Olympics: Uno plays down big win in figure skating team event

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He's been an athletic marvel on the ice since he was 10-years-old, and the youngest U.S. Novice Champion.

Ice dance stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took turns carrying the Canadian flag at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Friday, hours after their teammates got Canada off to a solid start in the team figure skating competition.

Veteran Canadian skater Patrick Chan, a two-time Olympic silver medallist, tumbled on his opening jump and struggled to retrieve his composure for the rest of the short programme.

Nathan Chen from the United States, one of the favorites in the men's singles, placed fourth with 80.62 points after falling on a quadruple flip.

Probably the most famous of the winter Olympic sports, the women's figure skating competition is a attractive display of ability and grace.

It is certainly no mistake however that having a loyal crowd to cheer her on could prove to be the difference in this case.

Japan's Shoma Uno also fell once but landed a quad-triple toe combo and took top spot with 103.25 points. Israel is second off Alexi Bychenko's 88.49 score.

There is only one pair representing the U.S.in pairs figure skating: Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim.

Canada leads with 17 points, followed by the United States (14) and Japan and the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation (13 each).

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When a string of the world's top male figure skaters fell on the jumps they usually land at the Olympic team event on Friday, competitors identified a possible culprit: the early start time.

Rippon, Zhou and Nathan Chen will skate in the men's singles event on February 15 and 16.

Instead U.S. Figure Skating has the final call and considers skaters' overall performance records at national and global competitions. The network did provide the most entertaining moment of the early competition - analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski's matching his and hers outfits. Timing and precision are key in an ice dancing routine. The German skated to "Wonderwall" by, wait for it, 1950s and 60s teen idol Paul Anka. With just five practices to get up to speed with coach Tony Granato and each other, the group chat and a website to study various systems were essential to bonding and developing camaraderie. Or so it was expected.

"I've trained for it", said Chan.

Orser said that he and Hanyu sat down after the injury occurred in late November, setting out a plan to try and make it back healthy for the Winter Olympics.

"I was really excited. It makes the jumps move into the air as opposed to staying straight". Those hard landings were softened by a spotty overall performance from the men, and Chan was able to finish third of 10 skaters.

"It is my first time coming to the Olympics but I wasn't as anxious as I thought." said the 21-year-old from Nagoya. "Sometimes you just can't plan these sort of days", said Chan, who figured the morning competition affected everybody negatively.

Gangneung Ice Arena is where the short track events take place.

Japan and Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation both finished third with the outstanding performances by Shoma Uno and Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozoc, who topped the men's and pair's competition respectively. The move enabled a banned nation to still have several teams in the Games including the team skating competition. The judges weren't almost as generous, awarding Kolyada a 74.36 score for eighth place.

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