The 2014 Olympics are scheduled to take place in Sochi, Russia from February 6, 2014 through February 22, 2014. This is a list of some of the pair figure skaters to watch during the Winter Olympic Games.
Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov - Russia
Russian pair skating champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won the 2013 world pair skating title and also won the European figure skating title three times. In 2011 and 2012 they were second at the World Figure Skating Championships. It was said that they would be the favorite pair to win in Sochi, and on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, that prediction became true. Volosozhar and Trankov are now the 2014 Olympic Pair Skating Champions. Russia also won the Olympic figure skating team event.
- Olympic Figure Skating Team Event Final Results 2014
- Olympic Pair Skating Final Results 2014
- ISU Complete Olympic Figure Skating Entries and Results Sochi 2014
Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy won the bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. In addition, they won the pair skating title at the World Figure Skating Championships and at the European Figure Skating Championships four times, the German national pair skating title seven times, and won the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final three times.
Qing Pang and Jian Tong - China
Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford - Canada
Canadian pair skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the Canadian national pair skating title in 2012 and 2013 and also won the bronze medal at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.
Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch - Canada
Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch became pair skating partners in 2009 and went on to win the Canadian national pair skating title in 2011. They placed 4th at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.
Peng Cheng and Zhang Hao - China
Zhang Hao won the Olympic pair skating silver medal with Zhang Dan in 2006. He teamed up with a new partner, Peng Cheng, in May of 2012. Zhang Hao also competed in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games with Zhang Dan. Zhang and Zhang were not related even though they have the same surname.
Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers - Canada
Canadian pair skaters Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers have won the bronze medal in pair skating at the Canadian National Figure Skating Championships for four consecutive seasons (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014). They have skated together since 2005.
Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay - USA
At the 2014 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships, pair figure skaters, Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay, won the silver medal. In 2013, they won bronze. They have skated together since May of 2011.
Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir - USA
Only two pair skating teams will qualify for the 2014 Olympics. Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir are the 2013 U.S. Pair Skating Champions and could be one of the two teams from the United States that qualify to compete in Sochi. Shnapir was born in Russia, but he moved to the United States when he was a toddler. Their considerable size difference make it possible for them to perform very athletic pair skating moves.