FROM US FIGURE SKATING:
CASTELLI AND SHNAPIR FINISH NINTH, ZHANG AND BARTHOLOMAY 12TH AT THE 2014 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
(2/12/14) - In the pairs event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir finished in ninth place and Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay finished in 12th place.
Castelli and Shnapir's Olympic journey began with a bronze medal in the Team Event and ended with season-best scores in the short program, free skate and in overall score in the individual event. Skating to music from James Bond's Skyfall, Castelli and Shnapir earned 120.38 points for their free skate and 187.82 points overall. Earning big points from their lifts, Castelli and Shnapir also received high marks for their throw triple Salchow and triple twist. The finish is the best for a U.S. pairs team since the 2006 Games.
After a strong short program, Zhang and Bartholomay completed their Olympic journey with a great performance in the free skate, moving up two places from the start of the day. Skating to music from Les Miserables, the Florida-based duo earned a negative GOE on only one of their 12 elements. They earned 110.31 points for their free skate and 167.21 points overall.
In front of their home crowd, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov delivered Russia their second Olympic gold medal in as many figure skating events. They skated to a total of 236.86 points to claim the Olympic crown. Russians Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov earned the silver medal with a total of 218.68 points. Earning the bronze medal with 215.78 points was Germans Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, who also took bronze in 2010.
Next up is the men's event beginning at 10 a.m. ET Thursday. Olympic bronze medalists in the team event, Jeremy Abbott will perform his short program for the second time on Olympic ice while Jason Brown will debut his short program at these Games.
The networks of NBC and NBCOlympics.com will broadcast live, tape delayed and primetime coverage of all 11 days of figure skating competition. The live coverage continues on NBC Sports Network and online at NBCOlympics.com on Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET. NBC will also provide coverage of figure skating during primetime. See the chart below for a schedule of broadcast times.