Team figure skating: Veteran and prodigy combine to deliver first gold for Russia

It was a fourth Olympic medal for the 31-year-old Plushenko, but his achievement was almost overshadowed by Lipnitskaia, who, at less than half his age, produced a performance that left a packed Iceberg Skating Palace mesmerised.

In total, the hosts won five of the eight sections over three days of competition to rack up 75 points of a possible 80. Canada took silver with 65 with the USA finished as bronze medallists with 60.

Russia actually made sure of gold before the final round the ice dance free dance, in which Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov placed third behind Americans Meryl Davis …read more

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