Team figure skating competitors look to build momentum for rest of Olympics


Although Virtue and Moir still had to do their free dance in the event's final segment, Daleman's performance clinched gold because neither O.A.R. or the US could catch the Canadians once the ice dancers stepped on the ice.

Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation were second at 58 and the United States was third with 53.

Nothing was quite as heartwarming as Olympic figure skater - and gold medallist - Meghan Duhamel's reaction to her team's win. Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir earned the top score among competitors in the free dance portion of the event. In a very interesting move, Papadakis and Cizeron skipped the Olympic team competition so they could focus on the ice dance competition where Virtue and Moir will be the main rivals.

Chan has held onto a "glimmer of hope" all season that he can skate to a medal, saying last month: "Every Olympics, we always end up having someone on the podium that we had no idea or we didn't expect them to be".

The final events of the team figure skating competition are set to get underway at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Canada had just settled for silver in the inaugural team event at those 2014 Games, and it didn't sit well with a team that boasts some of the world's greatest skaters.

The name of the game in the team event is strategy.

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Invermere's Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Invermere's Ben Thomsen and Whistler's Benjamin Broderick Thompson are back on the ski hill to compete for a gold medal in the slalom portion of the event. American teen phenom Nathan Chen - he of the five-quad long program - fell twice in the short program of the team event, finishing a distant fourth.

"We have such an incredible, strong team", Daleman said, "and I'm proud to say we've won and I'm prouder to have been part of it".

Even though first place in the team event may be out of reach, the Shibutanis have the opportunity to secure second in the ice dance and second or third in the team event. "Some team members thought it was a dress rehearsal, others were trying to go after it and win the gold medal". Skating in his third and final Olympic Winter Games, he earned a season's best score of 179.75 points. "Every time I see him I just give him a hug and I have something to say to him".

South Korean speedskater Lee Seung-hoon came in fifth place in the race in 6 minutes, 14.15 seconds, a result he described as "satisfactory".

"Yes, I'm questioning that too", she said of the dropping levels.

"I think we liked that it made a statement, and it was different", Virtue said of the original lift, via the Canadian Press.