FROM US FIGURE SKATING:
MERYL DAVIS AND CHARLIE WHITE WIN SHORT DANCE, TEAM USA MOVES INTO THIRD
(2/8/14) - Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the short dance segment during the inaugural Olympic Figure Skating Team Event in Sochi, Russia, on Saturday to help boost Team USA from fifth place after day one of the event to bronze-medal position after the conclusion of day two.
Skating to My Fair Lady, the 2010 Olympic silver medalists and reigning World champions dazzled the crowd at the Iceberg Skating Palace with a winning performance. The Americans earned the top score for their components as well as their elements. They earned three grades of Level 4, including 9.21 points for their midline step sequence, the top-scoring element of the night. The win earned Team USA 10 points toward its total. In second place in the ice dance event were Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada while Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia finished third.
1. Meryl Davis/Charlie White (USA) 75.98
2. Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (Canada) 72.98
3. Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev (Russia) 70.27
4. Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat (France) 69.15
5. Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (Italy) 64.92
6. Nelli Zhiganshina/Alexander Gazsi (Germany) 58.04
7. Penny Coomes/Nicholas Buckland (Britain) 52.93
8. Cathy Reed/Chris Reed (Japan) 52.00
9. Siobhan Heekin-Canedy/Dmitri Dun (Ukraine) 49.19
10.Xintong Huang/Xun Zhen (China) 47.88
Taking the ice seventh, Ashley Wagner delivered a strong short program to "Shine on you Crazy Diamond" by Pink Floyd. While her triple toe, the second half of her opening combination, was under-rotated, she earned positive grades of execution on each of her following elements. She earned a total of 63.10 points and finished in fourth place, earning seven points for Team USA. In her host country, Russian Julia Lipnitskaya earned the maximum 10 points for her team with the top short program of the night (72.90). Carolina Kostner of Italy finished in second with 70.84 points and Mao Asada of Japan finished in third with 64.07 points.
1. Julia Lipnitskaya (Russia) 72.90
2. Carolina Kostner (Italy) 70.84
3. Mao Asada (Japan) 64.07
4. Ashley Wagner (USA) 63.10
5. Kaetlyn Osmond (Canada) 62.54
6. Mae Berenice Meite (France) 55.45
7. Kexin Zhang (China) 54.58
8. Natalia Popova (Ukraine) 53.44
9. Nathalie Weinzierl (Germany) 52.16
10.Jenna Mccorkell (Britain) 50.09
After the ladies short program, the field was cut to include only the top five countries for the free skates. Joining Team USA in the free skate portion of the competition were Russia, Canada, Italy and Japan.
In the pairs free skate, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir skated their Skyfall free skate to a season-best 117.94 points and a fourth place finish. They earned seven points for Team USA. During the skate, the Boston-based duo attempted their difficult throw quadruple Salchow which was executed with a two-footed landing. Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia finished in first place (135.09) while Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch of Canada finished in second (129.74) and Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek of Italy finished in third (120.82).
1. Ksenia STOLBOVA/Fedor KLIMOV (Russia) 135.09
2. Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS/Dylan MOSCOVITCH (Canada) 129.74
3. Stefania BERTON/Ondrej HOTAREK (ITALY) 120.82
4. Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir (USA) 117.94
5. Narumi TAKAHASHI/Ryuichi KIHARA (JAPAN) 86.33
After the second day of competition in the team event, Russia leads with 47 points, Canada is in second with 41 points, the United States is in third with 34 points, Italy is in fourth with 34 points and Japan is in fifth with 31 points. The remaining five nations did not qualify for the free skate.
The team event concludes on Feb. 9, with the men's and ladies free skate and free dance, beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET. The entries for the final day of the event will be announced at 1 a.m. ET on Feb. 9.
The networks of NBC and NBCOlympics.com will broadcast live, tape delayed and primetime coverage of all 11 days of figure skating competition. The live coverage continues on NBC Sports Network and online at NBCOlympics.com on Feb. 9 at 9:30 a.m. ET with the final day of the team event. NBC will also provide coverage during primetime. See the chart below for a schedule of broadcast times.