The Podium: How Nathan Chen, US Women's Hockey changed the game


Canada's Patrick Chan took two falls in the short program here Friday, managing just 81.66 points as the team event kicked off figure skating competition at the Olympics.

South Korean figure skater Cha Jun-hwan performs his short program during the men's singles portion of the team event at Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on February 9, 2018. It marked the start of a solid day for Canadian athletes, as freestyle skiers Mikael Kingsbury and Andi Naude impressed in moguls qualifying and the mixed curling team of John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes improved to 3-1 with a pair of wins.

Chan said the early start times were not compatible with the finesse needed to execute quality jumps, adding that it could be particularly hard for Chen, who is known for his numerous quads.

The three-time world champion rose at 5 a.m. Then it was back to the athletes village for some oatmeal, and the briefest of rests before hopping the bus back to the Gangneung Ice Arena for a 10 a.m. competition.

Hanyu is skipping the team competition to give his body every chance of being at its best in Pyeongchang after suffering a serious ankle injury in the run-up to the defence of his Sochi 2014 crown. But he wasn't the only one. They make me feel so much better, even when it's not the best skate, they are holding me up and making me feel like I belong here.

They are: Karen Chen, Nathan Chen, Madison Chock, Mirai Nagasu, the sibling ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani and Vincent Zhou, who reflect a growing trend of representation in the sport. "But we're not in control of that".

Chen - who is the only figure skater to come to the Olympics undefeated this season - is famous for his incredible quadruple flips, which he normally executes with flawless precision, but today, after a shaky quadruple flip and a double quad, he fell on a triple axel, which can be seen around:20 in the video below.

Japan's Shoma Uno also fell once but landed a quad-triple toe combo and took top spot with 103.25 points. Alexei Bychenko of Israel sits second with 88.49.

All season long, Nathan Chen hardly put a foot wrong on figure skating's worldwide stage, reeling off his dazzling repertoire of quadruple jumps and winning every competition he entered. Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford were second and Germany's Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot third.

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Scimeca Knierim and Knierim finished the event in fourth place with a score of 69.75 and earned seven points for Team USA. Japan was third with 13.

Olympic Athletes of Russia's Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, the reigning World bronze medalists, earned a personal best short program score of 80.92 to win the team pairs short program and to help the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation move up to fourth place, after a disappointing short program from Mikhail Kolyada, who finished the men's short program in a dismal 8th place.

Bradie Tennell was the surprise victor of the USA figure skating championships in January and will make her first Olympic appearance.

"We all play sports, and it's kind of fun to watch other people play them", 9-year-old Evelyn Link said, motioning at three friends gathered around her.

Freestyle skiing starts on Thursday night with the qualifying rounds of men's and women's moguls. The skier from Deux-Montagnes. The element received no points, which was a costly mistake for Chen. Naude of Penticton, B.C., was second on the women's side with 79.60 points.

Skier Lindsey Vonn was unable to compete four years ago in Sochi, but the 33-year-old is determined to add to her pair of 2010 Olympic medals. Jamie Anderson will try to defend her slopestyle gold. Blouin was taken to hospital for further evaluation as a precaution.

"I thought I'd be way more nervous", Chen said.

Make sure you keep an eye out for sibling team Matt and Becca Hamilton from Wisconsin.

His coach Brian Oser said his teenage student pulled off his best in his Olympic debut in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. "With the time change, it's not a big deal, I just need to recalculate everything in my head".