Newly forged Israeli pairs skaters Evgeni Krasnopolsky and Andrea Davidovich ended a remarkable run at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Wednesday, cementing themselves as a team to watch in the future.
The pair, who only began skating together in the spring of 2013, finished the competition in 15th position overall, after scoring 94.35 for their free skate. Their combined two-day total, including the short program score was 147.73.
They skated to “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet” by Nino Rota.
The gold medal was won by local athletes Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, from Russia, with 152.69 points. Russia also took the silver medal and China took the bronze.
The Israeli pair was never expected to win a medal in Sochi, but just getting to the finals after such a minimal period of time together was a singular accomplishment.
The Israelis delivered an inspired performance on Tuesday in the short program, earning them a spot among the world’s 16 best teams in Wednesday’s medal round with a personal best score of 53.38 points.
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 in the short and ended up in 15th position going into the free skate.