Warning: Don’t keep reading if you want to remain spoiler-free as to the outcome of the team figure skating event, which enters its third and final day Sunday (Feb. 9). It will be featured in NBC’s primetime broadcast this evening, which begins at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
The first event in the 2014 Winter Olympics team figure skating finals is the men’s free skate. The U.S., Canada and Japan all chose to have a different man skate in the long program than who competed earlier in the short program.
For the U.S., Jason Brown was subbed in for Jeremy Abbott. Brown, in his Olympics debut, put forth a solid performance but did fall on one of his jumps. With Canada finishing in second place for the men, it mathematically eliminated the U.S. for the silver medal.
The final men’s results:
Russia, Yevgeny Plushenko, 168.20
Canada, Kevin Reynolds, 167.92
Japan, Taksuti Machida, 165.85
U.S., Jason Brown, 153.67
Italy, Paul Bonifacio Parkinson, 121.23
UPDATE: Team USA also made a substitution for the women’s free skate, with Gracie Gold making her Olympics debut as well. She earned a personal best score after a terrific long program.
It indicates great things for Gold in the women’s singles individual competition, though hometown sweetheart Yulia Lipnitskaya is going to be hard to beat for the gold medal. She has skated two flawless programs for the team competition, also putting up a personal best in the long program.
The full women’s results:
Russia, Yulia Lipnitskaya, 141.51
U.S., Gracie Gold, 129.38
Italy, Valentina Marchei, 112.51
Japan, Akiko Suzuki, 112.33
Canada, Kaetlyn Osmond, 110.73
UPDATE: Meryl Davis and Charlie White skated a gorgeous ice dancing program, posting the best ice dancing number in competition ever.
The ice dancing results:
U.S., Meryl Davis and Charlie White, 114.34
Canada, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, 107.56
Russia, Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov, 103.48
Italy, Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri, 81.25
Japan, Cathy and Chris Reed (siblings), 76.34
The final team standings:
Russia, 75 points
Canada, 65 points
U.S., 60 points
Italy, 52 points
Japan, 51 points