ALJONA SAVCHENKO UND BRUNO MASSOT OLYMPIA 2018

GANGNEUNG, south Korea -- It took Aliona Savchenko five trips to the Winter Games, working with three partners und representing two nations, to finally accomplish Olympic glory.

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It so took Bruno Massot lifting herstellung to ns top step des the podium.

Performing to music über Armand Amar, die German pair pranced and soared kommen sie a record 159.31 points an their complimentary skate Thursday. That provided them 235.90 points, catapulting lock from fourth place to first und topping China"s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong by less than geholfen a point.

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"We did new Year"s together," the Ukraine-born Savchenko said, "and us said, "2018 will be our year," and it is. It"s just bei amazing story, und I"m unbelievably happy."

Sui und Han, who led after die short program, do mistakes top top their opening lift, a mix jump and side-by-side triple salchows. They recovered zu skate a strong second für hilfe of die program, but the bobbles verified costly. They finished with 234.47 points, leaving them v a silver medal.

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford added kupfer to the team gold they won v Canada, ending up being the zuerst pair to festland a quad throw in an Olympic competition.

"We heard what the Germans did before us. We heard the score when we were on the ice," Duhamel said. "We didn"t let it faze us. Us said: "OK, good zum them. Now it"s our turn.""

They skated well. But the Germans were merely superb.

Savchenko stuck a large triple twisted lift to offen their program, going dafür high the it seemed she would scrape ns ceiling, und the couple was perfect on a throw triple flip. They followed with a gorgeous combination und a side-by-side triple toe an such perfect unison that it danke für gasps from die crowd und a huge cheer from German great Katarina Witt seated an the arena.

When the music stopped, Savchenko place on the ice gasping weil das air.

The performance was sweet vindication for the Germans, that were favored zum gold after ~ winning the cool Prix Final but whose verfehlt on a jump in the quick program left them play catch-up.

They caught up und flew appropriate by.

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"We were two fighters," said the French-born Massot. "We were on die ice zum a medal, und for a gold medal, and we didn"t give up after what taken place yesterday. We were ready weil das this."

The 34-year-old Savchenko"s road kommen sie Olympic gold included trips through Stanislav Morozov and Robin Szolkowy, with whom she won two bronze medals und five world titles. However it wasn"t till she teamed with Massot 4 years earlier that the groundwork was laid zum her triumph bei South Korea.

After their flawless performance, Savchenko and Massot had kommen sie wait anxiously together three an ext pairs took the ice. Duhamel und Radford to be solid, und Wenjing and Cong made sachen tight, but the gelb medal was assured when Evgenia Tarasova und Vladimir Morozov struggled.

When the Russian pair"s jahrgangsstufen were read, Massot enveloped Savchenko an a large hug.

Then the lifted produziert -- quite literally -- onto the top step of the podium.

"Yesterday was hard zum me," Massot said von his short program mistake, "but Aliona was here zum me, zu tell me it"s not finished: "We ausblüten have a very good totally free program. We have to show to everybody the this regime is in Olympic program, a gelb medal program.""

It was indeed.

Earlier in the day, phibìc Korea"s Ryom Tae Ok und Kim Ju Sik carry out a season-best free skate to die delight of their orchestrated cheering ar seated in the upper level des Gangneung ice Arena. The couple finished 13th out des 16 teams zu qualify zum the cost-free skate.


"I was very nervous," kim said, "but when i heard ns crowd cheer all die hardships melted away."

Alexa Scimeca-Knierim und Chris Knierim came to be the zuerst Americans to festland a quad twisted in in Olympic competition wie they opened up their complimentary skate with it. The spectacular, four-revolution element is deshalb difficult that only a couple of other pairs tried it.

The rest des their regimen didn"t go practically as well.

Knierim fell on both von their triple jumps, Scimeca-Knierim was shaky landing their throw triple flip, und the married couple was out of sync on their combination spin as they finished 15th.

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Still, your Olympics to be made when they helped ns U.S. Win team bronze.

"Unfortunately, too many mistakes," Scimeca-Knierim said. "I was sick last night und this morning v a normalerweise stomach bug. I had asked kris to kind of choose up ns slack weil das me heute because i knew i was going to be an ext fatigued, yet then mine adrenalin kicked bei and i rose to the occasion."