Prior to teaming up in mid 2010, Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov both had solid international careers with previous partners.
Volosozhar skated for five seasons from 2004/05 for the Ukraine with Stanislav Morozov. Together, the duo went to two Olympic Games (2006 and 2010), as well as five European and World Championships.
Her lithe grace combined with his brute strength formed a union that allowed them to explore music with powerful, thumping undertones. They also possessed huge throws and one of the best split triple lutz twist lifts of their era.
Their best result was at the 2007 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. Standing 8th after the short program and with nothing to lose, they threw ever trick they had into their long and finished fourth.
Their music to "Phantom On Ice" was successful for Irina Slutskaja in 1997.
Maxim Trankov and Maria Mukhortova were unstoppable on the junior circuit. In 2005 they won everything including both the Junior Grand Prix Final and the World Junior titles.
The following season the duo made their senior World debut in Calgary, Canada where they finished 12th.
Strong individual skaters, they were one of the few couples on the world stage to possess side-by-side triple toe loops and triple Salchows. What they lacked was an emotional connection with the music and with each other.
Injuries and constant fighting almost caused a premature end to their partnership. But a switch to a new coach, Oleg Vassiliev, began to turn both their attitude and presentation around.
Their best result was at Trophee Eric Bompard in 2009. Skating to "Love Story" they put down a flawless free skating performance. It was their only international victory. The pair spit following the 2010 World Championships.