March 18, 2018

Canada leads after opening day of figure skating team event

11 February 2018, 10:15 | Anna Jefferson

Tony Avelar AP

Tony Avelar  AP

The team competition resumes Sunday with the ice dance and ladies short programs.

Chen - who is the only figure skater to come to the Olympics undefeated this season - is famous for his incredible quadruple flips, which he normally executes with ideal precision, but today, after a shaky quadruple flip and a double quad, he fell on a triple axel, which can be seen around:20 in the video below. "Definitely not what I wanted to put out", he said.

"I tried to feel free on the ice".

But even the most diehard skaters and fans who will tune into the figure skating programs during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games will tell you that it's mostly about the jumps.

"Obviously, I am not super happy with the skate", said the ten-time Canadian Champion, who admitted to being nervous and a little tight in the upper body. "I wasn't thinking about how to step in to the jump, which kind of threw me off".

"I had depended on my mom a lot".

The number is far behind their best score of 61.97 set a year ago due to problems caused by Min's untied costume.

The USA is in second with 14, followed by Japan and a squad of Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation with 13 each.

US siblings Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, the bronze medalists in last year's World Figure Skating Championships, came in next with 75.46 points, and third place went to OAR Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev, who won silver at the European figure skating championships last month, with 74.76 points.

But their performance looked a bit uneasy as Min kept trying to pull up her crimson costume around her shoulder.

Uno, runner-up to Japanese ice idol Hanyu at last year's world championships, produced a near-blemish-free short programme to put Japan briefly top of the pile, outscoring his rivals by nearly 15 points. Figure out exactly what went wrong so that when the time comes for the actual (individual) event, that doesn't happen again. "I thought I was going to make a mistake on the quad flip and I did, but I was able to forget about it". So we'll just analyze what I did and learn to adjust.

Nathan Chen clearly felt disappointed after falling during his short program performance at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang on Thursday night, and he acknowledged he had a mental issue. "That was why we did so well today", Tarasova said through a translator. "The reaction when I got off the ice made me go from being poor to being fun and lighthearted, and I thought we carried that energy over to the pairs". I felt really trained, in shape.

"Before the score was announced, the crowd started roaring and yelling".

Husband and wife duo Chris Knierim and Alexa Scimeca Knierim will skate in the pairs free skate while the "Shib Sibs", Maia and Alex Shubutani, will make their Olympics debut in the ice dance short dance program. "I need some time to go over everything".

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