The Evolution of Possible Olympic Medalists

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov have only been partners for half a season but they’re making significant progress on the Russian pairs skating front. Their unison, technicality and flow is extremely impressive for a team that has just gotten together. (They also beat Kavaguti and Smrinov by a mile at Russian Nationals.) Then again, both Tanya and Max were very talented with their previous partners. I can see this team go very, very far once they arrive on the international scene next year. Sochi 2014 might be their Olympics to lose considering that there’s been a lack of *really* good pairs skaters that have the tricks *and* chemistry since the implementation of the CoP system. If they were able to compete now, I’d rank them above Pang and Tong who are having trouble this season and they might make Savchenko and Szalkowy sweat a little bit.

In any case, let’s take a look at their progress (and the speed of their progress).

August 2010 – Practice

September 2010 – Russian Test Skate

Early December 2010 – Russian Regionals

Late December 2010 – Russian Nationals

Men: Takahiko Kozuka, Daisuke Takahashi, and Yuzuru Hanyu.
Ladies: Miki Ando, Mao Asada, and Akiko Suzuki.

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