Warning: Do not keep reading if you’d like to remain spoiler-free for Saturday’s (Feb. 8) team figure skating results. The team competition will be featured in NBC’s primetime coverage later today.
After the short programs were completed for the team figure skating competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Top 5 countries started on their free skate portion with the pairs. The countries competing for the medals are Russia, Canada, U.S., Japan and Italy.
Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir took the ice for the U.S. and skated an OK program. There were two missteps: On the throw quadruple salchow, which got tremendous height, Castelli did not land cleanly (though she didn’t fall), but then on a side-by-side jump minutes later, she did fall on the landing.
The U.S. pair ended up with a score of 117.94, which is a personal best for them in the free skate. It was enough to keep the U.S. in third place. Team USA has been mathematically eliminated from the gold medal race, but they are only six points behind the Canadian team with three events left, so a silver medal is entirely possible.
However, Italy and Japan are both hot on the heels of the U.S. team, so the USA skaters will also have to put forth solid routines just to stay in contention for the bronze.
The full results are as follows:
Russia, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, 135.09
Canada, Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch, 129.74
Italy, Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek, 120.82
U.S., Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, 117.94
Japan, Narumi Takahashi and Ryuichi Kihara, 86.33
The current team standings:
Russia, 47 points
Canada, 41 points
U.S., 34 points
Italy, 31 points
Japan, 30 points
Sunday, Feb. 9 the remaining categories (men’s singles, women’s singles and ice dancing) perform their long programs and then the medals are awarded. The skating starts at 10 a.m. ET and the medal ceremony is scheduled for approximately 1 p.m. ET. Live streams available here or you can watch live on the NBC Sports Network.