FROM US FIGURE SKATING:
2014 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES UNDERWAY WITH FIRST DAY OF TEAM EVENT
(2/6/14) - Figure skating competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Gamed kicked off on Thursday night in Sochi, Russia, with the men's and pairs short programs in the inaugural Olympic Figure Skating Team Event. After day one, Team USA tied for fifth with 10 points.
In the pairs event, skating to music from Carlos Santana, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir reeled in a season-high 64.25 points. Their program was highlighted by a huge triple throw and a skilled lift that each earned a 1.20-point GOE. They finished in fifth place and earned six points for the team in the segment. Reigning World champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov (83.79) claimed 10 points for Russia with a first place finish, while Team Canada (73.10) and Team China (71.01) finished in second and third earning nine and eight points, respectively.
1. Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov (Russia) 83.79
2. Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford (Canada) 73.10
3. Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang (China) 71.01
4. Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotark (Italy) 70.31
5. Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir (USA) 64.25
6. Maylin Wendy and Daniel Wendy (Germany), 60.82
7. Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres (France) 57.45
8. Narumi Takahashi and Ryuichi Kihara (Japan) 46.56
9. Julia Lavrentieva and Yuri Rudyk (Ukraine) 46.34
10. Stacey Kemp and David King (Great Britain) 44.70
In the men's event, skating his "Lilies of the Valley" short program, Jeremy Abbott earned a total of 65.65 points and finished in seventh. Earning the top placement of the night with 97.98 points was Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan. Skating in front of his home fans, Evgeny Plushenko was second with 91.39 points for Team Russia and reigning World champion Patrick Chan of Canada (89.71) finished third.
1. Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) 97.98
2. Evgeny Plyushchenko (Russia) 91.39
3. Patrick Chan (Canada) 89.71
4. Han Yan (China) 85.52
5. Florent Amodio (France) 79.93
6. Peter Liebers (Germany) 79.61
7. Jeremy Abbott (U.S.) 65.65
8. Yakov Godorozha (Ukraine) 60.51
9. Matthew Parr (Britain) 57.40
10. Paul Bonifacio Parkinson (Italy) 53.94
After the first day of competition in the team event, Russia leads with 19 points, Canada is in second with 17 points and China is in third with 15 points. Team USA is in a three-way tie with Germany and France.
The team event continues on Feb. 8, with the short dance, ladies short program and pairs free skate beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET. The entries for the short dance and the ladies short program will be announced at 1 a.m. ET on Feb. 7 and the entries for the pairs free skate will be announced at 12:40 a.m. ET on Feb. 8.
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. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET with the continuation of the team event. NBC will also provide coverage during primetime. See the chart below for a schedule of broadcast times.