In the figure skating pairs competition, Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze of Russia had won the short program over Jamie Salé and David Pelletier of Canada. In the free skate, Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze made a minor (but obvious) technical error when Sikharulidze stepped out of a double axel. Meanwhile, Salé and Pelletier skated a flawless program, albeit one that many experts considered to be of lesser difficulty than that of the Russians. Previously, in their short program, Salé and Pelletier had tripped and fallen on their closing pose. Because the fall was not on an element, it did not receive a deduction, but it marred the program enough to land the pair in second place behind Berezhnaia and Sikharulidze. Final standings are made up of both the short and the long program marks and Salé and Pelletier had to perform substantially better than Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze in the long program to get gold.
The Canadians were the clear crowd favorite; they left the ice to a round of stormy applause and chants of "Six! Six! Six!" They received three 5.9s for technical merit, while the Russians received mostly 5.8s and 5.7s. However, for presentation, the Canadians received four 5.9s to... Read More