“The Olympic Games is, for any athlete, like scaling Mount Olympus. This is the third time we’re taking part in the figure skating, and we are almost at retirement age.
SOCHI, Russia — The theme of the night was pink, and if four-time pairs figure skating world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy get their way, it will continue past the Sochi Olympics.
Up in the commentary booth sat Johnny Weir (never one to shy away from an outrageous outfit) sporting a neon pink jacket while overseeing the action.
The drama of the individual performances speaks for itself, and the pairs find it hard to compete with the inherent grace of a routine by Julia Lipnitskaia or Kim Yuna or the powerful, self-assured aura of Evgeni Plushenko."For figure skating, you need something new. The result left the home crowd at the Iceberg Skating Palace predictably delighted, and Volosozhar and Trankov will probably just have to avoid major errors in their free skate on Wednesday night to take home the gold.
With Russia having only managed one gold to date — in the team figure skating event — such an outcome would clearly be greeted with delight.
In the meantime they also claimed four European titles and finished runners-up on three other occasions, while also winning four ISU Grand Prix finals, the last of them coming in Fukuoka (JAP) in December 2013.
Reaching for the top Sixth on their Olympic debut at Turin 2006, which came shortly after Savchenko had taken German nationality, the pair fared better at Vancouver 2010, where they won bronze.
Aloina Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy can be seen on Andre's Vienna DVD.
Since he will recreate the Vienna concert in Toronto, maybe they will be there too. But the latest news is that they just won the first place and the Gold medal in pair figure skating during the European Championships in Warchau.
The only daughter in a large family, she had her parents take her skating early on, even though the road from he native Obukhovo to the Kiev rink "Ldinka" took 1.5 to 2 hours each end.