Tatiana and Maxim have definitely thrown down the glove to the Germans

If Olympics were tomorrow, we would definitely have a sure winner in the pairs’ event: with record scores at the beginning of the season, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov have already taken a considerable advantage in the race for the gold in Sochi. They seem determined to take back the Russia’s gold in pairs, as Maxim stated a while ago.

by Florentina Tone

Tatiana and Maxim at the 2013 European Figure Skating Championships in Zagreb

Tatiana and Maxim at the 2013 European Figure Skating Championships in Zagreb

“This is the highlight of the pairs’ competition. And it might be the highlight of the entire event”, said one of the commentators of British Eurosport at the beginning of the Russians’ short program. And it was, indeed, the highlight: Tatiana and Maxim received a total of 83.05 points, a world record for pairs.

And, yes, this is almost frightening, considering that we’re just at the beginning of the Olympic season. How far could they go? How far would they actually go? One thing is sure: “The Masquerade Waltz”, by the composer Aram Khachaturian, has already proved to be a gorgeous choice for them, and the costumes… well, the costumes are stunning. She’s wearing a wonderful blue ballroom dress – and he’s like the king of the castle. They’re reminding me of a Nikita Mikhalkov’ movie, “The Barber of Siberia”: Tatiana is Jane Callahan, the beautiful American lady travelling in Russia, and Maxim is the handsome Russian cadet Andrei Tolstoy (interpreted by the Russian actor Oleg Menshikov). The ball scene is absolutely wonderful – and you may take into consideration seeing the movie (in case you haven’t). Of course, this is a personal interpretation of the Russians’ short program…

Putting aside the stunning performance of Tatiana and Maxim, three more programs (and couples) caught my attention: the “Spanish Fantasy” of the other Russian pair, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov (what a marvelous and intriguing composition), the joyful and magnetic program of the Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch (the same short program as last’ season; but if a composition is a gem – and this one is, why not keep it?) and the “Mask” program of the Italian pair Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek (with spectacular lifts and Ondrej’ yellow pants).

One thing is sure: the future of pair skating looks bright. And I look forward to seeing Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy at Cup of China, two weeks from now. Because Tatiana and Maxim have definitely thrown down the glove to the Germans.