Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia react after they competed in the pairs free skate figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Maxim Trankov hopes young figure skaters all over Russia will take inspiration from what he and Tatiana Volosozhar accomplished at the Olympics.The two restored the country to the pinnacle of pairs Wednesday, and their teammates made it almost total domination.
They were even better Wednesday to "The Addams Family" in the night's most captivating performance.
The music is hauntingly beautiful, though it does include a brief snippet of that famous TV theme song.
Skating to "Jesus Christ Superstar," Volosozhar and Trankov had a few small bobbles.
But with a lead after a stellar short program and the difficulty of their elements, they knew when they finished without any big mistakes that gold was in their grasp. It was huge for us to skate in front of this audience in our country, but it was hard, and to do this makes us very happy now."The two Russian pairs also won gold in the new team event.
At the end of the program, when Stolbova must be exhausted, they do a throw triple salchow, which she still managed to land effortlessly."Last year we were not at the world championships and we didn't believe or even hope that we would be at the Olympics," Klimov said through a translator.