Warning: Don’t keep reading if you
would like to remain spoiler-free for the team figure skating opening
competition, the ice dancing and women’s short programs portion. They will be featured in primetime Saturday (Feb. 8) on NBC.
The U.S. had some ground to make up after the men’s and pairs short programs in the team figure skating competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Both of those programs had some mistakes and after Thursday’s competitions, Team USA was in seventh place. Only the Top 5 teams advance after the short program portion is concluded, so the U.S. needs big skates from ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White and women’s singles skater Ashley Wagner.
Davis and White did their part. They skated a beautiful program that was incredibly synchronized, which is something the judges look for. Their top score catapulted the U.S. into third place in the team standings.
Full results below:
U.S., Meryl Davis and Charlie White, 75.98
Canada, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, 72.98
Russia, Ekaterina Bobrova and Dimitri Soloviev, 70.27
France, Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat, 69.15
Italy, Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte, 64.92
Germany, Nelli Zhiganshina and Alexander Gazsi, 58.04
Great Britain, Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland, 52.93
Japan, Cathy and Chris Reed (siblings), 52.00
Ukraine, Siobhan Heekin-Canedy and Dimitri Dun, 49.19
China, Xintong Huang and Xun Zheng, 47.88
UPDATE: Wagner has skated her short program and, while she was well off her personal best, she did enough to qualify the U.S. for the long program portion, even with three skaters left to take the ice.
Wagner says of her score, “[It’s] not quite what I wanted it to be, but I’m happy with what I put out there.”
Here are the results for the women:
Russia, Yulia Lipnitskaya, 72.90
Italy, Carolina Kostner, 70.84
Japan, Mao Asada, 64.07
U.S., Ashley Wagner, 63.10
Canada, Kaetlyn Osmond, 62.54
France, Mae Berenice Meite, 55.45
China, Kexin Zhang, 54.58
Ukraine, Natalia Popova, 53.44
Germany, Nathalie Weinzierl, 52.16
Great Britain, Jenna McCorkell, 50.09
The final team standings after the short programs are:
Russia, 37 points
Canada, 32 points
U.S., 27 points
Japan, 24 points
Italy, 23 points
France, 22 points
China, 20 points
Germany, 17 points
Ukraine, 10 points
Great Britain, 8 points
Since the U.S. secured a spot in the Top 5, the pairs team of Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir took the ice for the pairs free skate. Results here.