Update, 1:50 p.m.
United States pair Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir finished ninth in the pairs short program on Tuesday, although they turned in their season-best score. As Sally Jenkins wrote:
U.S. pairs figure skaters Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir saved their season’s best short program for the biggest occasion. Slithering around the ice in clingy black to Santana’s “Black Magic Woman” and “Smooth,” the two-time national champions incited applause from the Iceberg Palace crowd and earned a score of 67.44. That surpassed their previous season’s best of 64.2.
Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov had far and away the best score, at 84.17, and countrymates Ksenia Stolbova and Fyodor Klimov were third at 75.21. German pair Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy finished second.
Pairs figure skating resumes Wednesday with the free skate.
Update, 12:45 p.m.
Through four of five flights, German pair Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy are in the lead after a 79.64 score in the short program, followed by Russia’s Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov are second at 75.21, and Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are third with 72.21.
Americans Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir are fifth at 67.44.
Sally Jenkins, Robert Samuels and Bethonie Butler provide further analysis:
Update, 11:55 a.m.:
Maylin and Daniel Wende, a German husband-and-wife pair, move into third place with a score of 59.25, bumping Zhang and Bartholomay down. Half of the 20 pairs have taken the ice, with 10 more to go, including three each from Canada and Russia.
Original post, 11:34 a.m.
United States pairs Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, and Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay were in second and third place after eight of 20 pairs skated the short program Tuesday at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi.
China’s Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang were the early leaders with a 70.59, and the American pairs trailed at 67.44 for Castelli-Shnapir and 56.90 for Zhang-Bartholomay.
Wednesday’s pairs free skate follows the short program.