Bryce Bennett of the United States makes a run during the Men's Downhill 3rd Training on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Pairs competed this morning as well, after which U.S. moved up to second 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.
Canada overcame some early stumbles from star Patrick Chan in the men's skate and led the standings after the first day of competition of the team event. Her sister Chloe, who won silver four years ago, was 13th in qualifying. "It's not a representation of who I am and what I can do". "It's very sentimental and I have a lot of emotions attached to it". "And now I can really start thinking about placing, and possibly [getting] gold".
That opened the door for Japan to top the early table after an impressive skate from Shoma Uno, proving more than an able deputy to the absent Yuzuru Hanyu.
Taking one for the team is good. Plus, the pairs teams that are medal contenders must be cognizant of the fact that their individual event begins two days after the team event finishes.
Nathan Chen, the 18-year-old American quadruple jump specialist, hung on to land his opening quad flip but cut his quad toeloop to a double and made an uncharacteristic fall on his triple Axel, leaving him in fourth. Appearing nervous and shaken up, he never recovered during the performance and missed the chance for Team USA to take home the gold in the event.
"It is my first time coming to the Olympics and I thought I would be very anxious, but I wasn't as anxious as I thought, and I'm satisfied", said Uno. "I need some time to go over everything".
"It wasn't a flawless performance, but I thought it was pretty good overall", he said. Not in terms of nerves, I just wasn't thinking about the right things technically. "I was really relieved after the first jump".
Chan said the early start times were not compatible with the finesse needed to execute quality jumps, adding that it could be particularly hard for Chen, who is known for his numerous quads.
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She attributed the decline to a variety of factors including the political taunting between the United States and North Korea. While Moon seemed receptive to the idea, he avoided making an immediate decision, perhaps taking into account that U.S.
"I think that it was a good opportunity for me to put myself out there and make silly mistakes like this".
"I came here to enjoy the Games". She's performed well in some tough competitions, and having low expectations may help her at the Olympic games.
They say they can't operate the gondola lift that would carry teams and officials up the mountain. "We planned it all out". The Japanese Champion scored 103.25 points for an overall lead in the Men's event. I think that's the greatness of the team event.
He wobbled on his initial quad flip but was able to hold on, which he said was "a relief". "I would still do it", he told reporters after a practice.
The Canadians waved to the crowd, snapped selfies and danced to the music, but like the rest of the countries in the parade nations, they moved a little faster than usual to get to their seats - probably because of the cold. She choreographed her own routines for her short and long programs for the 2016-2017 season (when she was named the USA national champion), and is doing the same for the Olympics. The two-time European Champions earned a level four on all elements, including a triple twist which garnered +3 Grades of Execution (GOE) across the board form the judging panel. She missed in 2014, as Ashley Wagner took the third spot over her, even though Nagasu finished third in the 2014 U.S. Championships.
"It was important to do a strong short program, a season's best", said Morozov.
The Canadian star was in good company, as American men's gold medal hope Chen also slipped up. The 2014 Olympian was clean, landing a triple Axel, quad toe, and triple Lutz-triple toe.
"Honestly, we are not aiming for a medal here", said Bychenko, "but I'm happy I got points for Israel and I'm pleased with my score".
"When I did, seriously, I just screamed", Chen continued. The bronze medalist at the grand prix final fell twice to finish eighth among the 10 skaters. It was a disappointing day for Team Korea, who finished ninth in the rankings. On Saturday, fans can watch the short dance, women's short program, and pairs free skate as team competition continues.