and male skater. The competition consists of two segments. A short program is skated first, with eight required elements performed within 2 minutes and 50 seconds. All pairs progress to the free skating, where each pair skates for 4 minutes and 30 seconds. There were 20 pairs who competed at the 2006 Games.

Short Program[edit]

The pairs short program was the first figure skating event of the Olympics, and took place on 11 February, with the free skating completed on 13 February. Two-time World Champions and Russians Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin were the pre-tournament favorites to win.[1] They were expected to be challenged by two-time World Champions and reigning Olympic bronze medalists Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, but an injury to Zhao initially kept them out of contention for the gold medal. However, the team was able to get back into shape for the Olympics.[2]

Totmianina and Marinin took the lead after the short program, with a score of 68.64 pts. Zhang Dan and Zhang Hao of China, skating to Led Zeppelin's song Kashmir, ranked second with 64.72 pts, followed closely by Maria Petrova and Alexei Tikhonov of Russia with 64.27 pts. Close behind were two other Chinese pairs, Pang Qing and Tong Jian (63.19 pts) and Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo (62.32 pts).[3] Americans Rena Inoue and John Baldwin made history in the short program by landing the first throw triple Axel in Olympic competition, putting them in sixth place.[4]

Free Skating[edit]

In free skating, Totmianina and Marinin were described by NBC as "untouchable",[5] and the pair scored a personal best 135.84 points in this segment for a combined score of 204.48. Their victory was described as "a rout"[5] The pair had suffered a setback in 2004 when Marinin dropped Totmianina during a lift, putting her in the hospital with a concussion.

The Chinese pair of Zhang and Zhang were the last to take the ice on the night of the free skating.[6] In trying to surpass the Russian pair, Zhang and Zhang attempted a throw quadruple salchow jump, never before completed successfully in competition. However, Zhang Dan fell on this element and suffered a painful injury to her knee. Since she was temporarily unable to continue, the music was stopped by the event referee. Upon the trainer's approval for Zhang Dan to continue, the couple continued their routine, "nail[ing] every other element" for the remaining four minutes.[5] NBC reported that the entire crowd gave the pair a standing ovation and showed shots of their fellow competitors, including Totmianiana and Marinin, also standing.[7] Finishing second in both parts of the competition, Zhang and Zhang received silver medals with an overall score of 189.73 pts.

Their countrymen, Shen and Zhao, who were in fifth place after the short program, pulled up two places in the free skating to take the bronze medals, as they did at Salt Lake City four years earlier, with a total score of 186.91. They edged the third Chinese couple, Pang Qing and Tong Jian out of the podium by just 0.24 pts.

Petrova and Tikhonov, who were in third place after the short program, dropped to fifth place overall. Germans Aljona Sawtschenko and Robin Szolkowy, who were in seventh after the short, scored the fifth best total of the free skating competition to go up on spot. Inoue and Baldwin were unable to complete their throw triple axel in the long and dropped to seventh overall.

While Totmianina and Marinin extended the streak of gold medals in pairs for Russia and former Soviet Union to 12 consecutive Olympics, dating back to 1964, the silver medals for Zhang and Zhang are China's best ever achievement in Olympic figure skating. Up until this point, China had three bronze medals in figure skating: two from China's Chen Lu and one from Shen and Zhao.

Results[edit]

Short program[edit]

