Savchenko and Szolkowy didn't need to attempt that throw triple axel to win the short program. But they went for it anyway, wasn't horrible, and despite Robin's issues on the sbs jumps, took the lead. Pang and Tong looked barely rusty, and despite some minors miscues, are close behind in 2nd. Takahashi and Tran, with the best skate I've ever seen them do, are not far back in 3rd.
Shockingly, Volosozhar and Trankov are way down in 8th (behind Denney/Coughlin) and Kavaguti/Smirnov are in 11th (behind Marley/Brubaker)! Odd but very interesting event!