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Volosozhar, Trankov strike Grand Prix gold again

World silver medalists make Final; Bazarova, Larionov take silver; Denney, Coughlin win bronze

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov collected their second golds of the Grand Prix season.
Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov collected their second golds of the Grand Prix season. (Getty Images)

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By International Skating Union
(11/10/2012) - Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia skated to gold at the Rostelecom Cup. Teammates Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov took the silver medal, and the bronze went to Americans Caydee Denney and John Coughlin.

Volosozhar and Trankov's program to "Violin Muse" was highlighted by a triple twist and difficult Level 4 lifts, but Trankov crashed on the triple toe and Volosozhar went down on the throw triple loop. The European champions earned 132.79 points and accumalated 207.53 points overall.

"Maybe we were too well prepared," Trankov said. "We did not expect the fall on the throw, but overall it felt good to skate.

"Now we'll get ready for the [Grand Prix] Final. There, we can't win so easily." Spartacus, Bazarova and Larionov completed a triple toe, triple twist and throw triple loop, but they struggled with a lift and their double Axel-double Axel sequence. The European silver medalists scored 125.06 points and totaled 191.08 points.

"We made some mistakes, not just on the jumps, but more unexpectedly on a lift," Bazarova said. "But we fulfilled our goal to show our new program and to show more emotions. At the next competition, we'll have to focus more on the elements."

Denney and Coughlin produced a triple twist, throw triple loop and triple toe as well as strong lifts to score a season's best of 120.19 points. The U.S. champions scored 179.21 points, giving them two bronze medals in this year's Grand Prix.

"We were excited with our free skate," Coughlin said. "We made some improvements, both technically and in our components. We achieved some levels that we knew we were capable of, and it felt like we had good energy throughout the performance."

Canadians Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers remained in fourth place with 154.16 points, and Russians Anastasia Martiusheva and Alexei Rogonov placed fifth with 150.15 points. Americans Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin wound up in sixth place.

With two victories, Volosozhar and Trankov have qualified for the Grand Prix Final.