Before you even skate on the ice of the Gangneung Ice arena, Vanessa James had tears in his eyes. In spite of this emotion, the French couple was successful on Wednesday’s short program of the olympic Games. This was not evident as the duo, in full ascension, remained on two sides in the European Championships (4th after winning the short program) and to Pyeongchang, during the short program of the team (68,49 pts). This time, on the “Make it rain” by Ed Sheeran, the French have mastered their partition.
“They have done this program in the best possible way”, sums up their coach, John Zimmerman. With 75,34 pts, close to their personal record (75,72 pts), the duo is placed in an optimal manner. Early contenders for the podium in contention, the French are finally classified sixth, and skate in the penultimate group. If the champions of the world chinese have taken a nice option on gold, with a sumptuous on “Hallelujah” with 82,39 pts, the rest of the classification is more uncertain. Last to skate, the double European champions Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov have also dug a gap of points (81,68 pts), but the free program of the olympic athletes of Russia is not their strong point.
Stay four couples who stand at least two points : the double world champions-canadian Duhamel-Radford, already gold medal winners by teams (76,82 pts), the Germans Savchenko-Massot, only top couple to have made a mistake (jumping individual) that has cost them valuable points (76,59 pts), the Chinese Yu Xiaoyu-Zhang Hao (75,58 pts) and the French. Tenths in Sochi, Vanessa James and Morgan cypress trees will be able to until the end to claim an olympic medal. This would be a first since the double victory in the 1928 and 1932, Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet.