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Team competition a romp for Canadian figure skaters, Americans get bronze

Canadian Speed Skaters sits a table in the dinning hall inside the Athletes Gangneung Village at the 2018 Pyeonchang Winter Olympics Team competition a romp for Canadian figure skaters, Americans get bronze
Domingo Copeland | 14 February, 2018, 19:49

After winning their country's first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games, the seven figure skaters held hands and tried to jump onto the podium together.

Kingsbury, who wears a T-shirt that reads "It's Good To Be The King" underneath his skiing gear and was a silver medalist in Sochi four years ago, posted a score of 86.63 to win his first Olympic gold.

The duo now have four medals each which ties the record for most Olympic medals won by a figure skater.

"I'm just happy I did the best I could and I left nothing, no rock unturned", said Chan, who admitted his nerves were jangling and he "just had a conversation with myself" to get back on track. The United States repeated its showing in the 2014 Sochi Games with a bronze medal. "We have such an incredible, strong team, and I'm proud to say we've won and I'm prouder to have been part of it".

Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple Axel at the Olympics, cleanly hitting the jump at the start of her program to gain a season's best score of 137.53.

Nagasu's rousing skate solidified her team's claim for a medal - and she even included a yell out on the ice, something her teammates echoed as they looked on.

"Going into it, I was like a train and I was like, 'Get on the tracks and get some speed, '" she said. "And at that moment I wanted to stop the music and get off, but I still had my whole program ahead of me, and to complete the performance to the best of my ability is really exciting".

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But it was a nail-biting affair with the Canadians leaving early points on the ice. The 15 year old trains alongside Yevgenia Medvedeva, and a showdown is expected between the two for the Olympic gold in the ladies event.

"Of course I was nervous, I didn't want to let my team down".

"I was very nervous because I wanted to skate well and I did", added the freshly-minted European champion.

Just like Friday's men's short program, the men's free skate was anything but memorable. His artistry boosted his mark significantly, and, frankly, the four other competitors are not his main competition in the individual event later this week. Her second-place finish earned nine points for Team USA and widened the gap between the US and Italy, both fighting for bronze. The neighbors up north have a tight-knit figure skating team who care more about the entire group going home with gold than any individual member. "I went out there and I did my job".

Chan won silver in the team and men's singles events at Sochi 2014, is a three-time world champion but has never won Olympic gold until now.

To the disappointment of many fans, especially longtime Canadian followers who have watched them for years, Virtue and Moir maintain that their relationship is strictly platonic - and has always been, except for that childhood blip.

The teammates have a special bond, too (because of course); not only did majority grow up together, but veteran Olympians Chan, Moir, and Virtue came out of retirement specifically for Pyeongchang - and for their team.

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