Israeli pairs skaters Evgeni Krasnopolsky and Andrea Davidovich delivered an inspired performance Tuesday at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, earning a place in the upcoming medal round with their free skate.
The pair, who only began skating together in the spring of 2013, received a respectable 53.38 points from the judges for their short program, placing them in 15th position going into Wednesday’s final competition.
Skating to “Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra” by Joshua Bell, the 25-year-old Krasnopolsky and 16-year-old Davidovich, who train in Hackensack, New Jersey, made few mistakes.
The performance started with a difficult split triple twist, after which the team went into their side-by-side triple salchow jumps, which they landed well but slightly out of unison. The highlight of the performance was when Krasnopolsky launched Davidovich impossibly high into the air for a throw triple loop.
Though the Israeli pair has no shot for a medal in Sochi, they are definitely a team to watch in the future.
The Russian pair of Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar were at the top of the standings after the short program, as expected, with a record-breaking 84.17 points.
The pairs free skate begins at 6 p.m. Israel time on Wednesday.