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Kemp and King miss out on pairs free skate

February 11, 2014 19:01 pm

David King admitted he and figure skating pairs partner Stacey Kemp were crushed after another fall cost them dear at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The eight-time British champions were disappointed with their short programme in last week's team figure skating event but vowed to put it right on their return to action at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

However, their routine - set to the music Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1  - again failed to win over the judges.

Once again Kemp fell after a throw and they scored 44.97, only a slight improvement on the 44.70 from last week and well down on their 51.33 season's best from last year's Nebelhorn Trophy.

It meant Kemp and King ranked 19th - down three places on their performance four years ago in Vancouver - meaning they didn't make the top 16 cut that go on to skate again on Wednesday.

"There was only one mistake and it seemed to cost us a lot of marks," said King

"Our levels were loads better and I don't know why we got such big deductions. Our lift was better, our twist was better, our death spiral was better, our axel was better - everything was an improvement.

"As soon as we saw those scores we knew it was going to be tough. You always want to skate the free and we've put a lot of work into that programme, so it's just a big shame for everyone.

"We're were feeling good and since the team event we've been doing everything right in practice."

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