Pl. Lady's name Man's name Nation TSS TES PCS SS TR PE CH IN Deduction StN
1 Totmianina, TatianaTatiana Totmianina Marinin, MaximMaxim Marinin Russia 68.64 35.93 32.71 8.21 8.00 8.29 8.14 8.25 0 #19
2 Zhang, DanZhang Dan Zhang, HaoZhang Hao China 64.72 35.21 29.51 7.57 7.25 7.43 7.39 7.25 0 #11
3 Petrova, MariaMaria Petrova Tikhonov, AlexeiAlexei Tikhonov Russia 64.27 33.71 30.56 7.75 7.39 7.75 7.64 7.68 0 #14
4 Pang, QingPang Qing Tong, JianTong Jian China 63.19 34.09 29.10 7.32 7.11 7.32 7.32 7.29 0 #5
5 Shen, XueShen Xue Zhao, HongboZhao Hongbo China 62.32 30.86 31.46 7.93 7.75 7.86 7.86 7.93 0 #6
6 Inoue, RenaRena Inoue Baldwin, JohnJohn Baldwin United States 61.27 35.53 25.74 6.54 6.25 6.46 6.46 6.46 0 #4
7 Savchenko, AlionaAliona Savchenko Szolkowy, RobinRobin Szolkowy Germany 60.96 31.78 29.18 7.29 7.18 7.36 7.32 7.32 0 #20
8 Obertas, JuliaJulia Obertas Slavnov, SergeiSergei Slavnov Russia 60.25 32.78 27.47 6.96 6.71 6.89 6.89 6.89 0 #18
9 Zagorska, DorotaDorota Zagorska Siudek, MariuszMariusz Siudek Poland 56.10 29.79 26.31 6.71 6.43 6.54 6.57 6.64 0 #15
10 Marcoux, ValerieValerie Marcoux Buntin, CraigCraig Buntin Canada 55.62 29.88 25.74 6.50 6.32 6.46 6.39 6.50 0 #17
11 Dube, JessicaJessica Dube Davison, BryceBryce Davison Canada 55.48 31.06 24.42 6.07 5.89 6.29 6.14 6.14 0 #16
12 Volosozhar, TatianaTatiana Volosozhar Morozov, StanislavStanislav Morozov Ukraine 50.14 28.05 23.09 5.93 5.61 5.75 5.86 5.71 1 #2
13 Hinzmann, MarcyMarcy Hinzmann Parchem, AaronAaron Parchem United States 49.58 26.75 23.83 6.04 5.82 5.96 5.96 6.00 1 #10
14 Pla, MarylinMarylin Pla Bonheur, YannickYannick Bonheur France 44.24 24.35 20.89 5.36 5.07 5.21 5.32 5.14 1 #8
15 Aganina, MarinaMarina Aganina Knyazev, ArtemArtem Knyazev Uzbekistan 44.02 26.92 17.10 4.36 4.11 4.29 4.36 4.25 0 #1
16 Fitze, Eva-MariaEva-Maria Fitze Rex, RicoRico Rex Germany 43.86 23.74 20.12 5.07 4.89 5.07 5.04 5.07 0 #13
17 Beloglazova, JuliaJulia Beloglazova Bekh, AndreiAndrei Bekh Ukraine 43.85 25.62 18.23 4.79 4.46 4.50 4.61 4.43 0 #9
18 Rennik, DianaDiana Rennik Saks, AlekseiAleksei Saks Estonia 39.72 22.57 17.15 4.43 4.11 4.32 4.32 4.25 0 #12
19 Spassova, RumianaRumiana Spassova Todorov, StanimirStanimir Todorov Bulgaria 37.27 20.65 17.62 4.43 4.14 4.43 4.54 4.50 1 #3
20 Phyo, Yong MyongPhyo Yong Myong Jong, Yong HyokJong Yong Hyok North Korea 33.63 18.60 15.03 3.82 3.64 3.82 3.75 3.75 0 #7

Free skating[edit]

Pl. Lady's name Man's name Nation TSS TES PCS SS TR PE CH IN Deduction StN
1 Totmianina, TatianaTatiana Totmianina Marinin, MaximMaxim Marinin Russia 135.84 69.51 66.33 8.32 8.14 8.39 8.25 8.36 0 #19
2 Zhang, DanZhang Dan Zhang, HaoZhang Hao China 125.01 66.19 59.82 7.64 7.36 7.46 7.54 7.39 1 #20
3 Shen, XueShen Xue Zhao, HongboZhao Hongbo China 124.59 62.24 62.35 7.71 7.71 7.82 7.86 7.86 0 #14
4 Pang, QingPang Qing Tong, JianTong Jian China 123.48 62.78 60.70 7.61 7.43 7.71 7.57 7.61 0 #18
5 Savchenko, AlionaAliona Savchenko Szolkowy, RobinRobin Szolkowy Germany 119.19 60.21 58.98 7.36 7.32 7.39 7.43 7.36 0 #15
6 Petrova, MariaMaria Petrova Tikhonov, AlexeiAlexei Tikhonov Russia 117.42 57.00 60.42 7.57 7.43 7.61 7.61 7.54 0 #17
7 Inoue, RenaRena Inoue Baldwin, JohnJohn Baldwin United States 113.74 60.27 54.47 6.96 6.61 6.86 6.79 6.82 1 #16
8 Zagorska, DorotaDorota Zagorska Siudek, MariuszMariusz Siudek Poland 109.85 58.14 51.71 6.64 6.36 6.50 6.43 6.39 0 #11
9 Obertas, JuliaJulia Obertas Slavnov, SergeiSergei Slavnov Russia 106.29 54.37 52.92 6.71 6.57 6.61 6.68 6.50 1 #13
10 Dube, JessicaJessica Dube Davison, BryceBryce Davison Canada 104.23 54.99 49.24 6.21 6.04 6.14 6.25 6.14 0 #12
11 Marcoux, ValerieValerie Marcoux Buntin, CraigCraig Buntin Canada 102.59 52.82 50.77 6.36 6.18 6.46 6.36 6.36 1 #10
12 Volosozhar, TatianaTatiana Volosozhar Morozov, StanislavStanislav Morozov Ukraine 98.24 52.55 46.69 5.93 5.68 5.89 5.93 5.75 1 #9
13 Hinzmann, MarcyMarcy Hinzmann Parchem, AaronAaron Parchem United States 97.47 52.28 45.19 5.79 5.50 5.68 5.64 5.64 0 #7
14 Pla, MarylinMarylin Pla Bonheur, YannickYannick Bonheur France 88.60 48.14 40.46 5.21 4.86 5.14 5.11 4.96 0 #5
15 Rennik, DianaDiana Rennik Saks, AlekseiAleksei Saks Estonia 78.41 45.44 32.97 4.29 3.89 4.18 4.21 4.04 0 #3
16 Fitze, Eva-MariaEva-Maria Fitze Rex, RicoRico Rex Germany 76.37 38.88 39.49 5.04 4.82 4.93 4.96 4.93 2 #8
17 Aganina, MarinaMarina Aganina Knyazev, ArtemArtem Knyazev Uzbekistan 75.53 42.07 34.46 4.50 4.18 4.29 4.39 4.18 1 #6
18 Spassova, RumianaRumiana Spassova Todorov, StanimirStanimir Todorov Bulgaria 73.98 40.16 33.82 4.32 4.07 4.25 4.29 4.21 0 #1
19 Beloglazova, JuliaJulia Beloglazova Bekh, AndreiAndrei Bekh Ukraine 71.77 37.80 34.97 4.54 4.25 4.36 4.39 4.32 1 #4

