Olympics | Ellenton skaters Zhang, Bartholomay finish 12th in first trip to Olympic Games

February 12, 2014 

American skaters Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay opened up the free skate portion of the pairs competition Wednesday night with another clean skate at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Zhang and Bartholomay, who train at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex, scored a 110.31 in the free skate and finished 12th overall.

The skaters performed to a song from "Les Miserables" and drew cheers from the crowd with several lifts. It was the final performance of the Olympics for Zhang and Bartholomay, who have been together for just more than a year.

"What a great first Olympic experience they've had," said NBC analyst Tara Lipinski.

Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won the gold medal as expected, while Russians Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov claimed the silver. Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy got the bronze.

The other American pairs team, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, placed ninth.

The U.S. teams' finishes are similar to the last Winter Olympics, when Ellenton pairs Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig and Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett placed 10th and 13th, respectively.

Read more about Wednesday's competition in Thursday's editions of the Bradenton Herald.

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