“The boys have to manipulate these girls in the air, going what, 25 miles per hour?”Johnston, who skated in two Olympics for Canada, says the lifts now are significantly more difficult than even four years ago in Vancouver.After watching the pairs short program, it seems to me there are several teams that are ready to compete with the big boys. There is lyrical movement within her skating, while he glides as an actor immersed in the song. And yet the successful pairing of Nathan Bartholomay and Felicia Zhang extends far beyond the theatrical elegance of their complementary figure skating styles.By Alice Cook, She's Game Sports The spilt triple twists were sky high.The throws were huge, and the side-by-side jumps impressive.
Winning gold was Simon Shnapir and Marissa Castelli. She is 16 inches shorter.“Because of the tricks they do now, it's best if there is an 8-10 inch difference in height,” said coach Lyndon Johnston, who also trains skaters at the Ellenton ice rink.A lift that would have been rated in 2010 as a category 4, the highest for difficulty, will be a category 3 in Sochi.When Peterson is sizing up the physicality of pairs skaters, he even checks out the build of their parents.And third place won't be good enough for a ticket to Russia in February. It's been a long time since any American pair team has won an Olympic medal. From what I saw in the pairs short program, this could be the year the United States plays hardball with the Russians and Chinese.