Canadian Olympic figure skaters on the art of falling on ice

Kaetlyn Osmond says she almost expects to fall during jumps, but adds it’s the “freak falls” that hurt the most. Canada’s Olympic figure skaters talk about the bumps and bruises that come with the sport. (The Canadian Press) Read the story: https:// Read an excerpt of the latest Olympic figure skating story by Star columnist Rosie DiManno: There were oohs. There were aahs. Doubtless with Vancouver Olympics gold medallist Yuna Kim a national heroine, Koreans have become keenly appreciative of and knowledgeable about figure skating, although the sport doesn’t have the gong show kick of, say, short-track speed skating. But pairs, at least in recent decades, hasn’t got quite the love extended to ladies and men and ice dancers. Maybe, in part, because the pairs event has been noticeably sloppy at recent Olympiads and never quite recovered from the scoring hissy-scandal of Salt Lake City — belated co-gold awarded to Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier. So it was heartening to see the exquisite quality that skaters brought to the pairs short program competition here Wednesday morning. Out of 22 teams in the field — 16 advancing to Thursday’s free skate — eight drew scores in the 70s. Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, two-time world champions, were at the top end of that bracket at 76.82. But the Chinese duo of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, reigning world titlists, pulled down 82.39 with their flawless rendition of “Hallelujah”, with Russians Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov sitting second at 81.68. An eyelash behind the Canadians were Germany’s Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot, penalized heavily because Massot doubled out on side-by-side triple Salchows. Still, they pulled down a score of 76.50, with the second Chinese duo hot on their heels. One heck of a superb competition so far. Read the rest at Follow the Toronto Star on social media: Facebook: https:// Twitter: Instagram: https://

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