After the rhythm dance, the position of the Russian athletes caused a lot of anxiety. The fact is that the hope of our team Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov was only second. Leaders, the French Gabriela Papadakis and Guillaume Sizeron, they were separated by more than two points.
The mood of Victoria and Nikita in recent days has been strongly influenced by the situation associated with Kamila Valieva. Still, Sinitsina and Katsalapov earned gold in the team tournament, but now, like other skaters, they could be deprived of awards. However, even during the rhythmic dance, the athletes proved that even such a shock was not able to destabilize them.
Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin, after their first performance at the Olympics, were in fifth place, although their performance caused a stir. The athletes trailed the leaders by almost seven points, but held on to the chances of entering the top three.
Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin were only 14th after the rhythm dance. However, it is a good result for young athletes who have arrived at the Olympics for the first time.
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One way or another, the fate of the medals depended on the free program. Davis and Smolkin were the first Russian figure skaters to hit the ice. They presented the dance on the composition of the film “Moulin Rouge”. A brilliant and passionate number was skated without fail. According to the results of two programs, Diana and Gleb scored 179.82 points.
“Probably they showed what they were ready for at the moment. We know what needs improvement. Satisfied with both programs. We are satisfied with this start. These Olympics turned out to be quite closed. There is an understanding of what to aim for in the World Cup. There is also the First Channel Cup. Let’s see if it will be realized. The coach was happy. Even unexpectedly scattered in praise. I am satisfied with the way we have shown ourselves in these competitions. Usually his ratings are more restrained,” Smolkin said after the hire.
“We try to improve from start to finish. Each time we do it to make it better, ”said Diana in turn.
An hour and a half later, Stepanova and Bukin appeared before the audience. They skated on We Have a Map of the Piano and A Time for Us. The athletes achieved some of the highest scores of their careers, increasing their chances of winning medals. Their result after today’s rental is 205.07 points.
Of course, figure skating fans were looking forward to Sinitsina and Katsalapov on the ice. The champions performed penultimate, presenting a free dance for Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. The skaters once again proved that they had practically no equal in the world, but the final result of the competition depended on the final pair. Victoria and Nikita showed a great result and after their performance they took the top row in the standings, earning 220.51 points in two rentals.
Gabriela Papadakis and Guillaume Sizeron entered the ice around 07:30 Moscow time. They immediately made it clear to the competitors that they intended to get gold medals. As a result, the couple scored a record number of points in their career – 226.98, thereby winning the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. Sinitsina and Katsalapov became the silver medalists of the Games.
A brief summary of the rhythmic and free dance program in figure skating:
the French Gabriela Papadakis and Guillaume Sizeron – Olympic gold medalist;
Russians Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov – silver
Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donoghue – bronze
Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin are sixth, Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin are 14th.