The German team of Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot stole the show in pairs free skate, pulling off a record-breaking high score to leap into first place and grab the gold medal. Their score of 159.31 set an Olympic record for pairs figure skating.
Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China took silver, while Canada’s team of Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford settled for the bronze. One of the gold medal favorites, Russians Evegenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, didn’t even make the podium after a poor free skate run.
It all came down to the end with the final four teams, and only five points separating the four. Savchenko and Massot needed a perfect run to rebound from their disappointing short program, and pulled off what might be the best of their career. Nearly flawless skating and tricks led to a stunning program that got the crowd on their feet. Their gold medal was well-earned in the end.