Olympics Determine Skating Reside Effects: Mirai Nagasu Shines

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The team event is sort of a warm-up for the big figure skating events to come, but it awards real medals. Still, some of the biggest names will not be competing today, including Yuzuru Hanyu and Evgenia Medvedeva. Patrick Chan and the ice dancing team of Moir and Virtue will take the ice for favored Canada.

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Adam Rippon of Team USA.

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James Hill for The New York Times

Women: Mirai Nagasu’s Great Debut

Despite finishing third at the national championships in 2014, Mirai Nagasu was passed over for an Olympic berth. Now, finally back at the Olympics four years later, Nagasu gave a near-perfect performance, starting with a Triple Axel, a move few women can land. (The Associated Press reported that only Midori Ito and Mao Asada of Japan have done it at the Olympics before.) Before the routine was even over, Nagasu was visibly exulting, and her score reflected the impressive performance.

1 Mirai NagasuUnited StatesUSA 137.53
2 Gabrielle DalemanCanadaCAN 137.14
3 Kaori SakamotoJapanJPN 131.91
Carolina KostnerItalyITA
Alina ZagitovaOlympic Athlete From RussiaOAR

Updated9:44 PM ET

Men: Canada Tightens Grip on Lead

Patrick Chan of Canada fell, but his lyrical performance to Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” was good enough to place first, nearly locking up the gold medal for Canada. The Russian Mikhail Kolyada fell on one jump and stumpled on another, but managed second place.

Adam Rippon skated a clean performance with less difficulty, placing third for the United States. That keeps the U.S. in good position for a bronze medal.

1st Patrick ChanCanadaCAN 179.75
2nd Mikhail KolyadaOlympic Athlete From RussiaOAR 173.57
3rd Adam RipponUnited StatesUSA 172.98
4th Matteo RizzoItalyITA 156.11
5th Keiji TanakaJapanJPN 148.36
1 CanadaCAN 54
2 Olympic Athlete From RussiaOAR 47
3 United StatesUSA 43
4 ItalyITA 41
5 JapanJPN 32

Updated8:47 PM ET

• The scoring combines pairs, men’s, women’s, and ice dancing performances. Five teams have advanced to the finals: United States, Canada, Japan, Russia and Italy.

• One quarter of the finals is already over: The pairs round was yesterday. Canada held a six-point lead over Russia, with U.S., Italy and Japan trailing.

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