FROM US FIGURE SKATING:
JASON BROWN FINISHES NINTH, JEREMY ABBOTT IN 12TH
(2/14/14) - In the men's event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Jason Brown earned a ninth place, while Jeremy Abbott finished 12th.
Skating last on the night, Jason Brown netted a total of 152.37 points for his Riverdance free skate and 238.37 points overall. He opened with a strong double Axel but faltered on a few elements during the remainder of his performance. Despite the mistakes on his elements, Brown earned 84.28 points for his components. In his Olympic debut, Brown earned a top 10 finish in the individual event as well as Olympic bronze in the Team Event.
One night after suffering a fall and then producing one of the sport's greatest in-skate comebacks, Abbott set a season-best score for his Muse free skate. He displayed his classic edging and skating skills while drawing in the crowd with his emotion. He landed a solid triple Axel-triple toe at the beginning of his program and later added another huge triple Axel that earned a 1.29 GOE from the judges. In all, Abbott earned 160.12 points for his free skate and 232.70 points overall.
After putting up a world record score in the short program, Yuzuru Hanyu had just enough in the free skate to claim the first gold medal for a Japanese man at the Olympic Winter Games. He earned 178.64 points for his free skate and 280.09 points overall. Patrick Chan of Canada earned his first Olympic medal, silver, with a total of 275.62 points while Denis Ten of Kazakhstan earned his country's first medal in figure skating, bronze, with a total of 255.10 points.
Next up, the ice dancers will take to the ice for their short dance beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday. Reigning Olympic silver medalists and reigning World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White lead Team USA into the event with Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani. For more information, including recaps, photos and results, visit icenetwork.com.
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 Sunday at 10 a.m. ET. NBC will also provide coverage of figure skating during primetime. See the chart below for a schedule of broadcast times.