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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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.
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.
• 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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