FROM US FIGURE SKATING:
DAVIS AND WHITE LEAD, CHOCK AND BATES EIGHTH, SHIBUTANI AND SHIBUTANI NINTH
(2/16/14) - Meryl Davis and Charlie White set a world-record score as they finished the short dance segment in first place at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Fellow Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani are in eighth and ninth place, respectively.
As the final team to skate, Davis and White saved the best for last. Dancing to My Fair Lady, the Michigan-based duo set the record score by earning 78.89 points overall. Receiving Level 4s across each of their five elements, Davis and White not only racked up the top score for their elements, but also the best score in the event for their components. The reigning World champions glided across the ice with ease, especially during their opening element, their step sequence, which earned 11 points. They will attempt to make history on Monday with a shot at the Olympic gold medal.
Evan Bates made his second appearance at the Olympic Games, while partner Madison Chock made her Olympic debut to season-best scores for their "Hollywood" and "There's No Business Like Show Business" skate. Opening with tremendous footwork, Chock and Bates received high praise from the judges for their Finnstep. In synch throughout, Chock and Bates were sensational in their vintage attire. They earned a total of 65.46 points for their efforts.
Performing first of the American contingent, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani also posted a season-best score. Skating to a medley of Michael Buble hits, Shibutani and Shibutani dazzled in their Olympic debut. Opening with a great sequence of twizzles set the tone for a skate that also included a difficult rotational lift and beautiful interpretation of their music. They earned a total of 64.47.
Next up, the ice dancers will take to the ice for their free dance beginning at 10 a.m. Monday. Reigning Olympic silver medalists and reigning World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White will attempt to be the first American ice dance team to win an Olympic gold medal. Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani will debut their free dances on Olympic ice. 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 Monday 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.