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SOCHI, February 09./ITAR-TASS/. Russian and Canadian teams are competing for gold in the team figure skating tournament at the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, believes Russian figure skating expert and producer, Ilya Averbukh, silver medalist of the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
Russian pair Ksenia Stolbova and Fyodrov Klimov got to the top of the chart after Saturday’s fee skate when they got 135.09 points.
Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch took the second place with 129.74 points. Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek were third with 120.82 points.
After that, the Russian team beefed up its leadership by getting 47 scores versus the immediate competitors having 41 scores and 34 scores respectively.
Sunday’s Olympic program includes men’s, ladies’ and pairs’ free skate.
“I feel a little bit envious of the team tournament our athletes are taking part in,” Averbukh said. “It’s a very big piece of luck, a new discipline where we have very good chances for a success.”
“In any case, we’ll have medal because there are only three favorites at this tournament and they are Russia, the U.S. and Canada but it’s also quite obvious gold will be taken either by ourselves or by the Canadians,” he said. “There are no other teams here that could possibly impose struggle for the positions on us.”