FROM US FIGURE SKATING:
TEAM USA EARNS OLYMPIC BRONZE IN THE TEAM EVENT
(2/9/14) - Team USA earned the Olympic bronze medal at the inaugural Olympic Figure Skating Team Event in Sochi, Russia, on Sunday. Meryl Davis and Charlie White set a new world record score in the free dance and won both the short and free dance segments during the competition to earn 20 points for the team. Davis and White, Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner, Jeremy Abbott, Jason Brown, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir will be awarded their bronze medals at a ceremony in Olympic Park on Monday.
Skating to "Scheherazade", Davis and White dazzled as they danced across the ice at the Iceberg Skating Palace. They received 55.80 points for their elements and 58.54 points for their components for a new record free dance score of 114.34. Davis and White earned 10 points for Team USA with the victory. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada earned 107.56 points to finish in second, while Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov earned 103.48 points en route to a third place finish.
Gracie Gold opened her Sleeping Beauty free skate with a strong triple Lutz-triple toe to set the tone for a skate that included seven triple jumps and two Level 4 spins. She earned a season-best score of 129.38 and finished in second place, earning nine points for the team. After winning the short program segment of the competition, Julia Lipnitskaya of Russia also earned the maximum points for the host nation in the free skate as she earned 141.51 points overall to secure the 10 points for her team. Valentina Marchei of Italy earned 112.51 points and finished in third.
Skating to music from Riverdance, Jason Brown started with a double Axel before a triple Axel-triple toe earned him 13.31 points. He collected a total of 153.67 points during a strong Olympic debut where he finished in fourth place, adding seven points to the total for Team USA. Evgeni Plushenko of Russia earned 168.20 points and finished in first, Kevin Reynolds of Canada finished in second (167.92) while Tatsuki Machida of Japan finished in third (165.85).
At the conclusion of the competition Russia earned the gold medal with 75 points, Canada took home silver with 65 points and the United States collected bronze with 60 points. Italy and Japan finished fourth and fifth, respectively with 52 and 51 points. The remaining five nations, France, China, Germany, Ukraine and Great Britain did not qualify for the free skate.
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. 11 at 10 a.m. ET with the first day of individual events. Olympic team event bronze medalists Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir will return to the ice while Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay will make their Olympic debut in the pairs short program. NBC will also provide coverage of figure skating during primetime. See the chart below for a schedule of broadcast times.