Final standings[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total Points SP FS
1 Totmianina, TatianaTatiana Totmianina / Marinin, MaximMaxim Marinin Russia 204.48 1 68.64 1 135.84
2 Zhang, DanZhang Dan / Zhang, HaoZhang Hao China 189.73 2 64.72 2 125.01
3 Shen, XueShen Xue / Zhao, HongboZhao Hongbo China 186.91 5 62.32 3 124.59
4 Pang, QingPang Qing / Tong, JianTong Jian China 186.67 4 63.19 4 123.48
5 Petrova, MariaMaria Petrova / Tikhonov, AlexeiAlexei Tikhonov Russia 181.69 3 64.27 6 117.42
6 Savchenko, AlionaAliona Savchenko / Szolkowy, RobinRobin Szolkowy Germany 180.15 7 60.96 5 119.19
7 Inoue, RenaRena Inoue / Baldwin, JohnJohn Baldwin United States 175.01 6 61.27 7 113.74
8 Obertas, JuliaJulia Obertas / Slavnov, SergeiSergei Slavnov Russia 166.54 8 60.25 9 106.29
9 Zagórska, DorotaDorota Zagórska / Siudek, MariuszMariusz Siudek Poland 165.95 9 56.10 8 109.85
10 Dubé, JessicaJessica Dubé / Davison, BryceBryce Davison Canada 159.71 11 55.48 10 104.23
11 Marcoux, ValérieValérie Marcoux / Buntin, CraigCraig Buntin Canada 158.21 10 55.62 11 102.59
12 Volosozhar, TatianaTatiana Volosozhar / Morozov, StanislavStanislav Morozov Ukraine 148.38 12 50.14 12 98.24
13 Hinzmann, MarcyMarcy Hinzmann / Parchem, AaronAaron Parchem United States 147.05 13 49.58 13 97.47
14 Pla, MarylinMarylin Pla / Bonheur, YannickYannick Bonheur France 132.84 14 44.24 14 88.60
15 Fitze, Eva-MariaEva-Maria Fitze / Rex, RicoRico Rex Germany 120.23 16 43.86 16 76.37
16 Aganina, MarinaMarina Aganina / Knyazev, ArtemArtem Knyazev Uzbekistan 119.55 15 44.02 17 75.53
17 Rennik, DianaDiana Rennik / Saks, AlekseiAleksei Saks Estonia 118.13 18 39.72 15 78.41
18 Beloglazova, JuliaJulia Beloglazova / Bekh, AndreiAndrei Bekh Ukraine 115.62 17 43.85 19 71.77
19 Spassova, RumianaRumiana Spassova / Todorov, StanimirStanimir Todorov Bulgaria 111.25 19 37.27 18 73.98
WD Phyo, Yong MyongPhyo Yong Myong / Jong, Yong HyokJong Yong Hyok North Korea 20 33.63
  • WD = Withdrawn

Referee:

Technical Controller:

Technical Specialist:

Assistant Technical Specialist:

Judges:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Russian pairs favorites ready to compete, from Reuters, retrieved 15 February 2006
  2. ^ China's Zhao back beaming after injury, from Reuters, retrieved 12 February 2006
  3. ^ Pairs Figure Skating - Pairs Short Program, from torino2006.org, retrieved 15 February 2006
  4. ^ U.S. pair does first Olympic 'throw triple axel', from Associated Press, retrieved 15 February 2006
  5. ^ a b c Russian roll continues in a rout, from Associated Press, retrieved 15 February 2006
  6. ^ Chinese skater delivers gutsy performance, from Reuters, retrieved 15 February 2006
  7. ^ TURIN 2006: NBC deserves gold for capturing Olympic drama, from The London Free Press