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Russian pair earns early lead after short program

2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships

during the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Budweiser Gardens on March 13, 2013 in London, Canada.

Ronald Martinez

No surprises so far at the ISU Figure Skating Worlds in Ontario Wednesday, as the Russian pairs team of Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, who’ve swept every event this season, took an early lead following the short program.

“One more day to show our best,” Volosozhar said after her performance. “The key to winning is to just skate, show our emotions and our elements.”

The two earned a solid 75.84 points to go more than two up on Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford heading into the free skate Friday night. The Russians were helped by a three point spread over the field in components (formerly known as the artistic mark).

The four-time world champs from Germany, Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, are in third just 0.14 points behind the Canadians, and the American teams are sitting uncomfortably in twelfth and thirteenth.